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Like PH, other countries also sent their B teams in Jones Cup

first_imgFEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ LATEST STORIES Regional power Iran, the champion here in five of the last eight years, sent its ‘B’ team as the 12 players in its roster vie for two slots to the national team proper where they will get to play with the likes of Hamed Haddadi and Nikha Bahrami.Japan’s biggest star, Jojie Takeuchi, stayed home, according to Japanese media here, together with some of the team’s regulars as its 24-Under squad is thrown into the fire which will give coaching staff an idea on who can make it to the regular squad.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLong-time Gilas tormentor South Korea has assembled a team made up of a couple of national team players led by Lee Jong-hyun.Coached by 1990s national team star Hur Jae, the Koreans are also tipped to contend in the Asian Championship. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Federer on verge of Wimbledon immortality National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FILE – Like Gilas, Japan also didn’t send its best players in the Jones Cup. Fiba.comTAIPEI — It’s not only the Philippines that didn’t send its best for the Jones Cup, with the timing of the event not really friendly to two more prestigious regional contests for the remainder of the year.Asian sides priming up for the continental championship in August and the start of the World Cup Qualifying later this year, save for the host nation, have opted to send their second teams to this 10-team, nine-nation event to develop talents for the future.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homescenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim It’s no secret that Gilas Pilipinas left a lot of its best players back home – to the disappointment of Canada 150 coach Kyle Julius – as the country has put a premium on the World Cup Qualifying starting in November.“I’d be afraid to play your best team in the future,” Julius said after posting a 90-77 win on Saturday.“This is part of the program, the aim is continuously upgrade the pool of talent, that’s why we have the young guys here,” Gilas coach Chot Reyes said. “It’s important to have a lot of players to rely on in the national team in the future.”Chinese Taipei is using this tournament to sharpen its “A” and “B” teams – which Gilas plays successively starting Sunday – as even its second team is beefed up by an import in Kyle Barone and coached by Charles Parker.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetlast_img read more

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Revenge sweet for D’Angelo Russell as Nets sink Lakers for 6-game win streak

first_imgD’Angelo Russell #1 of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles around Los Angeles Lakers defense during the third quarter of the game at Barclays Center on December 18, 2018 in New York City. Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers were rallying, trying to send themselves home on a winning note.The hottest team in the NBA wouldn’t allow it.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Rajon Rondo (right hand surgery) and Brandon Ingram (sprained left ankle) were recalled from the South Bay Lakers, where they were on rehab assignments. Walton said Ingram was still limited at practice Tuesday but Rondo wasn’t, adding the hope was that both could go full speed when they rejoin the Lakers in practice on Thursday.Rondo has missed 17 games and Ingram has sat out seven.SINGING STRUGGLESBritish singer and actress Cynthia Erivo struggled through her performance of the national anthem. She appeared to forget the words at one point and stopped singing. After pausing to refocus, she began again from the start of the song, got the same word wrong she did the first time and then skipped a couple of lines. But the crowd was supportive of her strong finish and gave her a nice ovation afterward.UP NEXTLakers: Host New Orleans on Friday.Nets: Visit Chicago on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES The Brooklyn Nets ran their longest winning streak in nearly four years to six games with a 115-110 victory Tuesday night, emphatically stopping James on his first shot and then holding him off down the stretch.D’Angelo Russell had 22 points and a career high-tying 13 assists against his former team as Brooklyn continued its recovery from an eight-game skid by hanging on in front of a loud, large sellout crowd of 17,732 that alternated cheering when the Lakers seized the momentum and when the Nets regained it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“It’s a great feeling,” Russell said. “I personally have never been in that position at this level to win six in a row. Definitely not satisfied.”James bounced back from his lowest-scoring game of the season with 36 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, but the Lakers finished 1-3 on their road trip. Kyle Kuzma had 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Lonzo Ball scored 23. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments The Nets had scored 70 points in the first halves of their last two games, and were almost on pace in this one after taking a 33-32 lead after one quarter. They led 62-57 at halftime.“That’s why this team has won six games in a row. They have a lot of different guys that can hurt you,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said.Brooklyn then used a 12-0 run to take its largest lead at 79-65 on Hollis-Jefferson’s three-point play with 7:27 remaining in the third quarter. The Nets led 90-83 going to the fourth.James was limited to 13 points on 5-of-16 shooting in a loss to Washington on Sunday and things started rough for him in this one, as Jarrett Allen denied his attempt at a dunk with a sensational block.“He’s in his 20s, I’m in my 30s,” James said. “Takes me a little longer to get warmed up.”James was called for traveling the next time he had the ball before finding his groove.TIP-INSLakers: JaVale McGee missed his second straight game with flu-like symptoms. … The Lakers were 5 of 6 from 3-point range in the first quarter, with Ball going 3 of 3. Then they went 1 for 10 in the second.Nets: G Allen Crabbe missed his third straight game because of a sore right knee. … The Nets snapped an eight-game skid against West teams with their first win since Nov. 9 at Denver.HELP ON THE WAY Ex-NBA star Lamar Odom to suit up for Philippines’ Mighty Sports in Dubai tilt MOST READ “We could’ve had a pretty good road trip but 1-3 is definitely not the way we would like to have it,” James said.Joe Harris added 19 points and Spencer Dinwiddie scored 18 for the Nets, who last won six in a row from March 25 to April 3, 2015. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson finished with 17 points and Jared Dudley made some big baskets down the stretch to score 13.“It’s amazing, man,” Hollis-Jefferson said. “Just to see the hard work we put in, all the resiliency we had, it’s amazing to be able to say we put together some wins.”Brooklyn led 100-87 with 7½ minutes to play before back-to-back 3-pointers by Kuzma and Ball. James then scored inside, blocked a shot on the other end and scored again to make it 100-97.Dudley and Dinwiddie answered with drives, and Dudley hit two more baskets to settle the Nets before Russell’s 3-pointer made it 113-107 with 22 seconds remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñolast_img read more

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Wimbledon: Kyrgios Retires with an Injury, Sakari Defeats Siniakova

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Nick Kyrgios has retired from his first-round match at Wimbledon after losing the first two sets.The 20th-seeded Greek-Australian was trailing Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France 6-3, 6-4 when he called for a trainer to work on his left hip. He then decided to stop the match.Kyrgios also retired with an injury from his first-round match at Queen’s, a Wimbledon warm-up tournament.On Women’s First Round Greece’s Maria Sakkari defeated Katerina Siniakova, Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-4.1 p.m.Madison Keys has won her opening match at Wimbledon, beating Nao Hibino of Japan 6-4, 6-2.The 17th-seeded American reached the quarterfinals at the All England Club in 2015 and the fourth round last year.___12:40 p.m.The Duchess of Cambridge has offered praise to Wimbledon’s ball boys and ball girls, saying their professionalism makes a huge difference to the players.The former Kate Middleton made her first visit to the tournament in her capacity as patron of the All England Club. The duchess told two ball girls and a boy that their work “makes the game happen.”After praising their dedication, she also added, “you look so smart.”Kate will take her place in the royal box to watch Andy Murray on Centre Court on Monday.___11:50 a.m.Play is underway on some of the courts at Wimbledon, with two-time semifinalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Nick Kyrgios among the first in action.Tsonga reached the semifinals at the All England Club in 2011 and 2012. The 12th-seeded Frenchman was playing Cameron Norrie of Britain on Court No. 2.Kyrgios, an Australian seeded 20th, was up first on Court No. 3 against Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France.Despite warm temperatures with sun peeking through the clouds, Kyrgios was wearing white tights under his shorts.Defending champion Andy Murray will be up first on Centre Court at about 1 p.m. against Alexander Bublik.___10:30 a.m.The 2017 edition of Wimbledon is set to start under a cloudy sky and with a chill in the air.Defending champion and No. 1-seeded Andy Murray will play in the first match at Centre Court on Monday, facing Alexander Bublik.First up on No. 1 Court will be Venus Williams, a five-time champion who faces Elise Mertens.This is Williams’ first match since she was involved in a car accident in Florida on June. The American is being sued by the estate of a man who died about two weeks after the crash that police say Williams caused.Other major title winners on the Day 1 schedule include Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Petra Kvitova.The temperature is in the 60s (teens Celsius) about an hour before play begins.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Lukaku tells how poverty fired World Cup dream

first_img\R Moscow, Jun 22 (AFP) Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku realised how poor his family was when he saw his mother watering down the milk. The football talent he is showcasing at the World Cup was their passport out of poverty. The Manchester United man has opened up about growing up in Antwerp and his resolution to ignore critics and have fun in Russia. Lukaku started the tournament in spectacular style, scoring two goals against Panama for the Red Devils. But he told sports website www.theplayerstribune.com that his determination to succeed was forged far from the glamour of football’s biggest showpiece, in the gritty suburbs of Belgium’s second largest city. The child of Congolese immigrants, he recalled that his family were often short of food when he was a child and sometimes prayed in the dark because there was no money to pay for power in their apartment. “We didn’t have enough money to make it last the whole week. We were broke. Not just poor, but broke,” he wrote. “My father had been a pro footballer, but he was at the end of his career and the money was all gone.” Lukaku, now 25, said he was just six when he realised how dire his family’s situation was after seeing his mother adding water to milk to make it go further.It was then he decided his own professional football career was the way to lift them out of poverty. – ‘Angry… on a mission’ – =========================== Lukaku’s drive only grew stronger at 12, when his dying grandfather made the boy promise to look after his mother.advertisement The player revealed he also experienced prejudice, with parents of children on opposition teams asking where he was from and questioning his eligibility to play. “I thought ‘What? I was born in Antwerp. I’m from Belgium’,” he said. Lukaku added: “I played with so much anger because of a lot of things, because of the rats running around in our apartment, because I couldn’t watch the Champions League, because of how the other parents used to look at me. “I was on a mission. When I was 12, I scored 76 goals in 34 games.” He signed a professional contract with Anderlecht on his 16th birthday and made his first-team debut with the club 11 days later. After spells with Chelsea, West Bromwich Albion and Everton, Lukaku moved to Manchester United last year for 75 million pounds ($100 million). He is Belgium’s record scorer, with 38 goals in 70 appearances, but admits he felt pressured at the 2014 World Cup, when he found the net only once as highly fancied Belgium exited in the quarter-finals. He said when he was scoring for his homeland he was described as Belgian but if his form dipped he became “Romelu Lukaku, the Belgian striker of Congolese descent”. “I’m going to remember to have fun this time,” he said. “Life is too short for the stress and the drama. People can say whatever they want about our team and about me.” He said his greatest regret was not the 2014 campaign but the fact that his grandfather never saw him achieve his dream of becoming a professional footballer and providing for his mother. “I wish I could have one more phonecall with him, and I could let him know. “See? I told you. Your daughter is OK. No more rats in the apartment. No more sleeping on the floor. No more stress. We’re good now.” (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

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RRB Group C Recruitment 2018: Last date to apply under sports quota

first_imgToday, October 15 is the last date to apply for the vacancies under sports quota in Railway Recruitment Cell North Eastern Railway, Gorakhpur.The interested candidates can directly apply on the official website, www.ner.indianrailways.gov.in for the year 2018 to 2019 in the various games which are as follows:VACANCIES IN RRB GROUP CAthletics: 02Handball: 05Cricket: 02Kabaddi: 03Volleyball: 02Basketball: 03Wrestling: 01Swimming: 01Weight Lifting: 02Read: RRB Group D Exam 2018 paper analysis: Easy to moderate level paper, says expertHOW TO APPLY:Visit the official website of North Eastern Railway GorakhpurOn the homepage, go to the ‘Contact Us/ Recruitment’ tab and then click on ‘Recruitment’Click on ‘Recruitment’ link when you are directed to a new webpageClick on RRC and then click on Apply Online under ‘Sports Quota Recruitment 2018-19’Fill the application form and submit it.Direct Link to apply: Candidates can also click on the link here to directly fill the application form.AGE LIMIT FOR THE GROUP C POSTSCandidates who are willing to apply need to be between 18 and 25 years of age as on January 1, 2019.SELECTION PROCEDUREThe candidates will be selected on the basis of their performance in trial and evaluation of sports and educational achievements.APPLICATION FEEGeneral and OBC categories: Rs 500SC/ST/ PWD categories: Rs 250ABOUT INDIAN RAILWAYSIndian Railways is the national railway system operated by the Ministry of Railways. It manages the fourth-largest railway network in the world by size, with 121,407 kilometers of total track over a 67,368-kilometre route.advertisementRailways were first introduced to India in the year 1853 from Bombay to Thane.Read: RRB releases Group C ALP, Technician answer key 2018, know how to raise objections herelast_img read more

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Double the Casks, Double the Fun: Don Q Double Aged Vermouth Cask Finish Rum

first_imgAged rums meant for sipping are nothing new (we’ve covered them here, for example), but they are certainly getting more time in the limelight (hallelujah!) as curious drinkers are working to expand their palates beyond whatever the normal is for them. We here at The Manual couldn’t be happier about this, being big fans of aged rums and all.In this sphere, Don Q is no stranger to these sorts of rums. With releases like Don Q Añejo, Don Q Gran Añejo, and others, they’ve proven they know how to make a fine, sip-worthy product. In the past few years, though, Master Blender Jaiker Soto has been turning his attention to working on unique, barrel-aged expressions to expand their special releases portfolio. Their latest is Don Q Double Aged Vermouth Cask Finish Rum.The rum is made from a blend of rums aged five to eight years in American white oak casks. After this time, the spirit is moved to Mancino Vermouth Veccio casks (made from Italian white oak) for an additional four to six weeks. This second aging allows the rum to take on the herbal characteristics that vermouth—a fortified wine—is known for.Appearance: This expression of Don Q is a honey gold color.Nose: At first, the notes of vanilla and honey waft up from the glass. This is followed by a caramel core and notes of chocolate. On the very end you start to get the herbal notes that come through thanks to the rum’s time spent resting the vermouth barrels.Palate: At first, light molasses plays on the tongue, followed by cinnamon and dark chocolate flavors. There is a distinct raisiny flavor throughout that reminds you of where the rum spent some time. The vermouth finish, outside of the raisin, isn’t as present through much of the palate, at least in terms of the botanical notes one would find in the fortified wine.Finish: A fairly long finish with the cinnamon and dark chocolate notes sticking around a while before eventually petering out. There is something vaguely herbaceous on the end as well (there’s that vermouth again), but it is amorphous and hard to pinpoint.Final Thoughts: When we reviewed Don Q Piña, we said that it was best mixed into cocktails. This is the opposite of that. It would obviously work extremely well in something like a Manhattan, doing the good work of amplifying the vermouth notes, but this rum is one that is best served neat or with a rock and sipped. The rock will open up those herbal notes and allow those flavors to play with the sweetness of the rum without being overwhelming.Don Q Double Aged Vermouth Cask Finish Rum is 40% ABV and retails for around $50. The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America Glenfiddich Grand Cru Makes a French Connection with 23-Year-Old Scotch 5 of the Best Aged Tequilas to Drink When the Weather Cools Down Editors’ Recommendations Maestro Dobel Diamante Blends 3 Tequilas Into One Bruichladdich Distillery Unveils its New Octomore Scotch Whisky Series last_img read more

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Shoppers Encouraged to Contact CAC to Get Redress

first_img “The agency welcomes the redress reports, because they serve as an important determinant of consumer confidence and trust in the market and our role. However, the reimbursement is more difficult or impossible to obtain when there is no receipt,” she pointed out. The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is encouraging shoppers seeking redress to contact the agency with their receipts. Story Highlights Speaking with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CAC, Dolsie Allen, said consumers should use their knowledge wisely and be vigilant when conducting any transaction, in the event that they will need to seek compensation. The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is encouraging shoppers seeking redress to contact the agency with their receipts.Speaking with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CAC, Dolsie Allen, said consumers should use their knowledge wisely and be vigilant when conducting any transaction, in the event that they will need to seek compensation.She added that the agency has seen an increase in consumers seeking redress after all the festivities of the Christmas season.“The agency welcomes the redress reports, because they serve as an important determinant of consumer confidence and trust in the market and our role. However, the reimbursement is more difficult or impossible to obtain when there is no receipt,” she pointed out.Mrs. Allen noted that without a receipt, there is no proof that the item was purchased from a particular establishment or individual.“Unfortunately, during the Christmas season, consumers are too busy to collect the receipts, and some merchants are too busy to write receipts. Some merchants also offer further bargains where discounts are given, instead of receipts, which is not the appropriate thing to do,” she advised.Mrs. Allen said the Commission is ready to represent consumers with issues of refund and the return of items, but she emphasised that consumers need to be cautious and find out the store’s policy prior to making a purchase.She noted that the CAC is guided by the Consumer Protection Act, and encouraged members of the public to know their rights and to “get familiar with the contents of the law”.last_img read more

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Transocean Shakes Off Gross Negligence Charge

first_imgPress Release, September 05, 2014 zoom Transocean Ltd. has received a decision by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on phase one of litigation related to the April 20, 2010 Macondo well incident involving the Deepwater Horizon, the company says in a release.Key findings in the Court’s decision with respect to Transocean are as follows:Contractual indemnity: The Court found that BP’s contractual agreement to indemnify Transocean for compensatory damages is valid and enforceable.Liability for punitive damages: The Court’s finding that Transocean was not grossly negligent means that the company is not liable for punitive damages.BP’s claims against Transocean: The Court ruled that BP’s contractual agreement to release its own claims against Transocean is valid and enforceable. BP had assigned these claims to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC), and the release bars the PSC from pursuing the claims.Although the decision is subject to appeal, as written it effectively eliminates Transocean’s financial risk arising from the below-surface discharge of oil at Macondo.Transocean’s remaining financial risk is for above-surface discharge of pollutants, if any, occurring during the initial two days of the spill.Transocean believes any such pollution either caused no significant harm or is covered by BP’s indemnity.“This is a favorable and welcome ruling for Transocean, its employees, and all offshore drilling contractors, as the Court has again ratified the industry-standard allocation of liability between drilling contractors and the owners and operators of oil wells,” said Steven Newman, President and Chief Executive Officer.“As we remember the 11 men who died in this tragic accident, we appreciate the Court’s observation that the Deepwater Horizon crew was attentive and serious and acted bravely in the face of chaotic circumstances, committing multiple heroic acts that saved many lives on April 20, 2010.”last_img read more

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Two Paving Contracts Awarded For Highway 101 Improvements In Digby County

first_imgThe province has awarded two paving contracts worth almost $4-million for road improvements on Highway 101 in Digby County. The Department of Transportation and Public Works awarded both tenders to Dexter Construction Limited. The first contract, worth $2,260,400, is for repaving from west of Exit 31 near St. Martin for 8.3 kilometres to the Meteghan River Bridge. This also includes repaving of the ramps and parking area at Exit 31. The second contract, worth $1,682,120, bid is for repaving from Meteghan River Bridge east for about 8.1 kilometres to Exit 29, east of Little Brook Station. Both contracts are scheduled for completion this summer and have a total value of $3,942,520. “Safety on Highway 101 involves more than just twinning the road,” said Angus MacIsaac Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “It’s also essential that we continue to maintain the existing lanes so they will be strong and smooth for all drivers.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

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Celebrate Life 2006 Marks National Cancer Survivors Day

first_imgPier 21 in Halifax provides the backdrop for an afternoon of music and festivities on Sunday, June 4, as Nova Scotia marks National Cancer Survivors Day with Celebrate Life 2006. Presented by Cancer Care Nova Scotia, this is the fifth year a celebration has been held. This year, the event takes place between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. “Celebrate Life is a reminder of the importance of truly living in the present and appreciating each and every moment we have with family and loved ones,” said Emmie Luther-Hiltz, co-ordinator, Cancer Patient Family Network, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “It’s about the strength of coming together as a community and knowing that with the support and love of family and friends, there is life after a cancer diagnosis.” Terry Kelly, a cancer survivor and honourary event chair, will headline the afternoon’s entertainment and will perform the recently launched song, Celebrate Life. It was written and produced by Mr. Kelly, in partnership with Cancer Care Nova Scotia, to honour and recognize those whose lives have been touched by cancer. Mr. Kelly will be joined by Lennie Gallant, Floyd King, LeMarchant St. Thomas Elementary Choir and Kendra MacGillivray. CBC TV’s Bruce Rainnee will be master of ceremonies. The family-oriented afternoon will include a candle lighting ceremony to honour those touched by cancer and a message of inspiration and hope delivered by Carly Bunyan, a 23-year-old student athlete and cancer survivor. Ms. Bunyan will share her personal experience with cancer and the ways she has been able to remain positive, be thankful for and celebrate life while facing overwhelming obstacles. “Finding out I had cancer in the middle of my second year at university was really hard, but I had amazing support,” said Ms. Bunyan. “My family, my community at home, friends, coaches, professors, they were all there for me. I had to drop out of school while having treatment, but being able to pick up my courses exactly where I left off and re-join the track and field team as soon as I was ready made it easier. I’ve really been so lucky. Going through something like this makes you truly appreciate life. I attribute much of my recovery to the wonderful support I received from everyone.” National Cancer Survivors Day events, like Celebrate Life 2006, will be recognized by thousands of people in communities throughout North America on Sunday, June 4. It is a day to honour those around the world who are living with a history of cancer. In Nova Scotia, the 28,000 people who are living with, living through or living beyond a cancer diagnosis are invited to join with their families, friends and health providers to celebrate life. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the Department of Health, created to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, families, and the health care system through prevention, screening, education and research.last_img read more

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Opportunity for Public Input in September

first_imgCommunities impacted by the permanent closure of Resolute-Bowater forest operations will have an opportunity to provide input into their economic future. The advisory committee appointed to engage Nova Scotians in a discussion on potential economic opportunities for the region will be hosting two public, round-table discussions in September. “These meetings are about engaging people in a dialogue around the opportunities in the region to create new jobs and grow the economy,” said Ron Smith, chair of the transition advisory team. Residents, businesses and other interested groups will be asked for their ideas on how to focus economic development in the region, and what steps can be taken to move toward a more diverse economy. The public meetings will be held: Monday, Sept. 24, Best Western Hotel, 63 Queens Place Dr., Liverpool, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, Days Inn, 50 North St., Bridgewater, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. In addition to the initial meetings, the transition advisory committee plans to hold a number of focused public discussions across the region. These meetings will build on ideas raised in the initial public sessions and through written submissions, as well as on potential opportunities in specific sectors. Dates for those meetings will be announced later this fall. A background document has been created to help residents and businesses understand the region’s economic and demographic realities, and to highlight some of the opportunities already being explored by organizations and individuals to diversify the economy. The document is available online and at the Transition Advisory Team Office, 7 Henry Hensey Dr., Liverpool. “People in this community are already doing some excellent work identifying some very interesting ideas and initiatives and potential areas to build on,” said Mr. Smith. Nova Scotians can share their ideas at any time through an online survey at http://novascotia.ca/bowatertransition . Survey submissions will be accepted until Oct. 15. Ideas and comments can also be shared via e-mail at bowatertransition@gov.ns.ca, by calling 1-855-354-2612, or by writing the Transition Advisory Team Office at 7 Henry Hensey Dr., Liverpool, N.S., BOT 1K0. The team expects to report back to the community in early December. The transition advisory team, appointed by Premier Darrell Dexter in June, has also met with business, industry and community leaders, as well as workers and other stakeholders during the summer.last_img read more

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Criminal injured in gun battle

first_imgNew Delhi: A 22-year-old man believed to be criminal was injured in a gun battle with police in South East Delhi on Sunday. The city police also arrested two of his other associates. Police said that in the afternoon, on a secret information a trap was laid by the local police staff of Nizamuddin police station at Lala Lajpat Rai Marg, on the carriageway running from Moolchand to Lodhi Road. At Around 3.50 pm, a motorcycle was sighted having three suspects riding on it. “The picket staff on Lala Lajpat Rai Marg tried to stop them by closing barricades. upon seeing police, one of them got down and started running,” police further said. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarDeputy Commissioner of Police (South East) Chinmoy Biswal said that the other two also tried to escape on their motorcycle, but, both of them were chased by a police team and caught at Lodhi road flyover. They were identified as Salmaan and Shuaib. “The third suspect who started escaping on foot was chased by our police staff to apprehend him. However, he fired three rounds from a pistol he was carrying. Police party also fired two rounds in which one round hit the right leg of the criminal. He was immediately rushed to the hospital for treatment,” police said. The injured was identified as Faizan. He is involved in 13 criminal cases.last_img read more

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Dip in rural demand to slow 2019 FMCG growth Nielsen

first_imgNew Delhi: The FMCG sector in India will face a slowdown in 2019 with a growth rate of around 9-10 per cent impacted by a dip in demand, particularly the rural, according to a report. The FMCG growth rate for the first half of 2019 is around 12 per cent, which is lower than the previous forecast of 13-14 per cent, the report by data analytics firm Nielsen said. “Based on an analysis of key factors, a revised forecast for the year-end of 2019 puts all India FMCG growth to be in the 9-10 per cent range,” the report ‘India FMCG Growth Snapshot’ added. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIn 2018, FMCG sector had a growth rate of 14 per cent. The sector is estimated to have around Rs 4.2 lakh crore sales. According to the report, the demand is impacted by rural sales, which contribute around 36-37 per cent of the total FMCG sales. In rural sales, 60 per cent spend on FMCG is on food items which include salty snacks and biscuits, said Sunil Khiani, Nielsen India Executive Director Client Solutions. “Sales in urban areas are also impacted but the decline is almost twice in rural areas,” he said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsEarlier, growth rate of rural sales was faster than urban markets led by factors such as increasing affordability, availability, and demand. “However, rural growth is slowing down double the rate of urban in recent quarters.This has brought rural growth closer to urban growth in second quarter of 2019,” it added. Nielsen expects food categories to grow at a higher rate in the coming quarters at 10-11 per cent and personal care and home care category at 7-8 per cent. “The outlook for next quarter stands at 7- 8 per cent and H2 2019 in the range of 8 per cent,” the report said. According to the report, in April-June 2019, FMCG value growth has dropped to 10 per cent “inching towards a slowdown”. “The FMCG growth trend is majorly dampened by volume led growth which has also moved 3.7 percentage points down from 9.9 per cent in Q1 (January-March) to 6.2 per cent in Q2 of 2019,” it added. According to Khiani, April-June 2016 had the slowest growth rate of 2.4 per cent. “This is the third consecutive slowdown in the sector after Q3 of 2018 which has 16.2 per cent growth,” he added. FMCG growth trends continue to see a consistently high price-led growth of 3.8 per cent for the first two quarters of 2019. “At the beginning of the year we saw softening driven by essential and impulse food categories. However, this quarter has witnessed a slowdown across all food as well as non-food categories with salty snacks, biscuits, spices, toilet soaps, and packaged tea leading the slowdown,” it added. According to the report, the slowdown in FMCG sector is mainly driven by North and West Zones where growth has come down to single digit in April-June quarter. States as Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra “are leading the slowdown”, it added.last_img read more

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Scheer Mulcair join to press Trudeau on official appointments process

first_imgOTTAWA – The leaders of both the Conservatives and New Democrats say the prime minister needs a new system for choosing officers of Parliament.In a joint letter, Andrew Scheer and Tom Mulcair say they want Justin Trudeau to clarify how he plans to handle other vacant positions in the wake of the controversy around his pick for official languages commissioner.Madeleine Meilleur withdrew her candidacy this week, saying she didn’t think she would be able to do the job properly given the uproar since her name was put forth by the Liberal government.Meilleur, a former Liberal member of the Ontario legislature and provincial cabinet minister, told a House of Commons committee she’d talked to Trudeau’s advisers about her interest in the job prior to the nomination, though the government disputes that.The Liberals had said Meilleur’s selection was based on merit, experience and a track record of defending francophone rights and reiterated that Thursday in defending both her and the process.But Trudeau has tainted the process of selecting what are supposed to be completely independent officers of Parliament, Scheer and Mulcair wrote in their Thursday letter.“By attempting to appoint someone with such a highly partisan background to a position which is supposed to be free, not just of partisanship, but even the hint of being susceptible to political influence or partisan interests, you have shown a great lack of judgment on the role of an officer of Parliament and its interaction with Parliament,” the letter says.“As leaders of the recognized parties in the House, we demand that you refrain from turning such appointments, which are supposed to be non-partisan, into havens for political patronage.”The two leaders want Trudeau to follow the law and consult them about future appointments, but the Liberals offered no signs Thursday that’s in the cards.“Our government promised Canadians a rigorous, open and merit-based process for public appointments and we are keeping that commitment,” Sean Casey, parliamentary secretary to the Heritage minister, said during question period.The opposition said the Meilleur appointment could have been a watershed.“You can bet that had this appointment occurred, the dominoes would have fallen quickly to fill the other vacant, non-partisan positions with Liberal insiders,” Conservative MP John Brassard said.Casey said more information on next steps to fill the languages commissioner position would be unveiled in the coming days.In addition to the official languages commissioner, there are seven others traditionally referred to as “offices of Parliament,” known as such for their arms-length and independent work assisting Parliament and holding government and bureaucrats to account.The Liberals are currently looking for replacements for the access to information commissioner, the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner, the lobbying commissioner and the chief electoral officer, in addition to the languages commissioner.The three other posts — auditor general, commissioner of public integrity and privacy commissioner — have a few years left on their termslast_img read more

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Netflix deal receives rough reception among Canadian cultural leaders

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: “In Canada, we have created regulations and rules by which companies are allowed to access our Canadian people and marketplace. Netflix and the other over-the-top services are not necessarily contributing to that content creation,” he added.Other online players are more positive, stating Ottawa is looking to the future with the deal with Netflix and, eventually, other digital platforms.READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment There is a saying at Netflix Inc. that the company makes “content for people, not quotas.”This core philosophy has placed the streaming service in direct conflict with major parts of Canada’s cultural industries, which have worked for decades with strict rules and regulations that include quotas for Canadian content. In short order, Netflix’s promised $500-million investment has exposed a culture clash in the country’s creative community.“It’s unfortunate that the government doesn’t hold all broadcasters and distributors to the same rules when they are working in Canada,” said David Sparrow, national president of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists, which represents 23,000 people working in film, television and digital media. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, speaks with media after her discussion at the VIFF Industry Exchange Day in Vancouver on Thursday. Ms. Joly has been travelling the country for more than a week promoting the federal government’s deal with Netflix. Although it falls under the Investment Canada Act, Ms. Joly signed it because it is related to the cultural sector.center_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Income tax and GST offices to stay open today

first_imgNew Delhi: Tax offices, for both income tax (I-T) and GST, will remain open on Sunday as the departments race against time to meet the revenue collection targets. “As per past practice, all field offices of CBIC (Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs) will remain open during the last weekend of the current financial year also on March 31, 2019, for assisting the taxpayers in all matters,” CBIC said in an office memorandum.In an office order, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) asked its field offices to facilitate filing of tax-returns by the taxpayers by opening additional receipt counters, wherever required, on 31. “The last date for filing belated/ revised tax-returns for assessment year 2018-19 is March 31, 2019.” “The financial year 2018-19 also closes on (March) 31. In view of the closed holidays March 30 and 31, being Saturday and Sunday, I-T offices throughout India (including the ASK Centres), shall remain open on March 30 and 31 during normal office hours,” the CBDT said.last_img read more

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UN disarmament commission fails to reach consensus in 2003 session

The outcome was a departure from the Commission’s usual practice of completing consideration of two items in three years, with the consensus adoption of guidelines and recommendations.The Commission, whose membership is universal, is a deliberative body mandated to make recommendations in the field of disarmament and to follow up the decisions and recommendations of the UN General Assembly’s first special session devoted to disarmament, in 1978.It focuses on a limited number of agenda items each session to allow for in-depth discussion. At its latest session, which ended last Thursday, it considered two items: ways and means to achieve nuclear disarmament, in working group I; and practical confidence-building measures in the field of conventional arms, in working group II.Working group II Chairman Mario Maiolini of Italy said the unsatisfactory conclusion should draw attention to the reasons why consensus had been elusive. Progress had been made, he added, but it had not been possible to draw positive conclusions. Members should ask themselves why, despite the call to advance the proposals, that had not been possible. read more

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Baseballs Biggest Games Are Taking Forever

October brings falling leaves, great postseason pitching and hitting, and painfully long baseball games. Look no further than Game 2 of the World Series: On the game’s biggest national stage, the Cubs and Indians played a 5-1 game Wednesday night that took four hours and four minutes to complete. Interminable games like Wednesday’s contest are the norm for the MLB postseason — but even by that standard, this year has been by far the slowest in recent memory.Baseball usually reserves its longest games for October, with the average game length jumping precipitously in the final month of each of the past five seasons. But even keeping that in mind, this year has been extraordinary: The last 27 games have featured an average game length of three hours and 24 minutes, the highest average for any continuous block of 27 games in the past five years (and far above the overall 2016 season average of three hours, two minutes). The only block of games that even comes close to the one we’re in now came in 2014 — and 2014 was before baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced new rules designed to speed up the games. That this year’s games are surpassing the heights of 2014 even with those pace-of-play rules in place is extraordinary.There are a number of contributors to baseball’s recent sluggishness, including instant replay reviews, reliever usage and pitcher pace. Managers are using replay-review challenges more aggressively in the postseason, averaging more than one per game, in comparison with the regular season average of 0.6 per game. Replay challenges take about 96 seconds each1According to data from Retrosheet on regular-season replay challenges., so the additional challenges are probably only adding a little less than a minute to the bloated postseason average.Reliever usage is probably a larger factor. As I documented in a recent piece, managers are asking more relievers to chew up a greater fraction of the innings this postseason than ever before. So far this postseason, there have been 4.06 relief appearances per game, compared with a regular season average of 3.14 per game. Each pitching change can take up to two minutes and 30 seconds, so pitcher usage accounts for another two- to three-minute chunk of the sluggish pace.Relievers themselves also slow the pace of the game. Relief pitchers take much more time between pitches — about 1.7 seconds more per throw — than starters do. Combine that leisurely tempo with the fact that relievers are being used more so far this postseason — about 14 more pitches are thrown by the bullpen per game — and we’ve accounted for another 25 or so extra seconds per game.Speaking of slow pitching pace, by far the worst offender this year was the Los Angeles Dodgers’ bullpen. At 25.9 seconds per pitch, Dodgers relievers were 0.3 seconds slower between pitches than the second-place team (the Boston Red Sox, who also made it to the playoffs), 3.3 seconds slower — per pitch, mind you! — than their NLCS opponent, the Cubs, and 2.2 seconds slower than the AL champion Indians.2A significant fraction of that was probably due to L.A. middle reliever Pedro Baez, whose astounding 30.2 seconds per pitch pace was highest in the league. Fans and announcers complain about replay challenges and pitching changes, but combined they probably have less impact on game length than specific teams (like the Dodgers) do.So after the Cubs advanced over L.A. in the NLCS, it was fair to think that the strongest influence on this postseason’s slow games was out of the race, and that we might see snappier baseball in the World Series as a result. But despite the Cubs and Indians being two relatively fast-paced teams, the World Series has featured two of the longest games of the postseason, each with relatively little offense and only nine innings. There’s a big chunk of this postseason slowdown that doesn’t seem to be due to relievers, or replay, or pace. Maybe it’s the drama of the moment or the potential to break a title drought, but baseball games now take longer than at any point in recent memory. read more

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BAHAMAS Estimated 13000 cubic yards of debris removed during first two days

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 23, 2018 – Nassau – Preliminary estimates indicate that more than 13,000 cubic yards of debris was removed from the Bain and Grants Town community during the first two days of the Over-the-Hill Clean-up and Bulk Waste Removal Campaign.  The campaign began on Friday and ramped up its operation on Saturday. Some of the work had to be completed on Sunday.Officials from the Economic Development and Planning Unit of the Office of the Prime Minister, the Department of Environmental Health Services and The Bahamas Public Parks and Public Beaches Authority – who combined their resources and assets to make the campaign happen — say the figure equates to the size of six full-length football fields.“So far everyone has done an excellent job in making Phase One of this initiative a success,” Dr. Nicola Virgill-Rolle, Director of the Economic Development and Planning Unit of the Office of the Prime Minister said.“Want to thank everybody who have been out here working – DEHS, Beaches and Parks Authority, all of the workers from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) who have really been executing a tremendous work in executing the first phase of this cleanup.“The cooperation from residents has been outstanding. Community cooperation/effort has been amazing. The residents got notification of this exercise well ahead of time, there was good communication around it, and so residents were well-prepared, they put their waste out as instructed and our facilitators were able to come by with the trucks and manual labour to take the debris out.”Dr. Rolle praised the partnership between the three government agencies/departments. The bulk waste removal and management of the heavy equipment used was done through the Department of Environmental Health Services while employees of The Bahamas Public Beaches and Public Parks Authority took care of the manual work.“The work over this first phase entailed cleaning down lots, bulk waste removal such as the removal of stoves, refrigerators, etcetera,” Dr. Virgill-Rolle said.  “ We have also been removing derelict vehicles as well. Where persons have given permission to remove vehicles, they have been taken out of area as well.”Mr. Kemi Jones, Project Manager for the Over-the-Hill Community Development Partnership Initiative of which the Clean-up and Bulk Waste Removal Campaign is but one pillar, said the focus of Phase One of the Clean-up focused on the areas north of Meadow Street, and north of Ross and Gibbs Corners.  Officials will focus on the areas next weekend going back to areas south of Meadow Street and Ross and Gibbs Corners, as far south as Wulff Road and Poinciana Drive the weekend of January 26-28 during Phase Two.“It’s a massive area, but we are working hard and doing our best to impact as many lives as possible and get it done correctly, “Mr. Jones said.  “One of the six pillars of the Over-the- Hill Community Development Partnership Initiative talks about rejuvenation, so this cleanup effort is focusing specifically on getting the trash, bulk waste and derelict vehicles out of the area and then once we have done that, in February residents will witness the launch of our painting programme where we are actually trying to put a new face on the entire community.Mr. Jones said empowering residents is another key component of the Initiative.“Some of the educational initiatives we have planned for the month of February involve training persons in the communities as to how they can take lessons learnt from these cleanup initiatives and turn them into businesses – how to become a landscaper; how to use their trucks and turn it into a commercial enterprise, teaching them how to become entrepreneurs.“In talking to the residents, many of them have very good intentions and many of them want to see the area cleaned and to remain clean, but they just needed a jumpstart, that injection.  You would be surprised how an injection of capital can lead to further things, such as taking the funds they earned today and buying a lawnmower with which they can start their own landscaping business for example,” Mr. Jones added.By: Matt Maura (BIS)Photo Captions:Header: Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis (second right) tours the cleanup area on Saturday accompanied by (from left) Joshua Sears, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Prime Minister; Travis Robinson, member of Parliament, Bain and Grants Town; Melanie McKenzie, Director, Department of Environmental Health Services and at far right, Shanandon Cartwright, Chairman, The Bahamas Public Parks and Public Beaches Authority.   (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay)Insert: Debris being piled onto a heavy duty truck for transport to the public dump as part of the Over-the-Hill Clean-Up and Bulk Waste removal Campaign which got underway Friday, January 19, 2018 in the Bain and Grants Town Community. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith) Related Items:last_img read more

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