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Archers slay Maroons

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first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Eager to settle an old score, La Salle came out tenacious early to deal University of the Philippines its worst beating of UAAP Season 80.Ben Mbala fired 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Green Archers also gave coach Aldin Ayo a fitting birthday present with an 85-62 demolition of the Fighting Maroons on Sunday to solidify their hold of second spot at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Facing one of the two teams that beat them in the past two seasons, the Archers zoomed to an early double-digit lead before coasting in the second half to raise their record to 6-2.Mbala made life difficult on UP top gun Paul Desiderio, who was held to just seven points on 2-of-13 shooting after scoring 30 points in the 98-87 win in the first round last Sept. 23.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 shutout“We wanted this win so bad,” said La Salle guard Kib Montalbo, who also ended his shooting slump with 12 points.“We have lost to them four times this year, including tune-up games and its also coach’s (Ayo) birthday.” LATEST STORIEScenter_img 13 PH kids earn FC Barcelona training slots Mbala added: “We were eager, we cannot lose to the same team, which probably means that maybe we got to think about what we’re doing wrong.”Earlier, Far Eastern U inflicted more misery on winless University of Santo Tomas, while tightening its grip on fourth spot following an emphatic 96-70 victory. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:38Duterte orders probe on radio broadcaster slay in Dumaguete02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:37Protesters 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 Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Roger Federer to take a trip down memory lane, face Alejandro Falla at London Olympics opener

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first_imgRoger Federer will begin his Olympic campaign against Alejandro Falla, the Colombian who almost humiliated the great Swiss at Wimbledon in 2010.Federer, who won a seventh Wimbledon title earlier this month, had to come back from two sets to love down at the All England Club to beat Falla in the first round two years ago with the Colombian losing his nerve on Centre Court when he served for the match at 5-4 in the fourth set.Top-seeded Federer, who is appearing at his fourth Olympics, has been placed in the same half of the draw as fourth seed David Ferrer, who will play Vasek Pospisil of Canada.”Federer is the favourite whenever he plays here,” said Falla.”I know him well and he knows me well, too. I’m going to have to play my best if I am going to have a chance to win this match but he’s Roger and he’s just won Wimbledon for the seventh year here.”Second seed Novak Djokovic, the 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medallist, will challenge Fabio Fognini of Italy in the first round.Djokovic is in the same half of the draw as third-seeded Briton Andy Murray, who faces Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland.Fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France will meet Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci, the recent Gstaad Open winner.Missing from the men’s draw is defending champion Rafael Nadal who pulled out of the tournament through injury.In the women’s singles, the Williams sisters both face tricky opponents in the first round.Wimbledon champion Serena, seeded four, plays Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic while Venus tackles Italy’s ninth seed Sara Errani, the French Open runner-up.advertisementSerena and Venus are two-time doubles gold medallists, while Venus also won the singles gold medal in Sydney in 2000.Top seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus is up against Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu, second-seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska faces Germany’s Julia Goerges.Third seeded Russian, Maria Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champion, plays Shahar Peer of Israel.There is a 64-draw for the men’s and women’s singles, with 16 players seeded in each event, and a 32-draw for the men’s and women’s doubles, with eight teams seeded in each event.Mixed doubles, which is making a return to the Olympics as a medal sport for the first time since the Paris Games of 1924, will have a 16-draw, with four teams seeded.The draw for the mixed doubles is being held mid-way through the tennis event on July 31.last_img read more

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson wanted Pep Guardiola as successor not David Moyes

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first_imgAlex Ferguson has revealed that David Moyes, the man chosen as his managerial successor at Manchester United, was sixth on a list of ideal replacements headed by Pep Guardiola and four others, who were all “unavailable” at the time.In his new book “Leading”, United’s longest-serving manager outlines the selection process behind Moyes’ ill-fated appointment at Old Trafford, which lasted less than a year after he replaced the retired Ferguson in 2013.”I asked Pep to phone me before he accepted an offer from another club but he didn’t and wound up joining Bayern Munich in July 2013,” Ferguson wrote.”When we started the process of looking for my replacement, we established that several very desirable candidates were unavailable.”It became apparent that Jose Mourinho had given his word to Roman Abramovich that he would return to Chelsea, and that Carlo Ancelotti would succeed him at Real Madrid.Also read: Manchester United go second as Liverpool lose more ground “We also knew that Jurgen Klopp was happy at Borussia Dortmund and would be signing a new contract. Meantime, Louis van Gaal had undertaken to lead the Dutch attempt to win the 2014 World Cup,” he added.Moyes was sacked after 10 months at United but Ferguson defended his fellow Scot’s record prior to joining the club.”We chose David Moyes. He had been consistent in his job at Everton, had a good spell there — 11 years and showed appetite.”Unfortunately, somehow it didn’t work out for David. The process was perfect. It was a good process,” Ferguson said.advertisementAlso read: Jose Mourinho helped me evolve as a player – Oscar Instead, the former United manager reserved his criticism for Moyes’ decision to overhaul his backroom staff after taking charge.”I’m sure there are things that David would do differently if he had the opportunity to relive his time at Old Trafford,” Ferguson said.”Such as keeping Mick Phelan (Ferguson’s assistant), who would have been the invaluable guide to the many layers of the club that Ryan Giggs is to Louis van Gaal today.”There is no point suddenly changing routines that players are comfortable with. It is counterproductive, saps morale and immediately provokes players to question the new man’s motives,” he added.last_img read more

Euro 2016: Germany striker Mario Gomez set to miss rest of the tournament

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first_imgGermany striker Mario Gomez has been ruled out of the European Championship, while midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira are both doubtful.The German football federation (DFB) said on Sunday that Gomez’ participation in the rest of the tournament is “out of the question” due to a muscle tear in his right thigh sustained during Germany’s quarterfinal win over Italy.The DFB said the extent of all three players’ injuries was revealed after MRI scans in Annecy. The scans showed that Schweinsteiger had a ligament strain in his right knee, while Khedira had an injury to his left adductor. Schweinsteiger had come on for the injured Khedira early in Saturday’s game in Bordeaux. (Euro 2016: Germany sink Italy 6-5 on penalties to enter semis)”Whether Schweinsteiger and Khedira can take part in the semifinal on Thursday in Marseille or a potential final on Sunday in St. Denis is open for now,” the DFB said.”The medical department of the national team will work hard together with the players on (their) recovery. However, the healing process cannot be precisely defined for either of them. The situation will need to be reassessed day by day,” the federation said.Gomez, who scored two goals for Germany at the tournament, is definitely out, as is defender Mats Hummels due to suspension.”It’s very bitter when important players are ruled out at the crucial stage of the tournament,” Germany coach Joachim Loew said. “I’m especially sorry for Mario. He produced strong performances at the European Championship and helped the team a lot, not only with his goals.”advertisementLoew was nevertheless bullish of his side’s chances against France or Iceland, who play in the final quarterfinal on Sunday.”For us it means we must accept the new situation and find solutions, and that’s what we’ll do,” Loew said. “The quality of the squad is high. I have full confidence in all players. We’ll be ready on Thursday and looking forward to the semifinal.”last_img read more

After CWG exploits, Kamal eyes medal at Asian Games

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first_imgMumbai, Jun 18 (PTI) India’s ace paddler Sharath Kamal says he is in the “best phase” of his career and is eyeing a medal in the upcoming Asian Games. The continental showpiece is scheduled to be held in Indonesian capital Jakarta and Palembang from August 18 to September 2. “We are in the final phase of our preparations, the last two months which will see us play a lot of matches, UTT is here, after this the Australia and Korea Open which are Super Series tournaments,” Sharath told PTI. The multiple Commonwealth Games medallist added, “Preparation has been right on track, confidence is high among the squad. But our main aim at the Asian Games is to get a gold. We’ve always gone on to the quarterfinals but have faltered at that hurdle as it’s really tough. “But this year, if we have a good draw and given our confidence, on aparticular day, we can beat the best in the world,” Kamal told PTI. Sharath excelled in the Commonwealth Games gone by in Gold Coast, winning a gold, silver and bronze medal. The veteran also impressed in the World Championship. “The World Championship was my career’s best performance. The way I played there, all the players from around the world came up to me and congratulated me for the touch I was in. “I made the highest number of points that an individual could ever make, even more than the World Number 1 Ma Long or Timo Boll. “We finished 13th compared to 25th last time. A lot of people have a wrong impression that the World C’ships weren’t as great for us but the comparison is too big, in terms of being the world champions from the CWG champions. Wehad a fantastic run there, personally, moving from 25 to 13 is a great achievement,” he noted.advertisement According to Sharath, the year has been great for him starting from the Qatar Open (and) to the CWG. “I am in the best phase of my career. But I believe, in the next 3-4 months, I will have my career best ranking,” he added. Sharath is leading the Warriors TTC in the ongoing UTT league, which began in Pune last week, and credited it for the improvements in his game. “After last year’s UTT season, it gave us that impetus to do better. However, the platform has to be consistent and if it stays so then we will have more youngsters watching us, the foreign players and will get inspired to get better and make us a better Table Tennis nation,” the paddler from Tamil Nadu said. “Table Tennis is my identity, so I will stay connected to the sport but we will have to wait for some more time before I go onto the other side of things,” the 35-year-old paddler signed off. PTI NRB AHAHlast_img read more

Mexico team news: Vela and in-form Lozano start

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first_imgBelgium v Mexico Mexico team news: Vela and in-form Lozano start for El Tri Goal Last updated 2 years ago 02:54 11/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Carlos Vela Hirving Lozano Mexico USA ALFREDO ESTRELLA Belgium v Mexico Mexico Belgium Friendlies Despite not featuring much for Real Sociedad, the future LAFC winger gets the start with the PSV attacker on the other wing Juan Carlos Osorio has handed starts to Carlos Vela and in-form Hirving Lozano for Mexico as they face Belgium in their first friendly since World Cup qualification.Vela, who has not played much for Real Sociedad after agreeing to a move to MLS expansion side LAFC for next season, was selected over his future MLS rival Giovani dos Santos. Meanwhile, Lozano, who is off to a hot start to life in the Eredivsie gets a look on the other wing. ¡Con ellos lo dejaremos todo en la cancha!Alineación presentada por @CocaColaMx:#SoyMéxico pic.twitter.com/rwow7ISdeC— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) November 10, 2017The lineup likely will see Mexico manager Osorio utilize two defensive midfielders – something he has been reluctant to do since taking over El Tri in November of 2015. But after running into trouble controlling the midfield against top teams like Germany in previous encounters, the manager appears set to make a change. 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 The lineup could, however see Reyes line up as a third center back with Herrera in front of him. Either way, Mexico will have its hands full with Premier League stars Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku all getting a start up front for Roberto Martinez’s side. The team is less experienced going back, with Celtic center back stepping in for injured Jan Vertonghen and Monaco youngster Youri Tieleman getting his seventh international cap in the midfield.Mexico starting XI: Guillermo Ochoa; Carlos Salcedo, Nestor Araujo, Hector Moreno, Miguel Layun; Diego Reyes, Andres Guardado (c), Carlos Vela, Hector Herrera, Hirving Lozano; Javier “Chicharito” HernandezBelgium starting XI: Thibaut Courtois; Thomas Meunier, Laurent Ciman, Dedryck Boyata, Thomas Vermaelen; Axel Witsel, Youri Tielemans, Nacer Chadli; Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard (c), Romelu Lukakulast_img read more

Outsmart the Trout: Redington Fly Fishing

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first_img Editors’ Recommendations 9 Essential Kayak Fishing Accessories to Get You Started Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide If you’re lucky enough to live near a river, lake, or shore with good fishing, you’re lucky enough. One of the great summer hobbies every man should take up at least once is learning to fish. If you’ve ever picked up the works of famed author and fisherman Norman Maclean, then you know that the noblest art of fishing, and hardest to master, is that of fly-fishing. If you find yourself knee deep in a Rocky Mountain stream or paddling out into the Chesapeake to search for the perfect fish story (and to make sure it’s not about the “one that got away”) make sure you’ve got the right rod, reel and flies for the job.For the budding fly-fisherman, selecting the correct gear can be daunting, and even after more than a few trips to a local fly shop, we’ve found that confusing advice and jargon just don’t get better with time. The team at Redington Fly Fishing have solved this problem with their Topo Kit ($220), helping novice fisherman and experts alike build the perfect lightweight fly-fishing set-up and begin to dial their gear in. It features a four piece, nine foot rod, a 4/5/6 weight reel (pre-spooled with high quality RIO tippet), and a small box of six common flies – just enough gear to get you started, but not overwhelmed. The included zipper case makes the Topo Kit the perfect addition to sit within reach of your regular camping gear or in your trunk for those long weekend and after work river sessions. Combined with a pair of Redington’s Palix River Waders, you’re ready for a few hours of battling trout or bass.We can’t all cast like famed fisherman Lefty Kreh, or wax poetic about growing up fishing the pristine streams and rivers of Montana like Mr. Maclean. However, even if you’ve never picked up a rod, this summer it’s time to team up with Redington and learn to outsmart the fish and hook your own river monster. The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now SNL’s Kyle Mooney Never Had a Real Job and He’s Cool With Thatlast_img read more

Muslim groups support Dalit community demand joint protest on September 15

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first_imgNEW DELHI: Representatives of several Muslim organisations on Monday supported the Dalit community’s demand for reconstructing a Ravidas temple in Tuglakabad forest area and said they would organise a joint protest in the national capital on September 15. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had demolished the temple on August 10 on the orders of the Supreme Court.On August 21, a massive protest in the national capital on the issue turned violent, following which Dalit group Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad and 95 others were arrested on the charge of rioting. At a press conference here, Mulana Fazlul Manan Shahi, the Imam of Teele Wali Masjid in Lucknow, said, “We feel the pain caused by the temple’s demolition as we have gone through a similar experience. We share the grief of our Dalit brothers. We will be there to rebuild the temple.” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderMufti Aeyaaz Arshad Qasmi, a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said, “If the government does not rebuild the temple, we will hit the streets on September 15. We will do all that we can. We will take legal recourse too.” Syyed Bahadur Abbas Naqvi, the general secretary of Anjuman-e-Haideri, alleged that the “government misled the apex court by furnishing fake documents about acquisition of the land where the temple stood.” “According to law, land belonging to any religious structure cannot be acquired. The government acquired the land in question in 1986. There is enough evidence to prove that the temple existed before 1986,” he claimed. “Muslims and Dalits communities stand together on the issue. We demand the temple be built at its original place and Azad and his supporters, who have been arrested on false charges, be released immediately,” Naqvi said, adding on September 15, the Muslim community will take put a peaceful march to the site in Tughlakabad where the temple stood.last_img read more

Europe beat USA to regain Solheim Cup

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first_imgGleneagles: Europe regained the Solheim Cup with a thrilling 14.5-13.5 victory over the United States on Sunday at Gleneagles. Norwegian wildcard Suzann Pettersen holed the winning putt in the last match on the course, making a birdie on the 18th to defeat Marina Alex one-up in a dramatic finale in the event’s closest ever finish. It was a first defeat for US Captain Juli Inkster – and it makes it three wins out of three in Scotland for Europe following on from Dalmahoy (1992) and Loch Lomond (2000). “This is fantastic,” said Europe’s Scottish captain, Catriona Matthew after Europe’s first victory since 2013. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I knew the last few matches would be crucial.” Pettersen, a new mum who had hardly played in two years, was a controversial wild card selection. “But I always had faith,” added Matthew. “It is all still a blur,” said Pettersen. “I knew it was close. But Catriona came up to me at the last and I said ‘is this why you picked me?’. “This is just so fantastic for Europe.” It was Europe’s sixth Solheim Cup win – with the USA 10-time champions.last_img read more

Canadian CEOs have already earned more than the average Canadian will this

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first_imgTORONTO – A policy think tank says Canada’s 100 highest paid CEOs have already earned more than the average Canadian worker will make for all of this year.The 11th annual report on CEO compensation by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says the average CEO will have earned nearly $50,000 by 10:57 a.m. ET Tuesday, down from mid-afternoon when it first started studying the issue.Its latest report titled “Climbing up and Kicking Down” says the country’s top CEOs now make, on average, $10.4-million a year, or 209 times the average income of $49,738.That’s up from 193 times more in 2015.The report suggests that while the idea of a $15 per hour minimum wage has faced debate across Canada, rising CEO wages have gone largely unchecked.It concludes it isn’t likely that any one measure will curtail the overall growth in CEO compensation and decrease the record-high income gap between Canada’s top executives and the average worker.But it says Ottawa could consider more comprehensive amendments to the Income Tax Act and more broadly eliminate the tax preference that encourages companies to pay their executives in stock and stock derivatives rather than regular dollars.last_img read more

Wont play a role unless Im convinced Patralekhaa

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first_imgMumbai: Actress Patralekhaa, who features in the upcoming film “Badnaam Gali” alongside Divyendu Sharma, says the dull phase in her career has taught her not to live on someone’s mercy and only sign up for films she is convinced with. Patralekhaa of “Citylights” fame told IANS: “One of the most important lessons that I have learnt from the tough phase of my career is that if I am not convinced, I won’t play the character. I think for a performer, for an actor, conviction is one of the most important elements and if I am not fully convinced, it shows in my performance. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger “So from now on, everything I will do, I will do it with conviction. Also I have stopped taking nonsense from people because we actors are here by choice and we cannot be on anybody’s mercy… No one should make us feel insecure or vulnerable just because an artiste has a sensitive mind.” Releasing on the OTT platform ZEE5 on Friday, the film “Badnaam Gali” tells the story of a young surrogate mother named Noyonika Ganguly, played by Patralekhaa. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up The film was shot in Delhi. “We shot in summer. The temperature was around 42 degrees and I was wearing that prosthetic belly as you know I have played a pregnant girl. It was physically exhausting under that heat. I was sweating all over and I was getting tired, but everything was worth it when we saw the end result,” she said. Asked about how the story of a surrogate mother has become acceptable for the audience, she said: “The good thing is that time is changing. An unmarried pregnant girl is always a taboo in the society and that is why earlier when actresses like Preity Zinta did that film ‘Kya Kehna’, it was an example. “Now it is great to see that the audience is receptive towards these kind of stories. That is how actors like us are getting chances to work on good stories. I always choose my films as an audience because I am the first audience of my film. “Though it is a story told in a lighter manner, it raises some important questions. She is a surrogate mother, an independent girl with a very unapologetic attitude and how society treats her… Digital platforms really have given us the opportunity to some of these progressive stories.” After “Badnaam Gali”, Patralekhaa has another film in her kitty. It is directed by Pradeep Sarkar, and the actress says it is quite dark and different. “We have room for versatility too,” she said. Starting her career in Bollywood with the film “CityLights”, Patralekhaa has also appeared in the web series “Bose: Dead/Alive”. She has been through few years of struggle to get good film offers, though critics always praised her performance. While she has an inclination towards playing a strong woman on-screen, she knows that as an actor, she shouldn’t say that “I only want to play such character.” “Yes, my character should have a strong opinion, but she could be vulnerable too. I think that is the intriguing point for me that I look for in every good script,” added Patralekhaa.last_img read more

Sierra Leone elections on track but assistance still needed – Ban Kimoon

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10 May 2007Calling preparations for the upcoming national elections in Sierra Leone a “remarkable success,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the international community to remain engaged in helping the West African country continue its recovery from a brutal civil war. “The fact that 91 per cent of the eligible voters have registered for the July 2007 elections is both a demonstration of the civic maturity of the people of Sierra Leone and an important indication of the increased capacity of the National Electoral Commission,” Mr. Ban said in his latest report on the work of the UN Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL).Among other notable accomplishments of the Commission, as assisted by UNIOSIL, Mr. Ban noted the recruitment and training of election workers, the drafting of election petition rules and the installation of technical advisers.The deployment of state authority across the country, however, continues to lag behind and efforts to combat corruption and promote accountability have been painfully slow to yield results, he said.“In this regard, the country clearly needs the support of the international community,” he maintained, urging the Government to work closely with the UN’s Peacebuilding Commission following the agreement reached on a framework for further consolidation of the peace.In October 2006, the Commission declared Sierra Leone eligible to benefit from the recently set-up multi-million dollar Peacebuilding Fund, which is aimed at assisting countries emerging from conflict to rebuild and prevent them falling back into bloodshed. Sierra Leone’s 10-year conflict began in 1991 and left thousands dead and many more mutilated.In order to further advance peace consolidation, Mr. Ban said the national armed forces and the police needed “significant additional support” in the areas of equipment and accommodation. In addition, he pointed out that a solid private sector in the country was still lacking. “Without a vibrant economy based on free-market principles and clean practices, the country will not be able to achieve the much-needed acceleration of the growth rate,” he said.Finally, he advocated that the Government and its partners should step up efforts to reform the judiciary and promote human rights, especially those of women and children.UNIOSIL, the first integrated UN office established to support a peace-consolidation process, was established following the completion of peacekeeping operations in Sierra Leone that ended on 31 December 2005. It is made up of almost 300 people, comprising 82 international staff, 192 local staff and 24 UN Volunteers. read more

UN seminar explores water management in Central Asia

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Organized by the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), the three-day seminar will examine existing UN conventions in the area of water and environment, including the UN Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes.The event, which began yesterday, will also review best practices in negotiating cooperative transboundary water agreements. “This practical knowledge will come very handy for experts from Central Asian countries who are involved in a search for a long-term sustainable negotiated solution to the problems with water and associated resource management issues in the region,” Miroslav Jenca, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNRCCA, said in opening marks this morning.He expressed hope that the gathering will help the region’s nations “reach sustainable and mutually beneficial arrangements in the area of water and energy.”The UNRCCA, in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, was set up in 2007 to help the countries of the region respond more proactively to cross-border challenges and threats, such as terrorism, drug trafficking, organized crime and environmental degradation, before they become costlier and more difficult to control. According to the Department of Political Affairs (DPA), the centre is tasked with assisting Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan “in building capacities to peacefully prevent conflict, in facilitating dialogue, and in catalyzing international support behind projects and initiatives.” 20 April 2009A United Nations gathering underway in the Kazakh city, Almaty, has drawn dozens of experts and representatives of Central Asian nations to examine how to boost water management in the region. read more

CoucheTard to acquire 23 Premium 7 locations in Estonia for undisclosed price

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LAVAL, Que. — Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. is expanding its European network of filling stations and convenience stores.The Quebec-based company has agreed to acquire 23 locations in Estonia, currently operated under the Premium 7 brand.That includes 11 full service fuel stations with convenience stores and 12 automated fuel stations.Dollarama Inc investors getting bang for their buck as company beats profit expectations, opens eight new storesAlimentation Couche-Tard Inc rolling out Circle K banner throughout southeastern U.S. this springParkland Fuel a possible buyer of Loblaw gas bars: reportCouche-Tard says the two sides of the transaction won’t be disclosing the price.It will initially rebrand the sites under the Statoil brand and then switch it within a year to the Circle K global brand.The Laval-based company had previously announced plans to replace its Mac’s brand in Canada with the Circle K brand while retaining Couche-Tard as its retail brand in its home province.Couche-Tard will have a total of 77 company-operated stores and fuel stations in Estonia after completing the 23-site purchase from Sevenoil Est OU and its affiliates. read more

Honda reports profit drop on yen declining US India sales

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TOKYO — Japanese automaker Honda has reported a 29% decline in fiscal first quarter profit as an unfavourable currency exchange and declining auto sales in the U.S. and India hurt earnings.Tokyo-based Honda Motor Co. reported Friday its April-June profit totalled 172.3 billion yen ($1.6 billion), down from 244.3 billion yen.Quarterly sales dipped 0.7% to nearly 4 trillion yen ($37 billion).Honda, which makes the Accord sedan, Odyssey minivan and Asimo robot, said both auto and motorcycle sales declined during the quarter on-year.Honda lowered its profit forecast for the fiscal year through March 2020 to 645 billion yen ($6 billion), down from an earlier forecast of 665 billion yen ($6.2 billion).But the latest projection is better than the 610 billion yen Honda earned the previous year.The Associated Press read more

US plans trade probe over Chinas demands for tech transfers

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US plans trade probe over China’s demands for tech transfers FILE – In this March 15, 2017 file photo, a man pushes a stroller past a magazine advertisement featuring U.S. President Donald Trump at a news stand in Shanghai, China. U.S. media reported Wednesday, Aug 2, 2017 that the administration of President Donald Trump is considering using rarely invoked U.S. trade laws to compel China to crack down on theft of copyrights, patents and other intellectual property and fend off technology sharing demands from Beijing. (Chinatopix Via AP, File) WASHINGTON – Frustrated over China’s inability to pressure North Korea over its nuclear program, the Trump administration is weighing plans to punish China for failing to crack down on intellectual property thefts and forcing U.S. and foreign companies to share their technology in return for access to the vast Chinese market.That’s according to two people familiar with the discussion, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the plans have not been made public.The administration is considering invoking the rarely used Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, which empowers Washington to investigate Chinese trade practices and impose sanctions, including tariffs, within months, according to one of those people.The investigation would focus on China’s alleged forced technology transfer policies and practices, one of the people said, adding that the Trump administration could move to launch such a probe this week. The second person cautioned that no decisions or timelines had been finalized yet.U.S. and other Western governments and business groups accuse Beijing of unfairly nurturing Chinese competitors — in fields ranging from medical equipment to renewable energy to electric cars — by requiring foreign firms to hand over proprietary technologies in exchange for being allowed to operate in China.American companies have long complained that Chinese competitors steal their technology and use it to compete against them. Being forced to hand over technology to gain access to the Chinese market adds to the risk.China’s Ministry of Commerce did not immediately respond to a faxed request for comment.These deliberations come as the administration has signalled a harsher stance on trade than it took in the first six months of Trump’s presidency when it comes to China.President Donald Trump temporarily set aside complaints about market access and currency when he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in April in hopes Beijing would help pressure North Korea to end its nuclear weapons development. But tensions bubbled up last month at a U.S.-Chinese dialogue where U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin blamed China’s $347 billion trade surplus with the United States last year on “government intervention in its economy.”Trump has also grown increasingly frustrated by what he says is China’s reluctance to rein in North Korea.“I am very disappointed in China. Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade,” he tweeted recently, “yet… they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk.”“We will no longer allow this to continue,” he added. “China could easily solve this problem!”The Wall Street Journal and New York Times also reported that U.S. trade officials are discussing ways to counter piracy of copyrights and patents and other intellectual property in China.U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, in a commentary in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, outlined a slew of grievances against both China and the European Union that he said contributed to the global U.S. trade deficit in goods of $725.5 billion in 2016.“Both China and Europe also bankroll their exports through grants, low-cost loans, energy subsidies, special value-added tax refunds and below-market real estate sales, among other means,” Ross wrote.The Wall Street Journal and New York Times stories also said U.S. officials were looking into using Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act. Another possibility would be to invoke the “International Emergency Economic Powers Act,” a law also enacted during the 1970s that gives the president wide powers to take action after declaring a national emergency, the Wall Street Journal report said.The president has long railed against Chinese trade practices.“Predatory trade practices, product dumping, currency manipulation and intellectual property theft have taken millions of jobs and trillions in wealth from our country,” he said on the campaign trail last year, warning that if China did not stop its “illegal activities, including its theft of American trade secrets and intellectual property, I will apply countervailing duties until China ceases and desists.”He claimed enforcing intellectual property rules alone would add millions of new American jobs each year.The administration also was considering how to resist technology-sharing demands from Beijing as part of its ambitious Made in China 2025 program, a blueprint for making China a leader in advanced technologies such as autonomous driving, artificial intelligence, robotics and other industries.Foreign companies have long complained over rampant piracy and technology theft by Chinese companies. Though he has at times sought a more conciliatory approach, Trump also has lambasted China over such problems and over the massive U.S. trade deficit.The U.S. last year ran a $347 billion trade deficit in goods with China — accounting for nearly half of the overall U.S. trade deficit in goods. Despite Trump’s pledge to narrow the deficit, the gap has grown this year — to $138.1 billion from January through May from $131.2 billion in the first five months of 2016.___Associated Press writer Paul Wiseman contributed to this report.___Wong reported from Beijing. by Gillian Wong And Jill Colvin, The Associated Press Posted Aug 2, 2017 8:02 am MDT Last Updated Aug 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Jagdeo slams APNUAFC for culture of secrecy

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident should “come clean” on decision to take away oil portfolio from Trotman – JagdeoMarch 1, 2018In “latest news”“Lopsided” agreement benefitted some parties than others – WPA’s Hinds on Cummingsburg AccordAugust 19, 2019In “latest news”“Any party that has to prove it is not dead, is in a sad shape” –Jagdeo on AFCAugust 9, 2018In “latest news” —maintains that ‘PR spins’ cannot change fact that Trotman was ‘stripped’ of oil and gas responsibilitiesA CULTURE of secrecy is being developed under the APNU+AFC Coalition Government. And when they get caught they “circle the wagon” when they get caught, according to Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo.   “We saw a recent manifestation of this when Trotman was stripped of his responsibility…no matter how many press statements they put out to say otherwise, he was stripped of his responsibility,” he said.Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo referred to the reports from the Ministry of the Presidency, which indicated that Trotman was the one who proposed the establishment of a Department of Energy and as such he was not ‘stripped’ of his responsibilities.  However, Jagdeo questioned the rationale of Trotman proposing a Department of Energy outside of the Ministry of Natural Resources and surmised that this was not the intent.That said, the Opposition Leader charged that the “culture of secrecy” must be done away with and the Coalition Government must come clean on the real reasons for removing the responsibilities for the oil and gas sector from Trotman’s portfolio.  “We need to know why these responsibilities were removed….did they find things against him that were adverse….are the reports about PNC persons saying that the AFC is ‘making all the money’ in the big ministries true? Is that the reason for the change?” he questioned.Jagdeo declared, “It is clear that we can’t trust our government.” According to him, the lack of information and the move to have a Department of Energy is being seen for what it is – a diversion from the real issues, including the large scale corruption in the oil and gas sector and the incompetent act of the Coalition Government in this sector.Referring to the recent publication of advertisements that talk up success in the oil and gas sector are not substantive and are being use to “create an impression” that there are positive moves being made.  “They was to create the impression that Guyana is rising….how can Guyana be rising when we lost 25,000 jobs in three years, cost of living is up, you tax everything and corruption is up,” he asked.The Opposition Leader made it clear that the public relation spins will not divert attention of all Guyanese from the real issues at hand and the Coalition Government will be held accountable for its actions by the Guyanese people. read more

Varadkar says budget leaks impacted on consumer confidence

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first_imgMINISTER FOR TRANSPORT Leo Varadkar has admitted that leaks about the forthcoming budget may have had a negative impact on consumer confidence.Speaking in the Dáil last night in response to questions from Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea, Varadkar said last month’s consumer confidence was the highest in five years but it declined recently.“Within a month that had fallen by ten points, probably due to Ministers and others talking about child benefits, property taxes and all sorts of things,” he said.O’Dea said Varadkar’s comment was “a startling admission for a senior Minister to make”.“Over recent months we have consistently warned of the damage that is being done to the economy by Ministers jockeying for position and leaking budget proposals,” he said. “Now we see a senior Minister acknowledge the point and link the comments of his colleagues to a measured collapse in confidence.”The Fianna Fáil TD said Varadkar should relay his concerns to the Taoiseach and to his colleagues in the Cabinet.Read: Sharp fall in consumer sentiment in September>Property Tax: Where do the political parties stand?>last_img read more

Les mathématiques pourraientils permettre de sauver les rhinocéros

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first_imgLes mathématiques pourraient-ils permettre de sauver les rhinocéros ?Des mathématiciens vont tenter de mettre au point un modèle mathématique afin de venir au secours des rhinocéros victimes de braconnage en Afrique du Sud.La semaine prochaine, du 14 au 18 janvier, des milliers de mathématiciens du monde entier seront réunis à Johannesburg pour le séminaire MISGSA (Groupe d’études en mathématiques pour l’industrie) organisé chaque année par l’université WITS. Cette nouvelle édition sera l’occasion de proposer aux participants quatre nouveaux sujets dont l’un est pour le moins inattendu. En effet, les mathématiciens vont entre autres devoir relever le défi de mettre au point un modèle mathématique afin de venir au secours des rhinocéros victimes de braconnage.Pour y parvenir, plusieurs paramètres devront être pris en compte : la possibilité de mettre en place un élevage intensif de rhinos dans des fermes et l’éventuelle ouverture officielle d’un marché de la corne de rhinocéros. Dans ce cas, la question est ainsi : la chute des prix serait-elle suffisamment importante pour décourager le braconnage et la collecte de fonds suffisante pour protéger les rhinos restés en liberté dans les parcs nationaux ?Les spécialistes qui se pencheront sur le sujet des rhinocéros devront inclure dans leur modèle des données telles que le nombre de rhinos en liberté en Afrique du Sud (environ 20.000),  l’augmentation exponentielle du braconnage (plus de 600 animaux tués en 2012), le prix de la corne de rhinocéros au marché noir (environ 50.000 euros le kilo) et le coût des mesures de protection et de lutte contre le braconnage.Déterminer mathématiquement l’impact de la légalisation À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Si les experts peuvent déterminer la population minimale viable de rhinos en liberté, alors on pourra aussi déterminer si un commerce légalisé menacerait la population dite sauvage”, explique l’Université WITS dans un communiqué. S’il est mathématiquement prouvé que la légalisation du commerce de corne peut mettre fin au braconnage et à la contrebande de corne de rhinocéros, la deuxième étape consistera à calculer comment le revenu engendré par les rhinos d’élevage pourrait être utilisé pour protéger leurs congénères dans les parcs naturels.A l’heure actuelle, le pays abrite près de 80% des rhinos vivant dans le monde, dont près de la moitié dans le célèbre parc Kruger. Mais le braconnage de ces animaux ne cesse de s’intensifier depuis une dizaine d’années. Ainsi, en 2012, 633 rhinos ont été abattus illégalement, essentiellement en raison du succès de la corne de rhinocéros qui est revendue en Asie où elle est utilisée en médecine asiatique traditionnelle. Le 9 janvier 2013 à 20:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Argentina national womens team calls for equality

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first_imgThe squad will play Panama tomorrow for a chance to play in the 2019 FIFA World Cup in France; they will play before a sold-out stadiumFor the first time in history, the Argentina national women’s team will play before a sold-out stadium in their native country.The Albicelestes will host Panama on Thursday for a ticket to the 2019 FIFA World Cup to be played in France.But the team is calling for equality in a nation that lives, breathes and eats football.Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…“We live in a soccer-mad country but with a lot of machismo,” Argentina forward Belen Potassa was quoted by Sportskeeda.“Soccer is Messi, [Gonzalo] Higuain, [Diego] Maradona and no one else.”“Women are not accepted in this environment yet. That’s why there’s so much resistance to broadcasting female sports, especially football,” added wingback Luana Muñoz.“It has to be promoted, people need to know that it is being played, they need to know the name of the players, and the tournament has to be competitive.”last_img read more