Azkals off to Kathmandu

first_imgMake a new boxing star shine here Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ “This will be as good as any chance for us to qualify,” Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband told the Inquirer. “We were so close in 2014 and for some of the players, it was one of their biggest disappointments. But now we have another chance.”The Azkals will be returning to a country where it has already achieved success, having reached the semifinals of the AFC Challenge Cup for the first time in 2012 in the Nepalese capital.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout The Philippine Azkals left for the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu early Wednesday with the goal of qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup for the first time when the continental showpiece event is played in the United Arab Emirates in 2019.Held to back-to-back draws by Yemen in the last two qualifying matches, the Azkals hope to finally nail the Asian Cup berth with a win over Nepal on Nov. 14 at ANFA Stadium in Kathmandu.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Andy Murray’s China Open run meets brave end in quarterfinals

first_imgAndy Murray of Britain reacts while competing against Dominic Thiem of Austria in their quarterfinal match in the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)Andy Murray went down fighting in the China Open quarter-finals on Friday as the former world number one lost 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) to top seed Dominic Thiem.The 32-year-old Briton, battling to get back to a semblance of his best following career-saving hip surgery in January, was defeated in just under two hours after threatening an unlikely, late comeback.ADVERTISEMENT A third match in four days in the Chinese capital proved a step too far for Murray, who looked exhausted after a three-set victory on Wednesday against Cameron Norrie.Murray, a three-time Grand Slam winner, had the Beijing crowd firmly behind him against the Austrian Thiem, ranked fifth in the world to his opponent’s 503rd.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manBut Murray lost his first service game to go behind from the outset, putting himself under pressure immediately.At times there were shades of the Murray that topped the world rankings in 2016, but the second set started in the same way as the first, the Briton having his serve broken. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Becoming his own man LATEST STORIES Murray, who says that he now has no pain in his hip, looked down and out as Thiem served for the match.But he does not know how to quit and broke Thiem to make it 5-5 in the second set, then went up 6-5, before Thiem forced the tie break. He carried that momentum to victory.The 26-year-old Thiem plays Karen Khachanov in the last four after the Russian fourth seed defeated Fabio Fognini of Italy in three sets.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicscenter_img View comments MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ UAAP commissioner: Imperfect officiating can’t justify Perasol’s outburst Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:51Duterte to invite Robredo for a meeting in Malacañang00:33Duterte mulling ban on plastic use02:11Makabayan 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 issuelast_img read more

England won’t force players to tour Bangladesh, says Eoin Morgan

first_imgEngland will not force any player to tour Bangladesh, limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan said, in the wake of the July 1 attack on a Dhaka cafe in which 22 people were killed.England’s one-day squad will receive a briefing on Thursday from a three-member panel which toured Bangladesh to assess security for the series, comprising three one-dayers and two Tests there in October.”I don’t think anybody will ever be forced to go on a particular tour,” Morgan told BBC Radio 5 live.”I think it’s important for us to get together as a group, and be informed by people who we trust in order to make the right decisions and go from there.”Australia pulled out of their tour of Bangladesh last year over security concerns and did not compete in the under-19 World Cup in the south Asian country for the same reason.England’s one-day team is scheduled to leave for Bangladesh on September 30 and Morgan had full faith in the wisdom of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).”I’m pretty open-minded,” Morgan said. “You can’t really rule out anything until you hear from the people that you trust.”The ECB have made decisions over the years that have held us in good stead – we’ve never been in any danger before.”last_img read more

Zee Ent shares jump nearly 6 pc as Q4 net grows 6-fold

first_imgNew Delhi, May 11 (PTI) Shares of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) today surged nearly 6 per cent after the company reported an over six-fold jump in consolidated net profit for the fourth quarter ended March.The stock climbed 5.68 per cent to end at Rs 545.35 on BSE. During the day, it surged 6.55 per cent to Rs 549.90.On NSE, shares of the company soared 5.53 per cent to close at Rs 544.75.On the volume front, 4.62 lakh shares of the company were traded on BSE and over 76 lakh shares changed hands on NSE during the day.ZEEL yesterday reported an over six-fold jump in consolidated net profit at Rs 1,514 crore for the fourth quarter to March, aided by the sale of its sports business.It had registered a net profit of Rs 226.52 crore in January-March a year ago, ZEEL said in a BSE filing.Total income during the quarter under review was at Rs 1,582.89 crore, up 1.50 per cent, as against Rs 1,559.38 crore a year earlier. PTI SUM SBTlast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah headline FIFPro World XI shortlist

first_imgThe international players’ association FIFPro’s 55-name shortlist for its World XI of 2018 award was announced on Monday.World champions France had eight players and former holders Spain had seven in the list that included ten players out of last year’s World XI, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.Spanish giants Real Madrid were the best represented club with 11 players.World Cup semi-finalists England had three nominations in Tottenham Hotspur pair Harry Kane and Kieran Trippier as well as Manchester City’s Kyle Walker.Countdown is on!Today, we announce 55 players in contention for #World11 selection.Based on 25,000 votes from pro players in 65 countries.1130 CET – 5 Goalkeepers1200 CET – 20 Defenders1230 CET – 15 Midfielders1300 CET – 15 Forwards#TheBest #FIFAFootballAwards (@FIFPro) September 10, 2018Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were the only two African nominees.Wales and Real forward Gareth Bale, who scored twice in the Champions League final in May which Madrid won 3-1, did not make the list.Around 25,000 professional footballers from 65 countries took part in the poll to decide the contenders. The World XI will be announced at The Best FIFA Football Awards in London on Sept. 24.Some big names were in the FIFA @FIFPro @World11 2017Who would be in YOUR team this year? #FIFAFootballAwards (@FIFAcom) September 10, 2018Full shortlist (home country/clubs in 2017-18):Goalkeepers (5): Gianluigi Buffon (Italy/Paris Saint-Germain/Juventus), Thibaut Courtois (Belgium/Real Madrid/Chelsea), David De Gea (Spain/Manchester United), Keylor Navas (Costa Rica/Real Madrid), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Germany/Barcelona).advertisementDefenders (20): Jordi Alba (Spain/Barcelona), Daniel Carvajal (Spain/Real Madrid), Giorgio Chiellini (Italy/Juventus), Dani Alves (Brazil/PSG), Diego Godin (Uruguay/Atletico Madrid), Mats Hummels (Germany/Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Germany/Bayern Munich) Dejan Lovren (Croatia/Liverpool), Marcelo (Brazil/Real Madrid), Yerry Mina (Colombia/Everton/Barcelona), Benjamin Pavard (France/Stuttgart), Gerard Pique (Spain/Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Spain/Real Madrid), Thiago Silva (Brazil/PSG), Kieran Trippier (England/Tottenham Hotspur), Samuel Umtiti (France/Barcelona), Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands/Liverpool), Raphael Varane (France/Real Madrid), Sime Vrsaljko (Croatia/Inter Milan/Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (England/Manchester City).Midfielders (15): Sergio Busquets (Spain/Barcelona), Casemiro (Brazil/Real Madrid), Philippe Coutinho (Brazil/Barcelona), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Belgium, Chelsea), Andres Iniesta (Spain/Vissel Kobe/Barcelona), Isco (Spain/Real Madrid), N’Golo Kante (France/Chelsea), Nemanja Matic (Serbia/Manchester United), Luka Modric (Croatia/Real Madrid), Paul Pogba (France/Manchester United), Ivan Rakitic (Croatia/Barcelona), David Silva (Spain/Manchester City), Arturo Vidal (Chile/Barcelona/Bayern Munich).Forwards (15): Karim Benzema (France/Real Madrid), Edinson Cavani (Uruguay/PSG), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Juventus/Real Madrid), Paulo Dybala (Argentina/Juventus), Antoine Griezmann (France/Atletico Madrid), Harry Kane (England/Tottenham Hotspur), Robert Lewandowski (Poland/Bayern Munich), Romelu Lukaku (Belgium/Manchester United), Mario Mandzukic (Croatia/Juventus), Sadio Mane (Senegal/Liverpool), Kylian Mbappe (France/PSG), Lionel Messi (Argentina/Barcelona), Neymar (Brazil/PSG), Mohamed Salah (Egypt/Liverpool), Luis Suarez (Uruguay/Barcelona).last_img read more

All England Championships will not be easy even without Carolina Marin: PV Sindhu

first_imgStar Indian shuttler PV Sindhu Thursday said it won’t be an easy outing for her at the upcoming All England Championships even in the expected absence of injured reigning Olympic champion, Carolina Marin.The All England Championship is to be held from March 6 and Rio Olympics silver medallist Sindhu feels she would have to give her 100 per cent there in order to win the women’s singles title.”We have the nationals and then we have the All England Championships. It [All England] is one of the biggest tournaments and I hope I give my best, play well and I know it is not going to be easy. I think we have to be at our 100 per cent,” said Sindhu here after being named as the brand ambassador of life insurance company PNB Metlife.”After that we have couple of Super Series and then we start with our Olympic qualifications this year, where we will have to keep ourselves fit and healthy,” Sindhu told reporters.Coach Vimal Kumar had remarked that with Spaniard Carolina out, it was a good chance for Sindhu and another top Indian woman shuttler Saina Nehwal at the All England Championship.But Sindhu begged to differ saying there would be other top players in the fray.”She [Marin] had a knee surgery. Definitely a sad moment, but injuries are part of life. Definitely she will comeback stronger. I hope for a speedy recovery [for Marin].””I just can’t say it is a good chance. Definitely it is not going to be easy. Because as I said the top 10 to 15 players are of the same standard. If one just goes off [not competing], you cannot think that it’s going to be an easy draw or it’s going to be a cakewalk. No!advertisement”Every match is equally tough because every player has a different style of play. Now the Chinese are doing really well – Chen Yufei, HE Bingjiao, and from Korea Sung Ji Hyun, and Ratchanok Intanon [from Thailand] are doing well. So there are a couple of players from every country who are doing really well,” she explained.Marin, reigning World Champion, will be out of action for at least six months after she suffered a leg injury in the Indonesia Masters final against Saina and had to undergo surgery.Meanwhile, Sindhu is aiming to win some more Super Series titles.”Definitely, want to win some of the Super Series, keep myself fit and healthy and prepare well. Nothing specific,” she responded to a query about her plans for 2019.Sindhu ended 2018 on a high after winning the World Tour Finals.”I am very happy 2018 has ended on a very good note. But 2018 is over, now it is 2019. It is a fresh year, new year and new resolutions, and I hope that I will just give my best and just play my game, improve a lot more. I am quite confident but I shouldn’t be over-confident in that way, thinking that I can win against anybody, as I said.”I think on that particular day, whoever plays well and gives their best is the winner. I feel the top 1 to 10 players are of same standard in the world. Each point is very important. You just can’t think that this opponent is easy, can just play lightly at the start and then catch up,” she noted.Also Watch:last_img read more

AFC Cup: 4.25 SC v Bengaluru FC preview

first_imgAFC Cup 2017: 4.25 SC vs. Bengaluru FC Preview – High-flying Blues face intriguing North Korean test Ashwin Muralidharan Last updated 2 years ago 05:27 12/9/2017 Bengaluru FC Training Session Bengaluru FC After a resounding first leg victory, Albert Roca’s men are ever so close to the Inter Zonal final but have to negotiate a second leg in DPR Korea… Going into the crucial second leg of the AFC Cup Inter-Zonal semifinal against North Korean outfit 4.25 SC in Pyongyang, Federation Cup champions Bengaluru FC could not have put themselves in a better position. The comprehensive 3-0 victory in the first leg in Bengaluru means Albert Roca’s charges have breathing space going into Wednesday’s game in the Mayday stadium which might be very crucial given that Pyongyang is something of an unknown for the team. It could be said that Bengaluru FC made brilliant use of the stormy conditions in the first leg, which helped them kill off the game easily against the North Koreans who visibly struggled in the rain that came down in sheets during the second half. The Blues can expect a backlash from 4.25 SC on Wednesday but the three-goal cushion could prove to be too big a gap to bridge.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Albert Roca’s men have the advantage when it comes to size in the midfield and defence against their counterparts. They should look to outmuscle and physically dominate the midfield. The stature and presence Australian midfielder Erik Paartalu, who was impressive in the first leg, and Spaniard Dimas Delgado bring to the midfield should not divert attention from the fact that Roca’s men like to play a possession-based passing football. The Spanish coach should once again opt for a 4-3-3 formation, despite his preference for a three-man defence, which should see Juanan lead the charge in central defence. While Rahul Bheke, a natural right-back, played alongside Juanan in central defence in the first leg, it remains to be seen whether Roca opts for Zohmingliana Ralte for that position. Harmanjot Khabra and Nishu Kumar should retain their places as the full-backs. The front three should comprise of talismanic striker Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh and Toni Dovale, who looked a touch rusty in Bengaluru. But as they showed in the first leg, 4.25 SC will need to be wary of the pace of Udanta and guile of Chhetri if they hope to overturn the scoreline. As far as 4.25 SC are concerned, head coach Hwang Yong Song also prefers a possession-based game and with short, pacy players at his disposal, will expect his side to enjoy a fair share of possession on Wednesday. But they will need to display clinical finishing to be able to sow seeds of doubt in Bengaluru FC’s minds. First step to that end will be the re-instatement of AFC Cup topscorer Kim Yu-Song to the starting XI. The 22-year-old was benched in the first leg due to a slight niggle but was brought on in the first half after they went a goal down. 4.25 SC have been switching between a three-man defence and a four-man rearguard throughout the competition but mostly they have been playing a 4-4-2 formation at home. With goals the biggest priority, we can expect them to play a four-man defence with Kim Yu-Song and An Il-Born up front. Pak Jin-Myong and Ri Hyong-Mu should start as the central defenders while in midfield we should see O Hyok-Chol leading the charge for the North Koreans. 4.25 SC will know that an early goal can change the course of the game so easily and should come out all guns blazing right from the start. For Albert Roca’s men, the longer the game goes on goalless, the stronger their position becomes and if they manage to get a priceless away goal, the tie could be out to bed.All said and done, North Korea promises to throw up an intriguing clash on Wednesday. Venue: Mayday Stadium, PyongyangKick-off: September 13, 13:30 ISTPossible Line-ups: 4.25 SC XIBFC XI read morelast_img read more

10 days agoEverton defender Keane says they should buy in January

first_imgEverton defender Keane says they should buy in Januaryby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton defender Michael Keane says they should buy in January.A new addition would place Keane’s starting role under threat at Goodison Park but the former Burnley centre-back believes a new signing would only improve his performances.”I think competition is always healthy and it pushes you on no-matter what position you are on the pitch,” Keane told the Liverpool Echo.”It just keeps you on your toes. We’ve got competition here but the more the merrier, really.”It keeps things fresh, makes you work that bit harder and you have to prove yourself every single game and you can’t let it slip or you will lose your place in the team.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

A New Major Bowl Game Has Reportedly Been Called Off

first_imgA general view of the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship Game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Auburn Tigers at the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 06: A general view of the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship Game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Auburn Tigers at the Rose Bowl on January 6, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)The Midwest was reportedly all set to get a major bowl game in the coming years, with a historic MLB stadium set to host the game.Unfortunately, though, that games appear to have been called off – for now, at least.Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune reports that the bowl game coming to Wrigley Field has been called off.Sources tell Trib: Wrigley Field bowl game is OFF for now:— Teddy Greenstein (@TeddyGreenstein) July 26, 2018From his report:The breakdown in negotiations occurred because Cubs officials wanted a premier spot in the Big Ten bowl lineup — the ability to land the league’s No. 3 or No. 4 team. When Big Ten officials queried schools, the response was that they’d prefer a warm-weather destination.The Cubs had the finances arranged for a bowl game at Wrigley but declined to make a deal for a lower-slotted Big Ten team. The two sides amicably parted ways and said they might revisit down the road.“The Cubs wanted to have a higher-placed team and a potentially more excited fan base,” a source said. “The Cubs said they’re not looking for a lower-tier bowl game; they’re very selective in what they do.”That might be the right move, honestly. If the Midwest is going to get a bowl game outdoors, it should feature some big-time teams.Hopefully this can be worked out.last_img read more

Better Dental Coverage Starts for Nova Scotia Children

first_imgStarting today, May 30, Nova Scotia children age 13 and younger have coverage for dental care. Children going to the dentist for basic treatment such as annual checkups, cleanings and fillings will see the dentist for free because of new MSI coverage. Previously, it covered children nine years old and younger. “This coverage means up to 40,000 more young Nova Scotians can get dental care which is an important part of overall health,” said Cole-Harbour Eastern Passage MLA Becky Kent, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister Dave Wilson. “With this investment, we’re providing better care sooner by supporting hard-working families who want their children to grow up healthy and strong.” Dental care coverage is provided by the province for children who don’t have private insurance. The expanded dental coverage was included in the April 4 budget. “This is certainly a good news day for all those children 10 to 13 who currently do not have the benefit of family dental insurance,” said Dr. Heather Carr, president of the Nova Scotia Dental Association. “Studies have indicated that populations with dental insurance tend to make more dental office visits and therefore have better oral health. Adding three years to the Nova Scotia children’s program will help many families access necessary dental care for their children.” “Good oral health is important to everyone, especially our youth,” said Dr. Janice Lowe, a dentist in Eastern Passage. “This expanded dental coverage for children means even more families have access to the care they need.” The investment brings funding for the Children’s Oral Health Program to $6.3 million per year. Government also continues to provide more than $3 million per year for other special dental services.last_img read more


first_img Facebook Force Four Entertainment and Corus Entertainment are pleased to announce that principal photography is underway on Chuck & Danny’s Road Trip, a cinematic culinary series for Food Network Canada starring chefs Chuck Hughes (Chuck’s Day Off) and Danny Smiles (Top Chef Canada). The six-part series sees chefs and best buddies Chuck and Danny hit the road in an RV and feast their way across some of the nation’s most spectacular regions, sourcing the freshest ingredients and creating memorable meals with celebrated local chefs and food experts from Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, to Prince Edward Island. The original new series is set to premiere on Food Network Canada in Spring 2017.For years, the Montreal-based duo have been creating unforgettable feasts for guests and friends of Hughes’ critically acclaimed restaurants, Garde Manger and Le Bremner, and now in this epic culinary “bro-trip”, they’re seeking out Canada’s brightest chefs and most dedicated food artisans to help them create six feasts in six different campgrounds across Canada, including three national parks.“We are thrilled to begin shooting with the immensely talented and charismatic Chuck Hughes and Danny Smiles as they head out from their hometown of Montreal to experience the country in a whole new way,” says John Ritchie, Executive Producer, Force Four Entertainment.  “We know that Food Network Canada viewers are going to love seeing their camaraderie as they get hands on, sourcing the freshest ingredients and cooking up incredible campsite feasts at each stop along the way.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Chuck & Danny’s Road Trip is produced by Force Four Entertainment, in association with Corus Entertainment’s Food Network Canada. SOCIAL MEDIA Network Canada – @FoodNetworkCAForce Four Entertainment – @forcefourentChef Chuck Hughes – @ChefChuckHughesChef Danny Smiles – @ChefDannySmilesAbout Force Four EntertainmentVancouver-based Force Four began operations in 1983, and has grown to be one of Canada’s most successful and respected television production companies, producing more than five hundred hours of television and earning accolades on the national and international stage. Force Four was acquired by international entertainment leader Entertainment One (eOne) in 2014.The company’s highly successful television programs include lifestyle, reality and scripted programming that have sold and aired around the world.  Force Four’s most popular series include Border Security: Canada’s Front Line, The Cupcake Girls, Shannon and Sophie, Village on a Diet, Murder She Solved, and the scripted sitcom Seed. Force Four has been awarded the prestigious Peabody Award, 10 Gemini Awards and over 25 Gemini nominations, and remains helmed by its previous owners President Rob Bromley, Chief Creative Officer John Ritchie, and Chief Operating Officer Gillian Lowrey.Force Four can be found on the web at Network Canada is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

BC NDP Leader John Horgan calls on BC Hydro not to finalize

VANCOUVER — NDP Leader John Horgan has advised BC Hydro not to sign any new contracts on the divisive Site C hydroelectric dam project.The $8.8 billion dam will be the third on the Peace River, flooding an 83-kilometre stretch of valley, and local First Nations, landowners and farmers have fiercely opposed the project.In a letter addressed to BC Hydro’s president and CEO, Horgan urges the corporation not to finalize any contracts that do not contain a penalty-free cancellation clause “until a new government has gained the confidence of the legislature.”An agreement between the NDP and Green party was signed earlier this week that would allow the New Democrats to form a minority government, ousting the incumbent Liberals.The agreement includes a promise to refer the Site C project to the B.C. Utilities Commission to determine its economic viability.An MLA with diarrhea could topple the government: A playlist of just how crazy things could get in B.C.Rush of corporate cash stuffs B.C. Liberal war chest before NDP-Green takeoverIn the letter to Jessica McDonald dated May 31 and written on the letterhead of the Official Opposition, Horgan said voters elected parties that want the Site C project reviewed or stopped.“I am concerned at the potential to increase the liability of BC Hydro, BC Hydro ratepayers and taxpayers for new contracts that BC Hydro may be contemplating during this time of uncertainty regarding future governments and what new decisions may be made regarding Site C,” the letter says.BC Hydro said in a statement Thursday that McDonald has received the letter and is reviewing it.Premier Christy Clark said during the election campaign the project promises clean energy and job creation, and shutting it down would hurt the province.The dam is two years into construction and has been approved by the federal government.Horgan wrote the letter expressing his concern about expropriating people from their homesHorgan wrote the letter expressing his concern about expropriating people from their homes.He said although eviction dates have been extended for some families by one month, he believes there is no short term need to force people from their homes.“We urge BC Hydro to suspend the evictions from these lands and grant a further extension on the timeline so that impacted families can stay in their homes until the future of Site C is firmly determined,” the letter says.The letter was released by the Peace Valley Landowner Association and the NDP confirmed it was sent by Horgan’s office. read more

UNESCO welcomes release of French journalist and Iraqi assistant

“I call on all those in positions of power in the country to respect the fundamental human right of freedom of expression and the right of journalists to carry out their professional responsibilities in conditions of safety,” United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said.”On this happy occasion, I must, nonetheless, express my concern about the unacceptable toll that media professionals are having to pay to keep us all informed about the situation in Iraq,” he added.Ms. Aubenas, correspondent of the French daily newspaper Libération, spent 157 days in captivity with her Iraqi assistant Mr. Hanoun. According to the non-governmental organization (NGO) Reporters Without Borders, 11 journalists have been killed in Iraq this year alone, and 58 have died since the start of the fighting there.Two television journalists, Frédéric Nérac and Isam Hadi Muhsin Al-Shumary, went missing on 22 March 2003 and 15 August 2004 respectively, and are still unaccounted for, according to the NGO.Mr. Matsuura’s statement was the latest in a long series of condemnations he has issued recently over attacks on journalists around the world. UNESCO’s mandate includes the defence of freedom of expression and press freedom. read more

Resource sector challenges feature at QCAT open day

first_imgThe Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies (QCAT) in Brisbane, Australia, hosts its annual Innovation and Excellence Day this Thursday, July 28, starting  at 1pm. Under this year’s theme: Energy, Water and Skills: Challenges for the Resources Sector, the day’s presentations and discussion will focus  on the  challenging and ever changing social, political and natural environments in which the Australian resources sector operates. QCAT Executive Manager Mike McWilliams said guests will be able to engage with research and industry organisations to learn how the sector’s critical  challenges are being met.“QCAT has evolved into an advanced precinct where research and discussion critical to the future of Australia is being conducted on a daily basis,” Williams said. Following an opening address by the Queensland Minister for Energy and Water Utilities, Stephen Robertson MP, addresses on a wide range of related topics will be presented by:Dr Calum Drummond – Group Executive, CSIRO Manufacturing, Materials & MineralsGeoff Brent – Research Associate, Orica Mining ServicesPeter van Iersel – Director, Mackay Resource Technology CentreDr Andrew Ash – Director, CSIRO’s National Research Flagship for Climate Adaptation Michael Roche – Director, Queensland Resource Council.This will culminate in a forum panel looking to open up the discussion to the audience.Innovation and Excellence Day is a major event on QCAT’s calendar, providing a relaxed and collegial environment for the presentation and discussion of  ideas between researchers, academics and government and industry representatives.“Innovation and Excellence day allows stakeholders to foster research and business partnerships in Queensland and across the country,” McWilliams  said. Sessions will be recorded and uploaded to the QCAT website in the coming months.last_img read more

Digital piracy People cant get the television they want when they want

first_img Feb 16th 2017, 6:20 AM Share Tweet Email7 2,941 Views Short URL Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 6:20 AM 76 Comments center_img By Gavin Nugent Digital piracy: ‘People can’t get the television they want, when they want it through legal channels’ Studios should concentrate on why people illegally consume content, rather than trying to stop them doing it, writes Gavin Nugent. Illegal file sharing is back in the news, as the Motion Picture Association took to the courts in an attempt to force internet service providers to cut off access to streaming sites that facilitate illegal streaming of content.This comes a couple of years after similar moves by the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA), who attempted to block sites that facilitated illegal downloading.Site blocking didn’t work for IRMA and it won’t work for the MPAIRMA’s action was against torrent sites which facilitated illegally downloading, like the Pirate Bay, while the MPA’s action focuses on illegal streaming – which has become more popular with the advent of plug-in streaming devices for TVs and improved internet speeds. What they have in common is that both try to cut off the supply by targeting the websites that facilitate digital piracy.The problem here is obvious. The legal system moves slowly, while the internet moves incredibly quickly. As soon as a website is taken down, a new one sprouts up in its place, and if a court blocks access to a website, as has happened previously in Ireland, the measures are easily circumvented by using a proxy server, rendering the whole process a bit pointless.Digital piracy, despite previous attempts to stop it, has continued to grow. I have no doubt that the outcome of this case will be no different.Why are people choosing to consume content illegally?Of course, organisations like IRMA and the MPA are perfectly entitled to protect their businesses and their copyright material, but they should also start asking why more and more people are choosing to consume content illegally over official, paid-for channels.The debate around digital piracy tends to frame offenders as thieves who blatantly refuse to pay for content, criminals essentially. Remember the “you wouldn’t steal a car” ad from the old DVD start-up menus?This is not the case, despite the arguments made by IRMA, the MPA and others.Research suggests people don’t really have a problem with paying for content. The problem they have is with access to content when and how they want.Consumers aren’t willing to wait and waitIn an era of “on-demand” media, consumers aren’t willing to wait months to see a film if they’ve missed a cinema release, nor are they willing to wait to see a TV show that airs in the US months before it arrives here, just because that’s how studios maximise their revenue.This area of the digital piracy debate is a “means of distribution” argument. The argument goes that the means of distribution of record labels, movie studios, and TV networks are outdated, and illegal downloading is a reaction to the protection of the hugely lucrative “windowed release” business model and geographical preferences that certain markets get over others.Digital piracy is a backlash  The second highest illegally downloaded TV show in Ireland, Game of Thrones, is only available in 46% of Irish homes.The standard formula for a movie release is that it will appear in the cinema first, maybe in an exclusive cinema chain or certain regions before others.It will then be released on DVD/Blu-Ray/digital download a few months later, sometimes exclusively with certain retailers or services, before being aired on pay-to-view TV, and then finally on free-to-air TV. The process can take years, and maximises revenue making potential.Digital piracy is a backlash against the control studios exert on content in order to maximise their revenues. The evidence supports this. The most recent comprehensive research carried out on this in Ireland showed that 42% of people who illegal stream content do so because the content is not available anywhere else.The second highest illegally downloaded TV show in Ireland, Game of Thrones, is only available in 46% of Irish homes. Foreign TV shows and movies are also much more likely to be illegally consumed than Irish made original content.That’s because Irish content is much more easily available legally through services like the RTÉ Player, although it’s free.An archaic business modelPaid for on-demand services like Netflix and Spotify have surged in popularity in recent years, and there has also been a decrease in illegal downloading.Rather than concentrating on trying to preserve what is clearly an archaic business model, TV and movie studios should take a look at themselves and ask why people aren’t paying for content. It is not because people don’t want to pay for their content. It’s because they can’t get what they want, when they want through legal channels.The sooner they realise this, the sooner they can modernise and adopt practices like universal release, where films or TV shows are available everywhere – in cinemas, on-demand TV, Netflix, DVD, digital download all at the same time, and the sooner they can stop their decline.Gavin has an MA in Public Affairs and Political Communication from DIT. His dissertation focused on illegal downloading and industry attempts to combat digital piracy. He currently works for the Green Party/Comhaontas Glas. Follow him on Twitter @gavnugent.Norwegian people aren’t pirating music any more – here’s why>How a company made infamous by piracy is trying to reinvent itself> Gavin Nugent Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Greece–China Year of Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation

first_imgGreece’s Central Archaeological Council approved on Wednesday the temporary loan of a line of exhibits within the framework of a five-year memorandum of cooperation between the Acropolis Museum and the Shanghai Museum and the 2017 Greece – China Year of Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation.Two masterpieces from its collection at the Acropolis Museum will be travelling to China for temporary exhibition at the Shanghai Museum while China will also send two of its most precious artefacts from the Shanghai Museum.Greece will be loaning a marble statue of a Kore (520-510 BCE) one of the most beautiful and well-preserved sculptures of the Acropolis, and a red-figure lekanida lid with a Dionysian scene (350-325 BCE).Both artefacts still retain traces of their original colouring, offering valuable information regarding their period.Shanghai MuseumThe first exhibit Greece is receiving from China is a composition painting on paper entitled Traveling along the Clear Water created by Wu Hong, painter of the Qing Dynasty.The second exhibit Acropolis will host is a Zi Zhong Jiang pan, or bronze wash basin, inside of which there are figures of aquatic birds, frogs, turtles and fish, again dating back to the 7th century BCE (Early Chunqiu Shidai Period or Spring and Autumn Period) which was made for Princess Zi Zhong Jiang. The exhibition of the ancient Greek objects in China will take place from 11 January to 8 April 2018 and the Chinese objects will be in Athens from 28 October to 30 April 2018. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

San Diego teens haunted house raises money for cancer research

first_imgSan Diego teen’s haunted house raises money for cancer research KUSI Newsroom October 29, 2018 Posted: October 29, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, San Diego teenager Cameron Brit built a haunted house to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Cameron lost his grandmother to cancer last year, he says she was the biggest supporter of his haunted house. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img

House OKs better access to lobbyist reports

first_imgA bill that would require lobbyists to file reports electronically and give the public better access to their activities won unanimous approval in the state House of Representatives on Monday.House Bill 1005, introduced by Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, sailed through the chamber on a 97-0 vote. It now heads to the Senate.The bill would make the information contained in lobbyist reports searchable and sortable online through the state Public Disclosure Commission. The PDC keeps those reports online now, but only in the form of documents that are often questionable or incomplete. A searchable database would make it easier to find out whom and what lobbyists in Washington spend money on, supporters say.The bill would also create new fees charging lobbyists, their employers and other parties to help the state set up and maintain the new filing system.Among the bill’s cosponsors is state Rep. Sharon Wylie, D-Vancouver.last_img read more

Chipotle serves up buyonegetone for educators

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A popular Tex-Mex restaurant is serving up a side of teacher appreciation with their burritos, bowls, salads or tacos.According to Chipotle’s official website, teachers, faculty and staff that visit any of their locations within the U.S. and present their school ID on Tuesday, May 2, will receive one free entree after purchasing one of their own.The event, which will last from 3 p.m. to close, is to honor educators and their hard work.The website listed valid IDs as:ID or other documentation from preschoolelementary schoolmiddle schoolhigh schoolcommunity college or university identifying as faculty or staffhome school ID cardThe buy-one-get-one deal may not be combined with other coupons or special offers.For a list of Chipotle locations near you, follow this link: 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Jamal Khashoggi murder UN journalist blames Saudi Crown Prince for murder finds

first_imgISTANBUL, TURKEY – OCTOBER 25: People take part in a candle light vigil to remember journalist Jamal Khashoggi outside the Saudi Arabia consulate on October 25, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and critic of the Saudi regime, went missing after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on October 2. More than two weeks later Riyadh announced he had been killed accidentally during an altercation with Saudi consulate officials, however as investigations continue new information surfaced, pointing to a brutal and planned murder contradicting previous claims.Chris McGrath/Getty Images [Representational Image]The United Nation’s (UN) special rapporteur cited credible information in her report on Wednesday, June 19, stating that the crown prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman should be investigated over the murder of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Agnes Callamard, UN investigator on extra-judicial executions, in her report said that Saudi Arabia is responsible for the murder of Khashoggi, who was killed by the Saudi agents inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. The report said that further investigation should be conducted over Khashoggi’s death as several top-level Saudi officials including the crown prince have a play in it.In her report, the UN investigator said that the evidence collected during her investigation shows that “prima facie case that Mr Khashoggi was the victim of a brutal and premeditated killing, planned and perpetrated by officials of the state of Saudi Arabia”.Callamard said that she could not find the remains of Khashoggi but she and her team of forensic and legal experts had access to a part of “chilling and gruesome audio materials” of his death obtained by the Turkish intelligence agency.The report stressed that “no conclusion is made as to guilt. The only conclusion made is that there is credible evidence meriting further investigation, by a proper authority, as to whether the threshold of criminal responsibility has been met,” reports AFP.She urged the Secretary-General of UN, Antonio Guterres to launch an official international criminal investigation into the case, which she said would make it possible to “build-up strong files on each of the alleged perpetrators and identify mechanisms for formal accountability, such as an ad hoc or hybrid tribunal,” adds the report.Callamard’s report said that the probes conducted by investigators of Saudi Arabia and Turkey so far had failed to meet international standards, regarding the investigation into unlawful deaths.last_img read more