Justin Bieber’s mom writes of her painful past

first_imgPattie Mallette was 18, living in a home for pregnant girls after years of unrelenting sex abuse and depression when she gave birth to a boy she thought she’d name Jesse, a boy whose first cry sounded like a song.Well, the baby seemed more like a Justin after he popped out. And his last name isn’t Mallette.It’s Bieber.You’d have to be firmly under a rock not to know at least a little bit about Justin Bieber’s YouTube-to-riches story, his loyal fan base of Beliebers, 28 million Twitter followers or the hordes of screaming girls who pack his tours.What you probably don’t know are his mother’s struggles, starting with the painful divorce of her parents, through years of emotional turmoil and hard partying that made school a blur, and her eventual turn to God after a suicide attempt about six months before Justin was conceived.Mallette, 37, has laid bare her past in a new book, Nowhere but Up: The story of Justin Bieber’s Mom, out recently from the inspirational publisher Revell. It’s a powerful, plainspoken story, written in collaboration with A.J. Gregory, a mother herself. A portion of proceeds have been promised to shelters like the one that harbored Mallette in Canada when her mother kicked her out of the house after she got pregnant.Her troubles began well before that, however, and Mallette has forgotten little.”Writing the book was part of my healing process,” she said in an interview. “Just having to relive things as I’m writing it down. There are parts that are still painful to go over.”advertisementShe was 2 when she watched her alcoholic, abusive father walk out the door and about 3 when she was first sexually abused by someone she knew. Mallette doesn’t identify her numerous molesters, including a male baby sitter and the grandfather of a friend, but the last words of her book’s acknowledgments speak volumes. “To my abusers: I forgive you.””I was sexually violated so many times that as the years went by it began to feel normal,” wrote the petite Mallette. “It’s a strange marriage – knowing something is wrong yet at the same time finding it familiar and commonplace.”Fear, shame and the notion that she was an unlovable, “dirty girl” stretched through her life. She said the “void of having a father in my heart” led her down rough paths, including drinking and drugging to oblivion, beginning at age 14.There was pot smoking and LSD. She left home at 16. To support herself and pay for her destructive habits, she turned to petty crime and pot dealing – and the toxic, on-again-off-again, four-year relationship she had with Justin’s father, Jeremy Bieber, that began when she was 15. At 17, she threw herself in front of a truck and landed in a mental ward.It was there that she was led to a Christian life, though her faith faltered soon after and she fell back in with her old friends. Sex with Jeremy left her pregnant. She resisted intense pressure from those around her to have an abortion: “I knew that I had to do what it took. I just couldn’t abort him.”There was no returning home and she went on government assistance after Justin was born. She worked part-time jobs for diapers and rent, wondering how to proceed without a high school diploma, wondering how she could go back to school with no one to care for Justin.With the help of a neighbor who paid for a year’s worth of daycare, Mallette slowly earned her degree, followed by college training in website design on scholarship.Meanwhile, her son’s perfect rhythm on the drums, his guitar playing and singing talent, surfaced early, along with a hyperactive nature and love of soccer and hockey.He earned extra cash as a busker on guitar and a djembe drum he had received as a gift. Singing on the streets for money is something Mallette said she never forced him to do but earned them thousands of dollars after the first time he tried for fun at age 6.Success snowballed when Justin was 12 on the strength of YouTube videos Mallette posted for faraway relatives that were quickly discovered by young people and exploded with millions of views. Along came Scooter Braun, a persistent manager who launched Justin’s career at barely 13, fresh out of junior high.He’s 18 now, his mother’s age when she had him. Mallette said he’s pushing for his independence, moving alone into a house he bought in Calabasas, California. Mom wasn’t invited to join him but lives nearby.advertisement”He doesn’t want me in his space so much but he’s doing really well for himself,” said Mallette, who once traveled with him everywhere.Justin has a fancy sports car that was a gift from Braun and earned him a speeding ticket in July as he was chased by paparazzi. He also has a girlfriend, Selena Gomez, whom Mallette adores.”She’s just a sweetheart. She’s kind and generous and loving,” said mom, who’s often called just that by fans on Twitter.Mallette first told Justin about her past when he was about 12, after she began sharing at small-group meetings.”I felt like he was old enough, mature enough to hear my story, and, you know, talk about it,” Mallette said. “I feel like it’s really important for us to talk, and I’ve always asked him a lot of questions and always tried to protect him from going through the same sort of thing.”At 21, Mallette made a choice to abstain from sex outside of marriage. Still never married and holding strong, she IS ready let go of another promise, this one to Justin when they first moved to the states that she wouldn’t date until he was 18.”It’s time to start dating,” she smiled.Will Justin have a say over suitors?”I think he’s going to be a tough one to please,” Mallette said. “He’s pretty protective, but yeah, definitely, he would have to approve.”last_img read more

Filoil Preseason Cup tips off May 5

first_imgPhoenix will find its time Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid The league will also unveil its grassroots program by introducing an 11-Under division that will open the day’s triple header at 11 a.m., featuring De La Salle-Zobel against Xavier School.A total of 16 collegiate squads from the NCAA and the UAAP will participate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup, the country’s premier league leading to the busy collegiate season, unfurls its 13th staging on Sunday with a banner field.Defending NCAA champion San Beda battles retooled University of the Philippines and De La Salle University takes on former coach Aldin Ayo in the featured games on opening day at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

Wrecking ball Kagiso Rabada wants to stay the course

first_imgKagiso Rabada’s shoulders are big enough to carry the burden of being a pace spearhead but he is also looking to strike a balance between bowling flat out and staying the course, the South African speedster told Reuters.Fast bowlers are cricket’s most vulnerable players and South Africans are already fretting over the workload of a 21-year-old who is tipped to lead the Proteas attack for years to come, at least once Dale Steyn heads off into the sunset.While his pace-bowling Delhi teammate Pat Cummins has spent much of the five years since his sensational Test debut wrapped up in cotton wool by a fearful Cricket Australia, Rabada has been playing pretty consistently since his international bow.Still, Rabada, who first represented his country in 2014 and turns 22 later this month, reckons his young body has coped reasonably well with the considerable rigours of playing cricket in all three formats.”I think the older I get, the hard it will get, definitely,” he said in an interview.”But I’m not there yet. So right now it feels nice, I feel like I can do that.”With the ball in his hand, Rabada is always looking for wickets but a parallel search is also on to find ways to ensure he does not burn out.”Have I found the balance?” he shrugs. “I don’t know. That’s an ongoing process. There are also some precautions you take to avoid certain mishaps.”I think I’ve been training nicely, doing what I need to do. I’m continuously finding that balance – how much to bowl, how much to rest and how much to train.”advertisementRabada announced his arrival as an emerging talent on the world stage in 2015 by claiming a record six for 16, including a hat-trick, in his one-day debut against Bangladesh.His 71 wickets from 17 Tests further attest to his potential as a future leader of the Proteas attack but at the moment the strapping right-armer has a more rudimentary approach to his role in the national team.”My role in the South Africa team is to try and get wickets, to field well and to try and score some runs down the order,” he added.”I don’t see myself as a leader, no one’s told me that.”‘NETWORK OF IDEAS’Rabada played six matches for Delhi Daredevils in the ongoing 2017 Indian Premier League before returning home and he said the Twenty20 tournament was “a huge network of ideas.”He cited interactions with Cummins and team “chief mentor” Rahul Dravid, the India Test batting great, to illustrate his point.”Myself and Pat, we are basically the same age and bowl the same thing with very similar actions. We talk about different things about bowling, networking once again,” he said.”Speaking to someone like Rahul Dravid, his batting experience and what he found hard..what he finds hard, a lot of batsmen would find hard too,” Rabada added.”So you get insight, as a bowler, from a bowler and a batter.”Rabada feels the IPL has had a profound impact on Indian cricket, bringing financial stability to the game and broadening the local talent pool.Twenty20 cricket’s constant innovations have caught the fancy of the young fans in South Africa and the country has launched the T20 Global Destination League scheduled for later this year.Rabada, one of its marquee players, hopes it will have an impact in South Africa comparable to that the IPL has had in India.”Whole lot of people are in IPL because of the money. Not only the money though but money is a massive thing. Hopefully it will be a similar thing in South Africa,” he said.”Young players would have ambitions of playing in the league. Hopefully it kicks off and becomes a good one.”last_img read more

India vs Australia T20 match broadcast channels list: Where to Watch Ind vs Aus live Broadcast

first_imgWhat time does the 2nd T20I between India vs Australia start?2nd T20I starts at 1:20 PM IST on November 23, Friday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne.India vs Australia T20 match broadcast channels list for 3rd T20IWhat TV channel and live stream is the 2nd T20I between India and Australia Live Streaming on?Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD in English commentary and Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Sony Liv will live stream India vs Australia match.Where will the 2nd T20I between India and Australia be played?The 2nd T20I between India and Australia will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne from 1:20 PM IST.Where can I watch the India vs Australia 2nd T20I live?The match will be shown on Sony sports network and can also be streamed on SonyLIV.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs Australia 2nd T20I?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs Australia from our live blog on indiatoday.in.WHY IS INDIA vs AUSTRALIA 2ND T20I IMPORTANT?All eyes will be on Virat Kohli’s leadership when India walk out at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the second T20 International against Australia on Friday. Some glaring tactical blunders cost India dearly as they went down to the hosts by four runs (DLS) in a rain-truncated match.India vs Australia 2nd T20 Live Streaming: How to Watch IND vs AUS Match on Sony LivadvertisementHowever, there will be no margin for errors against an Australian team that is starting to believe it can compete. It was only one match but the Aussies showed they can take the fight to their more fancied opponents. They were without Steve Smith and David Warner (as they will be for the rest of the Australian summer) against an Indian team which had won 10 of the previous 16 T20Is between the two teams. Australia had won only five.The Australian line-up is packed with hard-hitting batsmen and it could be worthwhile to try Chahal out. If Kohli does want to go in with a specialist all-rounder, chances are Washington Sundar might get a game.Besides, the batsmen really need to sharpen their game. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli had a rare off day but Shikhar Dhawan needed more support. Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik revived India’s hopes but the former’s untimely dismissal made it more complicated for India.India vs Australia 2nd T20 Live Streaming: When, Where to Watch IND vs AUS Match on Sony LivIndia flew out to Australia with their eyes firmly on the Test series but a strong show in the T20Is could work wonders for their confidence before the real battle starts. With the series now on the line, it is now important India no commit the glaring errors from Wednesday.What are the squads for the 2nd T20I between India and Australia?India: Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Rishabh Pant (WK), Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Washington Sundar.Australia: Aaron Finch (C), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Ben McDermott, Glenn Maxwell, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.last_img read more

AFC Asian Cup: Ready to give it a real fight, says Pritam Kotal ahead of India vs UAE match

first_imgAfter a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Thailand in the first group match, defender Pritam Kotal feels that India are well prepared to take on hosts UAE in their next match here [in Abu Dhabi] on Thursday.Kotal, who played a stellar role as right wing back for India keeping Thailand’s Chanathip Songskrasin quiet in the previous game, said that the team has made specific plans for the hosts.”We have our plans for the UAE game. You will be able to see them while we implement it on the pitch,” Kotal said.”They are a very good side. We have a lot of respect for them. But we are ready to give it a real fight.”When asked whether the Indians view the UAE as their toughest opponents in the group stage, Kotal said: “Every match is difficult.””You can’t really say which match is tough. Before the Thailand game, would anybody have said that it was going to be easy? Every match is tough. We expect UAE to be a tough game too. They are the hosts. We have to fight in every game and aim to take three points,” he added.We have our plans in place for UAE , says @KotalPritamRead here https://t.co/mLWhlDUP7O#BackTheBlue #BlueTigers #IndianFootball #AsianDream pic.twitter.com/ou6GSBJR9nIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) January 9, 2019The Indian defence played a key role in keeping the Thai attackers at bay in their last game, and Kotal believes that the back-four have a good chemistry between themselves.advertisement”Our back four has been playing together for some time now. That has built up our understanding, and the chemistry.”We always talk to each other, tell each other where to position ourselves, whom to mark. This has obviously improved since we have been playing together for some time,” Kotal asserted.India coach Stephen Constantine meanwhile, stressed that the “game is played on the pitch, not on paper.””We know all the three games are going to be very tough. There’ll be no easy game at this level. But we’ll go toe-to-toe with them. A game is not played on paper, but on the pitch. The UAE are the hosts and will be under pressure. It’s understandable they will go for all three points,” Constantine said on the eve of the game.UAE are currently ranked 79th in the FIFA rankings, and they have been on the winning side on eight occasions against India out of the 13 matches played between the two sides. India have won thrice.The last encounter between these two sides which took place at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi in 2011 had ended in a 2-2 draw, with the last goal being scored by Jeje Lalpekhlua.Also Read | AFC Asian Cup 2019: After dream start vs Thailand, India brace for tougher test against UAEAlso Read | Sunil Chhetri’s team donates fines worth Rs 50,000 to Indian Blind Football FederationAlso Read | Sacked after defeat to India, Thailand head coach praises Sunil Chhetri & Co.Also Watch:last_img read more

10 months agoHiguain agent arrives in London for Chelsea talks

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Higuain agent arrives in London for Chelsea talksby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus striker Gonzalo Higuain’s mooted transfer to Chelsea has taken another switch, with his agent having flown to London on Thursday morning.The Argentine is believed to be keen on a move to Stamford Bridge by cutting short his current loan spell with AC Milan.Nicolas Higuain, the 31-year-old’s brother and agent, was in the English capital on Thursday in order to sound out Chelsea’s interest, according to the London Evening Standard.The deal is made complicated with three parties involved. AC Milan has an option to purchase Higuain for £32m at the end of the season, and Juventus would want Chelsea to adhere to the same deal.However, the Blues are not keen to spend a large sum of money of an ageing striker.Higuain thrived in his one season under Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri at Napoli, when he scored 38 goals. last_img read more

Brazil vs Qatar: TV, stream & preview

first_imgEleven days out from the beginning of the Copa America, Brazil play host to Qatar, who will compete in the competition as a guest nation, in Brasilia.Tite’s side have gone undefeated since crashing out of the World Cup at the quarter-final stage to Belgium 11 months ago, recording seven wins and a draw, conceding only two goals along the way.Meanwhile, Qatar, three years out from hosting the next global gathering, approach this encounter on a high after winning the AFC Asian Cup after a 3-1 win over Japan. They are on a seven-match win streak and have conceded only once. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Will logic hold out and Brazil claim the expected win, or will the Gulf state cause a monumental upset? Game Brazil vs Qatar Date Wednesday, June 5 Time 1:30am BST / 8:30pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched on BeINSports and  live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports / beIN Sports en Espanol fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on FreeSports TV. UK TV channel Online stream FreeSports TV N/A Squads & Team News Position Brazil squad Goalkeepers Alisson, Cassio, Ederson Defenders Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marquinhos, Filipe Luis, Alex Sandro, Dani Alves, Eder, Fagner Midfielders Casemiro, Arthur, Coutinho, Allan, Fernandinho, Paqueta Forwards Neres, Jesus, Neymar, Everton, Firmino, Richarlison Brazil had a high-profile injury scare as Neymar limped out of a recent training session with a knee problem, but the Paris Saint-Germain ace is fit to feature in this encounter.CBF vice-president Francisco Noveletto has suggested personal issues could keep the striker from playing in the Copa America, however.Vinicius Junior, Fabinho and Lucas Moura are among the high-profile players overlooked for the squad.Having played in the Champions League final with Liverpool just a matter of days ago, this game will come too soon for Alisson and Roberto Firmino.Possible Brazil starting XI: Ederson; Alves, Marquinhos, Miranda, Filipe Luis; Casemiro; Richarlison, Arthur, Coutinho, Neymar; Jesus Position Qatar squad Goalkeepers Al Sheeb, Hassan, Al-Bakri Defenders Hassan, Ismail, Ro-Ro, Ali Mukhtar, Al-Rawi, Salman, Al-Muhaza Midfielders Boudaif, Khoukhi, Hatem, Ali Afif, Fatehi, Al-Hajri, Moein, Al-Ahrak Forwards Al-Haydos, Akram Afif, Ali, Alaaeldin Qatar have named a young squad and are likely to expose these players to a match against one of the world’s very best teams.Possible Qatar starting XI: Al Sheeb; Al Rawi, Khoukhi, Salman; Miguel, Al Haydos, Madibo, Hatim, Hassan; Afif, AliBetting & Match Odds Brazil are unsurprisingly red-hot favourites to win this match with Bet365, priced 1/10. Qatar can be backed at 18/1, while a draw is available at 9/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Philippe Coutinho Brazil 2019Given Brazil’s rich footballing heritage, it is a country relatively starved of recent success. World Cup winners on five occasions, the last of these victories came in 2002, while they have failed to win any of the last five Copas America.On home soil in 2019, they will aim to reprise the success they enjoyed in Venezuela back in 2007, which was their fourth victory in five editions.Tite remains the man charged with leading them to glory, having pieced together a quietly effective run in Russia that ended only at the hands of a very capable Belgium team. The rebuilding process since then has been impressive, with a succession of victories gradually building momentum towards the Copa America, including a 3-1 success away in the Czech Republic in March.Having trailed at the break in Prague, Roberto Firmino scored shortly after the restart before a late double from Gabriel Jesus gave them the win.There was no Neymar on that occasion, with the Paris Saint-Germain ace laid up with a foot injury, and he has since been stripped of the captaincy by the coach, with the more experienced Dani Alves taking over.With the burden of expectation on the 27-year-old already immense, it is a move designed to ease the pressure on the forward, who has scored 60 times in 96 international outings.A strong showing against Qatar would help build his confidence, though the Asian champions, who will compete in the Copa America as a guest team, will be eager to show that they are well on track to being a competitive team for World Cup 2022, which they will host.They boast an experienced squad which is entirely domestically based and very well drilled, as reflected by the fact they have conceded only once in their last seven internationals.There are no household names in their ranks, although promising attacker Almoez Ali of Al-Duhail has 19 goals in 39 internationals and is the player Brazil will have to most closely police. This is the start of an exciting period for Qatar, who will lock horns with Paraguay, Colombia and the superstars of Argentina in competitive action when the serious stuff starts in Brazil in little over a week.last_img read more

Maersk Line and Huawei Form Carbon Pact

first_imgzoom Danish container carrier Maersk Line and Chinese networking and telecommunications equipment and services company Huawei Technologies have signed a five-year carbon reduction pact.This agreement is the first of its kind for Maersk Line in Asia, and it integrates both companies’ sustainability commitments to reduce Huawei’s CO2 emissions per container transported with Maersk Line by 18% from 2016 to 2020.“For Maersk Line jointly signing a carbon pact is a milestone in our relationship with Huawei,” Head of Maersk Line Greater China, Silvia Ding, said. The partnership enables transparency related to container transportation, ultimately moving the sustainability agenda forward in China. We are happy to contribute to Huawei’s ambitions to reduce emissions in their value chain, as well as to take our business relationship to the next level by bringing sustainability elements into purchasing decisions.”Maersk Line is driving similar agreements with other clients in China. This is with the purpose of leveraging on its investments in energy efficiency and carbon reductions and to create further opportunities to expand its business.last_img read more

Beep Beep Toronto Blind Jays hit the road for Beep Baseball World

first_imgTORONTO – With the crack of the bat, an umpire’s call and the hustle and bustle on the basepaths, baseball boasts a soundtrack all its own.At a Toronto Blind Jays practice, the collection of sounds also includes a beeping ball and buzzing bases.In preparation to represent Canada at the upcoming NBBA Beep Baseball World Series in Florida, the Jays went to work at Maryvale Park in Toronto’s east end earlier this week. Most of the squad is made up of players who are completely blind or have less than 10 per cent vision.“We’re all just passionate about the sport,” said Canadian general manager Arthur Pressick. “A lot of these people never even tried baseball until beep baseball and they just love it.“To be able to hit a ball and crank it out into the field, it’s a fantastic thing.”Beep baseball is similar to the traditional pastime in some ways. The goal is to hit the ball and score runs but the general setup is quite different.Eye shades are worn to negate any potential vision advantage. Players use their hearing to track the ball, which starts beeping once its pin is pulled as play begins.Players also rely on audio to determine the location of the bases, represented by two padded four-foot cylinders on opposite sides of the field that start to buzz when a ball is in play.The pitcher, catcher and spotters are sighted and work with batters — they’re all on the same team — to co-ordinate pitch timing and help guide players in the outfield.If a ball is hit into fair territory, the race is on as the batter tries to reach base before the fielder locates and picks up the ball. A spotter calls out a number — for example, a two for a shallow ball or a three if it’s deep — to give the fielder an idea of where the beeping ball might be.“Sometimes it’s really scary because the ball is not always on the ground,” said Cassie Orgeles of Fort Erie, Ont. “It could be going over your shoulder.”If the batter reaches base before the ball is secured, a run is scored. If the fielder gets to the ball first, it’s an out.Pressick, a videographer from Meaford, Ont., became interested in the sport after shooting documentaries on beep baseball. He helped put a Canadian squad together for the 2015 tournament in Rochester, N.Y., and while that team later dissolved, a core group of players got together last fall and the 2017 Blind Jays’ roster, which is co-ed, was filled out in the spring.Most of the players have other athletic pursuits. Orgeles, 27, who competed at the Paralympics in goalball, found the transition to beep baseball was a smooth one.“We’re all a very active group and we decided we really want to try this,” she said.Beep baseball bases are in foul territory to avoid player collisions and the ball must clear a line behind the pitcher to be deemed in play. In addition, there are four strikes instead of three, a game lasts six innings, and fielders use their hands instead of baseball gloves.Even though the Canadian team is in its infancy, camaraderie and team spirit were evident on a sunny afternoon in the city’s east end. A 90-minute practice was the second session for the full squad and the first with new blue and white Toronto uniforms and red Canada hats — a welcome donation from Baseball Canada.The players already have their celebratory handshake routines down pat. There was even some good-natured chirping among the teammates.“Keep your eye on the ball, Wayner!” one outfielder shouted in the direction of home plate to chuckles all around.A sponsor is on board to help with costs and the team has received some donations on its GoFundMe page. To keep accommodation costs down, the 12-player team plans to drive 24 hours straight to Florida with Pressick at the wheel.“I’m a GM, coach, pitcher, driver, chef, masseuse and waterboy,” he said with a smile. “All in one.”Orgeles said it can take a little while to get the hang of things on the beep baseball field. Finding a rhythm at the plate is one of the biggest challenges.Standing about 20 feet away, the pitcher uses a four-beat sequence with a ‘Set, ready, pitch,’ declaration before the batter swings.“When you click with your pitcher, it’s the greatest feeling to hit (the) ball,” Orgeles said.Effective communication is critical. And when the team has great spirit and energy, it’s a nice bonus.“It’s a stronger bond I think with this group than traditional baseball,” Pressick said. “They’ve all gone through stuff in life that have brought them together to this point so right there, they have a lot of things in common just off the beginning.”Canada finished 18th at the 2015 tournament. Pressick is hoping for bigger things this time around at West Palm Beach’s Village Park.“I can’t wait to get this team down there and win a World Series,” he said.The tournament starts Sunday and runs for a week.The Jays roster also includes Joey Cabral of Toronto, James Kwinecki of St. Catharines, Ont., Wane St. Denis of Toronto, Ben Ho Lung of Aurora, Ont., Meghan Mahon of Timmins, Ont., Aaron Prevost of Cornwall, Ont., Mark DeMontis of Toronto, Paul Kerins of Toronto (coach), Mike Tweddle of Toronto (coach) and John Harding of Toronto (coach).—Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitterlast_img read more

Church leaders trying to attract new followers from racial ethnic minorities

first_imgWhen they moved to Owen Sound 10 years ago, John Johnson and his family were the only non-white people in his church.Over the years, a few other non-white members joined Rockcliffe Pentecostal Church, which Johnson describes as “one big family.”The father of two finds the church so welcoming that he’s introduced many reluctant Indian friends to Rockcliffe.“I tell them my story,” he says. “They all come to this church and they have positive experiences.”Many church leaders want to give minorities a similar welcome. The immigrant and minority population is expanding beyond big cities, and leaders believe their churches must do a better job of serving an increasingly diverse population, especially as attendance plummets.According to a 2017 Ipsos survey, only 40 per cent of Canadians attend church compared to 63 per cent in 2006.Meanwhile the nation’s immigrant population is growing. Foreign born individuals will make up 30 per cent of Canada’s population by 2036, according to Statistics Canada, and the bulk of them will be in Ontario.“Cultural diversity is definitely growing year on year,” said Cid Latty, a congregational development associate of the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec. “Some of the churches have 20, 30, 40 different nations worshipping in the same context.”Last year, 25 of the association’s churches sponsored 119 refugees, Latty said.Diversity is integral to the Christian community, church leaders say.“From a theological perspective, we’d say that reflects heaven. Heaven’s a place where every people is present — every tribe, every tongue, every nation,” said Merv Budd, senior minister at North Burlington Baptist Church in Burlington, Ont.The 170-member congregation is predominantly white, but there is a growing population of Indian, South Asian, Caribbean and African members.It’s the same story in Kitchener, Ont., at Highland Baptist Church. Pastor Das Sydney says that 10 years ago, the church was 95 per cent white, and now roughly 80 of the 200 attendees are non-white. They include people from Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Sudan, Romania and Burma.“The diversity that we have is a microcosm of the kingdom of God,” said Sydney.Sydney says his church also seeks unity with the First Nations community and hosted a Baptist conference aimed at reconciliation two years ago.In Thunder Bay, Ont., Italian, Portuguese, Filipino, Chinese, Syrian and First Nations parishioners worship at St. Anthony’s Parish, said Rev. Luigi Filippini.“The church is like a mama in welcoming all the children. We serve the community as much as we can.”Faith unites the different cultures, Filippini says.“There’s also a strong flavour of identity because they are all Roman Catholics.”The church has masses in Italian, Portuguese and English to better serve its members.Churches that don’t have comparable diversity are striving to meet the needs of their cities’ various ethnicities. In Cambridge, Ont., for example, pastor Dan Fietje said the church should represent the larger community’s diversity.After noticing that the ethnic makeup of the 150-member Cambridge Community Church did not reflect the city’s ethnic makeup, Fietje raised the issue with the church board and the church is now re-evaluating aspects of its culture.“Every church has a culture, whether they know it or not. Is that culture welcoming?” Fietje said, “I’m sure we think we are, but maybe we do things that aren’t welcoming at all.”“I try to think about this when I do slide shows. Is every single person that I have in my photos white? Are they mostly male?” he said.Other church leaders have sought out formal training. Last fall, 35 students enrolled in an inaugural class for the Certificate in Ministry and Organizational Leadership, offered by the Tyndale Intercultural Ministries Centre in Toronto. The certificate trains Christian leaders to better serve multi-ethnic churches and improve the interactions between different cultures, said Tim Tang, the centre’s associate director.“Traditions are hard to change; a lot of church practices are built around norms and cultural biases that we are not aware of,” Tang said.For example, Tang said, many sacred hymns were written to drinking melodies.“If they were based on European drinking games from centuries of old, how relevant really are they today for us?”Involving other races in church leadership is critical to a truly integrated church body and a culture that represents all members of the church, said David Seljak, professor of religious studies at University of Waterloo.“When ethnic minorities are not involved in decision making, they risk not being represented,” he said, “You are relying on the good will of the dominant community. This model still creates inequality.”Budd said he’s seen this model silence minorities.“The problem with white people when they are a majority is because they are comfortable they assume everyone else must be comfortable, so they don’t go out of their way to make sure that’s the case.”He’s recruited qualified minorities for leadership and volunteer positions.“Often what I have found is that people of a different ethnicity who have those gifts and talents are sometimes overlooked because of that ethnicity.Churches should also make sure that songs and prayers don’t represent just one race, said Latty.“You can now download a song from Ethiopia,” he said, “There’s absolutely no reason that a monoculture culture cannot learn from and glean from another culture.”There are other challenges as churches embrace new cultures. Socioeconomic differences between new immigrants and established Canadians continue to divide and prevent full integration, said Sydney.“So even though there are good efforts to bridge the gap, it’s not happening that easily.”Tackling this and other obstacles to welcoming other ethnicities is critical to the survival of the church.As Budd puts it: “The western church is dying, but around the world it’s growing and expanding, so we are wise to listen. We are wise to make room and be putting ourselves in a position to learn and humble ourselves.”— Dr. Tola Afolabi is a plastic surgeon and reconstructive surgeon praticising in southwestern Ontario who is also a fellow in global journalism at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.last_img read more

Man suffers burns as blaze destroys southern Manitoba grain elevator

first_imgA fire has destroyed a grain elevator in southern Manitoba and left a man in a Winnipeg hospital for treatment of burns.The blaze in the Paterson Grain-owned building happened Monday evening in the small community of Crystal City, about 190 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg.The man, who is in his 30s, was airlifted to hospital and is listed in stable condition.People who live near the elevator say they initially heard what sounded like an explosion before the structure was engulfed in flame.Colleen Henderson, who is part of an emergency response team in the area, says a nearby business was also lost.Henderson says the fire could have been worse because the elevator is in the middle of the community and more buildings may have been lost if there had been any wind. (CTV Winnipeg)last_img read more

Haiti 17 more suspected gang leaders arrested in new sweep by UN

21 February 2007Seventeen more presumed gang members have been arrested in one of Haiti’s most dangerous areas, the Cité Soleil quarter of Port-au-Prince, the capital, in the latest sweep by hundreds of United Nations peacekeepers to rid the city of violent crime. The operation yesterday by some 700 UN blue helmets, which also led to the seizure of a number of illegal weapons, was planned and executed in collaboration with the Haitian National Police, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said in a statement.“It marks an intensification of recent efforts to stabilize and secure the crime-ridden parts of the Haitian capital,” the mission added.Over the weekend, UN peacekeepers picked up gang leader named Johnny Pierre Louis, also known as Ti Bazil, the presumed perpetrator of numerous murders and other bloody crimes, during a sweep through the Key Boyle residential section of Cité Soleil. He often acted under the orders of an ex-gang chief named Evens, whom MINUSTAH recently ousted from the Boston area of Cité Soleil.MINUSTAH, set up in 2004 to help re-establish peace in the impoverished Caribbean country after an insurgency forced President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile, has launched several anti-gang operations in recent weeks. The mission recently has transformed Evens’ former headquarters into a free medical clinic. read more

Migiro stresses need to end impunity for war crimes and human rights

10 August 2008Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro has called on lawyers to play a greater role in guaranteeing countries live up to their commitments to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. In an address yesterday to the American Bar Association in New York, Ms. Migiro said the fight to bring an end to impunity for such crimes is one of the most important ways of ensuring that the rule of law is put into practice worldwide.She cited the formation of the International Criminal Court (ICC), a permanent institution aimed at trying those responsible for the worst crimes, and the 2005 pledge by world leaders at the UN on the “responsibility to protect” populations from such crimes as important milestones.“Now, the need to make this responsibility to protect fully operational represents a major priority and challenge for the United Nations and for our Member States,” Ms. Migiro said.The Deputy Secretary-General said the emergence of international criminal law and such institutions as the ICC raised the question of how to reconcile the need for peace in a country emerging from conflict with the duty of justice for the victims of that war.“For the United Nations, justice and peace are complementary requirements. We strongly believe that there can be no lasting peace without justice. The question therefore is not whether justice should be pursued, but rather how best to interlink the two in the light of the specific circumstances, without sacrificing one for another.“The United Nations has a clear position that it cannot support any amnesty for genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and gross human rights abuses. I hope that you, as legal professionals, will work wherever possible to ensure that justice is not sidelined in the short-term interests of an unsustainable peace.” read more

DR of Congo concerned over tension in Kisangani UN urges restraint by

Voicing concern over recent clashes in Kisangani, a statement released in Kinshasa called on the parties to exercise restraint and halt their confrontations. The statement also called on all sides to ensure respect for human rights.“We exhort the parties not to undertake any action that could aggravate an already complicated situation,” the statement said, expressing condolences to the families of the victims of the recent violence and pledging that the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) would do all possible to ensure stability in the area.Meanwhile, UN officials on the ground, led by MONUC Deputy Force Commander General Martinelli, and including political and human rights officers, met last night with the Governor of Kisangani to stress the need for the situation to be resolved peacefully without the use of force. read more

Oilforfood allegations will not derail UN reform initiative Annan says

“[Reform] is a long-term proposal, and it’s a proposal which is going to have a longer term impact on the Organization,” Mr. Annan said as he entered UN Headquarters in New York in response to a question on the Oil-for-Food issue.”I do not expect it to derail the reform process,” he replied. “We are determined to go ahead and I urge all the Member States to go” forward as well.The Secretary-General’s initiatives for the most sweeping overhaul of the UN in its 60-year history are contained in his report “In Larger Freedom.” Among other proposals, he urges an expansion of the Security Council from the current 15, a replacement of the UN Commission on Human Rights with a Human Rights Council made up of members elected by a two-thirds majority of the General Assembly, the establishment of a new Peacebuilding Commission, the adoption of a comprehensive treaty against terrorism, and full adherence to targets for providing development aid to poor countries.In his comments, Mr. Annan acknowledged the seriousness of the allegations about Oil-for-Food as well as the mistakes made in connection with the programme. He added that the UN had worked to rectify those errors.”We are taking measures to strengthen our own administration and transparency,” he said, adding, “The Member States, who themselves are very much aware of how the Oil-for-Food [programme] was set up, how it was managed, how it was organized, I think are much more sanguine about the facts than most other people, and I hope they will focus on the work ahead and strengthen this institution.”Reflecting on the broader context, he said: “For some, the oil-for-food crisis will never die down.”The Secretary-General last year named a high-level panel headed by former United States Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker to investigate the allegations of corruption surrounding the $64 billion programme. All relevant documents and files have been turned over to Mr. Volcker’s Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC) and all staff members have been ordered to cooperation with its investigation on pain of dismissal.The IIC has so far issued two interim reports. Its final report is expected this summer. read more

Crime boss Terry Adams says he cannot afford to pay £750k after

first_img“The matter came before the learned judge, and she found he did so. It is my position she was wrong. “The Crown Prosecution said, in all their evidence, they have never sought to distinguish the position between Mr Adams from his wife. “There was no evidence whatsoever of expenditure by Mr Adams. He added: “There is no suggestion that Mr Adams has continued in any form a criminal career. “Since leaving prison in July of 2012, Mr Adams has been, to some extent, dependent upon his wife.” Adams had since carried out some casual work, including designing jewellery and men’s clothing, the court heard. But Adams had complained that he was unable to work for long – because every time the police found out, they “went to interview the people who tried to employ him”, the court heard. Turning to any allegations of luxury lifestyles, the lawyer said: “Every transaction relied upon by the Crown Prosecution Service was carried out by Mrs Adams “There is no allegation, no evidence or allegation of any transaction by Mr Adams, which could be considered to be an excessive lifestyle indeed, or any kind of expenditure.” The hearing continues.   Crime boss Terry Adams leaves the High Court at lunchtime today with his wife Ruth  “If it was luxurious, it was by Mrs Adams with her own money.” The family home had been bugged by prosecutors to make secret recordings over a number of years to use as evidence during the money laundering trial, the court heard. The recordings, which cost £2.7million to transcribe, meant Mr Adams’s financial position was well known, his lawyer argued. Mr Krolick said: “It does seem clear, and it appears to be accepted by the prosecution, that the £750,000 comprised first of all Mr Adams’s interest in his family home, which he owned jointly with his wife in equal shares. “But in addition there was a quantity of items of jewellery and some antiques and items of some value. “It’s not as if Mr Adams’s financial position was unknown to the prosecution. “We submit that by the time the agreement was made as to the £750,000, the prosecution were in no doubt that was then the value of his assets.” After Adams was jailed, he was required to submit monthly financial reports, which his solicitors completed, the court was told. Meanwhile, the value of the house fell due to the financial situation in the UK, Mr Krolick said. He also argued prosecutors failed to distinguish between Terry Adams and his wife Ruth, when it came to their finances. Referring to the first refusal for permission to reduce the confiscation sum in 2014, Mr Krolick said: “The application was resisted by the Crown. And on the grounds, Mr Adams had a hidden source or reserve of money. And he denied that.  Crime boss Terry Adams has said he cannot afford to pay £750,000 his wife squandered thousands on jewels and flights, a court was told.Adams was ordered to hand over the money made from ill-gotten gains in 2007 along with interest on the sum.Since being released, Adams has paid just £360,000, the Court of Appeal heard on Thursday.He is now seeking permission to apply to a crown court for a reduction in the confiscation order made against him, claiming he cannot afford it. Crime boss Terry Adams with his wife Ruth  Adams’ lawyers claim the gangster can never work for long because police then interview his employers.An earlier application was rejected in August 2014, when more than £650,000 was still outstanding. At the time, prosecutors successfully argued he could not show he had less than £650,000, and claimed he had hidden assets. The judge, Mrs Justice Davies, had noted Adams and his wife Ruth still led an “expensive” lifestyle, which was inconsistent with a claim of having no assets. Kennedy Talbot QC, prosecuting, said that the couple spent nearly £15,000 on hotels, flights, restaurants and entertainment from August 2009 to September 2013. But in court today Adams’s defence team argued this was spent by Mrs Adams, and her husband was in jail for most of that period. Ivan Krolick, representing Adams, said: “Those were expenditures by Mrs Adams on herself. “I am not suggesting in any such way he did not benefit from the expenditure. What I am putting forward, is it is not right to say this was luxurious living by Mr Adams.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Improved iron ore workflow solution for characterisation and reliable measurement

first_imgThe recent demand on global steel production has prompted the development of new techniques for the reliable measurement and characterisation of iron ore minerals such as hematite (Fe2O3), magnetite (Fe3O4), goethite (FeO(OH)), and limonite (FeO(OH).n(H2O)). While magnetite and hematite can be distinguished qualitatively using optical microscopy, quantitative characterisation using SEM-based Automated Mineralogy solutions, is challenging due to the similar BSE and EDS response of these two minerals. A new MLA measurement workflow has been developed by FEI to discriminate iron oxides by taking full advantage of the subtle difference in backscatter intensities between hematite and magnetite.The workflow involves three steps:1.Stretching BSE brightness and contrast to effectively double the grey level contrast for iron oxides. As a result two separate peaks emerge, representing hematite (~200) and magnetite (~210). This allows for reliable phase separation at the image segmentation stage2.Energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectra acquisition combining two measurement settings. Single EDX spectra are collected from centre points of unsaturated segmented phases (including hematite and magnetite). Saturated segments, comprising multiple bright mineral phases, are mapped using a regular grid with further phase discrimination based on EDX spectra3.Mineral identification is performed by a classification algorithm combining BSE thresholds and EDX spectra.This advanced approach to magnetite and hematite as been applied to several iron ore samples from different locations worldwide. The results show successful discrimination of iron oxides into hematite and magnetite, with identification based on a combination of modified backscatter intensities and EDX spectral matching, FEI reports.last_img read more

Réchauffement climatique lInde et la Chine sassocient à laccord de Copenhague

first_imgRéchauffement climatique : l’Inde et la Chine s’associent à l’accord de Copenhague L’Inde et la Chine, premier émetteur de gaz à effet de serre de la planète, se sont officiellement associés à l’accord conclu lors de la conférence internationale sur la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique qui s’est tenue à Copenhague en décembre dernier.Dans une lettre officielle datée du 9 mars et signée par le négociateur chinois chargé de la question du climat, Su Wei, la Chine a confirmé au secrétariat de l’Onu chargé du changement climatique qu’il pouvait inscrire le pays dans la liste des États qui se sont associés à l’accord de Copenhague.L’Inde a elle aussi indiqué, par le truchement de son ministre de l’Environnement Jairam Ramesh qu’après “un examen attentif”, elle a décidé à son tour de rejoindre cette liste. L’accord de Copenhague, conclu de justesse après des mois de négociations peu fructueuses,  fixe comme seul et unique objectif de limiter à deux degrés la hausse de la température moyenne de la planète. Reste à définir les moyens d’y parvenir. Déjà accepté par une centaine de pays dont les vingt-sept membres de l’UE et les États-Unis, l’accord propose également un fonds annuel de 100 milliards de dollars pour aider les pays en développement à lutter contre le réchauffement climatique et à s’y adapter, à partir de 2020.Le 10 mars 2010 à 17:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Des produits chimiques se cachent dans les jouets des enfants alertent des

first_imgDes produits chimiques se cachent dans les jouets des enfants, alertent des ONGLes tests réalisés par des ONG et des scientifiques sont sans appel : phtalates, bisphénol A, formaldéhyde et xylène sont des produits chimiques loin d’être inoffensifs et sont présents dans de très nombreux jouets, futurs cadeaux de Noël.C’est à proximité du centre Pompidou à Paris qu’un réseau d’une centaine d’organisations de 40 pays, WECF (Women in Europe for a common future, Femmes d’Europe pour un avenir commun), a réalisé une opération de tests de jouets pour enfant.Premier essai : Julie Langlet, de Quad-Lab, un laboratoire spécialisé dans l’étude de l’air intérieur, teste un puzzle pour enfants, en bois lamellé et collé. Celui dégage du formaldéhyde, un produit classé CMR (cancérogène, mutagène, reprotoxique) et volatile à 20°C. L’origine de ce produit chimique : la colle utilisée. Deuxième test, une poupée qui sent la vanille. Celle-ci dégage, outre son parfum, du xylène, un hydrocarbure aromatique dérivé du benzène, qui provoque des allergies. “Elle va finir à la poubelle”, indique la maman qui vient de rapporter le jouet de sa fille.Des consoles de jeux qui dépasse la norme maximale d’émission de rayonnementsQuant aux produits plastiques telles qu’une assiette colorée, bien qu’elle ne puisse être testée, il y a fort à parier qu’elle contienne du bisphénol A. Donc pas question de la chauffer au micro-ondes, ni même de mettre des aliments chauds dedans : “On peut s’en servir pour jouer à la dînette”, explique Julie Langlet. Si la plupart des jouets français sont contrôlés et respectent les normes européennes, ce n’est pas le cas de jouets importés. Les consoles de jeux, par exemple, star des ventes à Noël font partie de ces jouets construits en Asie notamment. À lire aussiAttention aux jouets trop bruyants pour les enfantsTestées par Catherine Gouhier, co-fondatrice du Centre de recherche indépendant sur les rayonnements électromagnétiques non ionisants (Criirem), certaines consoles atteignent près de 4 volts par mètre (v/m) quand “pour l’exposition faible mais de longue durée, un rapport parlementaire avait fixé une norme maximale à 0,6v/m”. Valérie, une mère, estime qu'”il ne faut pas céder à la panique, mais appliquer le principe de précaution”, indiquant avoir “proscrit les consoles de jeux”. Un conseil : privilégier les jouets européens Au vu des résultats obtenus, WECF s’insurge donc contre le faible niveau des contrôles sur les jeux et jouets, et les réglementations insuffisantes. “Le logo CE, c’est une imposture, puisqu’il est apposé par le fabricant lui-même et non par un organisme de certification indépendant”, dit Anne Barre, présidente de WECF France.Or, si une directive européenne a été adoptée en 2008 sur la sécurité des jouets, les dispositions sur les substances chimiques ne seront obligatoires qu’à partir de 2013.Certains conseillent ainsi de choisir des jouets en coton bio ou en bois brut, mais l’idéal reste sans doute d’acheter européen : “il y a plus de sécurité”, note Michèle Rivasi, députée européenne. Néanmoins, “il faudrait un étiquetage”, souligne sa consoeur Corinne Lepage. “On ne sait pas ce qu’il y a dans les jouets, donc on ne peut pas faire de prévention”.Le 17 novembre 2011 à 18:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

New DCP joins the ranks by May 2017 beat five others for

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 10, 2017 – He is leaving St Helena to take up the post of Deputy Chief of Police of the Turks and Caicos islands and he brings with him 34 years of experience.  Today the TCI Police Force announced our new DCP and his name is Trevor Botting.   From a short list of six and after interviews, Botting was found most fitting likely due to his strong background in strategic and tactical policing. Botting also has experience in Airport policing, Disaster Management and Search and Rescue.  Add to the list of accomplishments, management of 500 officers, neighborhood policing, firearms operations and the Dog unit.  #MagneticMediaNews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more