More learning, more success

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trust is also important, Kiraly explained to the local coaches. It spills over to allowing assistants to teach and have a say in how things are run. “You might get sick one day and your assistant needs to take over,” Kiraly said.All sports should make an effort like that of the PSL to continuously look for ways to upgrade their game. And with Karch Kiraly’s visit, you get lessons not only on how to play but a serving as well of the values indispensable for team success. PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family00:50Trending 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 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Karch Kiraly. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUnited States national women’s volleyball coach and three-time Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly was clearly delighted that the Philippine volleyball community knew him very well.“I covered you in the 1988 Seoul Olympics,” I told Kiraly as we were introduced by Philippine Superliga president Tats Suzara. “That surely dates us,” Kiraly smiled back. ESPN 5 sports head Patricia Bermudez-Hizon and I were clearly fans as we talked shop with Kiraly, who also dabbles in the game’s TV coverage.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Isaac hopes to see FEU connection thrive in Blackwater Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The younger generation of volleyball fans may not exactly know of Kiraly’s game until they hit the internet for a quick review. But the PSL coaches, who were to undergo a clinic with Kiraly later in the afternoon, clearly knew him and had followed his indoor and beach volleyball accomplishments.Kiraly was in town for the clinic and the formal opening of the PSL Grand Prix tournament. Suzara invited the game’s legend when they met in Japan in a recent international tournament. It didn’t take long for Kiraly to agree to come over as he was aware of how the game has grown in this part of the world.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 shutoutIn the press conference and in the clinic, Kiraly shared lessons from years of playing and coaching. “You don’t have to be the tallest team to do well,” Kiraly explained, citing the Thai and Japanese volleyball teams as great examples of what sound fundamentals can do.Aside from discussing the game’s technical aspects, Kiraly emphasized in the clinic that “If there’s more learning in a team, there will be much more success.” The nature of the game, with its limited number of passes, compels teams to have players with multiple skills so that anyone on the floor should know how to set, dig, block and attack. “We don’t have a lot of time to handle the ball,” he pointed out.last_img read more


first_img(REOPENS DEL 47) (REOPENS DEL 47) India suffered a shock opening game defeat at Nagpur against New Zealand but then picked up pace to get the better of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Australia to be one victory away from entering their third summit clash in six editions. Windies, powered by Gayle force, ensured their entry into the last four with creditable victories over England, South Africa and Sri Lanka before coming a cropper against minnows Afghanistan in their previous game. The Caribbean charmers would be hoping to put the shock loss against Afghanistan behind them. The home team, on the other hand, will be hoping that Kohlis brilliant run, which included a master-class of 82 not out against Australia in the do-or-die game, continues unabated. They would also be eager to see that the under-performing opening duo of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan — who are averaging around 10 after four games — come good at a venue considered ideal for stroke-making. Also under the pump has been Suresh Raina at no. 4. The left-handers position has become weak with every passing match. Its imperative for Indias chances against the varied attack of the Windies, in which leg-spinner Samuel Badree has emerged as the highest wicket-taker, that the top-order fires in unison and does not depend only on the brilliance of Kohli to lead the way. One of the key battles to watch out for will be Ravichandran Ashwin against the left-handed Gayle who lit up this venue with 11 towering sixes in the game against England in which the Windies chased a 180-plus total successfully by riding on the Jamaicans swashbuckling 100 not out. Ashwin has had a fair measure of success too, claiming Gayle four times out of nine in T20 Internationals, but the world stage is a different proposition altogether. Including Ashwin, India has a settled bowling combination at its command with senior pro Ashish Nehra leading the seam attack. MORE PTI SSR PM MRM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Zico: Godfather of Japanese football

first_imgJapan v Brazil Zico: Brazilian idol and the godfather of Japanese football Raisa Simplicio 23:41 11/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Zico Kashima Antlers Kashima Antlers / Divulgação Japan v Brazil Brazil Japan Friendlies Perhaps nobody has done as much for the Samurai Blue than the legendary former Selecao star, who will be watching Friday’s clash with great interest EXCLUSIVEIt wouldn’t be too great a stretch to label Friday’s Brasil Global Tour clash between Japan and Brazil as contest between the teacher and the student.For it is since Selecao great Zico landed in the land of the rising sun that football in Japan came of age. Zico headed to Japan in 1991, a nation he’d charmed ten years previously with a remarkable display to lead his Flamengo side past Liverpool to the Intercontinental Cup in Tokyo. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player From player to coach, Zico took it upon himself to usher Japanese football into professionalism, coming out of retirement to join Kashima Antlers what was the inaugural season of the J-League.READ MORE: The opposition Files: Japan | Willian to captain Brazil | CBGT Venues: Stade Pierre-MauroyAnd he found a nation that had taken his own to its heart.”Brazilian football has always been very much admired in Japan and, of course, after my participation and so many other Brazilians, it was like they created a new style of play in homage to Brazilian football,” Zico told Brasil Global Tour.Japan meet their maker at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille hoping to learn more, as they prepare themselves for a test against the sort of strong opposition they will find at next year’s World Cup.Zico saw the difficulties faced by the Asian team during qualifying. He says coach Vahid Halilhodzic shared the reasons for their struggles and insisted his side is desperate to avoid a big defeat like the 4-0 drubbing they received the last time the two sides met.Australia v Japan World Cup qualifying 11102016“Japan have suffered a big slump in form and there were concerns throughout the final stretch of the Asian qualifiers, but they managed to turn it around with a huge win over Australia.”I had been with the coach and he told me that some of the players who play in Europe were not performing well, but in the end they got it right. “They have to be cautious against Brazil, they’re aware of how powerful their opponent is and Japan must try to avoid a big defeat.”Wherever we lay our chapéu— Brasil Global Tour (@BGT_ENG) November 9, 2017Still revered like a king in Japan, Zico speaks fondly of his huge following in Asia and recalled the particularly humbling experience of being elected to the Japanese Football Hall of Fame.”It’s like I’m in Brazil when I’m there,” he smiles. “They have a great recognition for the work that I did there. The last time I was there I was honoured to be considered for their Hall of Fame, being the first and only foreign player to receive this honour.”It’s really rewarding. In total I had around 15 years in Japan, spending almost 11 at Kashima [as player, technical director and coach] and another four as national team coach.”Zico About JapanZico is credited with teaching Japan’s early stars the importance of professionalism, both on and off the field, and still drives initiatives to keep the nations working together, such as the annual under-15 Friendship Cup between the two.“Those years were dedicated to their development. Now we have the Friendship Cup between Brazil and Japan which has been played by some J-League players, so there’s a constant exchange. There were some wonderful years that I lived there with my family and, whenever I go back, I feel right at home.”In 2006, Zico led the Samurai Blue into the World Cup in Germany, meeting his home nation in the group stage. Japan came into the game needing to win two goals to qualify, against an already-qualified Selecao.It was not to be, but Zico still recalls channelling his ‘inner Didi’, the legendary Brazil international who led Peru to a 4-2 defeat to Brazil in 1970.Neymar Brazil Japan 141014“We played each other during the Confederations Cup a year before, but that was a very different situation. Japan had everything on their side. We had a good first half and took the lead, but we still needed another goal qualify. “But then Brazil equalised and we hit the ground, emotionally. Brazil moved ahead, they were already qualified and some of the young players who came in did very well [as they won 4-1].””Before facing Brazil, I held onto Didi’s story. I’ve read some of his interviews and tried to repeat it. It’s difficult to play against your own country, especially when the national anthem starts to play, but that’s part of the job, what the profession demands of me, and it was a great experience.”Zico still has many fond memories of his time as Japan boss, however.#CBGT— Brasil Global Tour (@BGT_ENG) November 9, 2017“I remember winning the Asian Cup in 2004 in China, coming through so much adversity including a final against the hosts. We won 3-1 and it was a wonderful competition, which we won by playing great football. “The other memory was leading Japan to the World Cup with a record form of 11 wins in 12 matches, losing only to Iran in match where we played really well. To qualify for the World Cup like that was really cool, it was unforgettable.”So is Zico, in both Brazil and Japan.last_img read more

Snow Peak is Japan’s One-Stop-Shop for Outdoor Gear (and You Can Get it in the U.S.)

first_img 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Editors’ Recommendations This simplistic yet nearly indestructible camp mug is made of corrosion-resistant, lightweight titanium and double-wall construction, so it’s insulated as hell. This 20 ounce capacity mug weighs just over 5 ounces.Iron Grill Table – $150+ In 1958, accomplished mountaineer, Yukio Yamai, was disenchanted with the existing line of climbing gear on the market. This was the catalyst that launched Snow Peak, a company that began its journey in Sanjo City, in the Chūetsu region of Niigata Prefecture. The town was known for its history of fine crafted metal work. It was here that Yamai created his own line of superior climbing gear.Yamai was inspired by this region that is surrounded by a high mountain range, deep valleys, and rivers that empty into the Sea of Japan. It is here that the company was born and where the designers continue to be inspired. The company’s international headquarters are still located in that same area and remains deeply connected to the outdoors and to insuring that nature is a part of life.In 1980, Yamai’s son, Toru, took over and continues to lead the company. Under his leadership, the brand has attained worldwide recognition for its superior design and simplicity and has and continues to achieve the company’s mission to bring all people closer to nature.Over fifty years after the company’s inception, Yukio’s granddaughter, Lisa Yamai, launched Snow Peak Apparel in 2014. The apparel division’s goal is to produce ultra-technical garments built for the outdoors but that also transition easily between urban and trail. The collection is divided into three categories: Transit, Camp, and Dwell. Check out some of our picks from Snow Peak’s incredible stock below.Get The GearFlexible Insulated Shirt – $240This versatile, insulated shirt features a windproof outer layer. Front snap buttons make this shirt both functional and fashionable and sure to become a wardrobe staple.Titanium Double 600 Mug – $60 Tasc Performance Crafts Sustainable Fabrics Without Sacrificing Style This customizable gourmet camping solution allows the user to select the preferred size and height to accommodate their personal needs. The IGT allows for personal customization of stove options, work surfaces, and even storage units.Editor’s Note: This article is part of The Manual’s larger Journey to Japan travel guide. Over the course of a month, our writers had the pleasure of experiencing Japan in its many forms, from high-rise bars in Tokyo to traditional tea-ceremonies in Kyoto. We hope this series of articles will not only inform, but inspire you to take your own trip to the Land of the Rising Sun. The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now last_img read more

National Sports Museum to be Completed in One Year

first_img The committee spearheading the establishment of the national sports museum is looking to complete the project within the next 12 months.The facility is being established by the government to celebrate the achievements of Jamaica’s sportsmen and women.Chairman of the Capacity Building and Infrastructure Committee of the National Sports Council, which is in charge of the project, Don Anderson, told JIS News that “we have been very aggressively pursuing particular activities over the last four weeks.”He said the decision to set a timeline for the completion of the museum was taken at a recent meeting of the committee. He noted that a number of small countries already have such a facility and lamented that “Jamaica, which has a rich history of achievements, does not have one.”Mr. Anderson said the Committee has identified a number of possible sites to house the museum, including space in the New Kingston Shopping Centre, a facility in downtown Kingston, and a vacant lot adjacent to the National Stadium.“We have a number of areas that we are looking at. But none has been selected yet or even narrowed down, and we are opening up the considerations to a number of other government properties so that in a very short while, we can identify a location and begin the next stage, which is the collection of the artefacts,” he informed.So far, he said, the Committee has commenced the selection of artefacts for the museum, some of which were showcased at an exhibition held at the National Arena during the London Olympics last year.“That was pulled down. It was a temporary structure, but we hope shortly to be able to identify a suitable location and then to move into the next phase of aggressively collecting artefacts from wherever we can,” he said.Meanwhile, Mr. Anderson is appealing to the public to donate or lend sports-related items to the museum.He said items such as audio and video tapes of interviews done with athletes as well as spikes and garments of the athletes will be part of the collection. “We are looking also at getting whatever material we can from relatives of persons, who competed in the 1948 Olympics, whatever is available, and we’ll build the stock from there,” he said.He said the museum will be interactive, fun and entertaining while being educational and informative.“The intention is to make this national sports museum an interactive sports museum, so you will build in there a number of interactive games where you can actually race against yourself, probably or do something fun,” he noted.Additionally, Mr. Anderson said the museum will be a commercially viable venture and is “not expected to be a drain on the government’s pocket.” In this regard, he said the Committee will have to work out the budgetary factors to ensure that the project is feasible.“It’s all part of Government’s thrust to attract new tourists. People will come just to see the national sports museum; people will come from several places to look at Usain Bolt’s spikes and Shelly-Ann’s spikes,” he added. The Committee has commenced the selection of artefacts for the museum. The Committee has identified a number of possible sites to house the museum. Story Highlights The facility is being established to celebrate the achievements of Jamaica’s sportsmen and women. last_img read more

Upper Clements Park Receives Funding for Upgrades

first_imgUpper Clements Park will soon get an upgrade, thanks to an investment from the province. Premier Stephen McNeil announced $300,000 in funding today, March 20, for the Upper Clements Park Society to improve the theme park. “Upper Clements Park is a place where Nova Scotians and visitors come to have fun and experience the beautiful Annapolis Valley and all it has to offer,” said Premier McNeil. “Investing in projects like this helps build and maintain strong communities.” The park has been operating in Annapolis County for nearly 30 years. It features many attractions including rides, water facilities and pathways. The funding will improve the park’s main attractions including the carousel, roller coaster and flume ride. It will also go towards improving the infrastructure by adding new metal roofing and removing the enclosures from the former wildlife park. “Improving Upper Clements Park will help it continue to attract thousands of visitors to Annapolis County every year and offer employment opportunities for people in the community,” said David Brown, chair of the Upper Clements Park Society. Investment in community and cultural organizations is a vital part of the province’s culture strategy, The Nova Scotia Culture Action Plan. You can read the full plan at To learn more about Upper Clements Park, visit read more

Arora assumes charge as Chairman of Association of World Election Bodies

first_imgBengaluru: Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Tuesday assumed Chairmanship of the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) for the term 2019-21. The decision and announcement to this effect was made at the fourth General Assembly of A-WEB underway here, being attended by as many as 120 delegates from 50 countries. Arora, Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra and the outgoing A-WEB Chairman from Romania, Ion Mincu Radulescu inaugurated the event. The CEC said on Monday at the extraordinary session of the Executive Board of A-WEB that the Election Commission of India had been closely associated with the formation process of the A-WEB during 2011-12, and was one of the founding members of A-WEB in October 2013. A member of the Executive Board since 2013, India had taken over as Vice-Chair of A-WEB since 2017, he had said.last_img read more

If youre buying Trans Mountain wheres your backing for Energy East Raitt

first_imgOTTAWA – If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is willing to go to the wall to save the Trans Mountain pipeline and get oil to Canada’s west coast, federal Conservatives say he should be equally willing to do the same to revive a pipeline that would have brought oil to Canada’s east coast.And at least one Liberal backbencher is echoing that sentiment.A day after Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the federal government has made a $4.5-billion offer to buy Trans Mountain from Kinder Morgan and will build the expansion to the pipeline itself in order to overcome political opposition in B.C., Conservative Deputy Leader Lisa Raitt questioned Wednesday why Trudeau wasn’t putting up the same fight to save Energy East.“Will the Prime Minister promise to enter into negotiations to provide the same level of certainty for Energy East?” she asked.Energy East, which would have converted a natural gas pipeline to oil and extended it all the way to New Brunswick, was cancelled last fall when TransCanada decided conditions had changed, including new federal regulations and lower oil prices.The Conservatives were not alone in their thinking. Saint John, N.B., Mayor Don Darling also took to Twitter to wonder “where was this support for Energy East.”For his part, Trudeau rejected the idea, accusing the Conservatives of raising “old news” because they were embarrassed that they couldn’t get pipelines built when they were in government. However the questions raise a possible vulnerability for the Liberals in Atlantic Canada, a region where the party won all 32 seats in the last election.New Brunswick Liberal MP Wayne Long said that while he’s thrilled with the Trans Mountain decision, he’d like Trudeau to take another look at Energy East.“I’m simply asking my government to take a look at TransCanada, Energy East, and see if maybe the parties of TransCanada, our government could get together and find a way to revisit, reboot, restart a process that could lead to Energy East coming to Saint John, New Brunswick, my riding,” he said.In a speech to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Morneau warned that the Kinder Morgan deal does not set a new precedent for other projects.“What I would say is that this decision today was exceptional. We are in a situation where we’re putting forth a decision to make something happen in an exceptional way for a project that, let’s acknowledge, is pretty unique.”Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer vowed to make reviving Energy East a campaign issue and said he wouldn’t put $4.5 billion on the table to get it done.“I believe the Liberals would like people to believe (buying) was the only way to get the pipeline built but I think more and more Canadians are realizing that the fact that it’s being nationalized is a result of other things that could have been avoided if this government had made different decisions,” Scheer said.If the government had reinforced federal authority for pipelines through the courts and in legislation as soon as B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan became premier last year, Scheer said that would have prevented Horgan from introducing the uncertainty that ultimately led to Kinder Morgan’s nervousness that the project would never come to fruition. Instead, he said Trudeau did nothing to fast-track any constitutional references and never introduced legislation to “entrench and enshrine federal jurisdiction.”Horgan’s court reference — to see if B.C. has the constitutional authority to pass a regulation to limit flows of diluted bitumen in the new pipeline pending additional scientific research on how to clean it up a potential spill — spooked Kinder Morgan investors. The Constitution gives Ottawa jurisdiction over pipelines and many legal experts believe Horgan’s regulation won’t pass judicial scrutiny, but the company nevertheless halted non-essential spending on the project in early April and demanded Ottawa prove there was certainty to move forward by the end of this month.Morneau said this week the only way to provide 100 per cent certainty was for Ottawa to buy the pipeline, build the expansion itself and then sell the whole thing back to the private sector when it made financial sense later. He said federal ownership will shield the project from B.C. political hijinks.However Toronto energy lawyer Ian Blue said ownership doesn’t change the fact that the Constitution clearly gives authority for pipelines to Ottawa and the Supreme Court has upheld the law to prevent provinces from doing anything that would “neutralize its essential function.”In other words, Horgan’s regulation would be unconstitutional no matter who owns the pipeline, said Blue.The biggest question now, he said, is what Trudeau will do about the expected crush of protests. Thus far the government has only said it will respect the democratic right to protest.More than 200 protesters — including NDP MP Kennedy Stewart and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May — have already been arrested for violating a court-ordered injunction to stay a certain distance away from Kinder Morgan’s marine terminal in Burnaby, B.C. Many more protests are expected as anger at the government’s pipeline purchase exploded this week.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said he has not instructed any other MPs in his caucus about how to participate in protests and said he understands the frustration and anger of people who felt the Trudeau government promised to protect the environment, not build more pipelines.“I’m absolutely not condemning it,” he said. “I’m saying I understand that people use non-violent civil disobedience. People use protests as a way to express their frustration and I understand that.”__ with files from Lauren Krugel in Calgarylast_img read more

Mamata slams UP CM for calling Indian Army Modi ji ki sena

first_imgHowrah (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lashed out at her Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath for reportedly referring to the Indian Army as “Modi ji ki sena”, saying it was an “insult” and humiliation for the force. Describing the Indian Army as the an asset of the nation, Banerjee said it belongs to the countrymen, and called upon the people to “stand up and reject” Adityanath’s statement. “It is shocking to hear the UP CM saying that the Indian Army is the ‘Modi Sena’. Such blatant personalisation and usurping of our beloved Indian Army is an insult and a humiliation,” the Trinamool Congress supremo tweeted. “We are proud of our Army. They belong to all. They are a great asset of our nation, and not a cassette of the BJP. People of this country must stand up and reject this statement,” she said.last_img read more

Champion sprinter Usain Bolt kicks off long run to save the planet

30 October 2009Jamaican sprinter and Olympic champion Usain Bolt today launched the Long Run Initiative aimed at supporting global ecotourism projects, which the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says are vital for conserving natural and cultural heritage. Jamaican sprinter and Olympic champion Usain Bolt today launched the Long Run Initiative aimed at supporting global ecotourism projects, which the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says are vital for conserving natural and cultural heritage.“Although I am known for running short distances, I want to inspire others to join me in the long run. Anything worth doing is worth striving for and the future of our planet is the ultimate cause,” said Mr. Bolt, the Cultural Ambassador for the Zeitz Foundation, which sponsors the initiative. The pilot project of the initiative is a 50-acre solar and wind-powered conservancy in Kenya’s Rift Valley region with a negligible carbon footprint, according to a UNEP press release. It also plans to launch projects in Brazil, Tanzania, Costa Rica, Indonesia, New Zealand, Sweden and Namibia. Jochen Zeitz, founder of the Zeitz Foundation, said the main inspiration for the project was the 2009 film about the state of the planet, Home, by renowned French filmmaker and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Yann Arthus-Bertrand.“The stunning depiction of the workings of the planet demonstrates that we can all make a contribution to a sustainable world,” he said.UNEP is particularly interested in ecotourism for its impact on conservation, sustainability, and biological diversity.The agency noted that ecotourism advances the basic goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity by strengthening protected area management and increasing the value of ecosystems and wildlife. It also offers a sustainable approach to conservation by helping generate income, jobs and business opportunities, benefiting businesses and local communities. read more

Teens arrested over theft

Two teens have been arrested for stealing two computers from an office in Murunkan, the police media unit said today.The police said that the teens, aged 17 and 18, had broken into the office operated by the Don Bosco center and stole two computers and some computer parts. The incident had taken place on Sunday night and the two suspects were arrested yesterday.Investigations revealed that the teens were residents of Mannar and Mullaitivu. The teens are to be produced in court today.

Government says no decision taken to make MR PM

Commenting on the outcome of the Local Government (LG) elections, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had secured just over 45 percent of the total votes and this was below the number of votes Rajapaksa got at the last Presidential elections. Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that he spoke to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with regards to the outcome of the elections.He said that both the President and Prime Minister were ready to address any shortcomings and take the country forward. The cabinet spokesman further added that just because Rajapaksa feels he won the LG elections he cannot be made Prime Minister or call for an early General Election.He also insisted that the President and the Prime Minister have not taken any decision to make Rajapaksa the Prime Minister. (Colombo Gazette) The Government says no decision has been taken to make former President Mahinda Rajapaksa the Prime Minister.Cabinet spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that the Government will also not agree for an early General Election. Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that the LG election results showed that most people voted against the SLPP and not for the SLPP. read more

Oakville doctor charged with sexual assault

Police have charged a 56-year-old Oakville doctor with sexual assault.Dr. Clarence Clottey is facing a charge of sexual assault after the Halton Regional Police Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit investigated an incident of historical sexual assault of an adult female patient.Police are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Constable Wendy Clayton at 905-465-8980 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Barrett takes flak over tweet

Local MPP Toby Barrett came under fire this week after posting a comment on social media connecting the D-Day invasion of Europe to the ongoing debate in Ontario over alcohol in corner stores.“With June 6th being the 75th anniversary of D-Day, I would like to say that we have the liberty to debate issues like beer in corner stores thanks to the sacrifice of thousands of brave Canadians who defended our freedom in battle,” the Twitter posting said Wednesday.Barrett began to catch flak soon after. Around 3 p.m. Wednesday, he removed the post and substituted the following:“It’s disappointing that people misconstrued my Tweet about having the liberty to debate issues big and small thanks to the sacrifices of our veterans,” Barrett said.Opposition MPPs made hay with Barrett’s comments right away.NDP MPP Monique Taylor reposted Barrett’s original tweet, calling it “shameful and disrespectful.”“This government’s obsession with beer is absurd,” Taylor said in a tweet of her own.Barrett’s tweet was also fodder for major talk-radio stations in Toronto both Wednesday and Thursday. A report at attracted more than 120 comments.Thursday, Barrett told the Reformer he withdrew his remark because it had become a political football. He said opposition MPPs were “purposefully” distorting his message.Barrett added the tweet also came down because it was becoming a “distraction.” He said the controversy was taking the focus off the storming of Europe 75 years ago and veterans today who carry on Canada’s military traditions.Barrett said he was attempting to reach back in history to demonstrate how the actions of Allied soldiers in Europe make possible today freedoms such as the opportunity to debate the idea of beer in corner stores. Barrett said he could easily have substituted any other issue on the Ford government agenda.“My goal was to pay tribute to our veterans within the context of the times,” he said.Barrett says he comes from “a military family” and – as such – he would be the last person to disparage veterans and what they stand for.Barrett’s late father Harry was a sailor with the Canadian navy during the Second World War. His grandfather Tobe Barrett enlisted as an officer and an instructor.On his mother’s side, Barrett’s grandfather Russell Browne served in the First World War along with three of Barrett’s uncles. Barrett himself was discharged as a gunner from the 56 Field Regiment in Simcoe.Reaction to Barrett’s message locally was mixed.Elaine Williams, president of the Royal Canadian Legion in Delhi, said the seven-term MPP should choose his words more carefully.“It’s degrading for the veterans,” Williams said Thursday. “You should think before you speak. And I do know Toby.”For his part, Rev. Bryan Robertson, president of the Royal Canadian Legion in Simcoe, is willing to cut Barrett some slack.“I would consider it unfortunate what took place,” Robertson said. “I’ve always found Toby to be supportive of Legion events. He comes to a lot of our functions.“It’s unfortunate that he connected the two events. But I’d be inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt.” read more

Ohio State mens basketball team welcomes No 10 Virginia amid losing streak

OSU sophomore Keita Bates-Diop (33) takes a free throw in a game against Louisiana Tech on Nov. 24 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost 82-74. Credit: Maria Martello | Lantern PhotographerIn Ohio State coach Thad Matta’s head coaching career, he has stood on the sideline for 531 games.He has won 403 of those, while dropping 128. But in none of those 531 contests has his team had more losses than wins in the record column.That will change on Tuesday, as the Buckeyes (2-3) are set to welcome No. 10 Virginia (5-1) to the Schottenstein Center for a 7:30 p.m. matchup as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.OSU’s season started off without any noteworthy results, grabbing 20-plus-point victories over a pair of unspectacular opponents. The wheels came off from there, however, as consecutive home losses to Texas-Arlington and Louisiana Tech dropped OSU to .500, before an overtime loss to Memphis in Miami gave Matta a losing record for the first time in his career.Sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate said having a losing record comes as a shock when a player comes to a school like OSU, but the team has to keep its composure and keep getting back on track.“None of us expected to be 2-3, but we’ve just got to stay the course,” Tate said. “We have to learn how to grow, how to improve every week in practice.”Tate and fellow sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop each offered the same two culprits for the Buckeyes’ struggles: turnovers and poor free-throw shooting.“We’re not losing games by a lot. They’re close games. It’s just the turnovers, we have to cut back on those, and make our free throws,” Bates-Diop said. “We could be getting different questions right now if we’re doing that.”The Buckeyes are turning the ball over 16.2 times per game, ranking 323rd in the nation out of 346 qualifying Division I schools. Virginia, on the other hand, ranks second with just 7.5 turnovers per game.Matta said the praise for the Cavaliers’ efficiency lies with coach Tony Bennett, who is now in his seventh season in Charlottesville, Virginia.“I think Tony Bennett has done a tremendous job in terms of coming in and establishing that program … I don’t think Virginia gets the respect of other schools, but they’re as good as any of them, that’s for sure,” Matta said.For the Buckeyes, Tate said it is never easy to snap a losing streak, and the team is unlikely to get any help against a team like the Cavaliers. Still, he said the team is trying its hardest to keep its focus one game at a time.“Any loss will have an impact on your confidence, but coach is doing a great job telling us to stay the course,” Tate said. “Teams go through losses all the time, it’s just how you bounce back the next game.”A glance at the CavaliersVirginia comes into Tuesday night’s matchup 5-1, with the lone loss coming in a second-game hiccup at George Washington.While the quality of its other five opponents hasn’t been the strongest, Matta said he has been more than impressed with what he’s watched.“They’re as good of a basketball team as I’ve seen this year … They’re such a great blend of the positions, inside, outside,” Matta said. “It’s definitely a veteran basketball team that’s going to be a great challenge for us.”Virginia — which earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament a season ago but was ultimately upset by Michigan State in the Round of 32 — uses a balanced offensive attack rather than relying on a go-to scorer.Redshirt senior guard Malcolm Brogdon leads the team with 16.7 points per game. The 2014-15 AP All-American Second-Team recipient has also chipped in 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.The Cavaliers have shot exceptionally well this season, shooting the ball at a 51.7 percent clip from the field while holding opponents to 39.1 percent. Those marks rank 13th and 74th in the nation, respectively.“They’re a great defensive team,” Tate said. “They run a lot of offense through their post, so post defense will be really key. We’ve just got to execute and take care of the ball.”Up nextAfter the Cavaliers, the Buckeyes are set to resume action on Saturday against another school from the 10th state — Virginia Military Institute. Tip is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Report Doc Rivers Agrees To Deal To Coach Clippers

Doc Rivers will sign a three-year, $21 million contract to coach the Los Angeles Clippers, according to sources, ending Rivers’ outstanding run as the head man with the Boston Celtics and ushering a new level of hope for LA’s “other” team.The Clippers will send a 2015 first-round pick as compensation to the Celtics, who have agreed to release the coach from the three years, $21 million he has remaining on his deal with the club.Sources close to the process told ESPN that the Clippers believe the deal with Rivers will clinch Chris Paul’s signature on a new five-year max contract. Paul becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1.Contrary to previous reports, according to league and team sources, the Celtics have been complicit all along in assisting Rivers to make the switch from Boston to Los Angeles.Although Danny Ainge, the Celtics’ director of basketball operations, was initially irked that Rivers was lukewarm about returning to Boston, where a rebuilding process soon will be underway, team sources said he recognized the best way to accumulate the first-round draft picks he covets would be to relinquish his two most valued assets — Rivers and Kevin Garnett.Since then, he and Rivers have been working side by side to secure a deal that is best for both parties, sources said.Team sources confirmed Ainge also has been trying to secure a first-round pick for veteran Paul Pierce, who can be bought out by June 30 for $5 million. The Celtics have been unsuccessful thus far, leaving open the possibility they keep Pierce and his $15.3 million contract and attempt to deal him again at the trade deadline next winter, when teams historically look for veteran help and are willing to overpay.Celtics ownership, which blanched at the thought of paying a coach $7 million a season for a team that will not be in contention for a division title, never mind an NBA title, is also on board with Rivers’ departure, sources said.League and teams sources also confirmed that for now, any deal involving Garnett and the Clippers is on hold in light of Commissioner David Stern’s objections to the appearance that the KG deal (for DeAndre Jordan) and Rivers were related.One source with knowledge of the NBA told that the league does not intend to change its stance as expressed by Stern in multiple radio interviews Thursday, meaning that the league would view any subsequent trade agreement between the Celtics and Clippers involving Garnett to be part of the Rivers deal and thus in violation of league rules.Team sources also indicated that Rivers is frustrated with the perception that he was the driving force behind the push to go to the Clippers, or that he was unwilling to coach the Celtics if Pierce and Garnett were not going to be on the roster.“Doc never said any such thing,” a source close to the coach said. “He just wasn’t sure if he could rev himself up for years of rebuilding. He never issued any ultimatums about anyone.” read more

World Cup Crib Notes Day 14

In a day without marquee matchups in Brazil, the World Cup game that is most likely to feature two knockout-stage teams also projects to be the biggest blowout. France vs. Ecuador is the best of an uninspiring lineup. The match that could decide who advances in Group E will feature the tournament’s most-explosive offense.Argentina vs. Nigeria 12 p.m. EDTBosnia and Herzegovina  vs. Iran 12 p.m. EDTEcuador vs. France 4 p.m. EDTSwitzerland vs. Honduras 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFIN DEPTHFrance has been peppering opponents’ goals: It leads the tournament in per-match rates of goals and shots on target from within the area. Karim Benzema leads all players with nine such shots, a relentless performance that could earn him a big raise from Real Madrid to ward off other teams.France also played one of the easiest schedules of any team at the tournament. Its two opponents so far rank in the bottom 13 of the 32 World Cup sides in ESPN’s Soccer Power Index, and in the bottom eight in defensive rating. Ecuador is no defensive stalwart, ranking right at the tournament average, but Honduras and Switzerland make it look like a steel trap.Not much is at stake for France here: It has essentially clinched a spot in the knockout stage and has a 99.7 percent chance of winning the group, thanks to its mammoth lead in goal differential. Ecuador, though, has work to do. It’s level with Switzerland at three points, and though it has the edge in goal differential, it also has the tougher opponent Wednesday. If Switzerland wins, Ecuador will have to upset France to have a chance to advance.The early games include a matchup between the top two teams in Group F, Argentina and Nigeria. The harmonic mean of these two teams’ SPI is slightly higher than for France and Ecuador. But Argentina is so much better by SPI than Nigeria that the match also projects to be the day’s biggest blowout.A tie would be mutually beneficial for Argentina and Nigeria. Argentina would guarantee itself a spot atop the group; that’s especially valuable because it will face the runner-up in Group E, and that team will probably be much weaker than the winner, which almost definitely will be France. A tie would also mean Nigeria clinches second in the group, knocking out Iran.There is precedent for thinking that when two teams meeting in the last match of the group stage can both benefit from the same outcome, that outcome will happen. It happened in 1982, when West Germany beat Austria by a 1-0 score in a match that turned farcical in front of fans who called out “fix.” And it happened at the Euros in 2004, when the 2-2 draw Denmark and Sweden needed to advance and knock out Italy materialized. Two teams can arrive at a mutually desired outcome without any planning, simply by playing until they reach that score and not pushing hard afterward.Bettors haven’t taken into account the mutual incentive for an Argentina-Nigeria draw. The consensus probability of a draw on the betting sites whose odds are compiled by was 21 percent Wednesday morning, which is also SPI’s estimate. There’s a much bigger difference for Thursday’s U.S.-Germany match, another game in which a draw would aid both teams. There, the SPI-based model says there is a 22 percent chance of a tie, while bettors think there is a 33 percent chance.Wednesday also marks the end of South America’s group stage. All six of the continent’s World Cup teams will go through to the knockout stage if Ecuador’s day goes well. CONMEBOL could even win four of the eight groups if Argentina does the expected and wins Group F, and Ecuador accomplishes the nearly impossible and wins Group E.YESTERDAYAmid the controversy surrounding Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, his team defeated Italy 1-0 to advance to the Round of 16, where Group C winner and fellow CONMEBOL member Colombia awaits.The winning goal came from Diego Godin, who scored for his country for the first time in his last 72 matches, dating to Oct. 18, 2006. But Godin is no stranger to big goals lately; he scored the goal on the final day of the La Liga season to clinch the title for Atletico Madrid, and he scored the first goal in the Champions League final for Atletico.Godin scored the winner with his head, continuing a trend. All eight of his goals for Atletico this season were headers, and six of the eight came from set pieces, as was Tuesday’s.The turning point for the match came after Italy’s Claudio Marchisio received a red card in the 59th minute. Through the 59th minute, Uruguay had created two chances and had nine touches in the attacking penalty area. From the 60th minute on, the Uruguayans had eight touches in the box and created five chances, one of which led to the winning goalBy comparison, Italy managed to create one chance and had one touch in the attacking penalty area after Marchisio’s red card. Italy had three touches in the attacking penalty area all told, its fewest in a World Cup match in at least the past 50 years.Though Suarez’s most notable action may have been with his teeth, he also contributed with his feet, posting match highs with six shots and four shots on target. He also was tied for first among all players in chances created (two) and attacking penalty-area touches (three). — Jacob Nitzberg, senior stats analyst, ESPNOFF THE PITCHFrom their partnerships on energy and job creation to their pacts on prisoner exchange, Nigeria and Argentina have gotten closer in recent years. This increasingly friendly relationship is reflected in trade as well. According to OECD data, exports from Argentina to Nigeria have increased significantly from 2009 (in which total exports were worth $59 million) to 2012 (total exports were worth $289 million), the most recent year for which data is available. This is surprising given that the share of higher-value exports, such as machinery, decreased in this span. But it seems that the exports of wheat, maize and soybeans (62 percent of exports to Nigeria in 2012) have grown more than enough to compensate.Trade in the opposite direction doesn’t tell quite the same story, with Nigerian exports to Argentina dropping from $204 million in 2011 to $56 million in 2012. But even that number is a remarkable increase from the $931,000 in exports that Nigeria sent Argentina in 2009. The main cause for the overall rise is the incorporation of liquefied petroleum gases into the countries’ trade agreement in 2011. This new export was so dominant that it caused the previous main export, natural rubber, to diminish from a 72 percent share in 2010 to a 0.8 percent share in 2011. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGWorld Cup Advancement Scenarios For Groups E And FYour ‘Luis Suárez Bit a Guy!?’ Reaction PostIn Praise of Cristiano Ronaldo read more

National Land Policy coming soon GLSC Commissioner

The Guyana Lands and Survey Commission (GL&SC) is currently examining the possibility of having a National Land Policy in place as early as 2018, Commissioner Trevor Benn said on Tuesday, the Department of Public Information (DPI) has reported.GL&SC CEO Commissioner Trevor BennAccording to Benn, Guyana has been without such a policy for many years. The land policy will see the proper governance of both public and private lands, he explained.“We are at the very infant stage of the policy and the board is spearheading the exercise…It will be through a participatory process, to reach out to all Guyanese to get their vision, of what that policy should look like”, the Commissioner was quoted by DPI as saying.Benn expressed optimism that the policy could be ready for parliament very soon.According to Benn, the presidential Commission of Inquiry on land rights issues may have some recommendations to make toward the process, which will also see much public consultations.Other initiatives, the Commission hope to get underway, include a revised National Geographic Information System Policy which will guide work in that area. Work is also ongoing on the Land Surveyors (Profession) Act, which is expected to be taken to Parliament in the new year, DPI said.The Commission will also commence the implementation of a US$14.8M sustainable Land Development and Management Project that will have three main outcomes.According to DPI, Benn said that apart from non-performing leases, some of the challenges over the year for the commission include informal subletting and transfers of public lands, highly dependent paper based operations, insufficient resources to open and develop new areas for various land uses and informal occupation of public lands. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLands Commissioner defends move to repossess leases in MochaDecember 20, 2017In “latest news”GL&SC inks $93M contract with British firm for consultancy services on CORS NetworkJuly 11, 2018In “Business”Commissioner admits corruption a problem at Lands & SurveysJuly 23, 2019In “Crime” read more

Becker Mining appoints new Vice President

first_imgBecker Mining Systems – the global supplier of underground mine-wide solutions – has reinforced its team of Vice Presidents. In addition to Bernhard Baus-Neufang (VP Sales Support) Achim Benoit (VP Finance), Horst Linvers (VP Sales Germany) and Arnold Trockur (VP Marketing), the company has just appointed Jörg Steffensky Vice President Operations & Systems.He will be responsible for the coordination of the production processes, the IT-structure and the quality management of the Becker-Group. Steffensky joined the company in 1979. Before becoming VP Operations & Systems, he was Head of Company Organisation at Becker.Becker Mining Systems is a system supplier for mining infrastructure, headquartered in Germany. The companys says that “with 1,500 employees in every essential mining region, [it] supplies its products to the leading mining companies of the world. In addition to Germany, Becker Mining Systems is also represented by its own subsidiaries in France, Poland, Russia, China, South Africa, Australia, the US, Canada, and Chile.last_img read more