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Pasig campaign ends quickly as pair of comebacks fall short in Moscow

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Things got heated between Pasig Chooks-to-Go and Latvian club Riga Ghetto in their second meeting in a span of two months, The emotions though, got the best of Pasig as it succumbed to the world No. 3 squad, 17-21 with 2:06 left in the game, to bow out of the 2019 Fiba 3×3 Tinkoff Moscow Challenger early Saturday morning (Manila time) in Russia.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ababou and Nikola Pavlovic continued to fight on, cutting the lead to just three. However, Statham was slapped with a technical foul for not properly inbounding the ball that led to a game-sealing free throw by Lasmanis.Statham and Ababou had five and four points, respectively.Pasig Chooks-to-Go have now lost their last four Challenger games dating back to Kunshan back in May.Just like in Doha that saw Riga come out on top 15-21, Čavars and Miezis proved to be the bane for Pasig, scoring eight and seven points respectively.The scores:Riga 21 – Čavars 8, Miezis 7, Lasmanis 4, Krumins 2.Pasig 17 – Munzon 7, Statham 5, Ababou 4, Pavlovic 1.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Merlion Cup: PH U-22 side falls to Singapore Pasig was sent into an early exit after going winless in Pool C. The Philippine side also dropped its first game, 21-14, against Belgium’s Antwerp earlier in the day.But despite the pair of setbacks, they gave their highly-touted opponents a run for their money.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, logisticsTaylor Statham and Dylan Ababou gave Pasig a strong start with a 4-0 spurt.The battle-tested Latvians though, showed patience as the troika of Nauris Miezis, Kārlis Lasmanis, and Agnis Čavars scored nine unanswered points to put the Doha Masters winners on top. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Making things worse for Pasig was they figured in two confrontations that resulted to Statham being called for an unsportsmanlike foul and Joshua Munzon with a technical foul.Fired up, the duo of Statham and Munzon carried Pasig on their backs. Despite Miezis heating up from distance, Munzon used his speed to slash through the lane and slowly chip into the Riga lead.Munzon had seven points to pace Pasig.A dunk by Čavars sent Riga to just two points away from sealing the game but Munzon countered with a deuce. A layup by Lasmanis, however, sent Riga at match point with 3:08 left.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Jorge Sampaoli set to be named Argentina coach: Reports

first_imgJorge Sampaoli has agreed to leave Sevilla to coach Argentina’s national football team.The position was made vacant by the sacking of Edgardo Bauza earlier this month amid a poor run of results, reports Xinhua news agency.According to the AS newspaper, Sampaoli will be officially announced as Argentina’s coach when the European season ends in late May.Sampaoli, who guided Chile to victory at the 2015 Copa America, was appointed the Sevilla boss in June.The Spanish club’s president Pepe Castro has been told of the 57-year-old’s decision to leave, according to the newspaper.Sampaoli did not confirm or deny the reports when asked about his future at a press conference.”I know that there is interest. I know that it is said that I am the chosen (one), but they will have to wait for the times that correspond to not harm anyone. Doing it now would harm Sevilla,” Sampaoli said.Argentina are currently fifth in the 10-team South America zone World Cup qualifying standings with four games remaining.Only the top four teams at the end of the qualifying tournament will earn an automatic slot in Russia. The fifth-ranked side will advance to a playoff against the top nation from Oceania.last_img read more

Duncan Fletcher deserves credit for shaping Indian pace attack, says Nick Compton

first_imgIndian fast bowlers took 19 out of 20 wickets as Virat Kohli’s side defeated England by 203 runs at Trent Bridge. It was India’s first Test victory in England since 2014 and also helped them to make a comeback in the five-match series after losing the first two sets. With three matches over, the series currently stands at 2-1 in favour of England.The good form of Indian fast bowlers has added to India’s strengths and former England opener Nick Compton feels former India coach Duncan Fletcher should be given due credit for shaping of the pace of attack of the current team.Compton feels that just like James Anderson and Stuart Broad were guided by Fletcher in their formative years, the current lot (Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar) has benefited from the inputs of the respected Zimbabwean coach.”India’s pace attack hasn’t come together all of a sudden. It has taken time and it has happened one by one, as all of these bowlers took their time coming off age. India didn’t have so many pacers at once earlier, but now they do. And all (most) of them, at some point have played under Fletcher, so it is a credit to him. This process (of building a pace attack) started long ago and it has come together for India now,” Compton told PTI today.Can Virat Kohli’s India emulate Don Bradman’s Australia?Asked what’s the difference, he finds now, Compton says: “The difference from the past is that these bowlers do not compromise on pace. Like James Anderson and Stuart Broad, they retain the ability to move the ball at pace.advertisement”Pace. That’s the keyword. You have to consider why the likes of Anderson and Stuart Broad have been so successful in their careers. They have a thousand wickets between them in Test cricket because they move the ball at pace. And it is no coincidence that both of them started their England careers under Duncan Fletcher,” Compton said.Grandson of the legendary Dennis Compton, the former international believes that the Indian team management should allow other personalities to grow in the dressing room, especially the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, who could provide a different mood or direction of thought.”They (Pujara and Rahane) should be allowed to grow into stronger personalities in that dressing room. Now that Pujara and Rahane have scored runs, things will get easier for them. India won in Nottingham and hit upon a good team balance. There is no further reason for change. It will be interesting to see if Virat make any changes (for the fourth Test),” Compton said.India vs England: Jaspirt Bumrah still not a new-ball bowler, says Michael HoldingCompton feels that Kohli’s too much of chopping and changing does create problems for likes of Rahane and Pujara.”But in terms of selection, Virat makes too many changes. For example, it was a baffling decision to leave Pujara out of the first Test and it showed poor insight from the team management to allow that decision.”When Virat makes so many changes as captain, it cannot always be easy for other players, like Pujara or Rahane for that matter. They do not have alpha-male personalities and such players can sometimes struggle to cope with extreme methods.”However it won’t be easy for India to make it 3-2, feels Compton.”I don’t think England are out of this series just yet and winning three Tests on the bounce here is very tough for any visiting side. There will be some good, competitive cricket in the remaining matches, but I do not see India winning the series,” Compton said.Compton also feels that Joe Root isn’t a natural No 3 and that is creating issues.”The top order is a mess because they haven’t got their batting order right. Joe Root isn’t a number three batsman, and he isn’t batting at his best position. He should be batting at number four and controlling the innings. He didn’t handle Jasprit Bumrah very well.”Bumrah bowls at pace and moves the ball into batsmen, working that angle. I think someone like Root should be able to work it out better on his off stump. But the fact that Bumrah is still able to cause problems to Root says a lot about his quality.”Captaincy is also an added burden, said Compton, who played last of his 16 Tests for England in November, 2016.”I also think captaincy is burdening him a bit as well. At times, I think he should be left alone to be England’s best batsman because he certainly is. However, it isn’t like England have another option at the moment. They certainly do need to rethink their batting order, especially if they continue to not get good starts.advertisement(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Winks: Spurs will try to outplay Man City

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Winks: Spurs will try to outplay Man City Harry Sherlock 16:46 12/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harry Winks Tottenham 14102017 Getty Tottenham Hotspur Manchester City Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Mauricio Pochettino’s side head to the Etihad Stadium this weekend aiming to inflict City’s first defeat of the season upon them Harry Winks says Tottenham will take the game to Manchester City when they face the league leaders at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.Pep Guardiola’s men are on an incredible run of 15 straight victories and currently lead the league – with Manchester United in second – by 11 points following their 4-0 thumping of Swansea City in midweek.Spurs defeated Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 on Wednesday to return to the top four, but they remain 18 points back from this seemingly unstoppable City side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Nevertheless, Winks is confident in his side’s ability to win at the Etihad Stadium, and has vowed that he and his team-mates will look to attack.”We’re confident in our ability. We think we can go there and match them,” he is quoted as saying by ESPN.”Obviously it’s down to the manager the way we play, but we’ll go into the game the way we go into every game: positive and on the front foot. We’ll try to out-possess them and outplay them.”We know what we’re like as a team, we know how good we can be, how good we are. It’s a good place to set a standard and make a marker and a point.Harry Winks, Tottenham training“There’s no point in going into a game and not thinking you’re going to win. We’re a positive team, we like to think we’re one of the top teams in the division. We have to go there and prove that. We’re confident at the moment, obviously on the back of two wins and we’ll go there with full confidence and try to win.”It’d be nice to go there and get the win, first and foremost to get the three points. But to end their run would be nice as well, it’ll be a good incentive to try to get that as well.”I know it’s going to be tough, I know they’re a good side and you have to respect them. There’s going to be times in the game when you have to adapt and play a bit differently and that’s down to the way the manager wants us to play.”They’re a good side, they’re showing how good they are but so are we. We went there last year, performed well and got a good [2-2] draw. We’re going to go into the game confident on the back of two Premier League wins. Who knows?”City’s record-breaking winning run has many believing that this season could be nothing more than a title procession for Guardiola’s side, but Winks maintains that Spurs have a chance of pipping them to the Premier League.”Obviously, from a neutral’s perspective, you can see they’re playing attractive football, doing very well, and you have to sometimes credit the opposition and say, ‘They’re a very good side,'” Winks added.”We want to climb the table and as high as we want to be depends on City dropping points. And of course we want them to drop points because we want to win the league. But from a neutral’s perspective, you have to credit the way they are playing.”It is frustrating obviously seeing the points gap between us. But there’s still a lot to play for, it’s a long season and you can never say never. Stranger things have happened in the Premier League, so you never know.”last_img read more

Karius gets Germany support after ‘brutal’ errors

first_imgLoris Karius ‘What he went through was brutal’ – Germany give Karius message of support Iain Strachan 21:32 5/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Loris Karius - cropped Getty Images Liverpool Austria v Germany Friendlies Germany World Cup Germany v Mexico Germany v Sweden South Korea v Germany Real Madrid v Liverpool UEFA Champions League The goalkeeper did not make the cut for the World Cup but he remains in their thoughts after his embarrassing display against Real Madrid Andreas Kopke says Germany’s coaching staff have been in touch with Loris Karius after the goalkeeper, who was in contention for the World Cup squad, suffered a nightmare Champions League final. Karius committed two calamitous errors as Liverpool lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in Kiev on Saturday. The 24-year-old threw the ball directly into the leg of Karim Benzema to concede the opener, before allowing a long-range Gareth Bale strike to bounce off his gloves and into the back of the net.The shot-stopper’s future at Anfield is now reportedly in doubt, while police in Merseyside are investigating death threats made against him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now During a media conference in Germany’s training camp, the national team’s goalkeeping coach expressed his sympathy for the ordeal endured by Karius in recent days.”What he went through was brutal,” the 1990 World Cup and Euro 1996 winner said.”We sent him a message after the final. We’ll have to see how he handles the situation.”Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Bernd Leno and Kevin Trapp were the goalkeepers selected by Joachim Low in Germany’s provisional squad ahead of the World Cup.Kopke confirmed former Mainz player Karius, capped from Under-16 to Under-21 level but yet to make a senior appearance, had been under consideration.”We watched him for a long time,” the 56-year-old said.”Things are looking good for the future. He was on our list, but not in the final group. We can only wish him the best with handling this situation.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Legal Eagles and Legislators Take To The Rink

first_img Forget the hallowed court rooms and legislative chambers; thelegal minds that usually populate them are taking it to the rink!The hockey rink that is. Nova Scotia Crown attorneys, criminal defence lawyers, judges andMLAs are facing off this weekend (April 16-17) at the HalifaxForum in the first annual Glube Cup Charity Hockey Tournament — a hockey tournament that promises to be like no other. Teams will battle to see who rules on the ice, with the winnertaking home the Glube Cup — named in honour of recently retiredNova Scotia Chief Justice Constance Glube. A non-perishable food item or a cash donation to Feed Nova Scotiais the cost of admission. “It’s all for fun and for a good cause,” says tournamentorganizer Frank Hoskins, Halifax chief Crown attorney. “We wantto take our spirit of collegiality and friendly competition anduse it to help others. “The only real winner here is Feed Nova Scotia. But, the judgesare rumoured to have the best bench,” he laughs. Last year in a one-game effort, Crown attorneys and defencelawyers faced off. The game ended in a tie but everybody had somuch fun they decided to expand the event into a weekendtournament. And next year, Mr. Hoskins says, the event will beeven bigger with a total of 10 teams on the slate. Spectators are welcome. The tournament gets underway at 6 p.m.Saturday, April 16, with judges and MLAs facing off. At 7:30 p.m.Crown attorneys play defence lawyers. On Sunday evening theconsolation game begins at 6 p.m. with teams vying for thirdplace. At 7:30 p.m. the championship game gets underway. TheGlube Cup will be awarded at the end of the game. PUBLIC PROSECUTION SERVICES–Legal Eagles and Legislators Take ToThe Rinklast_img read more

To remove under performers rlys asks zonal offices to list employees above

first_imgNew Delhi: To cut flab and weed out under performers, zonal railway offices have been asked to compile a list of staffers who will be attaining 55 years of age or completing 30 years of service by the first quarter of 2020, sources in the ministry said. Those in this category found ineligible to continue in service would be offered premature retirement, they said. “Zonal Railways are, therefore, requested to furnish the service records of staff in an enclosed proforma, who will be attaining age of 55 years or will be completing 30 years of service qualifying for pension, whichever occurs earlier, in the first quarter of 2020 that is from January to March 2020,” the letter from the Railway Board to the zonal offices said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The letter, dated July 27, stated that the board has given August 9 as the last date for submission of the details. “This is part of a periodic review that we are undertaking in which employees whose performance is not up to the mark or have disciplinary issues will be offered premature retirement. This government is very serious about this,” a source said. The Lok Sabha was recently informed that the performance of over 1.19 lakh Group-A and Group-B officers across government departments had been reviewed between 2014 and 2019 in relation to premature retirement clause. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The sources said as of now, there are 13 lakh railway employees and the ministry wants to bring it down to 10 lakh by 2020. Zonal railway offices have been asked to access records related to an employees mental and physical fitness, attendance and punctuality. There is also a section in which it has been queried if the employee is cost conscious, how he deals with correspondence and his discipline are to be rated.last_img read more

The Friday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Friday, Sept. 22———PROVINCES CHALLENGE FEDS’ TAX REFORM: Provincial pressure is intensifying against the Trudeau government’s controversial tax-reform proposals, which have angered business owners, doctors and farmers across Canada. On Friday, provincial leaders representing different political stripes spoke out about tax reforms recommended by Ottawa’s Liberal government. Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, flanked by business owners and a farmer, held an afternoon event in Winnipeg where he aired his frustration over the federal tax proposals. On the East Coast, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil expressed concern that the changes could hurt his province’s physician recruitment efforts and hamper the ability of small businesses to create financial cushions as protection during downturns. Out west, British Columbia Finance Minister Carole James said she didn’t think Ottawa had consulted enough on an issue that has spread fears of the “unintended consequences” on small business owners. The comments by the provincial leaders added to waves of complaints that have come from a range of sectors — as well as backbench Liberal MPs. Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball has also said he thinks the tax changes would hurt his province. At issue are Ottawa’s plans to eliminate several tax incentives designed for private corporations.———PRINCE HARRY SETS STAGE FOR INVICTUS GAMES: Dozens of onlookers gathered outside a building in Toronto’s financial district Friday morning hoping to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry as the royal founder of the Invictus Games set the stage for the multi-sport competition that gets underway in the city this weekend. The royal, however, appeared determined to keep the focus on the Games, and didn’t stop to interact with fans who cheered and called out to him. The Games for wounded and sick soldiers, including current and veteran members of the forces, runs until Sept. 30 and marks the first time Canada hosts the event. Harry attended a symposium on veterans’ issues Friday morning, arriving at the event under tight security. He smiled as he greeted and posed for photographs with athletes and their families. On Saturday, Harry will visit Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health before meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Later in the evening he will attend the Games’ opening ceremony at the Air Canada Centre, which will feature performances by Sarah McLachlan, Alessia Cara and the Tenors. Harry founded the Invictus Games in 2014 as a way to inspire and motivate wounded soldiers on their paths to recovery.———VETERANS WAIT ON PENSIONS AS INVICTUS GAMES START: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will join hundreds of disabled veterans from across Canada and more than a dozen other countries in Toronto on Saturday to help open the Invictus Games. Yet even as those veterans prepare for a week of intense athletic competition, many others are anxiously waiting for Trudeau to make good on a major promise to them — reinstating lifelong disability pensions. During a preview event in Ottawa earlier this week, Trudeau spoke of the importance of the Games and supporting Canada’s “wounded warriors.” But some disabled veterans say Trudeau’s government has not lived up to such ideals. Many have since grown frustrated as the government has dragged its feet on the issue and fear that rather than bring back the old pensions as promised, the government will simply offer to dole out the lump sum over a veterans’ lifetime. Aaron Bedard, one of six disabled Afghan veterans who have filed a class-action lawsuit against Ottawa, doesn’t want to take away from the importance of the Games to many veterans. But he’s worried the Liberals will use the Games to suggest the government is completely behind Canada’s injured ex-soldiers.———DAMAGE DELAYS HELP FOR CANADIANS IN DOMINICA: The devastation wrought by hurricane Maria is hampering plans to evacuate more than 150 Canadian students from the storm-ravaged Caribbean island of Dominica. Damaged infrastructure, non-functioning airports and a lack of communication are frustrating efforts to get the students home, said Omar Alghabra, parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign affairs. About 150 Canadian students are stranded at the Ross University School of Medicine, with about a dozen more at a different post-secondary institution on the island, Alghabra said. The Liberal government is in constant contact with school officials, he added. “The universities are arranging for boats to transfer these students to St. Lucia, where our consular officials are waiting for them there,” Alghabra said. “We will offer services or assistance when they arrive and then arrange for their return home.” Even that plan is taking some time, he noted, because debris around the island is making it difficult for boats to reach it. Maria struck Puerto Rico on Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane, the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory in over 80 years.———CANADA IMPOSES SANCTIONS ON VENEZUELAN REGIME: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada has imposed sanctions against key figures in the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Freeland says the targeted sanctions are aimed at 40 officials and individuals — including Maduro himself — who are helping to undermine the security, stability and integrity of democratic institutions in Venezuela. The sanctions freeze any assets the individuals may have in Canada and bans Canadians from engaging them in business dealings. Canada has accused Maduro of moving his country toward dictatorship and has repeatedly spoken out against him. Maduro, who assumed office in 2013, was a close associate of former president Hugo Chavez. For most of his presidency, Maduro has ruled by decree and has sidelined the elected national assembly. During his tenure, the Venezuelan economy has teetered near collapse. Freeland said Canada supports democracy in Venezuela. “Canada will not stand by silently as the government of Venezuela robs its people of their fundamental democratic rights,” she said in a statement. “Today’s announcement of sanctions against the Maduro regime underscores our commitment to defending democracy and human rights around the world.”———KIM FIRES OFF INSULTS AT TRUMP AND HINTS AT WEAPONS TEST: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un lobbed a string of insults at U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday, calling him a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard” and hinting at a frightening new weapon test. It was the first time for a North Korean leader to issue such a direct statement against a U.S. president, dramatically escalating the war of words between the former wartime foes. Trump responded by tweeting that Kim is “obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people.” In a lengthy statement carried by state media, Kim said Trump would “pay dearly” for his recent threat to destroy North Korea. He also called Trump “deranged” and “a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire.” Kim said his country will consider the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history,” a possible indication of more powerful weapons tests on the horizon, but didn’t elaborate. His foreign minister, asked on a visit to New York to attend the UN General Assembly what the countermeasure would be, said his country may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean. “I think it could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific,” Ri Yong Ho said, according to South Korean TV. “We have no idea about what actions could be taken as it will be ordered by leader Kim Jong Un.”———UBER TO LOSE LICENCE TO WORK IN LONDON: Uber’s licence to operate in London won’t be renewed because its practices endanger public safety and security, the local regulator said Friday, in a blow to a company already facing big questions over its corporate culture. Transport for London says the company, whose app is used by 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers in London, isn’t “fit and proper” to hold a licence to operate a private-hire vehicle service. Uber was first licensed to operate in the city in 2012 and will see its current license expire on Sept. 30. The company said it plans to appeal the regulator’s decision, and can continue to operate until the appeals process is exhausted. For its part, Uber accused the city of caving in to special interests “who want to restrict consumer choice.” In its decision, Transport for London singled out Uber’s approach to reporting serious criminal offences and how it conducts background checks on drivers. TfL also took issue with Uber’s explanation of software that could be used to block regulators from gaining full access to the app and “prevent officials from undertaking regulatory or law enforcement duties.” London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he supported the decision, saying any operator of taxi services in the city “needs to play by the rules.”———QUEBEC RENEWS UBER DEAL FOR ONE YEAR: Ride-hailing company Uber will be allowed to operate legally for another year in Quebec under more strict rules, Transport Minister Laurent Lessard said. He said Friday he’ll extend the pilot project under which Uber had been operating for the past 12 months, contingent on the company being subject to the same rules as traditional taxis regarding training and background checks. Uber called the new rules “challenging” and said they threaten the company’s ability to continue offering its services to Quebecers. Under the new rules, Uber driver background checks must be conducted by the police and no longer by private companies. Additionally, Lessard said all Uber drivers will be required to undergo the same number of training hours as do drivers of traditional taxis, which is 35 hours. Under the terms of the original pilot project, Uber drivers were only forced to take 20 hours of training. “For the government, there cannot be two standards of security,” Lessard told reporters. Uber spokesman Jean-Christophe de le Rue said the new regulations “favour old policies instead of incorporating the benefits of new technology.”———ENERGY MAY BE FIRST DEAL IN NEW NAFTA TALKS: An agreement that would see Mexico sign on to a NAFTA clause governing oil exports may be one of the first significant products of the renegotiation talks this weekend in Ottawa. When NAFTA was originally signed 23 years ago, Mexico rejected parts of the energy chapter because its oil industry was entirely owned and operated by the government. However, President Enrique Pena Nieto is looking to solidify the reforms he started making in 2013, opening up the Mexican oil industry to international investment and participation. As a result, Mexico is now keen to become a full participant in NAFTA’s energy chapter and a deal to make it happen could come together in the third round of talks, which begin Saturday. The changes would see Mexico sign Article 605, which limits government interference in oil exports to any of the participating NAFTA countries. Pena Nieto wants to prevent any future Mexican government from undoing the oil industry changes he has made, while the U.S. and Canada want to provide certainty and access for their producers in the Mexican oilpatch.———NOVA SCOTIA MAKES ABORTION PILL AVAILABLE FOR FREE: Nova Scotia is overhauling its abortion policies, making the abortion pill available at no cost and removing the requirement for a physician’s referral to obtain a surgical abortion. The province has been criticized as having some of Canada’s biggest abortion-access barriers, and Premier Stephen McNeil said Friday the changes are about providing women with the health care options they deserve. McNeil, who is Roman Catholic, said he is comfortable with the decisions as a parent of a daughter who “deserves to have access to health care.” The government’s announcement was made by Kelly Regan, the minister responsible for the status of women, who said the province would make Mifegymiso available by prescription starting in November. The drug combination can medically terminate an early pregnancy of up to 49 days. Women with a valid health card and prescription will be able to get the $350 drug for free at pharmacies, at a cost to the province of between $175,000 and $200,000 per year.last_img read more

Canadian Oil prices expected to improve in 2019

first_imgCALGARY, AB – With increased demand, improved refineries, improving transportation capacity and mandatory productions cuts, prices should improve in 2019 says Deloitte’s Resource Evaluation and Advisory (REA) group.In its latest report, Deloitte says these factors should begin to reduce the current oversupply of Canadian oil and help with WTI prices that were present in the final quarter of 2018.“The severe imbalance between Canada’s production and its capacity to export that oil caused Canadian oil price benchmarks to collapse over the past few months,” says Andrew Botterill, Partner, REA group. “Heavy oil differentials were as high as US$45 per barrel in mid-November while light oil differentials reached as much as US$35 per barrel, although they did begin to drop back slightly toward the end of the year as refineries in the U.S Midwest returned to more normal utilization rates for Canadian oil.” Botterill noted storage stockpile volumes in Alberta rose to approximately 35 million barrels in 2018 yet the Canadian supply remains an issue. With the Alberta Government imposing mandatory production cuts which take place in January, this should reduce production by 325,000 barrels a day until the excess storage volumes dissipate, after which the cuts will drop to 95,000 barrels a day for the rest of 2019.Deloitte expects this will decrease discrepancies for Canadian oil price benchmarks and increase provincial royalty revenues in Alberta and in Saskatchewan, where there are no mandatory production cuts but where crude prices will also rise because of the reduction in oversupply.Canadian oil prices should also strengthen in 2019 because of improved export capacity as a result of the Alberta government’s plan to purchase additional rail cars to transport crude oil and the extra rail cars should increase exports by 120,000 barrels a day by 2020. With expanded capacity of Enbridge’s Line 3 Pipeline will add approximately 370,000 barrels a day of export capacity, an increase of about nine percent. The pipeline transports a variety of Canadian crude oil to the United States notes Deloitte.“Increased demand for Canadian oil from Alberta’s Sturgeon refinery and from U.S. Gulf Coast refineries looking to replace some of their heavy crude supplies that used to come from Mexico and Venezuela is another reason we expect the price differential with WTI to continue narrowing in 2019 and beyond,” says Botterill. “At this point, we are forecasting a price of US$58per barrel for WTI this year and C$50 per barrel for WCS”.Botterill says Deloitte expects Canadian natural gas prices to continue to trail behind the Henry Hub benchmark in 2019 despite some recent gains. No near term growth is expected for Canadian natural gas production because of high U.S. production rates and the possibility that short-term demand in Alberta could slow as oil sands producers – whose extraction efforts account for about 40 percent of natural gas consumption in the province – scale back their operations due to the mandatory production cuts. Several natural gas producers continue to take advantage of any available price diversification opportunities, however, including shipping volumes to East Coast markets where prices are higher.“We expect low AECO prices to continue for several years given the current situation,” says Botterill. “Our current forecast for AECO is C$1.75 per Mcf in 2019 while Henry Hub should be US$3 per Mcf.” For Deloitte’s December 31, 2018 oil and gas price forecast; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Anveshi Jain roped in for ALT Balajis Boss Baap of Special Services

first_imgAnveshi Jain, the most googled woman in India, is now becoming Balaji’s frequent as she’s to appear in their next web series.ALT Balaji’s ‘Gandi Baat 2’ became the turning point in Anveshi Jain’s career, taking her to new heights. Her bold performance in the web series not only won her accolades, but also made her the most Googled name. Owing to her far-reaching influence, popularity, and talent, ALT Balaji has roped her for their upcoming project titled ‘Boss-Baap of special services’. The confirmation was given by the actor herself, who however refuses to reveal more about the show. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”This is my second association with ALT Balaji and I’m very excited to be part of ‘Boss-Baap of special services’,” said Anveshi, adding, “This web series is a perfect package of action, drama, mystery, romance, and thriller. I’m playing a pivotal role in the web series. I cannot reveal any further information about my character or web series as yet, but I can assure the audience that this is something worth your wait.” Karan Singh Grover and Sagarika Ghatge will be playing the lead character in the series. Also, Sonali Raut, Ayaaz Khan, and Kanica Maheshwari will be seen in a substantial role. Anveshi has always tried to break the barriers and surprise the audience with something new. It would be interesting to see what new avenues she explore in the upcoming web series.last_img read more

Ontario realtors advise government to end socalled bully offers

TORONTO — Ontario’s realtors say the province should ban so-called “bully” offers that they say give some home buyers an unfair advantage.Ontario Real Estate Association President Karen Cox says the government should use its current review of the act that governs realtors in the province to bar the practice.So-called “bully” offers are submitted by a buyer ahead of a seller’s established offer date, a move usually made to avoid competing with other buyers and pressure the seller into accepting the bid.Cox says banning the practice will ensure all interested buyers are able to make a fair offer on a home and allow sellers to carefully consider all bids.The recommendation is one of 28 submitted by the association — which represents 78,000 brokers and salespeople — to the government as it reviews the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act.Last fall, realtors asked the province to review the act — which was put in place in 2002 — saying the legislation needed to be updated to allow for more transparency for buyers and sellers.Cox says eager buyers have been using bully offers to crowd out other buyers in the market and that should change.“It creates an unfairness in the home-buying process,” she said. “It doesn’t give all buyers a fair shot to make an offer and a seller a chance to consider all the offers.”The association is also asking the government to ban escalation clauses in offers, which are aimed at defeating any competing bid by automatically increasing a purchase price over the next highest offer.The practice opens the door for sellers to fill in an offer that may not reflect the next highest bid and can expose the seller to litigation, the association says.“This makes it a very uneven playing field,” Cox says.Realtors are also asking the government for education programs that require more in-class training to help raise professional standards.“It would allow for more specialization so you can be recognized as an expert in that area,” Cox said, adding that the sale of condominiums, industrial and rural, or waterfront properties all require different expertise.The recommendations also ask the government to give the body that regulates realtors — the Real Estate Council of Ontario — greater powers to proactively investigate agents who break industry rules.“Our regulator should have the authority to investigate and kick out of our profession the worst offenders, the people who are unethical,” Cox said.Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press read more

Rogers Communications Inc attempts to block 670M Glentel Inc sale to BCE

BURNABY, B.C. — Rogers Communications Inc. has filed an application to block its rival, BCE Inc., from buying wireless phone retailer Glentel Inc. in a previously announced deal valued at $670 million in stock, cash and debt.Glentel said it received notice of Rogers’ proposed injunction Wednesday from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.According to the mobile retailer, Rogers claims that Glentel requires its approval for the BCE acquisition.Rogers did not immediately comment on its application.Glentel sells wireless products and services from a variety of carriers including Bell Mobility, Rogers Wireless, Chatr, Fido, SaskTel and Virgin Mobile. It said the BCE deal does not affect its distribution contract with Rogers, which it has held for 25 years.BCE looks to solidify retail footprint with purchase of Glentel“Rogers’ claim is without merit and we will certainly defend against it,” Glentel said in a statement.“Approval of the acquisition is up to Glentel’s shareholders, not one of our many suppliers, and we look forward to closing the acquisition in early 2015.”The company added that if Rogers does not approve of this transaction, it can end its agreement with Glentel.“Rogers has the right to remove their products from our Canadian stores if they choose or to terminate its agreement with us, but has no right under its agreement to block the acquisition of Glentel,” it said.The deal, which was announced last month, has already received approval from Glentel’s board of directors. The Skidmore family, which holds a 37% stake in Glentel, has also signed agreements with Bell supporting the sale. The acquisition still requires approval from shareholders. A special meeting has been scheduled for Jan. 12.Glentel has nearly 500 retail locations across Canada. It also operates 735 locations in the U.S. and 147 in Australia and the Philippines.The Canadian Press read more

Kiriella says no agreement on SLFPUNP divorce

He was responding to questions raised by the joint opposition with regards to statements made by the SLFP that they have withdrawn from the unity Government. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said that he has not been officially informed that the unity Government is no more. (Colombo Gazette) Kiriella said that the statements to that effect had only been reported in the media and nothing was yet official.“We are still in the unity Government. There are two parties to the agreement,” he said. Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella says there is no agreement between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) to part ways from the unity Government.Kiriella told Parliament today that any decision regarding the unity Government cannot be unilateral. Joint opposition leader Dinesh Gunawardena said that the country has been informed by the SLFP that they are no more part of the unity Government. read more

UN refugee chief discusses refugee return with Sudanese president

In view of the level of destruction and the near-total collapse of infrastructure in south Sudan, the repatriation is expected to be one of the most challenging in recent times.President Al Bashir told Mr. Lubbers he hoped the much-awaited peace accord between the government and the Sudan’s People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) would be signed before the end of the year, allowing for the return of some 4 million Sudanese uprooted inside the country as well as of 570,000 refugees living in neighbouring states.“Once the peace process is concluded, then the real work starts for us,” Mr. Lubbers, who arrived in Khartoum today on the third leg of a four-nation African visit, told the president. “UNHCR is looking at how to support the peace agreement once it is signed and is trying to ensure that we are ready to move once this has happened,” he said of his agency. He warned, however, that although good progress had been made, “the last mile in the peace talks should not take too long.”Mr. Lubbers said the return of the refugees needed to be sustainable, with the establishment of rehabilitation and reconstruction activities, and for this UNHCR needed the support of other organizations to set up programmes to benefit the host community and returnees, both internally displaced Sudanese and returning refugees.”This work cannot be done by UNHCR alone,” he said. “We need to work with the government of Sudan, the World Bank, the UN family and NGOs (non-governmental organizations) to create a plan for sustainable return.”The largest number of Sudanese refugees abroad are in Uganda (223,000), followed by Ethiopia (88,000) and Kenya (69,000). UNHCR expects to aid the repatriation of up to 110,000 people during the first year of the return operation. The plan includes opening an office in the southern town of Juba after nearly a nearly 2-year absence. Offices are also expected to be set up in Rumbek and other locations.Mr. Lubbers, who has already visited Burundi and Tanzania, expects to travel to south Sudan on Wednesday to meet with the SPLM leader John Garang. He will also visit camps hosting Eritreans in eastern Sudan, now in the final stage of a voluntary return operation started by UNHCR in 2001 to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Eritreans, some of whom have been in exile for 30 years. On Thursday he goes on to Eritrea. read more

UNICEF urges transformative shift in familyfriendly work policies to reap huge benefits

According to UNICEF, a one-month increase in paid maternity leave in low-and-middle income countries has been found to reduce infant mortality rates by 13 per cent. In high-income countries, each additional week of paid parental leave is associated with more than a four per cent lower chance of single mothers living in poverty. Paid parental leave of six months also helps promote exclusive breastfeeding, according to the agency.Moreover, it also contributes to lower staff turnover rates, lower recruitment and training costs, and retention of experienced employees. For countries that have had these policies in place for the past several decades, increases in female employment have boosted GDP per capita growth by between 10 per cent and 20 per cent.UNICEF recommends at least six months of paid leave for all parents combined, with 18 weeks reserved specifically for mothers.BreastfeedingRegular breaks during working hours to breastfeed, or to express breastmilk in a supportive environment, contributes to lower rates of acute infant and chronic child illness as well as improved cognitive and educational outcomes, UNICEF says.The benefits for mothers include lower rates of postnatal depression, improved physical health and a reduction in the lifetime risk of breast cancer. Optimal breastfeeding practices produce societal benefits in what UNICEF estimated to be a $35 to $1 return on investment.And yet, the latest available data shows only 40 per cent of children under six months are exclusively breastfed, as recommended. Because the workplace represents a substantial barrier to breastfeeding, with around 16 per cent of workplaces without any statutory requirements to support it, breastfeeding is another priority recommendation of the new policy manifesto.“The gains of family-friendly policies far outweigh the cost of implementation: improved health outcomes, reductions in poverty, increased business productivity, and economic growth,” Ms. Fore asserted.Universal childcareUniversal access to affordable, quality childcare from the end of parental leave until a child’s entry into the first grade of school is the brief’s third recommendation.Children who receive quality and nurturing early childcare are healthier, learn better and stay in school longer, and have higher earnings as adults. Childcare provisions enable parents to meet their work obligations and be parents at home.Child benefitsExpanded coverage of cash benefits should be part of all countries’ social protection system for young children.​A recent analysis indicated that only one-in-three households globally receive child or family cash benefit that varied from 88 per cent in Europe and Central Asia, to 28 per cent in Asia and the Pacific, and 16 per cent in Africa. In translation, the majority of children in the poorest countries do not yet receive cash benefits to support their development.“Investing in our families is smart social policy, but it’s smart economic policy as well”, concluded the UNICEF chief. “There is no other time more critical to children’s lives than their earliest years”, said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director, “which is why we need a transformative shift in how businesses and governments invest in policies and practices that not only support healthy brain development, but also strengthen the bond between parents and their children – and reap huge economic and social benefits in return.”And yet, policies, such as paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and affordable childcare are not available for most parents around the world. Family-Friendly Policies: Redesigning the Workplace of the Future, outlines the latest evidence and new recommendations that lay the foundation for healthy development, success and poverty reduction. Paid parental leaveChild care is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for curious young minds to learn, play and shape their growing brains. But too many are missing out.We’re calling for universal access to quality and affordable child care for every family. It’s about time. #EarlyMomentsMatter pic.twitter.com/TV3rTxTbwm— UNICEF (@UNICEF) July 18, 2019 read more

Létonnante stratégie du coucou oiseau parasite

first_imgL’étonnante stratégie du coucou, oiseau parasiteRoyaume-Uni – Publiée dans la revue Evolution, une étude britannique montre l’évolution, au fil du temps, des mécanismes permettant au coucou de “squatter” le nid d’autres espèces en y pondant ses propres œufs, et des moyens de défense de ses hôtes involontaires.Oiseau opportuniste, le coucou abuse les autres oiseaux en pondant dans leur nid pour leur faire couver ses propres œufs puis nourrir ses propres oisillons. Une technique surprenante que des chercheurs britanniques ont tenté de comprendre en développant un “simulateur d’oeil d’oiseau”.À lire aussiUne médecin retire un effrayant habitant de la lèvre d’une femmeEn effet, “les oiseaux ont, dans la rétine, quatre types de ces cellules sensibles à la couleur, connues sous le nom de cônes, tandis que les humains n’en ont que trois. Ce cône supplémentaire est sensible aux longueurs d’onde ultraviolettes. En conséquence, les oiseaux peuvent voir un plus large éventail de couleurs que les humains”, explique Mary Cassie Stoddard, du Département de zoologie à l’Université de Cambridge. L’appareil créé utilise donc la spectroscopie ainsi que des modélisations de couleurs, afin d’appréhender la perception qu’ont les oiseaux de différents types de coquilles d’œuf.Les chercheurs ont alors découvert que, vu ainsi, l’œuf pondu par le coucou dans le nid du rouge-queue, l’une de ses “victimes” habituelles, est presque identique à l’œuf de ce dernier. Pourtant, le rouge-queue est l’une des espèces qui savent le mieux  “démasquer” les œufs intrus et s’en débarrasser : d’où la nécessité pour le coucou d’un mimétisme perfectionné. En revanche, dans le nid d’un oiseau appelé l’accenteur mouchet, dont l’œuf est bleu, le coucou pond un œuf blanc tâcheté de brun, visiblement très différent. Plus facilement bernée, cette espèce accepte fréquemment les œufs étrangers, d’où l’inutilité d’un ‘effort’ de mimétisme de la part du squatteur.Evoluer pour mieux se défendre ?Les chercheurs pensent que les hôtes naïfs, comme l’accenteur mouchet, en sont encore aux premiers stades de cette  “course aux armements”, et n’ont pas encore évolué pour se défendre contre cette forme de parasitisme. Une autre hypothèse est que tolérer ces œufs de coucou est pour eux la stratégie la plus sûre : le “coût” biologique lié au risque d’éjecter à tord leurs propres oeufs pourrait être plus élevé que celui de tolérer ce parasite occasionnel.Le 25 mars 2011 à 10:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Tony Cascarino criticizes Jurgen Klopp decision on Lovren

first_imgFormer Liverpool player has criticized manager Jurgen Klopp’s decision to field Dejan Lovren in the club’s FA Cup encounter against Wolverhampton Wanderers.On talkSPORT via Daily star, Cascarino said:“The situation is, you’ve lost three centre-halves. [Joel] Matip, Lovren and [Joe] Gomes so it’s a big problem for Liverpool that that injury crisis has happened in the same position.“It’s a position that they obviously knew they were pretty desperate in because they’ve signed Virgil van Dijk.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“The emergence of Gomes has been massive at Liverpool Football Club, they’ve missed him every bit much as bit as they missed Van Dijk before they had him, ok?“So, that’s a big break. Do they need a centre half? Absolutely not. How are they going to get through this period? Well, they used Fabinho as a centre half against Wolves in the cup.“I think he can play there, they don’t have to change formation and go to a three, they can stay as a four because that’s where I think they’re at their best.”last_img read more

Two males charged with numerous offences

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 10, 2017 – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have charged and cautioned two males ages 22 and 23 years old with offences that occurred at the Morris Plaza parking lot on Monday 2nd January 2017.Around 3:15 am that date, police responded to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre after a report was made that two males were at the hospital with gunshot wounds, stab wounds, and other minor injuries. The investigation revealed that a fight had broken out at the said parking lot causing the persons to receive the injuries.  All victims were treated for non-life-threatening injuries and later released from the hospital.The 22-year-old male was charged with Common Assault and fighting in a public place, and the 23-year-old was charged with Wounding and fighting in a public place. Recommended for you #MagneticNewsMedia Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA (RTCIPF Press release) Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionerlast_img read more

Sifton teen pleads not guilty to arson

first_imgA 16-year-old boy pleaded not guilty Tuesday to first-degree arson relating to a May 13 fire that gutted his family’s home in the Sifton neighborhood.Alex Michael Smith waived a formal reading of the charges and entered his plea in juvenile court. Clark County Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis set trial for Aug. 17.Smith’s attorney, Darcy Scholts, said that trial date will likely be postponed, as she needs to secure an expert witness for the defense.Scholts also said she is drafting a proposal in favor of Smith’s release from juvenile detention. Smith was arrested after he allegedly fetched a gas can from his family’s household shed and set the house ablaze around 9 a.m., according to court records.His mother, Patricia Smith, told investigators that she and her son had argued earlier in the morning. She left the home and spoke with her son by phone, when he allegedly told her, “You will be sorry,” according to court documents.last_img read more

Champion Porsche owner among 3 men dead in apparent drownings

first_img“It’s terrible, you know. No one likes to hear anybody drowning or getting hurt out here,” he said. “It’s the beginning of summer. Just want to have fun, you know.”Hours earlier, authorities said, 67-year-old Paul Elmore became unresponsive while diving on an artificial reef wreck off Pompano Beach.Fellow divers rescued Elmore and began to render aid. The Broward Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol and Pompano Beach Fire Rescue responded to the scene and administered CPR.Elmore, a New York resident, was transported to Broward Health North, where he was pronounced dead.Officials in all three cases will determine a cause of death later this week.Regarding Maraj’s death, a spokesperson for Boca Raton Resort and Club released a statement that reads in part, “It is with deep regret and sadness that we confirm the death of a club member at the resort. Our thoughts are with the family and friends at this difficult time, and we extend our sincerest condolences. As always, the well-being of our guests, club members and team members remains our top priority. The hotel is cooperating fully with the police investigation.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A prominent South Florida business owner was among three men who died after they were pulled unresponsive from the water in separate incidents this weekend off Miami Beach, Pompano Beach and Boca Raton.According to Boca Raton Police, 65-year-old Devindar Maraj, the owner of Champion Porsche in Pompano Beach, was reported missing from the Boca Raton Resort and Club, early Sunday morning.The police department’s dive team responded and located the victim’s body in the waterway.The apparent drowning comes hours after 55-year-old Anthony Waiters perished while he was attending his girlfriend’s family reunion in Miami Beach, Saturday afternoon.According to Miami Beach Police, Waiters, a Miami-Dade resident, was pulled from the water near 82nd Street and Collins Avenue. Cellphone video captured paramedics putting the victim in an ambulance.Waiters was rushed to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.Beachgoer Justin Giraldez was saddened to hear about the apparent drowning. last_img read more