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Indian-American Lawmakers Criticise Donald Trump’s Address to US Congress


first_imgIndian-American lawmakers today criticised US President Donald Trump’s maiden address to Congress, saying it lacked specificity and offered only unrealistic plans. Related Itemslast_img


How I strived for greatness—and failed—in front of LeBron James


first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary In life, there are moments when you just want to turn back the clock a few minutes and get a do over like a video game.ADVERTISEMENT Speaking of LeBron, the great Cavalier arrived just after the warm ups. Decked in a grey t-shirt, black shorts, and his size 16 “Silver Bullet” Soldier 11s, James had the chance to oversee our training, which was also witnessed by hundreds of fans inside the facility.As the fans in the stands tiptoed and craned their heads to get a good view of The King, he was within my arms length and I took the golden opportunity to strike a conversation with him.Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRER“Hey ‘Bron, what’s up?” I asked the 6-foot-8, 250-pound legend in front of me.“I’m good, how are you?” he asked back.I wanted to say things were peachy, but after a few rounds of this world-class training that has put LeBron in the best shape of his life in his illustrious NBA career, I was beat and it showed—it was hard to miss the sheen of the glimmering sweat from afar (my other friends from the media noticed).ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LATEST STORIES MOST READ As the drills went into full swing, I seemed to be getting worse. I missed four more layups after hitting the first. Then when it was time to do the jumpers, I airballed my next shot and bricked the other. When we were asked to stop on the right wing, make a move and go for the layup, I only made one in four tries.Clearly, I wasn’t a picture of greatness.What made things more embarrassing was LeBron saw that I sucked. It’s not every day that the NBA’s most dominant player, whose first order of business in a foreign land is to go straight to the gym and work on his skills, get to witness me throw bricks in an event that was all about “striving for greatness.”LeBron always preached of hitting that peak form. Unfortunately for him, my cholesterol-filled sweat glistening off of me isn’t exactly an image to behold as I chased my breath harder than I could solve a math problem.Maybe my nerves weren’t with me or I just didn’t get enough sleep. But shortly after the workout, when the Gilas players breezed through their drills under James’ scrutiny, the most I could do was remember the disappointment I gave LeBron and how I need to work harder next time.I guess that’s what LeBron’s striving for greatness mantra is all about—you can’t get everything perfect on your first try (and in my case, the second, third, fourth…) but how you bounce back from adversity is what counts.In my case, after screwing up royally in front of the King, I didn’t get a second chance. Like missing the context clues your date gave you, I blew it.Now let me get my do over button. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses That moment for me came last Saturday.With just three hours of sleep and mind fresh from grad school torture, I headed into the opportunity of a lifetime to workout with LeBron James. But first, I needed coffee.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 shutoutWhen I arrived at Kerry Sports in Bonifacio Global City for the trial with 12 other members of the media, I knew I was in trouble and for good reason.After we strapped on our pair of Nike Zoom Soldier 11s and Nike gear that barely fit, what followed was a series of drills that got my heart rate up faster than LeBron could jump. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA: TNT salvages win over Meralco View commentslast_img read more


Ateneo stays perfect to end first round, cools off UP


first_imgEthel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical This jewelry designer is also an architect MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Ateneo outscored UP 55-32 in the second half but Baldwin added that the referees’ decisions made the match “an unusual game.”There were four technical fouls called, two for each team, and a total of 37 personal fouls that resulted to a combined 36 free throws.“It’s not always the referees fault when it happens, they have to do their jobs,” said Baldwin. “Of course a lot of us would like the game better if the referees didn’t have that much of an impact.”UP had the bulk of the free throw share, 22-14, and connected on 16 of those attempts while the Blue Eagles converted on 10 of their charity shots.The Blue Eagles ended the first round with a perfect 7-0 record while the Maroons saw their four-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 5-2.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kouame had his way underneath with 19 points, 15 rebounds, and seven blocks for Ateneo while Matt Nieto added 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting.Will Navarro added 14 points and six boards while Thirdy Ravena and SJ Belangel had 13 and 11 points, respectively, for the Blue Eagles.Kobe Paras led the Fighting Maroons with 15 points. Ateneo took control of the game in the second half, building a 52-35 lead off a 17-4 run midway through the third quarter.It was also during that stretch when UP head coach Bo Perasol got ejected for berating game officials contesting that Angelo Kouame’s block on Jerson Prado should’ve been called a foul.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40The Blue Eagles ended the first round with a perfect 7-0 record while the Maroons saw their four-game winning streak snapped to drop to 5-2.Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin admired how his team maintained its composure, especially in the second half, despite the hype and emotion surrounding the finals rematch.“When the tide turned around, our guys methodically stuck to the task and we didn’t get carried away with the crowd, after all this is a regular season game,” said Baldwin. “I give a lot of credit to the boys for their composure and it wasn’t an easy game to play in.”center_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Deontay Wilder to defend heavyweight crown against Cuba’s Luis Ortiz Photo from UAAPMANILA, Philippines—Defending champion Ateneo displayed its championship pedigree and stopped a streaking University of the Philippines side, 89-63, for its seventh straight win in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Blue Eagles had the Fighting Maroons at their mercy dismantling last season’s runners-up both physically and emotionally.ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man View commentslast_img read more


Not only Silver, Yogeshwar Dutt’s London 2012 medal may turn to Gold: Reports


first_imgYogeshwar Dutt’s London 2012 Olympics’ medal may now turn to Gold after the winner of the 60kg wrestling event has also tested positive, Hindustan Times has reported today. Few days ago, Yogeshwar had confirmed the news of his Bronze being upgraded to Silver after the samples of Russian wrestler Besik Kudukhov also returned positive. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been conducting retests of samples from Beijing and London Games to expose drug cheats. Moreover, Yogeshwar’s samples will also be retested before the upgradation of medal is done. (Yogeshwar wants Kudukhov’s family to keep London Silver medal )  However, according to the Hindustan Times report, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is yet to confirm the positive dope test of Azerbaijan Toghrul Asgarov to the United World Wrestling (UWW).  When India Today contacted Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhusan, who is currently in France for a tournament said that he himself isn’t aware of the development but will ask UWW officials later in the day, who are in France as well. (Good for Yogeshwar Dutt, but it’s not the first time Olympic medals have changed colours ) While Yogeshwar had a poor show at the Rio Olympics, when the Indian grappler crashed out after losing his qualification bout. After receiving the news of his Bronze being upgraded to Silver, Yogeshwar had mixed reactions. (Tendulkar lauds Yogeshwar Dutt’s golden heart ) He was happy of the fact of his medal being upgraded but wanted the Silver to remain with the family of Kudukhov, who died in a car accident in 2013. Yogeshwar has also revealed that the Russian was a good friend.advertisementlast_img read more


Gonzalo Higuain explains his decision to join AC Milan and not Chelsea


first_imgGonzalo Higuain moved to AC Milan from Juventus with Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci going the other way. Higuain in the process turned down a transfer to Premier League side Chelsea and he recently revealed why.Higuain revealed that he would have chosen Chelsea over Milan but not everyone in the club was interested enough to rope him.The 30-year-old said that only Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri wanted him to play for the team.”In total sincerity, the esteem I have for Sarri is huge but he was the only who wanted me. Here at Milan everyone wanted me, and this is why I made my choice to come here,” goal.com quoted Higuain.Talking about his new team, Higuain said that Milan struck him the most as they have all the qualities that a football player would like to have in his team.”I have been playing in Europe for 12 years, Milan was the team that struck me the most, and it’s what the player wants to see: History, lots of green, pure football. It gives you goosebumps, it’s special stuff,” he said.Gonzalo Higuain has been given AC Milan’s number nine shirt, which has proved something of a jinx for its wearers over the past few seasons.Higuain though said it held no fear for him as he was officially presented by his new club on Friday.READ – Juventus, AC Milan to complete Leonardo Bonucci-Gonzalo Higuain swap”I have already worn a few shirts which carry a heavy burden, so the number nine shirt here isn’t a problem,” Higuain, signed on loan from Juventus, told reporters.advertisement”It makes me proud. This is a wonderful challenge for my career. All I have to do is to show that the club was right to invest in me.”Milan confirmed that Higuain will wear the number nine shirt although it appeared to be handing him a poisoned chalice.#GH9 | @G_Higuain: “Voglio riportare in alto il Milan”Ecco le prime parole del Pipita in rossonero pic.twitter.com/ESC6UPb3ewAC Milan (@acmilan) August 3, 2018Portugal forward Andre Silva, who wore it last season, scored only two goals in 24 Serie A appearances after a 40 million euro ($46 million) move from FC Porto.Three seasons ago, the shirt belonged to Luiz Adriano, who managed four goals in 26 outings, while two players wore it in 2014/15 without success – Fernando Torres scoring once in 10 games and Mattia Destro three times in 15.Alexandre Pato failed to score in four appearances in 2012/13 and nobody was allocated the shirt in 2013/14.The most impressive performer was Gianluca Lapadula who scored eight goals in 27 outings in 2016/17 — only to be loaned to Genoa at the end of the season.Argentina’s Higuain moved to Milan after two seasons at Juventus, where he won two Serie A and Coppa Italia titles and scored 55 goals in 105 appearances in all competitions.Seven-times European champions Milan, on the other hand, have suffered several lacklustre seasons and will play in the Europa League, rather than the Champions League, next season.The fans, the Duomo, #GH9 and #MC33: that Friday feeling!I nostri tifosi, Piazza del Duomo, @G_Higuain e Mattia Caldara: esisteva modo migliore per dare il benvenuto al weekend? #TGIF #weareacmilan pic.twitter.com/lfdeWrOufUAC Milan (@acmilan) August 3, 2018″It’s an really nice challenge and I want to repay the faith the club has shown. This team has a great history and I’m very proud to be here,” said Higuain.”I hope to do great things at Milan who deserve to return to the level they competed at in the past.”Higuain admitted that he had “a few disagreements” with Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri during his two years there.”That’s not why I am here,” he added.”The club decided that I shouldn’t continue there and that’s made me come to a club which has shown tremendous faith in me.” ($1 = 0.8636 euros)(With inputs from Reuters and ANI)last_img read more


BCCI state bodies look at Supreme Court with hope, hearing on Thursday


first_imgWith numerous interim applications pending before the Supreme Court, amicus curiae PS Narasimha met officials from the state cricket bodies along with the three Committee of Administrators (CoA) members on Wednesday to discuss the objections of the state associations to certain proposals of the Lodha panel.The amicus curiae will file a complete report on the same as the SC bench of Justices SA Bobde and AM Sapre will meet to discuss the BCCI matter on Thursday.Speaking to IANS, a senior state official said that the meeting with Narasimha went well and the whole idea was to ensure that the genuine issues faced by the state associations were paid heed to and a solution was reached.”Today the amicus met a number of state associations along with the CoA to try and arrive at a solution to the applications filed by the associations in the SC. It was felt that over a period of time, the CoA had gathered a lot of acrimony vis-a-vis the state cricket associations and that had resulted in not only a deadlock, but also the inclusion of certain restrictions with regard to administration of cricket,” the official said.Another official hailed the efforts of Narasimha and said that such a step by the previous amicus could have helped solve issues much earlier.”This meeting is also a welcome attempt by the amicus even though one isn’t really aware as to how much ground can be covered at this late stage. If this approach had been adopted by the previous amicus, some real headway could have been made and issues could have been resolved amicably. But that period resulted in heightened acrimony in the court,” he explained.advertisementAnother senior state association official said that while the amicus looked at the basic areas that needed amendment, the more serious issues will be addressed by the court, including those which affect the fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution of India.”There are issues that relate to the registration of the new constitution by the CoA which is not in consonance with the spirit of the order of the Supreme Court. The issue with regard to the tenure of members have been turned from 9 + 9 to just nine and then, the powers of the office bearers have been done away with in the constitution even though they weren’t directed to do so specifically by the court,” the official explained.It would be interesting to see if the court takes note of the recommendations of the amicus curiae after his meeting with the state associations on Thursday and then set the next date to listen to the larger issues facing the state bodies and the BCCI.Also Read | Fans give hero’s welcome to Delhi Capitals after 6-wicket win vs Rajasthan RoyalsAlso Read | IPL 2019: Delhi Capitals dethrone CSK as No.1 after Pant, Dhawan heroicsAlso Watch | Love the energy of the Indian players in the IPL before World Cup: Virat Kohlilast_img read more


WATCH: Cavani & Neymar clash over another penalty


first_imgPSG VIDEO: Cavani and Neymar clash again in latest PSG penalty debacle Goal Last updated 1 year ago 05:02 11/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(20) Neymar, Edinson Cavani, PSG vs Troyes 17/17 Getty Images PSG Ligue 1 Troyes PSG v Troyes Neymar relented when his colleague wished to take a spot-kick won after he took a tumble in the box, but Cavani could not take advantage of the chance Old memories were brought up for Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday as Edinson Cavani and Neymar once more had a difference of opinion over a penalty. The pair famously clashed at the start of the season, when Cavani demanded and eventually missed a spot-kick that Neymar was bent on taking. Since then, they have shared duties as the club’s favoured takers, although not without rumours that the incident made Neymar an unpopular figure in the PSG dressing room.  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 And, when Cavani was dragged down in the area on Wednesday against Troyes it seemed that the Brazilian would step up. PSG win a penalty. Cavani asks Neymar if he can take it.You can guess what happened next… 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/Eq2PhD8vTI — Goal (@goal) 29 November 2017 Cavani, however, insisted he be given the chance to step up, which Neymar appeared to begrudgingly grant. But the Uruguayan could not take advantage, squandering his chance to send PSG into the break tied 0-0 with the visitors. It’s probably fair to say that Neymar will be more than keen to take the next penalty that comes along!last_img read more


Exeter Chiefs believe they can make Europe’s finest look second best


first_imgShare on LinkedIn Read more Nick Tompkins’ hat-trick leads Saracens past Gloucester and into final Even the frustrated Boyd, though, stopped short of entirely dismissing the Chiefs before their fourth successive Twickenham final. His personal view – “I suspect most people will think Saracens will win but I certainly wouldn’t write Exeter off” – may have involved some diplomacy but also reflected the reality that Saracens are not the only ones to have improved since last May.If stopping Exeter is so simple, how come they finished top of the regular season table by eight points and scored 12 more tries than their closest rivals? If they are so crushingly dull and one-dimensional, how to explain Tom O’Flaherty’s sensational weaving score from inside his own half on Saturday? Do not underestimate, either, how badly the Chiefs want this one, having failed to give a proper account of themselves last time.West Country positivity does not end there. Nick Tompkins is a fine player who collected a hat-trick in the 44-19 win against Gloucester, but the champions will still miss their indomitable rock and leader Brad Barritt assuming the latter misses out with a hamstring injury. Neither is Mako Vunipola involved. Exeter, meanwhile, have won the second halves of their two most recent games by a collective margin of 47-0; this is a fit squad that does not wilt late on. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Read more Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Sportblog “We probably got a bit lost in the first 10 minutes last year,” Baxter said. “This time we’ll talk about making sure that as well as having the heat and the fight in terms of how we play we are cool and composed enough to get up, talk to each other and get properly positioned.”Much will also depend on Exeter’s set piece, the kicking game of their half-backs, Nic White and Joe Simmonds, and the Chiefs’ ability to get enough ball to Jack Nowell, their England wing. Nowell says he and his teammates have been desperate all year to atone for the worst disappointment he, personally, has ever experienced. “We’ve been mentioning the hurt we felt last year. Looking around the changing room and seeing the boys upset and crying, I sat there and realised the year ahead was going to be a different one. We haven’t worked so hard to put ourselves in this position to go and lose it again.”Nowell is also honest enough to admit Exeter’s frustrating European campaign this season is an extra incentive. “We felt we let ourselves down in the Champions Cup this year. They are currently the best in England, the best in Europe. As a team that’s where we want to be and where we are trying to drive ourselves to.”Whether all this translates into a festival of open, flowing rugby must be highly debatable; Boyd is among those who feel the Premiership duopoly of Exeter and Saracens – the two clubs have between them featured in eight of the last 10 Premiership finals – needs curtailing for the sake of English rugby in general. “It’s important the Northamptons, Gloucesters and Bristols and others who play with a little more optimism find a way to get closer to Exeter and Saracens. You can play the power game domestically but there’s only one or two teams who can play that style and be successful.” Perhaps, although, as with a triumphant Somerset at Lord’s on Saturday, Exeter are not heading up to the big smoke simply for a day out on the cider. “What I want us to do is go and put our best foot forwards,” Baxter said. “This Exeter team is better than the Exeter teams that have done quite well in the last few years so hopefully that’ll be enough.” Saracens’ sternest test may yet lie ahead of them. Topics Exeter into final after Tom O’Flaherty’s solo try lights up win over Northampton Share on Messengercenter_img Share via Email Share on Facebook Premiership Exeter Saracens Rugby union Reuse this content features Nick Tompkins has received plenty of praise this summer. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. It is easy to see why so many people think this year’s Premiership trophy is destined to remain in north London. Saracens, the holders, are already champions of Europe, are oozing class and were comfortably too good for Exeter in last year’s final. Even when they embark on three-day benders before big games they emerge victorious.There is also the recurring question of whether Exeter’s relentless power game is quite as irresistible when it slams into an impenetrable defensive wall and the Chiefs’ primary instrument of control is blunted.Northampton’s head coach, Chris Boyd, despite having seen his side trounced in Devon for the second successive weekend, was forthright on the subject after his side’s 42-12 semi-final defeat on Saturday, suggesting the hosts would ultimately have to find an alternative method. “Without speaking out of school that’ll be the challenge for Exeter,” Boyd said. “If they don’t get power parity against sides, what does their game look like?” … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Exeter’s director of rugby, Rob Baxter, is also conscious of how Saracens were able to take a 12-3 first-quarter lead last year they were never going to relinquish. “It doesn’t take a genius to see some of the key battles,” Baxter said, highlighting Saracens’ excellence at reclaiming the ball in the air, exiting their own half efficiently and ruthlessly finishing their chances. Both the early tries in the final last season were a consequence of avoidable defensive misreads by Exeter which were promptly exploited.last_img read more


a month agoDanilo D’Ambrosio pleased to prove Inter Milan matchwinner


first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Danilo D’Ambrosio pleased to prove Inter Milan matchwinnerby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDanilo D’Ambrosio was pleased to prove Inter Milan’s matchwinner against Lazio last night.His header separated the two teams on the night.D’Ambrosio later remarked: “What counts are the three points, this is always the case. I missed from close range against Milan but luckily my mistake didn’t matter in the end.“In the first half, we didn’t produce what the Coach had asked from us, but then we played in a more relaxed manner and deserved the win. We could have scored a second after the restart to put the result beyond doubt, but in the end we got the three points. This is the most important thing.“I feel comfortable in any kind of role, playing as part of a five or three doesn’t make any difference for me. When you have a coach like Conte, there are memorised playing patterns and you need to give 100% in every match, irrespective of the position you play in. Lazio are an experienced side and have quality in all positions. If we’d lost or drawn today, the Derby result would have meant nothing.” last_img read more


JISCO ALPART Owners Encourage Community Members to Take Advantage of Opportunities


first_img He said that members of the community are already benefiting from the re-opening of the plant in mid-2017, as more than 50 of them have been employed. Mr. Sun added that JISCO is also planning to do a demonstration greenhouse project at the entrance to the plant. “We just want to give the people, especially the local farmers, a chance to learn something from the demonstration project to improve their output,” he said. According to Mr. Sun, there are opportunities to come for the local people based on JISCO’s long term strategic plan. “We will be building the new refinery, we will be using LNG for energy and we’re building a new powerhouse. Story Highlights Owners and operators of the Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCO) ALPART bauxite refinery, in St. Elizabeth, are encouraging persons in the surrounding communities to take advantage of the opportunities that will be available with the planned expansion of the plant. Owners and operators of the Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCO) ALPART bauxite refinery, in St. Elizabeth, are encouraging persons in the surrounding communities to take advantage of the opportunities that will be available with the planned expansion of the plant.In an interview with JIS News at the recent 24th Bauxite and Alumina Conference in Montego Bay, Assistant Managing Director of JISCO ALPART Jamaica, Sun Jing, hailed the good relationship that the company has with the local community, especially persons living near the plant.He said that members of the community are already benefiting from the re-opening of the plant in mid-2017, as more than 50 of them have been employed. Mr. Sun added that JISCO is also planning to do a demonstration greenhouse project at the entrance to the plant.“We just want to give the people, especially the local farmers, a chance to learn something from the demonstration project to improve their output,” he said. According to Mr. Sun, there are opportunities to come for the local people based on JISCO’s long term strategic plan. “We will be building the new refinery, we will be using LNG for energy and we’re building a new powerhouse.We will also be doing the Port Kaiser expansion and when we shift our energy from oil to LNG, it’s another huge potential opportunity for the local persons,” he said. He explained that the regasification process for LNG will produce co-energy, and that energy can be sent to a storage house/room to keep meat at a low temperature.“For the local person, they can utilise that co-energy to preserve their goods temporarily before going to market,” he said. Mr. Sun added that more opportunities will be presented with the scheduled 10-year special economic zone development plan for the plant, where persons, especially those in the parish, will have a chance to be involved in the development of the area.He said support functions will be required, such as schools, hotels, housing for staff and places for them to do business, like supermarkets and other retail outlets.last_img read more


Budget Bulletin Capital Spending Tomorrows Advantage


first_imgThe province of Nova Scotia’s total capital spending in 2006-07 is approximately $383 million for government departments, district health authorities, and Crown corporations. This represents an increase of $64.8 million over last year. IMPROVING OUR ROADS, HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGESCentral to this is the strategic importance of our roads and highways system. The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ overall capital budget for 2006-07 is about $199.1 million, an increase of close to $39 million. About $176.2 million of this is targeted to make improvements to the highways system, which includes roads, bridges, and highways. The province will continue to channel taxes raised from motor vehicle licensing and motive fuel taxes to highway construction and maintenance. MAINTAINING AND IMPROVING GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS In this fiscal year, about $22 million is allocated for renovations to government buildings and new construction projects. This includes renovations to Government House and to the Cobequid Centre. In addition, the province is investing in the construction of two new Justice Centres — in Lunenburg and Yarmouth. IMPROVING EDUCATION INFRASTRUCTUREGovernment continues to recognize the importance of modern equipment and facilities within our education system to enhance learning. This year $38.5 million will be invested in school construction in areas across the province. This year’s capital budget also includes $16.3 million for the addition and alteration program to enhance and/or replace major school building components across the province. This is to address building condition, environmental, and program issues. One of the schools to benefit from this is Memorial Composite High in North Sydney. Memorial, which has academic and skills training components, will receive $750,000 to purchase equipment for hands-on skills training. An overall capital investment of $24.8 million in the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) will support continued construction of the new metro campus in Dartmouth and capital renovations and upgrades in rural NSCC campuses. An additional $1.1 million will also be invested in the new Dartmouth site to offer a training program for medical laboratory technologists. Currently, Nova Scotians must go outside the province to New Brunswick to train for this. LAND INVESTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION AND PROTECTIONThe government has allocated $19.5 million in capital funding to support land acquisitions to add to our important Crown land base in Nova Scotia, to conserve and protect environmentally sensitive areas, and to improve provincial parks. IT INVESTMENTSTotal capital spending on IT for this fiscal year will be $26.9 million. This includes a continued investment in the Department of Community Services’ Integrated Case Management System, a multi-year project that will modernize computer systems and improve the way services are delivered. The province’s Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) will also receive capital funding this year. PACS gives physicians instant access to results of diagnostic imaging tests, including CT scans and ultrasounds, and can lead to faster treatment decisions. THE HEALTH SYSTEMThis year, capital grants to district health authorities across the province will total $40 million. This will include $38 million in hospital improvements and $2 million in medical equipment. CROWN CORPORATIONSCapital Grants to Crown corporations total $7.83 million for this year. Capital purchases are directed toward land improvements, building renovations, and sewage treatment upgrade. -30- Note: For further 2006-07 budget information, see the Department of Finance website at www.gov.ns.ca/financelast_img read more


Copa America Uruguay and Chile set for highstakes clash


first_imgRio de Janeiro: Fireworks could be in store when reigning champions Chile and record 15-time winners Uruguay meet in the Copa America on Monday at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium. It will be the fourth edition running of the oldest continental competition in international football in which the South American rivals meet and memories are still fresh of the controversy surrounding their stormy 2015 clash. Uruguay, then the reigning champions, finished the quarter-final encounter in Santiago with nine men after Edinson Cavani and Jorge Fucile were given their marching orders in a 1-0 defeat. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevCavani’s dismissal was the most controversial as he received a second yellow card just after the hour mark for flicking a hand into Chile defender Gonzalo Jara’s face. Cavani, though, was left incensed as Jara had appeared to shove a finger up the forward’s backside prior to his reaction, and his misdemeanour went unpunished. Uruguay defended doggedly after that but fell to a Mauricio Isla winner 10 minutes from time. And tempers boiled over in the final minute when Fucile was given his marching orders, sparking a mass confrontation involving players and officials from both sides. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsCavani and Jara were both hit with two-game bans over the earlier incident while Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez, who entered the field during the late melee, was suspended for three matches for insulting the referee. It wasn’t the first time that Jara had been involved in a controversial sexual assault on a Uruguay player. In 2013, he and Luis Suarez had a running battle on the pitch in a World Cup qualifier that reached its zenith when Jara touched the Uruguay forward’s testicles, and received a retaliatory punch for his troubles. Jara may not be able to spark a ruckus this time around, though, as the 33-year-old is no longer a regular starter. – ‘Well-oiled’ Chile – And Paris Saint-Germain forward Cavani has prefered to focus on the challenge ahead rather than past quarrels. Claiming top spot in Group C is what’s at stake, with Chile needing only a point to secure that, which would also be enough to ensure Uruguay’s place in the quarter-finals. “We know that Chile have a well drilled game plan, we’ve known it for a long time: they’re well oiled,” Cavani said on Saturday in Rio. “We know what kind of rivals Chile are,” he added. Uruguay have a far better record than Chile in the teams’ head-to-heads, winning 18 times to just seven in previous Copa America matches. But Chile have won the last two, going on to lift the Copa America in both 2015 and 2016 — their only two continental triumphs. Whoever wins the group will play either Peru or the third-placed finisher in Group B in the quarter-finals, and that could be Argentina. But Cavani says potential future opponents will have no bearing on how either side approaches the match, particularly with Colombia awaiting the second placed finishers. “When you take to the field the only thing you want is to win,” said the 32-year-old. “It’s after the match that you start looking at and studying the next match.”last_img read more


Record amount raised during McHappy Day


first_imgTORONTO (660 NEWS) – McDonald’s Canada says that nearly $7 million was raised during McHappy Day on May 8.The exact total was around $6.6 million, the most raised in McHappy Day history.“McHappy Day captures the hearts of Canadians across the country, banding together for a great cause that helps families at an incredibly hard time in their lives,” said Cathy Loblaw, President and CEO of RMHC Canada. “We’re so thankful for all the amazing crew members, franchisees and McDonald’s Canada guests who truly make this a day to remember each year.”READ MORE: McHappy Day helps support sick kids, familiesMcDonald’s says that more than 25,000 families will stay at Ronald McDonald Houses and family rooms in Canada. The charity was established in 1977 and currently has 15 houses and 16 family rooms across the country.last_img read more


Two youth killed in tbone crash north of Kiskatinaw River Bridge


first_imgTwo occupants of the minivan under the age of 18 were pronounced dead at the scene, while a third youth was airlifted by STARS Air Ambulance to a hospital in Alberta.The injuries sustained by the other 8 occupants of both vehicles were unspecified, though Cpl. Saunderson did confirm that several people were taken to hospital with various injuries.The highway was closed for the remainder of Sunday evening, reopening to traffic during the overnight hours.BC RCMP traffic services spokesperson Constable Mike Halskov said that at the crash is currently being investigated by the Dawson Creek RCMP with the assistance of Peace Traffic Services, the BC Coroners Service, and a collision analyst from Fort St. John.Cst. Halskov said that speed and alcohol are not considered factors in the crash, and that operator error on the part of the southbound vehicle is considered a preliminary cause. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Two youth are dead and a third had to be airlifted to an Alberta hospital after two vehicles collided Sunday evening on the Alaska Highway just north of the Kiskatinaw River Bridge.According to Corporal Madonna Saunderson with North District RCMP, police were called out a report of a collision on Highway 97 at Orrin Powell Road at around 5:20 p.m. Sunday.A Pontiac Montana minivan with six occupants was travelling southbound on the Alaska Highway and was attempting to make a left turn into the pulloff area just north of the Kiskatinaw River Bridge when it was t-boned by a northbound Ford pickup truck with 5 occupants.last_img read more


Most vulnerable must not be forgotten says chief of UN antihunger agency


With the global economy beginning to show signs of turning the corner, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today issued an urgent plea to ensure that those hardest hit by the financial crisis – considered by many to have started one year ago this week – are not forgotten.There are more hungry people in the world and less food aid than ever before, with the number of the world’s hungry to surpass 1 billion this year while the flow of food aid is at its lowest in two decades.“For the world’s most vulnerable, the perfect storm is hitting with a vengeance,” WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said in a statement issued in London.So far, the agency has received less than half of the $6.7 billion it needs to feed 108 million people in 74 countries, she noted. At current funding levels, WFP will be forced to cut back its life-saving activities to feed the hungry in places such as Kenya, Bangladesh and Somalia.“Donors have been extremely generous, but the fact is that the cost of food is still high, needs have gone up and this requires the world to step to the place in a bigger way,” Ms. Sheeran said.People in the United States and Europe are increasingly relying on government safety nets for food, she pointed out, but 80 per cent of the world does not have this luxury.“We urgently need an additional $3 billion to meet those needs, which is less than 0.01 per cent of what was put on the table to stabilize the world financially.” 16 September 2009With the global economy beginning to show signs of turning the corner, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today issued an urgent plea to ensure that those hardest hit by the financial crisis – considered by many to have started one year ago this week – are not forgotten. read more


Singer George Michael dead at 53


I would not be the artist I am if it wasn’t for you. @GeorgeMichael— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) December 26, 2016 George Michael was a kind and gentle soul. #Wham— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 26, 2016 George Michael’s family says the pop star has passed away peacefully at his home in Goring, England at the age of 53. Michael’s family released a statement saying, “It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period. The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”According to the singers publicist, he had not been ill and police are calling his death “unexplained but not suspicious.”Michael first rose to fame with WHAM! andthen went on to a successful solo career with hits like “Freedom” and “Faith.”Tributes from friends and fans of the singer are pouring in on Twitter. I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend – the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. RIP @GeorgeMichael pic.twitter.com/1LnZk8o82m— Elton John (@eltonofficial) December 26, 2016 I’ve loved George Michael for as long as I can remember. He was an absolute inspiration. Always ahead of his time.— James Corden (@JKCorden) December 25, 2016 read more


South Sudan New team of explosive detection dogs arrives at UN mission


In a press release, UNMAS said the explosive detection dogs regularly support UN Police (UNPOL) to conduct searches of protection of civilians sites, cargo and entry points, to detect prohibited or hazardous items, all of which are swiftly removed by UNPOL so that internally displaced people and others under the protection of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) remain safe from harm. Currently, UNMAS has six explosive detection dog teams that focus on entry point control and cargo searches in Juba. In 2015, 19,781 vehicles, 13,587 bags and 970 buildings were searched using these teams. Upon arrival, the dogs will be transferred to temporary kennels in Gumbo, Juba, where they will be acclimatized and paired with their future handlers. Once the dogs are settled they will be paired with expert handlers who will complete additional training tailored specifically to South Sudan, UNMAS said. While some of the dogs will remain in Juba to work at the UN Thom Ping Base, UN House, the protection of civilians sites and the UN airport, many will be transferred to Bentiu, Bor and Malakal. UNMAS emphasized that the dogs are working animals and have been specially trained to perform the roles they will undertake. They are safe and friendly animals and have been screened for illness and disease and received the necessary vaccinations. “The welfare of the dogs is of prime importance to UNMAS, as is the safety of the communities within which they will be working,” UNMAS said. read more


Kosta Karageorge made every day enjoyable for Buckeye teammates


Redshirt-senior defensive lineman Kosta KarageorgeCredit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsEven as a high school wrestler at Pickerington North, Pat Eflein knew he wanted nothing to do with Kosta Karageorge on the mat.“I remember he was wrestling, like, the district finals match,” Ohio State’s redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman said Monday. “And I was like, ‘Wow, I don’t wanna wrestle that guy.’”Elflein said he was a high school freshman at the time, but six years later, he’s the Buckeyes’ starting right guard. Karageorge, on the other hand, walked on to the football team in August after wrestling for three seasons at OSU.Last Wednesday, Karageorge was reported missing by his family, and on Sunday his body was discovered near his Columbus apartment. Police said the cause of death appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and a coroner said Karageorge might have died on Friday.The players learned of their teammate’s death after practice on Sunday, and Elflein said it was hard to believe.“He was a great person, you know, it’s really shocking to hear that news,” he said. “Our prayers are with his family and with him. The kid just, every day, came out with the same attitude. No matter what the circumstance was.”Ahead of coach Urban Meyer’s Monday press conference, an OSU spokesman said the school could not comment on the ongoing investigation surrounding Karageorge’s death or the player’s medical history.During the press conference, Meyer said the loss of life was an “incredible tragedy.”While Elflein said he had only known Karageorge personally since he joined the team, some other OSU players had known him longer. Junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker said he met Karageorge two years ago through mutual friends, and stressed the important role he played for the team.After hearing the news of his teammate’s death, Decker said he spent Sunday night hoping it wasn’t true.“I know I was thinking about it all night, and you just kind of wake up and hope it was all a nightmare,” Decker said Monday. “Just for somebody that you’ve been with every day for months and months, just, it’s sad, it’s sad.”Decker described Karageorge as a badass, and said the wrestler-turned-defensive lineman knew that.“He’s a badass, definitely. He was a badass,” Decker said. “Heavyweight wrestler, come on the football team, strong as can be. And I think he liked that, he knew he was a badass.”Decker added that Karageorge was a “blue-collar American guy,” and said he was always positive. Decker said the two hit it off because they had a lot in common — like their interest in tattoos — and said Karageorge had talked about wanting to be a WWE wrestler.Decker said he had talked to Karageorge about joining the football team for “a significant amount of time” before the former wrestler decided to try out. He said Karageorge’s fondness for physicality likely drew him to football.“He just likes hitting people,” Decker said. “He always loved coming out to practice because he liked physical sports.”Elflein said Karageorge’s take-what-you-can mentality helped him thrive after he decided to play football this season.“We needed linemen. (Karageorge) saw an opportunity and just, that was his attitude and his mentality is to see an opportunity and go take it,” Elflein said. “And he was taking full advantage of it too while he was here.”While the physicality of the sport likely drew Karageorge to football, Elflein said his wrestling background was what allowed him to be a contributing member of the team in practice.“(Karageorge) was a good player,” Elflein said. “He was big, strong, had leverage form the wrestling background. Knew how to control his body and control other people and he gave a great look, getting me ready to go against guys from different teams.”Decker and Elflein — who both matched up across the line from Karageorge as offensive linemen — both stressed the Thomas Worthington High School product’s positive attitude.Karageorge’s position mate — senior Michael Bennett — said his late teammate always came to practice with a smile on his face, saying “how thankful he is to be a part of the football team and to be able to go practice with us.”Bennett added that Karageorge was a spark plug before practice started, and that he enjoyed some of the perks that come with being a varsity athlete at OSU.“He always loved how much free food we got and stuff like that,” Bennett said Monday during a teleconference. “And he would always just — right before practice — start yelling ‘yeah baby,’ and just be pumped up and it would make everybody else excited for practice.“Even when you just thought, ‘you know, I could be doing something better.’ He made every day enjoyable.”The positive attitude Karageorge possessed might make it that much more surprising that he might have taken his own life.Decker said he last saw Karageorge on Tuesday night, just hours before he disappeared. From what Decker could tell, everything was normal and Karageorge “seemed fine.”“It’s amazing what some people can bottle up inside,” Decker said.With his positive attitude in mind, many might ask why Karageorge went down the path he did.Multiple reports said Karageorge’s family was concerned that he could have been disoriented when he went missing because of a history of concussions. He reportedly sent his mother a text shortly before disappearing saying: “Sorry if I am an embarrassment, but these concussions have my head all f—– up.”Bennett said some players were aware that Karageorge had a history of concussions, but added that never seemed to be affecting his mood.“A few of us knew that he had a lot of concussions, but we never knew that he was depressed or anything like that,” Bennett said. “I think he was the most positive out of everybody, which goes to show you can’t tell unless someone speaks up. There’s no way to notice it, and Kosta was always positive, always thankful, so appreciative of everything that football gave him and that everybody in his life gave him.”Bennett said Karageorge didn’t report his concussion symptoms, despite teammates encouraging him to sit out if he needed.Decker said he’s aware of the dangers playing football involves, especially when it comes to head injuries.“It is scary, and I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t thought about things like that before,” he said. “But it’s real, and you have to realize that when you put that helmet on and go out there and play.”Elflein agreed that he’s aware of the risks, but stressed that the OSU coaching and medical staff do everything necessary to keep players safe.“Coach would always say, ‘take care of your body,’” Elflein said. “And we have different ways of taking care of your body. And you gotta make sure you stay up on all of that, if you have any signs or symptoms our medical staff is the best in the country.”Elflein said he’d never heard Karageorge talk about concussion-related issues.Concussions aside, the Buckeyes will have to move on without one of their friends and teammates. With that in mind, Elflein, Decker and Bennett all said the 2014 team is the tightest group they’d ever been around.“Without a doubt this is like the closest team that I’ve been on,” Decker said. “Closer to a family than any other team I’ve been on. It’s just sad that he — things ended up the way they did.”After the high of beating rival Michigan on Saturday was coupled with the low of learning of a teammate’s death on Sunday, the Buckeyes have a matter of days before they are set to return to the field. And when they do return to the field, a Big Ten Championship will be on the line.OSU is scheduled to play Wisconsin on Saturday in the conference title game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Kickoff is set for 8:17 p.m.Even after Karageorge’s death, Elflein stressed that the Buckeyes are looking forward to taking on the Badgers.“Definitely, yeah. Playing for a Big Ten championship, so definitely want to go play that one,” he said.Elflein added that Karageorge’s death puts football in perspective, and adds more focus to what is happening off the field. He said that makes him consider more than he might have before when thinking about the remainder of the season.“It just makes me think of Kosta and what he would want,” Elflein said. “And I already told you what kind of guy he was, and thinking about that he wouldn’t want us to go downhill from this. Kosta wants us to win that game, and beat them and win a ring. And get Kosta a ring, he deserves it because he’s put in the work to deserve that.“I just kind of think of ‘what would Kosta want?’ He wants a championship, so we’re gonna get it.” read more


Denmark VS France in the Golden League Final


← Previous Story SHOCK IN SPAIN: Alex Dujshebaev to miss EHF EURO 2014! Next Story → Anders Eggert still in doubt for EHF EURO 2014 In the final match of Golden League tournament will play France against Denmark. In the semi-finals battles France beat Qatar 29:23, while Denmark beat Norway 34:22 (13:15) after fantastic second half… EHF EURO 2014


Former Anglo loans worth €25bn to be sold as part of Project


first_imgPROJECT EVERGREEN, Project Stone, Project Sand. Three of the operational names give to portfolios of loans grouped together by the special liquidators of IBRC as it seeks to sell them as part of the wind-up of the nationalised bank.Project Evergreen, which is made of the the main Irish corporate loans and is valued at €2.5 billion, completed a bidding process last Friday.As part of the bidding process, Evergreen was divided into 13 separate ‘borrower connections’ and one remaining portfolio and sold as part of an open auction process.The process has now been concluded and represents the first portfolio of loans by the former Anglo Irish Bank brought to the market.The special liquidators say they received bids exceeding the independent valuations of the loans in 10 of the 13 borrower connections and for the portfolio.Contracts have been completed in a number of these with other successful bidders also contacted.The remaining three connections are expected to be transferred to NAMA and comprise about 16 per cent of the value of overall portfolio.Among the loans sold was corporate debt of broadcaster TV3 whose IBRC loans were bought TV3’s long term shareholder Doughty Hanson.A spokesperson for the special liquidators said that there was “strong market interest” in the process which was “designed to maximize value and resulted in competition among bidders”: The special liquidators are pleased with the outcome thus far which reflects the market interest that has been evident since the commencement of the special liquidation. Other portfoliosA second group of loans have already been brought to the market with ‘Project Sand’, comprising mostly mortgage loans with a value of approximately €1.8 billion, this process commenced at the start of this week.‘Project Rock & Salt’, comprising mostly commercial real estate loans written through IBRC’s UK branch and subsidiaries, valued about €7.3 billion, will commence bidding on 10 January.Irish commercial real estate loans valued at €9.3 billion and grouped under ‘Project Stone’, concluded indicative offers yesterday. A smaller portfolio of similar loans named ‘Project Pebble’ will concluded next week.Read: NAMA meets ‘major milestone’ with redemption of €500m in senior bonds >Read: High Court dismisses TD’s challenge to Anglo promissory note deal >last_img read more