“We just got to pull ourselves up, it’s definitely not for a lack of effort I can assure you that.”This conference, the Aces have they lost their games by an average of 6.33 points, which is respectable at best.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsCompton said the team is obviously frustrated with the string of losses and there would be a problem if there’s no negativity surrounding their dismal performance.“All of us [are frustrated],” said Compton. “In this sport you don’t do one play right and you’re going to end up frustrated, our thing is ‘next play, next play.’” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—Alaska is in the midst of the worst storm in franchise history after losing 11 straight games that has spanned two conferences and four months, but instead of moping around and doing nothing head coach Alex Compton knows there’s no way to go but up.“We just have to keep fighting,” said Compton after the Aces lost their third in as many games in the PBA Governors’ Cup in a 101-92 disappointment against Star Friday at Ynares Sports Center here.ADVERTISEMENT “If we weren’t frustrated we have serious problems and if losing 11 straight was okay, we better be frustrated.” LATEST STORIES Kimura stuns China’s Zou to win WBO flyweight title Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’
Indians expectedly finished in the bottom half of the results chart in the weightlifting events on the first day of the competitions in the Asian Games here on Saturday.Commonwealth Games silver medallist Soniya Chanu improved upon her CWG performance by lifting a total of 170kg (75+95) but still finished fifth in women’s 48kg category. She had lifted 167kg (73+94) in the CWG.CWG bronze medallist, Sandhya Rani finished sixth in the eight lifters field with a total of 158kg (70+88), which is seven kilogram less than her CWG effort.China’s Wang Mingjuan ran away with the gold medal with a total lift of 285kg. She created new records in both snatch and clean and jerk with efforts of 91kg and 95kg respectively.Thailand’s Pensiri Laosirikul won the silver with a lift of 192kg (83+109) while the bronze went to Chen Wei-Ling of Chinese Taipei who had a total lift of 191kg (86+105).In men’s 56kg, V Srinivasa Rao and Sukhen Dey finished eighth and 10th respectively with below par performances.Rao lifted 245kg (110+135), three kilogram less than his bronze-winning effort in the Commonwealth Games.Dey, who won a silver in the Commonwealth Games, was far below his best with a total lift of 230kg (104+126), a whopping 12 kilogram less than his CWG performance.World champion Wu Jingbiao of China won gold with a total lift of 285kg (133+152), seven kilogram less than his effort at the World Championships in Turkey in September.South Korean Cha Kum Chol, who finished third in the World Championships, expectedly won the silver with a total lift of 276kg (128+148), which is four kilogram less than his effort in Turkey.advertisementIndonesia’s Jadi Setiadi won the bronze with a total lift of 271kg (120+151).With inputs from PTI
New Delhi, May 11 (PTI) Congress today claimed in the Rajya Sabha that the “real opposition” to the long-pending GST bill was coming from within the government and that the main opposition was ready to give full support to it provided its three key recommendations are accepted. Congress leader Jairam Ramesh also questioned the credibility of the current GDP growth figure of 7.6 per cent, claiming that nobody believes these numbers as they are “suspicious”. The former minister asked the government to come out with “credible” GDP figures and suggesed setting up a committee under the chairmanship of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. He also raked up the issue of alleged irregularities by Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) in its KG basin gas project and demanded a probe into it, while asking the government not be selective in investigating NPA cases. Participating in a debate on the Finance Bill, Ramesh harped on 3 Gs — GST, GDP and Gas (of GSPC). The Congress member insisted that his party wants GST and that it was ready to give full support to the government if its three suggestions are incorporated in the bill. “We have three suggestions. One is setting up of independent committee to adjudicate disputes, elimination of one per cent tax and introduction of capping …If consensus on these three is arrived, we are ready to support,” he said. The GST bill, which proposes to overhaul the indirect tax regime, has been pending in the Rajya Sabha for a number of years because of resistance mainly by the Congress which wants changes in it. On capping upper limit for GST, Ramesh said the government says this cannot be accepted as there is no provision in the Constitution for this purpose. But the Article 276 (2) provides for capping and “with creative use of language” the government can accomodate. Referring to a media report that said some section in the government believes that GST is undesirable, the former Minister said, “the real opposition to GST is not coming from the Congress, it is coming from within the government.” He attacked the government for using Congress as “smoke screen” for the current situation of GST. Speaking about GDP growth figures, Ramesh said today nobody believes Indias GDP figures. “Chief Economic Advisor, RBI Governor, London economists and WallStreet Journal do not believe our GDP numbers,” he claimed. “Nobody is denying that ware having high growth rate. But the number put on GDP are highly suspicious. It (GDP growth) is somewhere between 5.9 per cent and 6.5 per cent and not 7.5 per cent,” he said. Stating that India is growing and the country should grow much faster, Ramesh said, “For the first time, the credibility of GDP numbers are questioned. It has served the government purpose. I urge the government to pause a bit and come out with credible set of figures.” (MORE) PTI LUX AKK AKKadvertisement
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Bruno Genesio would’ve taken Newcastle job – if takeover happenedby Ansser Sadiq23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBruno Genesio admits that he would have taken over as manager of Newcastle United – if the club was taken over.It was rumoured in the summer that Genesio was the choice of Peter Kenyon, who was leading a consortium of investors to take over Newcastle from Mike Ashley.But the takeover never materialised and the opportunity went away for Genesio, with Steve Bruce taking over from Rafa Benitez instead.”Everything went really quickly, because I was meant to sign with Newcastle, but the sale then fell through,” Genesio told beIN SPORTS.”I then decided to take some time off for myself, but towards the end of July, I received a phone call from my agents with an opportunity to go manage in China at Beijing Guoan.”It just all went quickly. Forty-eight hours later I was on a plane, and four days later I was on the touchline for my first game.”
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 19: General view of Michigan Stadium during a game between the Indiana Hoosiers and Michigan Wolverines on November 19, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 20-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan running back/special teamer Berkley Edwards left tonight’s win over Indiana on a stretcher after suffering what appeared to be a scary injury. Edwards was motionless as he left the field.Fortunately, the post-game reports all seem to be good for the grad transfer. His brother, former Michigan star Braylon Edwards, said he had feeling and movement in his extremities and Jim Harbaugh had a similarly positive update.Speaking with the media after the win, Harbaugh confirmed that Edwards did indeed suffer a concussion. It doesn’t seem like he suffered a serious spinal injury.Harbaugh added that Edwards was moving and talking, which are great signs.Jim Harbaugh on On Berkeley Edwards,… “everything looked good when he left the stadium, but he had a pretty good sized concussion… He was talking and moving… Lot of prayers for him”— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) November 18, 2018Edwards, who transferred from Central Michigan, was drilled while blocking on a return. Cam Jones, the Indiana player who hit him, was called for targeting.Cheap shot pic.twitter.com/nH0n7Has6H— Zach Ozbun (@ZachOzbun) November 18, 2018Edwards was one of two Michigan players who left the game with injuries today. Star defensive end Chase Winovich also didn’t finish the contest.
TUCSON, AZ – DECEMBER 29: Linebacker David Woodward #9 of the Utah State Aggies leaps with the football over wide receiver Johnathan Boone #13 of the New Mexico State Aggies after an interception during the first half of the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl game at Arizona Stadium on December , 29017 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Gary Andersen has had one of the more strange careers for a successful college football coach in some time.The 54-year old Utahn left Utah State for Wisconsin after the 2012 season, when Bret Bielema departed the Badgers for the Arkansas job.He was 20-7 in two years at UW, with a 13-3 mark in Big Ten play and a Big Ten West title in 2014, and then made the very strange jump to Oregon State, one of the most difficult jobs in the Pac-12.It has been suggested that Andersen wasn’t comfortable with some of the recruiting restrictions at Wisconsin, and he might’ve been more comfortable out West. Still, he only last about two-and-a-half seasons with the Beavers.Mid-way through year three, with a 1-5 record, Oregon State and Andersen mutually decided to part ways. He agreed to be released from a costly buyout as well, as his contract ran through 2021.After a year on staff at his alma mater Utah, Gary Andersen will reportedly take over Utah State football once again.It has been rumored for a few days, after his successor Matt Wells took the job at Texas Tech. Now, it is almost official.From the Herald Journal:Former USU head coach Gary Andersen is coming back to Cache Valley. Two sources confirmed with the Herald Journal on Saturday afternoon Andersen will once again be taking over the Aggie helm. An official announcement will likely take place Sunday.Andersen will be the first repeat USU head coach on the gridiron in the history of the program. The Salt Lake City native was instrumental in the Aggies turning a corner in the early-2010s. USU went 26-24 during Andersen’s four seasons at the helm from 2009-2012, and he led the Aggies to back-to-back bowl appearances before taking the head coaching job at Big 10 Conference power Wisconsin.Earlier today, reports came out that Utah State boosters had “taken over” the coaching search. College football insider Bruce Feldman said that the Aggies coaching search situation had gotten messy.Looks like donor pressure may push former #OregonState HC Gary Andersen back into the head coaching job at #UtahState. The school shut down its search. This one has gotten really messy there.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 8, 2018Andersen was 26-24 at Utah State, but finished on an extremely high note. After a 7-6 season in year three, his Aggies went 11-2 in 2012, and made a second-straight trip to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.The Aggies finished that season ranked No. 16 in the AP Poll and No. 17 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.Wells leaves Andersen a 10-2 football team with one of the best defenses in the Group of Five, and a program that has gone to five bowls in six years. Even with the controversy, Andersen has the chance to continue the sustained success that he helped establish in Logan.[Herald Journal]
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Harris and Robinson serve as the team’s top-two backs. The Tide will have to turn their third and fourth string running back in the first half against Duke.Both Harris and Robinson are juniors while the remaining backs all present inexperience. The options include: sophomore Chadarius Townsend, redshirt freshman Jerome Ford and freshman Keilan Robinson.In that young group of backs, only Ford has carried the ball for the Tide in the past, rushing seven times for 37 yards in 2018. Expect all three players to see playing time in the first half versus Duke.Harris is expected to have a breakout season in 2019, but will have to wait 30 minutes on Saturday. He rushed 783 yards on 117 carries for four touchdowns in 2018.It is unclear which team function the two suspended running backs missed. But the suspension falls in line with Saban’s coaching style.Alabama and Duke will kickoff this Saturday at 3:30 PM EDT. NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Alabama will be without two of their offensive players in the first half of their season opener against Duke.Head coach Nick Saban has suspended two running backs — Najee Harris and Brian Robinson — for one half of football on Saturday. Both players missed a team function which led to the suspension.The news of the suspension came from Jeff Goodman of Alabama Media Group.Alabama RBs Najee Harris and Brian Robinson will be suspended for the first half of the season opener against Duke for missing a team function, according to a source.— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) August 27, 2019
commentary scorecard advertisement World Cup 2019: Pat Symcox slams lacklustre South Africa batting against IndiaWorld Cup 2019: Indian bowlers delivered on their promise to stifle South Africa as the Proteas could only muster 227/9 in their 50 overs. India now need 228 to pocket 2 crucial World Cup points. graphs view more view less Indo-Asian News Service SouthamptonJune 5, 2019UPDATED: June 5, 2019 19:20 IST Kagiso Rabada in action against India in Southampton. (Reuters Photo)Former South Africa off-spinner Pat Symcox came down heavily on the batters as they failed to put up a decent show against India in their World Cup fixture on Wednesday.Having decided to bat first, none of the Proteas batsmen could get going as Yuzvendra Chahal (4/51) and Jasprit Bumrah 2/35) wreaked havoc.”So the bowlers got injured and that was a real worry for SA. But if your batters don’t score enough runs it makes no difference who your bowlers are on flat pitches…you will lose to good teams,” Symcox tweeted.Before the India game, South Africa were jolted by the news of pace veteran Dale Steyn being ruled out of the tournament with Lungi Ngidi also injured for this tie.Symcox also criticised Rassie van der Dussen’s way of getting out as the batsman tried to reverse sweep Chahal and lost his stumps.”I have no words to describe that scoring option by vd Dussen. Understanding the risk at this stage speaks to so much else really. (sic)”South Africa managed 227/9 in 50 overs after Chris Morris top-scored with a counter attacking 42 and shared a 66-run stand with Kagiso Rabada who remained not out on 31.Also Read | India vs South Africa Innings Summary, World Cup 2019: Chahal, Bumrah shine on World Cup debutAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow South Africa vs IndiaFollow Pat SymcoxFollow Jasprit Bumrah No data available!
TORONTO – High-level containment labs at Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg are being expanded to allow scientists increased capacity to research some of the world’s most dangerous infectious diseases, federal Health Minister Jane Philpott announced Thursday.Known as level-4 containment labs, they provide the highest degree of biosafety for diagnosing, researching and developing treatments and vaccines for high-risk pathogens like Ebola, Middle East respiratory syndrome and avian influenza.Philpott said the federal government is investing $5 million to beef up level-4 containment labs within the NML, which is part of the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health. Construction of the expanded space is expected to be completed by 2020.“The decision for this particular expansion is not in response to any specific new infectious threat,” Philpott said from Winnipeg, although increased capacity is considered critical for strengthening Canada’s ability to respond to both global and domestic public health threats.“The Public Health Agency has a very active program in terms of trying to be tuned in to any potential outbreaks, and so we need to be ready at any time for these outbreaks and also be doing research in advance on the ones we already know, like Ebola and Zika and many others.”Scientists at the National Microbiology Lab have improved diagnosis and developed a vaccine for Ebola, while also working on treatments for other level-4 diseases like Lassa fever and the Marburg virus.Researchers at the lab are also studying Nipah virus — a potentially fatal disease that can affect both pigs and humans.“The expansion of our level-4 lab enables us to pursue more discovery, more innovation and offer more testing services,” said Matthew Gilmour, scientific director general for the Public Health Agency of Canada.“Having a larger footprint … obviously enables us to continue to do that work at a heightened capacity,” Gilmour said from Winnipeg.An entire wing at the NML is devoted to level-3 and level-4 containment labs. Examples of the somewhat less dangerous microbes that could be dealt with in a level-3 containment lab are yellow fever, West Nile virus and the bacteria behind tuberculosis.“The plan is to convert some level-3 labs to level-4 and make them contiguous,” he said.“That means improving the filtration of the air coming out of the lab, providing air control for the employees working within the lab, and providing them things like chemical showers so as they exit the lab they’re able to decontaminate their suits.”Gilmour said there is no urgent threat from any particular pathogen on the horizon that has prompted the NML facelift, but scientists need to be ready in the event of outbreaks of both known and unknown infectious diseases.“This is just part of our general preparedness, our opportunity to continuously improve our operations.”Philpott said that at every international meeting she attends, the topic of emerging infectious diseases is “front of mind for all the health ministers around the world.”“We’ve seen what happened when a new virus appears on the scene and people aren’t ready for it,” she said. Such was the case with the 2003 SARS outbreak that killed 44 people in Canada and almost 800 in China and three dozen other countries.“So this is something that is very important and it is part of our international responsibility to make sure we are contributing to the science in these areas. And it’s something that Canada does very well.”—Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter
OTTAWA — The watchdog who monitors Canada’s elections says no one from the Prime Minister’s Office tried to help SNC-Lavalin avoid being charged with breaking campaign-financing rules.In a rare written statement, elections commissioner Yves Cote says no minister, political staffer or public servant has attempted to “influence or interfere” in any of his decisions “that did not directly involve them as the subject of the investigation.”Before Cote’s statement became public, the Conservatives had again asked the Liberals in question period whether anyone from the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office leaned on Cote to let SNC-Lavalin sign what’s known as a compliance agreement after being found in violation of financing rules.The Quebec-based engineering firm signed the agreement in 2016, admitting that executives who had left the company by then had convinced employees to give money to both the Liberal and Conservative parties in the late 2000s. Reimbursing the donors with company bonuses was a way around an election law that forbids corporations to make political donations.The Liberals got nearly $118,000 under the scheme, compared with the Tories’ $8,000.Cote says his statement is designed to maintain public confidence that federal elections are policed without any political considerations.“In my time as commissioner, there has never been any attempt by elected officials, political staffers or public servants to influence the course of an investigation or to interfere with our work,” Cote says in the statement.“And I want to make it clear that if this ever happened, I would promptly and publicly denounce it.”The Canadian Press
VICTORIA — The British Columbia government has set up a of series rules and regulations as it opens the door to riding hailing applications for the service on Sept. 3.There’s no exact day when riding hailing could start in the province and opinion varies from mid-September to as late as the end of the year.New Democrat Bowinn Ma, who heads an all-party committee that deals with ride hailing, says the service could start by year’s end, while a Transportation Ministry bureaucrat says the companies could be approved to operate as early as Sept. 16.Ma says new regulations require transportation network companies to pay $5,000 annual licence fees, charge 30 cents per ride on vehicles that don’t have access for disabled passengers and drivers must wear seatbelts at all times.The government says an annual inspection is needed if the vehicle has logged 40,000 kilometres in the previous year, vehicles can’t be older than 10 years and illegal operators could face fines of $100,000.Ma says regulations about fares and routes will come later this summer.Uber Canada spokesman Michael van Hemmen says the ride hailing company will review the B.C. policy to evaluate it impacts on the ability to serve customers. The Canadian Press
The suspect was last seen wearing a black jacket with orange chest zippers, a black hooded sweater, yellow work gloves, blue jeans, tan coloured hiking boots/shoes, and a black balaclava.Anyone with information about to the incident is asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP Detachment at 250-787-8100 or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Mounties in Fort St. John are searching for a man that allegedly robbed the Wink’s Convenience Store on 100th Avenue last night.According to S/Sgt. Steve Perret with the Fort St. John RCMP, the robbery occurred at around 10:40 p.m. Wednesday at the store, located in the 10,600 block of 100th Avenue. The male suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes. A photo from surveillance video taken during Wednesday night’s robbery at Wink’s Convenience Store. Photo supplied by RCMP A photo from surveillance video taken during Wednesday night’s robbery at Wink’s Convenience Store. Photo supplied by RCMP
Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press In the Greater Toronto Area, luxury sales dipped two per cent year-over-year to 1,497 units sold. Sales of properties with a price tag of more than $4 million dropped the most — 38 per cent to 20 units sold — partly due to a lack of supply and partly because privacy-conscious homeowners shifted to exclusive and off-market transactions in light of a recent ruling permitting broader real estate sales data disclosures.Sotheby’s expects the top-tier market to remain sound in the area through the spring.Luxury sales continued to fall in Calgary, where 62 properties over $1 million dollars sold in the first two months of 2019. That’s down 33 per cent from the previous year when 92 units sold in that timeframe.The condo market continues to see oversupply, Sotheby’s said, and it projects that segment will experience challenges into the spring. It expects the conventional real estate market to stabilize this year, but said the transition will likely take most of 2019.Montreal, on the other hand, is on pace to set new record in the spring, Sotheby’s said.Sales of luxury properties rose six per cent year-over-year for January and February, with 111 units sold in 2019. Sotheby’s anticipates bidding wars, sales above asking price and shorter days on market will persist through the spring. Luxury home sales fell in the two formerly hot housing markets of Vancouver and Toronto, as well as Calgary, in the first couple months of the new year, according to data released Wednesday by Sotheby’s International Realty Canada.That downward trend, however, stopped at Montreal, a new real estate darling that’s likely to set new records this year.“All markets in Canada have faced the same headwinds from interest rates and stress testing,” said CEO Brad Henderson, citing the new stress test, which requires borrowers to prove that they can service their uninsured mortgage if lending rates rise above a certain threshold, that came into effect January 2018. The winners and losers of Canada’s luxury housing market in 2019 Luxury home sales fall in Toronto, Montreal and Calgary in 2018: Sotheby’s It’s not just Vancouver: Property market slump goes global, jolting cities from Hong Kong to Sydney However, Vancouver and other parts of British Columbia have faced additional policy measures, he said, listing off a five per cent hike in the foreign buyers’ tax, as well as a speculation and vacancy tax, and an additional school tax on properties valued at more than $3 million.“It is a considerable amount of taxation on real estate all designed to try and affect a soft landing,” said Henderson.“Well, I don’t think it was completely a soft landing, but it was certainly not a catastrophic landing.”Real estate figures have shown a downward trend in prices and sales activity in Vancouver recently that many have attributed to the new measures.In January and February, 279 properties sold with a price tag of over $1 million, according to Sotheby’s data. That’s down 52 per cent compared to the same two months in 2018 when 576 such properties sold.Vancouver’s “previously resilient condo market” experienced the greatest decline in sales activity of properties over $1 million with 86 units sold — down 66 per cent from 254 units sold in January and February 2018.A crane is seen at a condo development under construction as condo and office towers fill the downtown skyline in Vancouver. The city continues to be entrenched in a buyer’s market, the real estate brand said in its report.However, Henderson said Sotheby’s staff have noted more buyer interest at open houses, and there’s strong signals that buyers and sellers who have been waiting on the sidelines will re-enter the market in the spring contingent on whether prices decline to match current buyers’ market realities.“We believe that there’s a closer alignment between buyers and sellers in terms of what prices are,” he said, noting prices in Vancouver have already fallen to more attractive levels.“Hopefully the governments are going to resist the temptation to add additional policy measures,” he said, “because they could bring about the exact thing they’re trying to avoid, which is a significant correction in the marketplace.”The Toronto market, he said, seems to have adjusted to new interest rates and tax measures that include it.The market there is reacting in a more normal fashion, he said, though he noted the city’s severe winter likely kept many potential househunters away from open houses.Sotheby’s International Realty Canada says luxury home sales fell in three of Canada’s major cities over the first couple months of the year, but rose in Montreal, which is set to break records in 2019.
“It is important to all bodies of our disarmament machinery to remind the world not only of the dangers that threaten us, but also that we are not powerless in the face of them; that practical, positive steps were within our reach,” Nobuaki Tanaka, Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs told the General Assembly First Committee on disarmament and international security on Monday.He said there were also achievements over the past 12 months, including the Assembly’s adoption of a major convention on the suppression of nuclear terrorism and a Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, although he acknowledged that more work was needed and it was not enough simply to anguish over who was to blame for global insecurity.“We must work together to build bridges over the divisions that remain,” he said, referring to the Committee, adding that it must be more than a forum for reciting policy statements.Representatives from eight countries made statements during the debate, which is continuing today and which covers all aspects of disarmament affairs, including nuclear, conventional and biological weapons.On a separate issue, the Assembly’s Third Committee on social, humanitarian and cultural issues was warned on Monday by José Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs that rising income inequality within countries has become “a global pandemic”.He told the Committee, which is continuing its debate today, that it bore a “crucial responsibility” to raise the profile of development issues, adding that “development” referred not only to progress in developing countries, but to the development of all societies, rich or poor.The UN’s development agenda, crystallized in the Millennium Development Goals, represented a road map towards a better future for all, said Mr. Ocampo, but added that achieving this vision of eradicating a host of social ills by 2015 would depend on forging meaningful links between social and economic policies.Representatives from 13 countries spoke during the debate on Monday.
by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 30, 2016 11:59 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 31, 2016 at 5:11 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chats with the Premier of the People’s Republic of China, Li Keqiang, during a signing ceremony for several tentative agreements in Beijing, China, on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld Trudeau opens Canada’s door wider to China and exploratory talks on free trade BEIJING, China – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has brought Canada closer to China after agreeing with the Chinese premier to deepen the countries’ relationships — and explore a possible free trade deal.After meeting with Trudeau, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told reporters through a translator that Canada and China will launch a feasibility study on an eventual free-trade deal.A senior Canadian official later said the two counties have ongoing technical discussions on free trade, but stressed that there are no negotiations under way at this point.“This year marks 45 years of diplomatic relations between Canada and China,” Trudeau said as he stood beside Li in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, which overlooks Tiananmen Square.“My father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, played an important role in establishing a partnership between our two countries when he was prime minister. So, I’m very happy to be extending that effort now.”The countries also agreed to hold annual meetings between the Chinese premier and the Canadian prime minister on a range of issues, including national security and the rule of law.Trudeau also said the two sides will take steps to improve trade and investment, boost tourism, expand cultural exchanges and address climate change.“With respect for cultural diversity, I think it is natural for us to understand that our two countries may have differences, on some issues this is only natural,” Li said.“But I also believe that we have far greater common interests between us and on that basis there’s every reason for us to have candid dialogue about differences and work together for proper settlements of our differences.”Asked if he had raised human rights concerns and the case of a jailed Canadian, Trudeau said the foundation of a good relationship is the ability to be frank and open about issues that can be worked on together.He added that he’s “highlighted a number of consular cases” every time he’s had the opportunity to sit down with Chinese leaders.Those cases include Kevin Garratt, a Canadian imprisoned for more than two years in China on espionage charges.Trudeau himself has indicated in the past that there’s no evidence to support the accusations against Garratt. The prime minister did not say what China has told him about Garratt’s case.Li insisted through a translator that China is a country of the rule of law. He said judicial authorities will handle cases in strict accordance with the law. He added that individuals will be treated in a “humanitarian way.”In response, the Garratt family said in a statement through their lawyer that they were “extremely frustrated” by a lack of progress in securing his release and enabling him to obtain “critically-needed medical treatment.”“Kevin should be released to allow the two countries to move forward to develop stronger ties and co-operation on many levels,” the statement said.China earlier announced an extension to its Thursday deadline to enforce rules on Canadian canola shipments so a long-term deal could be reached.The change threatened to have a negative effect on Canada’s multibillion-dollar canola exports to China.Later Wednesday, Trudeau met Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing.Trudeau introduced Xi to Canadian ambassador Guy Saint-Jacques and three of his cabinet ministers: International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion.“I truly appreciate the time you’re taking to meet with me,” said Trudeau, who was seated directly opposite Xi in a meeting room.“I think it’s an indication that indeed the strong relationship between Canada and China continues to grow stronger. This meeting and this visit has been extremely effective in deepening already the close friendship between our countries.”— With files from The Associated Press
A plastic bottle deposit scheme must be introduced despite objections from newsagents and corner shops, MPs have said.The Environmental Audit Committee said that up to 20p should be placed on the cost of plastic bottled drinks, which would be returned when customers brought back their waste.In a new report, the committee warned that only 7.5 billion of the 13 billion plastic bottles used in the UK each year are recycled, while the rest end up in landfill, are littered or incinerated.But MPs said that a return scheme could boost recycling rates to 90 per cent.However shopkeepers said they were concerned that bulky deposit machines would take up retail space and that returned bottles may be unhygienic. The report was welcomed by conservationists and charities. Plastic drinks bottles, along with caps, lids and other plastic on-the-go drink and food waste items, consistently feature in the top ten of litter types strewn on UK beaches, and account for up to 20 per cent of all rubbish found in Marine Conservation Society beach cleans and surveys.Dr Laura Foster, Head of Clean Seas at the Marine Conservation Society, says “We wholeheartedly support the findings of the Committee. UK consumers use 13 billion plastic bottles each year.“These are generally used just once and thrown away – a deposit return system, coupled with increasing access to free drinking water, and an effective system to discourage waste and encourage good packaging designs, would reduce this growing plastic tide.” Will McCallum, Head of Oceans at Greenpeace UK, added: “The EAC have understood that plastic pollution is a crisis which could be about to get quite a lot worse, and that we’re going to need to do a bit more than just build a couple more recycling plants to get out of the whole we’ve dug ourselves.“It’s brilliant to see their recommendation for a Deposit Return Scheme as the immediate response to the flood of plastic bottles, and extending that thinking to other recommendations focused on reduction and moving the burden of paying for plastic waste from the taxpayer to the manufacturer.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) calculated that the average small store would need to deal with 180 drinks containers each day, and lose £62,000 in lost floor space.James Lowman, of the ACS said: “In our sector there would be significant costs to our small stores in terms of the proportion of space taken up by a reverse vending solution and manual returns.“Every member I speak to says the idea of taking back dirty containers over a counter where you are selling food is just not feasible.” Plastic waste is increasingly finding its way into nature Credit:Kajsa Sjšlander/Greenpeace However committee members said the rising tide of plastic waste was a major concern which must be tackled. Most Britons will use 150 plastic water bottles each year, while Londoners get through 175 bottles and some 700,000 bottles are littered each day in the UK.As well as a deposit return scheme, MPs are also calling for all public premises which serve food or drink including leisure and sports centres should be required to provide free drinking water on request, and public water fountains should be more widespread. Mary Creagh MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, said: “Urgent action is needed to protect our environment from the devastating effects of marine plastic pollution which, if it continues to rise at current rates, will outweigh fish by 2050.“Our throwaway society uses 13 billion plastic bottles each year, around half of which are not recycled. Plastic bottles make up a third of all plastic pollution in the sea, and are a growing litter problem on UK beaches. “We need action at individual, council, regional and national levels to turn back the plastic tide.”The Scottish government has already announced plans to introduce a deposit return scheme and Department of Environment is currently consulting on a similar UK-wide project. Plastic waste now accounts for 20 per cent of beach rubbishCredit:Surfers Against Sewage In the new report, MPs also called for companies to be made financially responsible for the plastic packaging they produce.Producers currently only pay for 10 per cent of the cost of packaging disposal and recycling, leaving taxpayers to foot the bill for the other 90 per cent, evidence submitted to the MPs showed.The Government should also bring in rules for 50 per cent recycled plastic content in plastic bottles to be achieved by 2023 at the latest, they urged.
Asked about the split from his wife and the toll it has taken on his family, Cracknell described how the demands of studying for his MPhil as well as training for the boat race has kept him preoccupied but said that his life will be “hard” and “empty” after the race. “The commitment I’ve had to make to the studying as well as the rowing has given a focus that has been all encompassing in a way that has been I guess shielding me from what’s coming,” he told the BBC. “And then I imagine on April 8th there will be a bit of a void.”In the men’s race, Cambridge pulled ahead from the start and despite a clash of oars they succeeded in holding off a late surge from Oxford in the final stretch of the race, winning in 16 minutes, 57 seconds. The BBC wired up some of the competitors to heart rate monitors so that viewers can see rowers’ beats per minute surge during bursts of adrenaline during the race. Cambridge also won the Women’s Boat Race for the third year in a row, beating Oxford by five lengths. The Light Blues cemented their dominance over their traditional rivals, with new coach Robert Weber’s team storming into an early lead and refusing to relent.Cambridge stroke Lily Lindsay has rowed internationally for the USA, but insisted nothing compared to a Boat Race victory.”There’s nothing like this,” Lindsay told the BBC. “Training alongside my team-mates has been unbelievable. It’s been a pleasure.” Dara Alizadeh, president of Cambridge University’s boat club, described Cracknell during training as “very intense, relentless…he’s pretty savage.” But the 25-year-old said told the BBC that “even at his age, he fits right in, he always was one of the guys”. James Cracknell has become the oldest ever Boat Race champion, with his teammates revealing that they refer to him as “Uncle James”.Age 46, the double-Olympic gold medallist and six-time world champion was part of Cambridge University’s crew as they rowed to victory at the 165th Boat Race.Cracknell, who is studying an MPhil in Human Evolution at Peterhouse College, is also the most decorated man to row in the annual contest against Oxford.“I haven’t felt like this for 20 years,” Cracknell said after the race, adding that the victory “topped everything” he has achieved so far in his sporting career.Cracknell has previously competed in Amundsen Omega3 South Pole Race which involved rowing across the Atlantic Ocean and trekking across the Arabian Desert.He has also become a successful runner, becoming the highest placed Briton ever in the Marathon des Sables in 2010 and completing the London Marathon in 2:43:12 in 2017.At more than twice the age of some of his team mates – the youngest is 19-year-old Callum Sullivan, a first year Music student at Cambridge – he was nicknamed “Uncle James”. Cracknell is eight years older than the previous record holder, Andy ProbertCredit:Adam Davy Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Cracknell is more than twice the age of some of his team matesCredit: PETER CZIBORRA When he moved to Cambridge to start his course last September, Turner remained at their London home, looking after their three children and focusing on her television career and work as a writer and pregnancy adviser. Cracknell is eight years older than the previous record holder, Andy Probert, who was 38 when he coxed Cambridge in 1992, and has a decade on Mike Wherley who was 36 when he rowed for Oxford in 2008.In the past other older athletes have tried out for the Boat Race, including rugby player Andy Ripley, who missed getting a place on the team in 1998 when he was 50. Cracknell joked that he has been put “down the far end so they can just ignore me” and say ‘Can’t hear what you’re saying old man!’”.It emerged last month that Cracknell had split from his wife of 17 years, the television presenter Beverley Turner, with whom he has three children. His children were not there to greet him on the finish line, but Turner tweeted to praise Cracknell on a “fantastic performance”, writing on Twitter: “Congratulations on hard won victory”.The couple have been candid about the difficulties they have faced since 2010, when Cracknell was hit from behind by a lorry’s wing mirror during a cycle ride across the United States.The damage to his brain was significant and life changing, slowing his speech and leaving him with an irascible temper.
Following the series of violent storms in Region Seven- Cuyuni Mazaruni- which resulted in homes, and buildings including the Kako village’s lone Primary School being damaged, efforts are now being made by the Regional Administration to have repairs conducted on the educational facility so as to allow children to return to school.This is according to the Region Seven Chairman, Gordon Bradford on Tuesday.“Efforts are being made by the Regional Admin to have emergency repairs carried out on the primary school, [so] that classes can resume as soon as possible,” he said.Moreover, he noted that discussions are taking place between the Regional Administration, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) and the relevant ministries to formulate a coordinated approach to the situation.In less than one month, at least three villages in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) have been devastated by violent storms, leaving residents to pick up the pieces and restart life.The most recent incident occurred late on Saturday afternoon when a violent storm wreaked havoc in Kako Village.Although there was no loss of life, residents now have the herculean task of reconstructing their damaged properties.According to Bradford, at the time, no one was seriously injured but he had noted that a team from the Regional Democratic Council’s Emergency Preparedness Committee had been dispatched to the village and had reported that some six houses were totally destroyed, six other buildings suffered major damage and the school in the area was also damaged.School reopening on Monday was halted due to the facility being damaged.According to the Regional Chairman, residents indicated that for the past five days they have been experiencing heavy rains coupled with lightning and thunder which would usually begin in the afternoon hours around 15:00h.Bradford said that the CDC has been informed and was on standby to provide assistance if needed. He added that Kamarang, also in Region Seven, was affected, but because of its remote location, the details of the damages there are yet to be reported.The Regional Chairman said interior locations would experience frequent storms during the hurricane season and noted that the residents were already looking at the possibility of constructing storm-resistant homes.He asserted that a storm-resistant home would be built to house the family of Marsha Jordan, who was killed when a house collapsed on her last month during a violent storm.Flashback: The house that collapsed on Marsha Jordan and killed her during a storm last monthJordan was seven months pregnant at the time. She was the mother of two girls aged 3 and 11. Jordan and her two daughters were sheltering under a house when it collapsed on them, immediately killing her. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRegion 7 hit by another violent stormSeptember 3, 2017In “Environment”Alcohol, drug use major problems in Region 7 schools – Regional ChairmanJanuary 19, 2016In “Internet”Region Seven Multi-Hazard Preparedness and Response Plan completedMarch 31, 2017In “latest news”
I have done it, it was alright (2924) RESEARCH SUGGESTS THAT one in five Irish people have not had a drink in the last year.Yesterday, TheJournal.ie posted the experiences of two teetotallers in Irish cities, both of whom say that going to pubs and nightclubs can be an unpleasant experience for those not imbibing.Many in the comments and through email agreed, but what about you? Would you do it? Have you done it? How was it? Let us know in the comments.We’re asking: Would you be comfortable going to a pub or club and not drinking? I have done it, not enjoyed it (2399) Yes (2353) I don’t know (169) YesNoI have done it, not enjoyed itI have done it, it was alrightI don’t knowVoteRead: Sober Ireland: What’s it like to not drink in Ireland? Poll Results: No (1128)
Stay on target The lagoon, which is 16-feet deep in some parts, is “connected to a drainage canal via large concrete pipes,” the spokesperson told Fox News. “We believe the fish got into our lagoon that way.”People on Facebook were shocked about the fish and some jokingly said they were “frightened of it.”“Welp. Scratching swim nude in Lafreniere Park off my bucket list,” said one person in the thread.“What is that?!! Did a fish and an alligator mate? Omg, that’s scary and it’s so big. Is it a fish? What type with a mouth so big?” another commented.According to National Geographic, alligator gars are mostly found in Central America and North America. The alligator gar is a large animal: It can reach up to 10 feet and weigh up to 300 pounds. They’re known for their tooth-filled mouths and wide snouts, and even though they look creepy, they’re not known to attack humans. However, their eggs are poisonous to humans if they’re eaten.More on Geek.com:Watch: Massive Monster Alligator Casually Takes a Stroll in Florida NeighborhoodGiant 700-Pound Alligator Found in Ditch in GeorgiaWatch: Alligators Poke Snouts Out of Ice to Deal With Freezing Weather Employees at a park near New Orleans recently came across a “stomach-turning” sight: A giant, dead alligator gar floating in a lagoon.The alligator gar, which was spotted last week, was fished out of Lafreniere Park’s lagoon by officials, Fox News reported. No one knows how long the fish was deceased for, however, a spokesperson told Fox News that a foul odor led park employees to the animal’s location. Lafreniere Park posted some photos of the alligator gar, which show the animal’s long body and large teeth. Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’