Archers survive Tams’ final rally

first_imgFEU’s Prince Orizu tries to get La Salle’s Ben Mbala out of the way, but the MVP continues to drop double-double numbers to lift the Archers past the Tamaraws . —AUGUST DELA CRUZWith reigning Ben Mbala struggling, Ricci Rivero and Jollo Go rose to the challenge anew as La Salle hammered out a thrilling 75-73 victory over Far Eastern U Wednesday to regain solo second in UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sustaining his fiery form, Rivero finished with 20 points and five steals while Go made four triples en route to 14 points as they picked up the slack for Mbala, who shot just 5-of-16 from the field for 18 points.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “It was really a struggle,” said Perasol.Mbala was made to work for his points by Prince Orizu and Barkley Ebonia, but La Salle’s defense also hung tough in a tight fourth period with Andrei Caracut breaking up FEU’s final inbound play with 2.2 seconds remaining.“They focused on defending Ben (Mbala), but fortunately for us, Jollo was hitting his shots,” said La Salle assistant coach Miggy Solitaria, who has been filling in for Aldin Ayo at post-match press conferences after the loss to University of the Philippines last Sept. 23.“It was all about doing my role,” said Go, who shot 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. “I’m just grateful for the trust and confidence given to me by my teammates.”The Archers could have sealed the victory earlier, but Rivero missed a couple of free throws and intentionally missed a second foul shot that failed to hit the rim for a violation, allowing the Tamaraws one last chance of stealing the win.“We just have to stick to our system,” Solitaria said. “There’s always an impact if we don’t follow the system. Fortunately, in the last few minutes of the game, we found a way (to win).” “Every time we go up against UST, it’s always going to be a classic for us,” said UP coach Bo Perasol, whose team snapped a three-game slide.“This is just too difficult for us, because we just wanted to get another win after the three losses we had. This is something that can perk us up, make us believe again that we can still do this.”A surprise starter, Jan Jaboneta went 4-for-4 from beyond the arc to topscore with 12 points for the Maroons, who once again struggled to get baskets in the endgame.“Just imagine what would have happened if we lost that game,” said Perasol. “It was a close game; it could have been the third close game that we (lost). We’re able to make a stop in that last possession, and we’re just happy about this, all of us.”Marvin Lee cut UP’s lead to a single point with a triple in transition before Manzo split his free throws, setting the stage for a wild finish. The Maroons took control in the second period, where Manzo and Desiderio joined forces in a 13-2 burst that gave UP a 31-22 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Arellano U Presses bid for final 4 MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The win allowed the Archers to break the tie for second with the Adamson Falcons as they improved to 6-2, while dealing the Tamaraws their second straight defeat for a 4-4 record.FEU’s loss also allowed University of the Philippines to catch up at fourth spot as the Fighting Maroons slipped past University of Santo Tomas, 71-69, earlier.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJun Manzo split his free throws with seven seconds remaining, before the Maroons watched Marvin Lee’s triple rim out at the buzzer as they escaped with a narrow win just like in the first round when Paul Desiderio nailed a triple as time expired to lift UP.It was the eighth straight loss for the Tigers, who once again showed plenty of fight in the final period, before falling short. Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:24Life lessons the hearing can learn from the Deaf01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more

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US Open 2019: Coco Gauff Delivers on the Hype in First-round Thriller

first_imgNew York: Teen sensation Cori “Coco” Gauff lived up to the hype surrounding her US Open debut on Tuesday, battling back to beat Anastasia Potapova 3-6 6-2 6-4 in a back-and-forth thriller.The outlook appeared bleak for the 15-year-old American when she was broken to open the second set but Gauff broke back in the next game to seize the momentum and ultimately level up the contest in front of a supportive crowd. But hard-hitting 18-year-old Potapova, despite needing medical attention to her shoulder, refused to go down without a fight and Gauff had to earn her place in the second round. “No matter where I was on the court, I could always hear someone supporting me.”Coco & the New York crowd = @CocoGauff | #USOpen pic.twitter.com/vUX30ZhTB8— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 28, 2019Asked how she turned the match around, wildcard Gauff pointed to the fans inside Louis Armstrong Stadium.”Honestly it’s because of the crowd,” she said. “You guys were amazing. No matter where I was on the court I could hear somebody supporting me and I’m really grateful for that.”Gauff also had words of praise for her opponent, who battled hard in the third set.”I was trying to really dig deep. I was like, ‘You got to make her play. She’s not going to hand it to you,” said Gauff.”I really don’t remember the match too well because everything is still a blur. But I do remember I think that four-all game, it was just like a lot of battling.”Gauff entered this year’s tournament amid high expectations after reaching the last 16 at Wimbledon earlier this year.She next faces 26-year-old Timea Babos of Hungary in the second round at Flushing Meadows. Anastasia PotapovaCoco GauffCori Gauffus open First Published: August 28, 2019, 8:45 AM ISTcenter_img 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.last_img read more

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Exclusive: ICC CEO Dave Richardson exposes BCCI’s last bid to resist SC ordered reforms

first_imgImagine a cricket World Cup without two time former champions and the game’s biggest player India. That impossible scenario could very well become possible. In a bizarre turn of events, International Cricket Council CEO Dave Richardson has told India Today that the BCCI has requested for a letter against government interference and even threatening the Indian Board of suspension. (Lodha Panel sets December 15 deadline for BCCI to form Apex Council) While BCCI has denied asking for such a letter, critics are seeing this as a move to put pressure on the Indian authorities. (New deadlines, new delays, new setbacks for BCCI) On Saturday, BCCI president Anurag Thakur attacked the ICC on various issues and accused the world body of attempting to sideline the Indian Cricket Board. Now, ICC CEO Dave Richardson may just have revealed the reason why. If BCCI did make such a request, which the ICC turned down, then this would be seen as the Indian board’s last bid to resist the Supreme Court ordered reforms. Here are the excerpts of David Richardson’s exclusive interview with India Today’s consulting editor Boria Majumdar. Q: Is there any truth to the fact that the BCCI asked the ICC for a letter stating that the ICC will disaffiliate the BCCI if there is government interference?David Richardson, ICC CEO: “The President of the BCCI Mr Anurag Thakur did verbally request ICC Chairman to write a letter to the BCCI asking the BCCI to explain whether the recommendations of Lodha committee might constitute government interference. Mr. Manohar said that the ICC should not write such a letter unless the BCCI first writes to ICC requesting ICC to intervene, or that the ICC receives a letter from another of its members requesting it to do so, and no such letter has been received. I understand Mr. Manohar is reluctant to interfere in domestic affairs of a member country. He will not do so without being formally requested to do so by that member concerned, nor is he prepared to put ICC in a position where the ICC can be perceived as challenging the authority of the Supreme Court of India, without being formally requested to intervene and specially without the full consensus of the ICC board. Don’t forget that under the consequences of government interference it is possible for the suspension of the member board and nobody wants the BCCI to be suspended.” (ICC forced to withdraw two-tier Test proposal) Q: David now that you have revealed that the letter was mentioned and that the ICC did not give it at that point of time, if there is a written plea from the BCCI stating what is happening in India and that constitutes government interference or any outside interference, will you or the chairman or the ICC board issue such a letter?advertisementDavid Richardson, ICC CEO: “It is difficult to speculate you know, we don’t even know what specifically the BCCI will say in the letter. So I think you have to take these things step by step. If a letter is received then it has to be considered, it’s implications need to be considered because the implications could be serious and it needs to be considered by the ICC board in its entirety and then they can describe what needs to be done and whether any kind of letter needs to be written or what action needs to be taken.” (Two-tier Test scheme should have been shot down early: Anurag Thakur) Q: The BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke in a newspaper interview has categorically denied asking the ICC to issue such a letter. It is becoming one’s word against another. It is David Richardson & Shashank Manohar’s word against perhaps Anurag Thakur & Ajay Shirke and it is not warranted. It is becoming ICC vs BCCI in that sense. Can you tell me on record if there were any witnesses when as you say the BCCI President requested for such a letter?David Richardson, ICC CEO: “Yes the other board members were present when BCCI made that request. Mr. Thakur has, as far as I can see, actually criticised the ICC for not sending that letter.” Earlier in a newspaper interview BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke denied making any such request to the ICC, saying that the BCCI has not requested any such letter. Ajay Shirke told Indian Express, “No, no, we have never asked for any such letter. Im not aware of the exact circumstances in which the entire board was suspended. What level of interferences, what kind of interferences – if they (ICC) are really such a fair and transparent organisation, (I want to know) whether they really have any definition about what constitutes government interferences? In absence of that, theres every room for a very subjective interpretation. What’s the degree of government interference and what kind of interferences – I’m not aware of that. The Lodha Committee has recommended the appointment of a watchdog – the CAG – at the BCCI and every state association. I’m not personally apprehensive. But we are a member of the ICC and theres no clarity regarding what tantamount to government interference. But the BCCI hasn’t asked for any letter or sent any in this regard.” The BCCI vs ICC tussle has left former World Cup winner and Lok Sabha member Kirti Azad fuming. Azad told India Today, “BCCI wants ICC to interfere but they will not write a letter as they know if they write a letter it will be contempt of court. Look at the audacity of these people where they say that Chief Justice TS Thakur should recuse himself of the review petition. As I have been saying, the BCCI considers itself above the law of the land. BCCI is a united in corruption alliance, so many people who lose elections come back in to important positions. Now they want to blackmail the ICC as India is one of the biggest contributors to the ICC fund. BCCI is trying to get the best of both worlds without compromising on their own position. BCCI is absolutely desperate. They are trying to use all muscle power and money power to get what they want.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly bless Virat Kohli at his Mumbai wedding reception

first_imgSachin Tendulkar graced Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s wedding reception in Mumbai at the St Regis on Tuesday. The Master Blaster was accompanied by wife Anjali and daughter Sara.There was another honoured guest as Kohli and Anushka looked resplendent on what was a special evening. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly also reached the Mumbai hotel to participate in the newly-married couple’s celebrations.Tendulkar was seen wearing a navy-blue suit while Anjali was looking gorgeous in a gold embroided pink suit. Sara wore a cream coloured dress at the reception held at St Regis’ Astor Ballroom in Mumbai’s Lower Parel. Ganguly, Tendulkar’s opening partner of many years, was also in attendance and joined the likes of Anil Kumble, Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Sandeep Patil and India coach Ravi Shastri.Kohli has often been compared with Tendulkar but the 29-year-old Delhi dasher has said it was not fair to the Little Master as he is in a league of his own. However, despite his modesty, it is certain Kohli will one day overtake Tendulkar’s ODI hundreds.Tendulkar finished a glittering ODI career with 49 hundreds while Kohli has already racked up 32. As a chaser in ODIs, Kohli already has more hundreds than his idol.Ganguly, who was nearing the end of his illustrious career by the time Kohli first appeared for India, also blessed the couple. He is the one who believes Kohli will one day break Tendulkar’s ODI records.In fact, many experts have also said Kohli’s captaincy style is very similar to the way Ganguly led India with aggression and passion in his time.advertisementSeveral of Kohli’s Indian teammates were also in attendance – Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jajdea, Wriddhiman Saha, Kuldeep Yadav, R Ashwin, Manish Pandey, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah were there as were Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuvraj Singh and Ashish Nehra were all part of a dream collection of cricketers.Kohli, who had a fantastic 2017 with 2818 runs in international cricket, tied the knot with Anushka in Tuscany in a private ceremony. The pair then went on a holiday to Finland reportedly before returing to India. They then threw a party at Delhi on December 21 for close family members and other guests. The ceremony was attended by Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina and Gautam Gambhir among others.Kohli and Anushka will now fly to South Africa along with the Indian team for the South Africa tour. The duo will spend New Year’s eve together and then the actor will return to Mumbai for her film commitments. Kohli on the other hand will lead Team India in the three-match Test series starting on January 5 at Newlands. The Test series will be followed by six ODIs and three T20Is.last_img read more

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Honor 10 Lite India launch set for January 15, will be Flipkart exclusive

first_imgIt’s official, the Honor 10 Lite launch in India will take place on January 15. The company has sent out media invites for the launch event of the Honor 9 Lite successor. The phone will launch as a Flipkart-exclusive based on a dedicated page that’s now live on the e-commerce platform. The Honor 10 Lite is a lightweight version of the Honor 10 flagship. It touts an appealing glass design combined with a waterdrop notch and AI-backed dual cameras, among other things.The Honor 10 Lite’s price and Flipkart availability will be announced on January 15, but everything else about the affordable device is known already. The phone was first announced in China a couple of months ago with a budget price tag. The Honor 10 Lite will be the company’s first phone in India to ship with Android Pie. It will also be Honor’s first phone with GPU Turbo 2.0 and a waterdrop display.Honor 10 Lite specificationsThe Honor 10 Lite brings a premium design language with a glass-like rear panel that comes in four colours – Gradient Blue, Gradient Red, Lily Valley White, and Magic Night Black. We will have to wait and see if all these colours will be made available in the country. The phone also gets a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and facial recognition as biometric options.The Honor 10 Lite sports a 6.21-inch FHD+ dewdrop display with a droplet-style notch. It is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core Kirin 710 chipset and will likely be the first Honor phone to ship with Android Pie with EMUI 9 on top in India. The Honor 10 Light is available in China in four colours – Gradient Blue, Gradient Red, Lily Valley White, and Magic Night Black. We will have to wait and see if all these colours make it to the country.advertisementThe Honor 10 Lite also touts a dual camera setup with a 13MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a 2-megapixel secondary camera. The phone also gets a 24MP front-facing camera housed in the notch. The cameras are expected to come with a lot of AI features baked thanks to the Kirin 710 chipset. The phone also packs a 3,400mAh battery.Honor 10 Lite expected price in IndiaThe Honor 10 Lite is expected to be priced similar to the Honor 9 Lite, which means a price tag under Rs 15,000. In China, the Honor 10 Lite is priced starting at CNY 1399 (approx Rs 14,500) for the base model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The phone also comes in 6GB + 64GB and 6GB + 128GB variants in China, but we aren’t sure whether all three variants will be coming to India.ALSO READ | Honor 10 Lite quick review: A worthy successor to Honor 9 Lite?ALSO READ | Honor View 20 with 25MP front camera set to launch in India on January 29ALSO READ | Honor V20 goes official with 6.4-inch All-View display, 48MP rear cameralast_img read more

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Ravi Shastri all but through as CAC not keen on foreign coach for Team India

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiAugust 6, 2019UPDATED: August 6, 2019 16:41 IST (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCAC is reportedly, not too keen on picking a foreign coach for Team IndiaCAC is yet to receive a date from BCCI as to when the shortlisted candidates are will be interviewedShastri’s current contract as head coach will expire after India’s tour of the West IndiesThe uncertainty over whether Ravi Shastri will continue to be the head coach of Team India seems all but over, as the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) — comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy — appointed to pick the new coach has made it clear that it is not looking at a foreign face for the coveted post.Speaking to IANS, a CAC member said that with the team doing so well under Shastri, it was all but certain that the former India all-rounder will continue to coach the Virat Kohli-led team.”We are not too keen to bring in a foreign coach. Yes, had someone of the stature of Gary Kirsten applied, we might have given it a thought. But even then, an Indian would have always been the priority. After all, the team has also done well under an Indian head coach, so why look for a change? As things stand now, Shastri does look to be the favourite to be handed a fresh contract,” the CAC member said.A senior BCCI official had also recently said that it was important for Shastri to continue as the team was undergoing transition.”Nothing permanent with a long term effect should happen at this stage of transition. Shastri and Kohli complement each other well and it would be unfair to change half of a team that has been successful. A change in coach may disturb the equation that exists and allows the players to have the mental space to excel.advertisement”If a change is made at this stage, it would be a change of strategy and planning for the next 5 years. It would be unfair to take such a decision at a stage when the stakeholders are not the ones deciding,” the official told IANS.CoA chief Vinod Rai has made it clear that the final decision lay with the CAC and they will appoint the coach and there won’t be a case of them giving their recommendation to the BCCI.When asked if there was a joint winner, the CAC member said that the vote of Kapil would come in if at all such a scenario arose.”See, firstly, it is a three-member panel, so a split decision is highly unlikely. But yes, if at all a situation does arise where A goes for one candidate, B for another and C for another, the vote of the chairman will come in and the decision will stand. But as of now, we don’t see something like that happening,” the member said.”But yes, we will give the board options like our first preference is A, second preference is B and third preference for the job is C. That is more because there can be a case like at the time of the women’s coach appointment when Kirsten had IPL commitments.”The CAC is yet to receive a date from the board as to when the shortlisted candidates are will be interviewed. But they expect to get intimation on the same soon. Rai on his part has said that the interviews will take place in mid-August.Also Read | India head coach interviews next week but will Ethics officer play third umpire again?Also Read | BCCI CoA clears Kapil Dev and team to pick next India head coachAlso Read | Ex-selector Vikram Rathour to clash with Praveen Amre for batting coach’s jobFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Ravi ShastriFollow Team India head coachFollow CACFollow BCCI Ravi Shastri all but through as CAC not keen on foreign coach for Team IndiaSpeaking to IANS, a CAC member said that with the team doing so well under Ravi Shastri, it was all but certain that the former India all-rounder will continue to coach the Virat Kohli-led team.advertisementlast_img read more

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Province Government of Canada Sign Agreement for Electronic Monitoring Technology

first_img Quickly detect violations of certain types of release conditions; Compel offenders to abide by the terms of their release; and Increase safety for parole officers conducting late night checks of offenders under imposed curfews. Nova Scotia’s electronic monitoring systems are going to be used in a pilot program for federal offenders, the two governments announced today, Aug. 11. Len Goucher, Minister of Immigration, on behalf of Cecil Clarke, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, and Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety made the announcement. Mr. Day announced in Toronto in the morning that the federal government is launching a program to electronically monitor federal offenders. He joined Mr. Goucher for a joint announcement in Halifax in the afternoon. “In 2006, Nova Scotia became the first province in the country to use GPS technology to monitor offenders,” said Mr. Goucher. “We are pleased to share the knowledge and expertise we have gained over the past two years with the government of Canada.” “This initiative will better protect communities and provide an additional tool for the Correctional Service of Canada and police to prevent crime,” said Mr. Day. “Government is determined to ensure that those offenders who are released by the National Parole Board into the community are more effectively monitored. “We have listened to police and victims groups who have been requesting such a tool for years. Compelling offenders to abide by the conditions of their release is a key aspect of reform of Canada’s prison system.” Nova Scotia will provide support and advice based on experience with the technology. While the Correctional Service of Canada will use Nova Scotia’s electronic monitoring systems, it will be responsible for monitoring offenders during the pilot project. The one-year pilot, which will begin in September, will include monitoring up to 30 offenders in the Ontario region. Based on the results, options to extend the program across Canada will be examined. Offenders will wear an ankle bracelet with a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver that will report its position to a monitoring network. Alerts will be issued whenever an offender violates conditions such as curfews, residency or location restrictions. Appropriate action will be taken, including calling police, as required. Electronic monitoring will: “I am very pleased with the government’s announcement,” said Steve Sullivan, Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime.”Enhanced supervision through electronic monitoring will provide victims and the public greater protection.” The initiative complements the Tackling Violent Crime Act, which came into effect this year. The legislation provides for better monitoring of offenders who have reached the end of their sentences, and have been released into the community, but still require police supervision.last_img read more

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Kothari wins Pacific International Snooker Cship

first_imgKolkata: Reigning World billiards champion Sourav Kothari lifted the 2019 Pacific International Snooker Championship – The Reventon Classic, in Melbourne on Monday. In a best of nine frames, Kothari got the better of Tyson Crinis of Australia to bag the crown. Kothari won 5-1 games with scores of 70-13; 89-26; 77(43)-46; 44-62; 71(67)-46; 85-1 according to information received here. In the finals, the former national and Asian Billiards champion showed nerves of steel to take 3-0 lead. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun After losing the fourth in a close battle, Kothari sprang back in the fifth and made a great come back with a finishing break of 67 to establish a commanding lead for the title. Tyson made a couple of unforced errors in the sixth game and that saw Kothari sail through the sixth to win the frame and match. Kothari also brushed aside challenges from some highly reputed snooker players, especially Kurt Dunham of Australia, during the meet. After beating multiple world Billiards Champion Peter Gilchrist of Singapore 4-0 in the quarterfinals, Kothari produced a remarkable performance in the semifinals when in a nerve wracking match he defeated another champion Australian Cueist James Mifsud.last_img read more

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Scheer Canada speaks with one voice on renegotiating NAFTA deal

first_imgWASHINGTON – In his first foreign trip as leader of the official Opposition, Andrew Scheer avoided any criticism of the Liberal federal government, telling a Washington audience that Canada speaks with one voice on NAFTA.The Conservative leader was at the Wilson Center on Wednesday explaining that he and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have their partisan differences, but not when it comes to preserving the Canada-U.S. relationship.”On NAFTA, the Canadian Parliament … is united,” Scheer told the think tank.”We have our partisan differences. When we hold the government to account, as is our role in our parliamentary system, we will absolutely point out what we think they should be doing differently,” he added. “But when it comes to our relationship with the United States we do speak with one voice.“We want to make sure we’re here to support our government’s efforts in maintaining and protecting what we have in NAFTA. I believe it’s important to send that signal to interests here in Washington.”He later avoided being pulled into the more controversial aspects of negotiations to renew the continental trade pact. One of the attendees of the event — David Wilkins, a former U.S. ambassador to Canada — asked him to suggest what concessions Canada and the U.S. should be prepared to make to get a deal.Scheer replied: ”I don’t think it would be helpful.”Scheer is in Washington with several Conservative MPs for meetings with the U.S. transportation secretary, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, former George W. Bush-era officials Robert Zoellick and Josh Bolton, and with some lawmakers on Capitol Hill.It’s his first working visit outside Canada in his new role.The head of the Wilson Center, former nine-term Democratic congresswoman Jane Harman, contrasted Scheer’s approach to NAFTA with the partisanship in Washington. She opined that the U.S. political model is broken, with politicians being rewarded by their primary voters for bashing the other party, and punished if they try working across the aisle to solve problems”Your politics are more adult,” she told Scheer.To which the Conservative leader replied: ”You haven’t seen (our) question period.”Scheer said he’s heard lots of anxiety from businesses in Canada, asking what he’s hearing about NAFTA in Ottawa. He said he’s now trying to learn more about the state of the negotiations from people in Washington.The next round of negotiations is scheduled for next week in Montreal. While U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to start pulling out of the agreement as a negotiating ploy, lately he has made more positive comments about the negotiations.Asked later if his visit had reassured him, Scheer said he had mixed feelings: he’s more confident that many people are fighting to keep NAFTA from being cancelled but cancellation remains a possibility.”(So) yes and no,” Scheer said.”I’m encouraged that there is a high level of engagement from people here in Washington — both on the elected side and from people that represent industries. One of our concerns was, ‘Will people here in the U.S. who support NAFTA become engaged and help make the case?’ I’ve been very encouraged by that,” he said.“But at the same time it’s also clear that they’re doing so because they think the risk is real.”last_img read more

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Economy to be based on foreign domestic private investment

“We have to expand our connections with the countries from which the well-spending tourists are coming. We have to liberalise access to sea and air services. Therefore action will be taken to develop air access domestically and internationally, while facilitating cruise services and the establishment of yacht marinas,” he said.The Prime Minister said that the government wants to transform Sri Lanka into the hub of the Indian Ocean, safeguarded by a knowledge-based, highly competitive, social market economy. Our ambition is to make Sri Lanka a prosperous country by 2025.“For this vision to become a reality, our activities should join hands with the external world. Sri Lanka is a small island right in the middle of a large world. For thousands of years we have benefitted from being located strategically. Unfortunately, we seem to have forgotten this competitive advantage of the location. Our vision is to reclaim that mantle of international connectivity. In here, we have to leave behind the decades of inward-looking policies that shrouded our capacity to grow,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) He said that people living in developed and developing East Asian and South East Asian countries such as China and Thailand have better jobs and higher living standards than the average Sri Lankans. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe told Parliament today that the effort of the Government is to create an economy firmly based on foreign and domestic private investment, driven by a dynamic and forward – looking private sector.Wickremesinghe also noted the importance of trade ties with China and India. “We are making great progress towards mutually beneficial Free Trade Agreements with Singapore, China, and India. These deals will give our economy a massive boost by opening huge new markets to our entrepreneurs,” he said.He also said that China and India are Sri lanka’s biggest and most rapidly expanding markets and so Sri Lanka must shift its tourism strategies accordingly. Download (DOC, 54KB) Wickremesinghe said that a key part of Sri Lanka’s economic policy will be entering into Free Trade Agreements with partner countries around the world. read more

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In Côte dIvoire UN chief spotlights importance of AUEU strategic partnership

“A strong and effective EU and a strong and effective AU are essential pillars of global cooperation for peace and security, development and human rights,” Mr. Guterres told the two organizations’ fifth summit held in the capital, Abidjan. “We must continue to make progress on all simultaneously.” Welcoming the AU-EU strategic partnership, the Secretary-General expressed the UN’s commitment to support the efforts of these organizations and described how such cooperation takes place in Africa. Three obvious examples of the importance of trilateral cooperation between the AU, the EU and the UN, are seen in Somalia, the Central African Republic and the Sahel. “It is exactly ten years since the joint Africa-European Union strategy was adopted and the time has come to strengthen the links between the two continents,” Mr. Guterres said, noting that the two regions can enhance their cooperation in tackling some challenges facing migrants. “When migration is done in an orderly and regulated way, migrants contribute positively to host countries and countries of origin. We will not put an end to the tragedies in the Mediterranean if we do not create significant opportunities for legal migration,” he said. These two conditions are essential to effectively combat traffickers and smugglers of migrants. First is to change the relationship with Africa and establish a new platform of cooperation that recognizes the enormous potential of this continent, and second is to increase joint efforts in conflict prevention and mediation. Mr. Guterres argued that it is time to provide the appropriate means to regional organizations, including clear and strong mandates, accompanied by an evaluation mechanism and an adequate and predictable funding system. For instance, the AU and the UN, with EU support, can help the G5-Sahel countries – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger – deal with transnational threats and terrorism. “We need a force with a mandate that lives up to these threats and sustainable funding,” he said, urging the Security Council to be ambitious in its choice on this issue. Turning to sustainable and inclusive development in Africa, the UN chief stressed the importance of investing in youth and women’s empowerment. EU-AU-UN task force to protect migrants along Mediterranean routesEarlier in the day, Mr. Guterres attended a trilateral meeting with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative and Vice President of the European Council. They agreed to put in place a joint EU-AU-UN Task Force to save and protect lives of migrants and refugees along the Mediterranean routes and in particular inside Libya, accelerating the assisted voluntary returns to countries of origin, and the resettlement of those in need of international protection.The Secretary-General also met with Alassane Dramane Ouattara, President of Côte d’Ivoire to exchange views on the situation in the country and the sub-region. The Secretary-General reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to continued support for the country in consolidating peace and inclusive and sustainable development, following the withdrawal of UN peacekeeping force. read more

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Stakes remain high for Ohio State mens basketballs latest meeting with Kansas

With the faintest of grins, Ohio State’s Lenzelle Smith Jr. made sure to note that former Kansas big man Thomas Robinson won’t be in Columbus to bully the Buckeyes in the paint Saturday. “That’s a huge relief,” the junior guard said almost gratefully, as if the thought of the hulking 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward evoked memories – perhaps agonizing ones – of what happened the last time the teams met. Largely thanks to his 19 points and eight boards in last year’s Final Four matchup, Robinson, who was selected as the 5th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, helped ensure the anti-climatic end to what would’ve been OSU’s first national championship berth since 2007. Kansas coach Bill Self’s squad rallied from nine down at halftime to best the Buckeyes, 64-62, before falling to Kentucky on the sport’s biggest stage. Word of that might’ve taken some time to reach Smith Jr., though. “I didn’t continue to watch college basketball,” Smith Jr. said of his reaction to the season-ending loss. Almost eight months later – and more than a year ago since the Buckeyes’ first setback against the Jayhawks in a similarly hyped early-season matchup last December in Lawrence, Kansas, No. 7 OSU (8-1) might have another chance at revenge against No. 9 Kansas. Smith Jr., who admitted to have “been waiting for this game since our schedule got released,” stopped short of calling Saturday’s game revenge. “My mindset’s not on revenge,” he said. “We’re two different teams right now.” Smith Jr. likely is right in his assessment of playing the Jayhawks without Robinson and the likes of former guard Tyshawn Taylor, now of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets. Kansas (8-1) might not be quite the team it was last year – but maybe neither are the Buckeyes, which find themselves in a similar boat without the inside presence of former forward Jared Sullinger. “We’re trying to do our best with what we still have,” Smith Jr. said. And while the teams – in their personnel and dynamics – are different, the stakes aren’t quite as dissimilar. Similar to both meetings in 2011, Saturday’s showdown finds both clubs toward the top of the Associated Press poll – OSU at No. 7 and Kansas at No 9. In a 30 or 40-game season, hyped games such as these don’t always alter a team’s trajectory, but the outcome could serve as a projection. It did last season, after all. “Obviously you’re going to hopefully learn quite a bit about your basketball team as you get ready to head into January, February, March,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “My job is to keep thinking big picture and knowing what lies ahead but you use this game as an opportunity.” Even inside the confines of the Schottenstein Center, Matta maintains an “experienced, seasoned” Jayhawks squad pose a threat that will almost certainly challenge an OSU team that’s been largely untested-save for a 73-68 loss against Duke on Nov. 28 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. “I think Kansas right now is playing at a level as high as anybody in college basketball,” Matta said. “They start four seniors. Man, it’s like wow.” Smith Jr. said Saturday might just to come down to which team proves more durable. “I think for both teams this game is going to be a toughness match,” he said. He’s not alone in that theory, either. “Who’s going to be the tougher basketball team?” OSU junior guard Aaron Craft said. “They do a phenomenal job of getting second-chance points, grabbing 50-50 balls, really limiting possessions for us offensively. “We have to find a way to overcome that-if not match that, or be better their intensity and their toughness. Because that’s what Kansas basketball is about.” The features Craft listed seem to be suggestive of a team matching its talent with as much effort. OSU, arguably, has struggled with that coming into their game against the Jayhawks and it might have been best exemplified against a mediocre Big South squad Tuesday, when OSU eked out perhaps its most ugly win of the season, 66-55, against Winthrop. “I guess what we’ve learned is we’re not going to be able to just come out here any given night and think we’re going to play our best basketball, we have to mentally prepare for that leading up to the game,” Smith Jr. said. “It’s part of being a winner and we’ve lacked on some that sometimes.” OSU and Kansas are scheduled to tip their game at 4 p.m. on Saturday. read more

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Controversial Mandela signer admitted to psychiatric hospital

first_imgTHE SIGN LANGUAGE interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial, who claimed schizophrenia after being accused of being a fraud, has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital, South African media reported Thursday.Thamsanqa Jantjie sparked outrage for his translations of eulogies, including by US President Barack Obama and Mandela’s grandchildren, at the service last week, with sign language experts saying his signing amounted to little more than “flapping his arms around” and “just making funny gestures.”On Thursday the Star newspaper said Jantjie’s wife Siziwe had taken her husband for a check-up to a psychiatric hospital near Johannesburg on Tuesday, which suggested he be admitted immediately.“The past few days have been hard. We have been supportive because he might have had a breakdown,” she was quoted as saying.Jantjie had been scheduled for a check-up at the Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital in Krugersdorp, west of Johannesburg, on December 10.But the appointment was moved after he was offered the job to sign at the memorial which took place the next day, the newspaper reported.Jantjie has claimed that he is a qualified signer but that his performance was down to a sudden attack of schizophrenia, for which he takes medication.“I saw angels falling on the stadium. I heard voices and lost concentration,” he has said.Local media then reported that he had been part of a mob that burnt two people to death 10 years ago – allegations that he has dismissed – and that he had also faced rape, kidnapping and theft charges.Mandela’s memorial was attended by nearly 100 sitting and former heads of state or government.The government apologised to the deaf community following the scandal.- © AFP, 2013Read: ‘Fake’ deaf interpreter at Mandela memorial says he had ‘schizophrenic episode’>last_img read more

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Tesla Sues BBC Car Show

first_imgTesla’s looking to take reality shows to a whole new level. The high end electric car manufacturer has sued the British Broadcasting Corporation, alleging that its Top Gear program faked a racing scene involving one of the company’s vehicles. In the scene, the Tesla vehicle grinds to a halt after running out of energy.The episode itself actually dates back to 2008–the car maker was prompted to file this suit this week, after it came out on DVD and began airing on global repeats. Tesla is looking to collecting around £100,000 in damages, citing the BBC’s failure to correct the faulty results. Telsa is suing for libel and malicious falsehood.The BBC will be “vigorously” fighting the suit. Said a spokeswoman for the show, “We can confirm that we have received notification that Tesla have issued proceedings against the BBC. The BBC stands by the program and will be vigorously defending this claim”last_img read more

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Plant dye used to create green lithiumion battery

first_imgThe madder plant has been grown and used for centuries as its root can be boiled down to create orange, red, and pink fabric dye called purpurin. But researchers have now discovered purpurin can be used to help create a sustainable, non-toxic lithium-ion rechargeable battery.The cathodes used in existing lithium-ion batteries rely on metal ores, with cobalt being a main ingredient. As well as having to mine the cobalt, the process of combining cobalt salt with lithium requires very high temperatures, and therefore energy. So producing a battery also produces a high amount of carbon.The research team, which is a collaboration between The City College of New York, Rice University, and the US Army Research Laboratory, have estimated that 72kg of carbon dioxide are produced for every kilowatt hour of energy in existing Li-on batteries. By replacing cobalt with purpurin, that would no longer be the case.As purpurin is grown, the madder plant will actually take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere rather than producing more of it. The process of combining purpurin with lithium salt can also be done at room temperature using alcohol solvent, so no energy is required to achieve high temperatures as with cobalt. And the final benefit is to do with recycling. As there’s no toxic components, the batteries can more easily be recycled or discarded.Apparently the process works so effectively it’s a case of when, not if purpurin will replace cobalt in lithium-ion batteries. The researchers still have work to do on increasing efficiency, but they say commercial green lithium-ion batteries are only a few years away.Using plant matter to enhance batteries isn’t a new idea. We’ve already heard about a plant virus that makes lithium-ion batteries last 10x longer, and seaweed that could give batteries a green power boost. It seems any future battery tech we use will rely on material being grown rather than mined, which is great news for the environment.More at The City College of New Yorklast_img read more

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The 5 at 5 Monday

first_img Share4 Tweet Email Monday 11 Jun 2018, 4:50 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/1stGallery 6,693 Views No Comments The 5 at 5: Monday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… https://jrnl.ie/4065269 By Paul Hosford EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #BALLINCOLLIG: A gun has been found near the home of a Polish man who died in Cork after he was attacked yesterday.2. #MIGRANT BOAT: Spain has said it will allow a rescue ship carrying 629 migrants to dock in the eastern port of Valencia after the boat was refused by Italy and Malta.3. #BRAY: Gardaí in Bray are confident that they will be able to make an arrest in the case of a fatal assault which happened outside a hotel late last week.4. #PAPAL ATTRACTION: Details of the Pope’s visit to Ireland have been published and confirm that he will visit Knock.5. #DARNDALE: Gardaí are appealing after a man was critically injured by a scrambler while sunbathing over the weekend. Short URL Image: Shutterstock/1stGallery Jun 11th 2018, 4:50 PM last_img read more

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World Travel Awards arrives in Bogotá ahead of Latin America Gala Ceremony

first_img Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort to host World Travel Awards Grand Final 2015 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:san bartolome, teatro colon, world travel awards Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est to host World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016 Sandals Resorts International Honored At Annual World Travel Awards Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBogotá, October 6th, 2015 – World Travel Awards has arrived in Colombian capital Bogotá as final preparations begin for the Latin America Gala Ceremony 2015.Hundreds of industry leaders from across the region are expected to attend the red carpet ceremony on Saturday, October 10th, with presentations taking place in Teatro Colón.The ceremony will be followed by a sumptuous banquet of traditional cuisine with a modern twist in Colegio Mayor de San Bartolomé.Speaking ahead of the event, World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “It is an honour to be welcomed to Colombia for the first time and a privilege to host our annual Latin America Gala Ceremony 2015 here in Bogotá.“The Latin America Gala Ceremony has grown tremendously in recent years, and I look forward to welcoming the elite of both Central and South America tourism to the event on Saturday.”A full list of nominees can be seen here.World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries, and international print and broadcast media.There is more information on the official website. Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Sappi Mill Gets Rebate Invests 38M

first_imgSappi Fine Paper North America plans to invest $3.8 million on new equipment at its paper facility in Muskegon, Michigan, which produces magazine paper, a Sappi spokesperson has confirmed. The investment is offset by a seven-year state tax abatement awarded to the facility, for which the company expects to save about $317,000 per year. The $3.8 million investment is not expected to increase the facility’s number of personnel, which is about 200, the printer says.Earlier this year, Sappi’s Muskegon paper mill earned a chain-of-custody certification from industry environmental groups. Chain of custody is the process of tracking and recording the possession and transfer of wood and fiber from the forests through the different stages of production-primary manufacturing, secondary manufacturing, wholesaling, and retailing-to the end user.Sappi’s mills in Skowhegan, Maine and Cloquet, Minnesota also received certifications.last_img read more

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Celebrate NASAs Apollo 11 mission 50th anniversary with new USPS stamps

first_img Sci-Tech 3 NASA renames building after Katherine Johnson, Hidden Figures space star NASA busts out untouched moon rocks for study NASA hatches plan to solve Mars InSight mole mystery The other stamp is a photo of the moon taken in 2010 by Alabama-based amateur astronomer Gregory Revera.The photo shows the landing site of the lunar module in the Sea of Tranquility, which is indicated on the stamp by a dot. The margin paper (or selvage) of the stamp also shows an image of the lunar module.Both stamps include the inscription “1969 First Moon Landing.” USPS art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp art.The stamps’ release date and the details for the first day of issue ceremony are yet to be announced.And for space historians and coin collectors alike, the US Mint has also unveiled a limited edition coin depicting the image of Aldrin’s boot print on the moon.  Tags 11 Photos Share your voicecenter_img Here’s a look at the new USPS stamps celebrating the First Moon Landing in 1969. NASA/Twitter If you want to give the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing your stamp of approval, the US Postal Service (USPS) has you covered.USPS announced on on Wednesday two new stamps commemorating the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission by astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins in 1969.”In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing on July 20, 1969, the U.S. Postal Service is pleased to reveal two stamp designs commemorating that historic milestone,” USPS said in a statement.One stamp features a photograph of Apollo 11 astronaut Aldrin in his spacesuit on the surface of the moon. The famous image was taken by fellow astronaut Armstrong, who you can see in the reflection of Aldrin’s spacesuit helmet’s visor. The Eagle has landed: 11 amazing facts about Apollo 11 More space Comments NASA Spacelast_img read more

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Hoonah cruise ship dock to be completed in the fall

first_imgThe future site of the new dock. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)Hoonah will soon be getting more cruise ship passengers as it nears completion of a new dock at Icy Strait Point.The town currently receives as many as 4,000 tourists a day on cruise lines like Celebrity. But arriving ships have to anchor offshore and tender passengers over with smaller boats.Tyler Hickman, vice president of Icy Strait Point, says some vessels can’t accommodate that.“For instance, I know that Disney doesn’t carry tenders on their ships so they don’t carry any tender ports. And so it certainly opens the door where it was completely closed to them in past. So I think it sparks interest on all the cruise lines,” he says.For example, the Disney Wonder already has ports of call in Southeast and can carry up to 2,700 passengers.Huna Totem Corp. owns Icy Strait Point, a historic cannery turned tourist attraction with a museum, gift shop and zip line.Hickman says funding for the dock came from a public-private partnership.“The city has brought $14 million that was a grant from the state and Huna Totem Corp. is putting another 8 million into it,” he says.The dock is expected to be completed in October in time for next year’s tourist season.last_img read more

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