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Half-time: Chelsea 2 Swansea 1

first_imgChelsea are on course for an unconvincing opening-day victory courtesy of Oscar’s clever free-kick and a fortunate deflected strike by Willian.Oscar put the champions ahead and moments after Andrew Ayew’s equaliser, Willian restored the lead when his cross looped in to the far corner.Bafetimbi Gomis twice went close as Swansea created the better chances in the opening 15 minutes, glancing a header wide and seeing a shot brilliantly blocked by a scrambling John Terry.Ki Sung-Yueng then had a fierce strike parried away by Thibaut Courtois, who started in goal for the champions despite an injury scare that saw him need treatment just before kick off.Chelsea’s more obvious injury concern Diego Costa was in typically fiery form and could easily have been awarded a penalty following a desperate lunging tackle by Federico Fernandez, which referee Michael Oliver felt brushed the ball before taking down the Spain striker.But Chelsea did not have to wait much longer to go ahead, Oscar’s inswinging free-kick from the left flank eluded everyone and found the far corner of the net.Swansea levelled within six minutes when debutant Ayew neatly found the net on the second attempt after Courtois did brilliantly to keep out a Gomis header.However, their celebrations were cut short almost immediately when Willian’s driven cross from the left took the cruellest of deflections and found the far corner.Costa’s inclusion, despite missing the last two pre-season fixtures with his ongoing hamstring injury, meant summer signing Radamel Falcao and fellow striker Loic Remy were both among the substitutes.Cesc Fabragas and Nemanja Matic started as the deep-lying midfield duo, with Oscar deployed as the number ten and Willian and Eden Hazard on the flanks.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa. Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Ramires, Mikel, Moses, Remy, Falcao.Follow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebooklast_img read more

Site of the 2012 Summer Olympics, London’s East End is where art, music and dance find a happy mix

first_imgThere’s a nervous twitch in the pale sky as London’s Olympic destiny waits to be decided in less than a week. As the Jubilee line train stops at its final destination, Strat-ford, streams of people emerge from the metal, eager to sink into revitalised East London. As you walk out,There’s a nervous twitch in the pale sky as London’s Olympic destiny waits to be decided in less than a week. As the Jubilee line train stops at its final destination, Strat-ford, streams of people emerge from the metal, eager to sink into revitalised East London. As you walk out of the station, you find yourself in the newly minted Westfield mall; small groups of Olympic volunteers wear bright tees and carry a tall plastic sign (called a lollipop) announcing their readiness to help; there are ready signs that point you in the direction of the metal-and-steel Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which is a 10-minute lonely walk through whiplashing rain or drops of sunshine, depending on your luck. If you take the bus instead of the tube, as you cross Tower Bridge into the east end, the gloss that London dons so readily dulls and the buildings start to look humbler, the shops representing diverse ethnic groups. It really does feel like another city, and for the last century, people in this part of London have worn the ‘outcast’ tag without a fight.The smog has long lifted but the shadow of poverty, oppression and distrust still slings low on the horizon of this once-industrial wasteland. The original breadbasket of London, with its fertile agricultural fields by the Lea made way for industrialisation, characterised by factories, smoke, chemical plants and machinery. So began East London’s long and oft-hackneyed association with squalor. During World War I, it was razed, but even decades later, the low-cost shanties bear a dazed look. An area that has been caricatured in shrewd novels by Martin Amis and George Orwell, it was best known for its association with the notorious Jack the Ripper who lived here-a myth,  now exploited by tourist-friendly walks. For those who call this home, the graffiti and grit are very real. The open skies and low-income housing is the only London they have ever known.advertisementDespite the dark history, East End has risen to the Olympic challenge since 2005 when London nicked Paris to win the Games bid; this was after all the only direction the city could grow in. Since then, approximately 7.3 billion pounds(Rs 72,780 crore) has poured into the five Olympic boroughs of Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Greenwich and Waltham Forest for ‘sustainable gentrification’. While most acknowledge that all efforts (and investment) have been focused on making this area respectable, there are still some worrying issues. Irish, Jews, Bangladeshis, and later, East Europeans, who made East End their refuge in the early 1960s, did so because they could not afford any better, and a home here ensured that they remained an invisible part of London without paying a steep price for it. For them, the transformation from marshland and the algae-numb River Lea to an area fitted with gleaming edifices, homogenised shopping centres and an extended culture club has been a welcome but overwhelming, decade-long process.They have seen the skyline change,  west of Stratford as the Olympic stadium rose over 740 acres of polluted low-value field land. There have been other changes as well. The Stratford station, which was till recently considered unsafe, will now be the entry point for millions of visitors who make their way to the Olympics, starting July 27. It will also serve as a stopping point for trains on the high-speed London-to-Paris Eurostar line. The 2.5 sq km Olympic Park will also have close to 28,000 new homes, many of which will later be converted to usable, low-cost housing for locals. The site will also house the largest urban park Britain has seen, with 3,00,000 wetland plants, 2,000 trees and five miles of Lea which has been restored to its former glory. “London’s Olympics bid was predicated on the regeneration of this swathe because it has some of the highest deprivation levels in the country. Our strategy to ensure a legacy was the key consideration of the design and build of the Olympic Park,” says Peter Tudor, director of venues for London Legacy Development Corporation.Click here to EnlargeOver 2 million tonnes of polluted soil was cleaned and reused to transform the marsh into a green oasis. Low-carbon concrete from industrial waste and surplus gas pipes were used to build the 80,000-seater stadium which claims to be a model of green construction. Sir Alan Collins, managing director of United Kingdom’s,  Trade & Investment, the Olympic Legacy Programme, says, “We are looking at what will be left behind in London when the torch goes out.” There are plans to convert the stadium for use by a professional soccer team, and residents are hopeful,  the fancy Zaha Hadid-designed aquatics centre will become a community pool.While the focus over the last seven years has been on the construction, debris and impending Olympic legacy, East London has been busy developing its own, distinct sub-culture. No one can pinpoint when the east went from nondescript to avant-garde but today, its creative soul has attracted stars like Ralph Fiennes and Keira Knightley to make it their home, lending it respectability. From regular music festivals to experimental multi-cultural chefs, kitschy galleries, design and art unlimited, the East End is brimming with raw, gritty energy that makes the rest of London look staid in comparison. During the day, shoppers in search of that ‘out there’ piece trawl its boutique stores; by night, clubbers descend to claim the streets and new party venues.advertisementThe curtain will come down on the Olympics over the next few weeks but the new voice that East End has found,  is only growing stronger, and that, along with the infrastructure legacy that the Games are likely to leave behind, will go a long way in cementing its personality as a New York-esque East Village that’s happy to draw multiple ethnic groups into its fold.last_img read more

a month agoJuventus veteran Mario Mandzukic still wants Man Utd move

first_imgJuventus veteran Mario Mandzukic still wants Man Utd moveby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus veteran Mario Mandzukic wants a Premier League transfer in January.Manchester United were close to signing the Croatia international during the summer – but Ed Woodward pulled the plug – thinking £14million was too much to pay for a 33-year-old.The Juventus striker has offers on the table from Qatar, where Al Rayyan are keen.However, Tuttosport claim Mandzukic is holding out for offers from England and with United’s striker crisis – Woodward could be forced to make a U-turn. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Davie shipyard launches new plea for Ottawa to award it second ship

first_imgMONTREAL – More than 1,300 jobs are at risk due to Ottawa’s refusal to give the Davie shipyard near Quebec City a contract for a second supply ship, a coalition trying to save the facility said Thursday.Members of the group travelled to Montreal to try to pressure Quebec-based MPs to recognize the plight of the province’s shipyard workers.Some 800 workers are expected to lose their jobs by the end of the year, while another 350 people who work at the shipyard’s suppliers in the Quebec City area are also believed to be at risk of being unemployed.On Thursday, the coalition presented the findings of a survey it conducted among 205 of the 219 Montreal-area suppliers to the Davie shipyard.More than half of them said the federal government’s decision would negatively affect their businesses and threaten 160 jobs.Davie recently completed the Asterix, a former container ship converted into a supply ship.The shipyard’s workers were expecting an order for a second ship but were told by the Canadian Forces it would not be needed.The president of a subsidiary of the Davie shipyard owner that acts as an intermediary for federal contracts said both the Senate and the House of Commons have recognized the urgency to equip the Navy with a ship similar to the one Davie recently completed.“We are not trying to pull work from other shipyards in Canada,” Spencer Fraser, head of Federal Fleet Services, told reporters. “There is enough work for all three yards.”The other facilities are in Vancouver and Halifax.Ottawa plans on acquiring its second supply ship in 2021 from Vancouver, which has a $4.1-billion contract for two vessels.Fraser said that timeline is not realistic.Vancouver’s Seaspan shipyard can build only one ship at a time, Fraser said, and the yard first has to deliver four ships for the Canadian Coast Guard, an order that will be completed in 2023.Fraser said Vancouver’s supply ship can only be completed by 2026.He called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to release a more realistic timeline.Davie spokesman Frederick Boisvert has said laid-off workers could be quickly recalled once the Trudeau government decides to send a “clear signal” or letter of intent for the second ship.Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said in early December he recognized the expertise of Davie workers but the federal government simply didn’t need another supply ship.“We cannot artificially create a need for something that doesn’t exist,” he told reporters in Montreal.He said the federal government was analyzing the future shipbuilding needs of the Navy, coast guard and ferry services, which may provide opportunities for Davie in the future.last_img read more

Mining company fined 200000 for dumping waste in BC river system

first_imgQUESNEL, B.C. – A mining company operating in British Columbia has been fined for violating the Fisheries Act.The federal Environment Ministry says in a news release that Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. was fined $200,000 on Jan. 12 after it pleaded guilty in provincial court to violations related to effluent regulations.An inspection of the mine by ministry enforcement officers found the company was depositing liquid waste into Lowhee Creek in B.C.’s Cariboo region without having notified authorities.The creek is part of the Willow River system, which the ministry says is an important fish-bearing watershed.The inspection also found the mine was failing to complete sampling and submit reports on time.The ministry says the fine will paid into the government’s environmental damages fund.last_img read more

Canadian banks look to inhouse hackers to improve and test cybersecurity

first_imgTORONTO — Hackers are targeting Toronto-Dominion Bank’s internal systems at all hours using cutting-edge techniques, but the bank’s head of cybersecurity isn’t losing sleep over them — they work for him, after all.The bank established late last year an in-house “red team” of ethical hackers — cybersecurity professionals who attempt to hack a computer network to test or evaluate its security on the owners’ behalf — who conduct live attacks against its own networks continuously, said Alex Lovinger, TD Bank’s vice-president of cyber threat management.“We’re doing it exactly how our adversaries would do it… So if we find a weakness or something like that, we can close it or address it before a real attacker,” he said.Canada’s biggest banks are fortifying their defences by hiring their own ethical hackers to test their systems as the frequency and sophistication of cyberthreats increases.A Senate report last month entitled “cyber.assault: It should keep you up at night” sounded the alarm about the potential consequences of major cyberattacks in Canada.“While some progress has been made federally in the past year, there is much more that the federal government and Canadians must do to protect ourselves,” said the report of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce. “We must take the appropriate steps now, or soon we will all be victims.”Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz has also raised concerns about a cyberattack.In 2017, 21 per cent of Canadian businesses reported that they were impacted by a cyber security incident which affected their operations, according to Statistics Canada. Banking institutions, not including investment banks, reported the highest level of incidents at 47 per cent, followed by universities and the pipeline transportation subsector, according to the agency.New regulations that require Canadian businesses to alert their customers about privacy breaches or face hefty fines took effect at the beginning of this month.In May, the Bank of Montreal and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s Simplii Financial digital banking brand said thousands of their customers may have had their personal and financial data compromised.BMO said hackers contacted the bank claiming to be in possession of the personal data of fewer than 50,000 customers, and that the attack originated outside of Canada. At the same time, Simplii also warned that “fraudsters” may have accessed certain personal and account information for about 40,000 clients.BMO’s chief executive Darryl White said he could not comment on the details of the privacy breach, as an ongoing investigation is underway, but noted there was a “very immaterial impact from a fraud perspective” and no material financial fallout.“We are a lot smarter as every event goes on. And there are events every day, there are events every hour of every day… It’s a continual improvement exercise,” White told reporters after the bank’s recent investor day.Meanwhile, BMO is also turning to in-house ethical hackers to test their systems. According to a recent job posting, BMO is seeking a senior manager with a certification in ethical hacking and whose responsibilities include managing a team of “network penetration testing” specialists.CIBC did not respond to questions about whether it utilizes ethical hackers.“We leverage internal and external expertise, and work closely with industry and government to enhance cyber security resilience, threat intelligence and best practices,” a spokeswoman said in a statement.Alberta-based bank ATB Financial in a recent job post said it was recruiting a “Senior Penetration Tester” with ethical hacking experience. An ATB spokeswoman said the posting is to fill a recently vacated role.The Bank of Nova Scotia also established its own in-house “red team” of hackers to test its defences, said its chief information security officer Steve Hawkins.“Scotiabank has used and continues to use third-parties to handle this penetration testing. However, because the volume of global cyber threats has significantly risen, the Bank wanted to have its own capabilities in-house and created its own red team this year,” he said.With the string of data breaches in recent years, what does worry TD’s Lovinger is the cumulative amount of data that has been exposed.“Hackers now sit on a wealth of information… That they can now leverage to do more targeted attacks,” he said.Royal Bank of Canada has had in-house ethical hacking capabilities for a few years now, as part of its cybersecurity program, said Adam Evans, the bank’s vice-president of cyber operations and chief information officer.“We want to make sure that we are testing our defences to make sure they stay relevant,” he said.RBC has been upping its cybersecurity budget and adding to its team annually. It now has roughly 400 cybersecurity professionals, up 50 per cent from three years ago, but a talent gap looms, Evans said.Demand for talent in Canada is climbing by seven per cent annually and there will be more than 5,000 roles to fill between 2018 and 2021, according to Deloitte. By 2022, the cybersecurity workforce gap is expected to reach 1.8 million, it said.As of October, there were 1,024 cybersecurity vacancies for every million Canadian job postings, up five per cent over the past year, according to Indeed Canada. That’s up 73 per cent since the beginning of 2015, said Brendon Bernard, an economist for the job search platform.Meanwhile, several Canadian banks have made recent investments in research or capabilities abroad or in universities at home to tap cybersecurity talent. For example, TD opened a cybersecurity-focused office in Tel Aviv, Scotiabank announced a partnership with an Israeli cybersecurity company and RBC made an investment in research at Ben-Gurion University.“With the talent gap in cyber, it’s something that organizations are going to have to address,” said Evans. “Because there is just not enough qualified people out there.” Companies in this story: (TSX:RY, TSX:TD, TSX:CM, TSX:BNS, TSX:BMO)Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Colorados Pikes Peak Cog Railway plans 2021 reopening

first_imgCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A popular Colorado Springs tourist attraction that takes riders up to the summit of Pikes Peak will reopen again after its fate was in question.The Gazette reports the Pikes Peak Cog Railway is slated to reopen in May 2021 following a nearly $100 million reconstruction next year.Broadmoor hotel President and CEO Jack Damioli said in March that the railway would not open this year and could remain closed permanently, noting it had “run its useful life.”Oklahoma Publishing President and CEO Gary Pierson says the railway reconstruction will include the demolition and rebuilding of the track and a remodeling of the depot in Manitou Springs.The railway plans to decommission four of eight train cars and refurbish the other four.Oklahoma Publishing is the railway’s parent company.___Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

I-T dept attaches Geelani’s Delhi house on wilful tax evasion charges

first_imgNew Delhi: The Income Tax department has attached a house of hardline Kashmiri separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani located in Delhi in connection with an over Rs 3.62 crore tax evasion case against him.The flat is located in south Delhi’s Khirki Extension locality in Malviya Nagar. A Tax Recovery Officer (TRO) of the department sealed the house as Geelani allegedly failed to pay Rs 3,62,62,160 income tax for assessment years 1996-97 to 2001-02, said an order accessed by PTI. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The department has undertaken the action under section 222 of the I-T Act (assessee deemed in default of tax payment) and “prohibited and restrained” the Hurriyat Conference leader from transferring the asset. An order was issued on March 29 by the department. TRO is the enforcement action taking arm of the tax department and deals with cases of wilful defaulters. The authority is empowered to attach an asset and subsequently auction it to realise the tax dues. The Enforcement Directorate (ED), last month, levied a penalty of Rs 14.40 lakh on Geelani in a 17-year-old case of illegal possession of USD 10,000 in alleged contravention of foreign exchange law. The foreign currency, equivalent to about Rs 6.90 lakh, had also been confiscated by the ED as part of an order issued under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) on March 20. This currency was seized during an Income Tax raid at Geelani’s residence in Srinagar’s Hyderpora area in 2002.last_img read more

Judi Dench doesn’t like watching her films

first_imgLos Angeles: Veteran actor Judi Dench says she is “allergic” to watching her own films. The 84-year-old star said if she saw her movies, she would get “irritated” by her acting and start judging her performance. “I’m so allergic to seeing myself… I don’t see myself on film. When I do, I’m terribly conscious of what I chose to do and not to do in a moment. And I always am irritated,” Dench told USA Today. She, however, added, “I like to watch it quite a long time afterwards when I have forgotten all the questions I had to ask myself in the moment. So I can look at it much more dispassionately.” Dench admitted she has not seen her 1985 classic Room With A View. The film, directed by James Ivory, written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and produced by Ismail Merchant.last_img read more