Dominant as ever

first_imgBut Paul Lee missed what looked like an easy put-back, Terrence Romeo hit a fight-draining triple on the other end and the Beermen were back in control after parrying what turned out to be the Hotshots’ last stand.San Miguel simply peeled away from there, preserving a big night by June Mar Fajardo with a 114-98 Game 4 victory that tied the PBA Philippine Cup Finals series at 2-2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFajardo turned Smart Araneta Coliseum into a private playground, walking away with his eighth Best Player of the Conference award in dominating fashion and then making all but one of his 14 shots en route to a 31-point, 14-rebound night.“We all stepped up and followed the game plan,” Fajardo said in Filipino. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSometimes, it’s the little unnoticed moments that can swing momentum in a big way.And for San Miguel Beer, one of those moments came early in the fourth period. Magnolia had just pierced the double-digit barrier on a Jio Jalalon banked three that trimmed the lead to seven. The Hotshots then forced a stop and went on transition with a chance to chew two more points off the lead.ADVERTISEMENT Magnolia had managed to creep to within eight a couple of times, the last at 90-82, but Romeo completed a three-point play, Fajardo added another and-1 as the Beermen stormed to a 99-82 lead, 6:06 remaining.“This is the kind of game we’re looking for from our team. From start to finish, we were able to sustain our energy,” San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria said.“The energy, the focus, and pride of the players [showed],” he added. “They knew the importance of this game. This could be the turning point for them.”Big numbers aside, Fajardo also got a lot of help from his teammates, with five other players scoring in double figures, courtesy of a game plan that produced 24 assists.San Miguel will now have momentum going into the crucial Game 5 on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 LATEST STORIES Lady Eagles book return flight to Finals MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “It’s now just a best-of-three and we have to prepare for that,” Fajardo said.Fajardo, the reigning five-time MVP, earlier added to his already-impressive resumé by winning his eighth BPC award.The Beermen’s 6-foot-10 cornerstone snared his sixth all-Filipino BPC in runaway fashion, amassing 1,165 points from the statistical race, along with votes from the media, PBA players and the Office of the Commissioner.Sean Anthony of NorthPort Batang Pier was a far second with 641 total points.Meanwhile, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) unveiled a refreshed version of its old logo and a new one for the Philippines’ basketball programs on Wednesday night.“We felt that after 10 years, we wanted a refresh not only cosmetically, but also structurally. We needed to strengthen lot of areas,” said SBP president Al Panlilio.The new Gilas logo features a silhouette of the Philippine Eagle superimposed on a basketball.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

SPORT-RAHANE 2 LAST

first_img(REOPENS DEL 25) (REOPENS DEL 25) “I am not a very shy person. I do express myself. Obviously with good performances, your confidence increases. The more consistent one is with his performances, the more expressive he becomes,” said Rahane. While Virat Kohli is currently the best among the lot in the current generation, Rahane says that there is no competition with the Test captain as they share a common goal — to win matches for the Indian cricket team. “I have never believed in comparisons. I am extremely proud that Virat has been doing exceptionally well. But my first priority is to think about my performance. He has his own style of batting and I have my own style. But our goal is same and that is to win matches for India in the years to come. We are both striving hard to do that,” added the soft-spoken Mumbaikar. With India set to play 17 Test matches in the upcoming season, Rahane is excited and looking forward to the challenge of facing the might of England, Australia, New Zealand and West Indies. “While I am eagerly looking forward to the 17 Test matches that we will be playing, I have not set any specific targets or goals for myself. I have been a person, who has always believed in living in the present. You cannot think too ahead of yourself and have to plan series by series.” India is supposed to play a Pink Ball Test during their upcoming series against New Zealand but Rahane said he will need to bat against it in order to understand how it works. “I remember some six years back, when I went to Australia with the Emerging Side, we played some List A matches with pink balls and green balls. It was on an experimental basis. Thats the last time I played against pink ball. “But now if we have to play with Pink Ball, I believe that we will be given adequate time to prepare. Also we need to figure out how the ball behaves on Indian pitches and in Indian conditions,” concluded Rahane. PTI KHS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Holy Ramayana month begins in Kerala

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, Jul 17 (PTI) Temples and traditional houses across Kerala reverberated with the chanting of verses from the epic, as the annual Ramayana Month began in the state today. With the commencement of Karkitakam, the last month in the Malayalam calendar today, elders chant verses from Adhyatma Ramayana authored by medieval devotional poet Thunchath Ramanujan Ezhuthachan, during the next 30 days in front oflighted lamps. Temples and cultural organisations across the state have also arranged for recital of Ramayana and special poojas during the season. Karkitakam, is the lean season ahead of Chingam that ushers in Malayalis most colourful festival of Onam. Another age-old tradition of savouring the Karkidaka kanji, a spicy mix of rice and medicinal herbs, remains intact among a few families even today. Branded Karkidaka kanji mix is also available in the market. Also during Ramayana Month, Hindus undertake pilgrimage to the four temples of Lord Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna, located in the Kottayam and Thrissur districts. This ritual is known as Nalambalam Darshanam. Aanayootu, a mass feast for elephants, prepared as per ayurvedic tradition, was held at the famed Vadakkumnathan Temple at Thrissur. Freshly bathed elephants sporting sandal paste and vermillion on their foreheads, lined up at the southern tower of the temple and were fed a special feed made of sugarcane, rice, ghee, coconut, jaggery and Ayurvedic medicines. This is also the period when elephants in the state, especially those belonging to Guruvayoor Sri Krishna temple undergo sukha chikilsa (ayurvedic revitalisation treatment) of body wraps, special diets and herbal tonics.PTI UD ROH KKlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: India ready to land knockout punch on England

first_img Next World Cup 2019: India ready to land knockout punch on EnglandIndia had a marvelous win over West Indies at Manchester which will have them facing the hosts England at Birmingham. India will be sporting their new jersey in the next match.advertisement Press Trust of India BirminghamJune 29, 2019UPDATED: June 29, 2019 13:43 IST India will be facing England on June 30 at Birmingham (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSEngland had defeated India in their last bilateral series at homeEngland have lost their last two matches in World Cup 2019India need one more win to qualify for the semi-finalsA ruthless India, sporting flaming orange, will be eyeing pole position with a solid knockout punch on an already disintegrated England in Sunday’s high-profile World Cup encounter.With an unbeaten record in six encounters so far, Virat Kohli’s men are all but through to the semi-finals with 11 points but a win against England will further tighten their grip at the top and in the process oust World’s No 1 ODI team from the global event.Not long ago, England were considered to be favourites to win the tournament but Eoin Morgan’s men have bungled big time in crucial games, which has now brought them at the verge of exit with only six points from seven games.It is hard but it seems as if the ‘Sky Blue’ of England has been covered by thick grey cloud with no silver lining in the horizon.It is indeed tragic that England’s best ODI team in recent history with the likes of Captain Morgan, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer in their ranks are facing an imminent exit.Sunday’s encounter at Birmingham’s Edgbaston with a capacity Indian crowd could be rather unsettling for a team which is already under severe pressure from all quarters.In fact, it increased exponentially after Jonny Bairstow’s dig at former England captains Michael Vaughan and Kevin Pietersen.”People were waiting for us to fail,” Bairstow told reporters.”They are not willing us on to win, in many ways, they are waiting for you to get that loss, so they can jump on your throat. It’s a typical English thing to do, in every sport,” Bairstow’s comments prior to the India game didn’t go down well with Vaughan, who countered, calling it a “negative, pathetic mindset” in an Instagram post.advertisementFor India, possibly, it couldn’t have been a better time to square off with the Poms who could again be unsettled by conditions which is expected to be predominantly sub-continental.There’s bright sunshine, the baked pitch on the drier side with promise of more turn than usual.Playing two wrist spinners in these conditions along with a lethal Jasprit Bumrah could well spell doom for an English side, which has fluffed its lines while chasing against Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia.In fact, Morgan’s approach of moving towards leg stump against a fast and furious Mitchell Starc during Lord’s game prompted Kevin Pietersen to question whether the skipper is “scared”.England, however, could take solace from the fact that they beat India 2-1 in their last bilateral series at home but an injured Bumrah didn’t feature in that series.The Indian team, however, will not be over strategizing about the English team as pacer Mohammed Shami pointed out.”Rather than thinking about opposition, it is better that we focus on our own skills. If our skill level is good, we would not need to even think about the opposition,” Shami, who has taken 8 wickets in 2 games, said after mauling the West Indies.The best part about Indian team is that they haven’t yet played their best cricket and yet have been able to win games with consummate ease.The middle-order batting still remains a concern and Vijay Shankar’s performance at number four certainly makes him a weak link.The team management has shown no inclination to field the exciting Rishabh Pant so far.”They have invested in a youngster like Shankar. The team management feels he is important to their plans so no harm in persisting with him. Moreover, the team is winning handsomely so they have the right to continue with a winning combination,” former skipper Sourav Ganguly said during a chat with PTI.It was a young Ganguly, who wrote England’s epitaph with an all-round show at this very ground at the 1999 World Cup.It could well be a Rohit Sharma, Kohli or a Hardik Pandya, who will put the final nail in English coffin this time around.Squads:India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja.England: Eoin Morgan (captain), James Vince, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Jason Roy, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran and Liam Dawson.Match Starts at 3 PM.Also Read | India will allow opponents to win to ensure Pakistan are knocked out: Sikander BakhtAlso Read | Afghanistan vs Pakistan, World Cup 2019 Broadcast: When and where to watch, live streamingAlso SeeadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow India vs EnglandFollow ICC World Cup 2019Follow New Jerseylast_img read more

Avenir LNG Replaces Keppel Options with CIMC Orders

first_imgAvenir LNG has signed shipbuilding contracts for two LNG carriers, including options for two more, with Nantong CIMC Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering (SOE).The shipbuilder would construct the 7,500 cbm carriers at its Nantong, China shipyard, and deliver the newbuildings in May and August 2021, respectively.The ships are designed to include ice class 1B, full bunker functionality, double hull and dual fuel electric twin azimuth propulsion.Avenir LNG said that the orders were placed after the company reached a mutual agreement with Keppel Singmarine to cancel the options to built its third and fourth 7,500 cbm carriers at Keppel Nantong.The company added that the new order replaces the cancelled options, and Avenir LNG’s orderbook remains unchanged, with a total of six vessels, four 7,500 cbm and two 20,000 cbm LNG carriers, currently under construction.Avenir has existing contracts in place with SOE for two 20,000 cbm LNGs, scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2021. The contracts also include options for the construction of two additional units.last_img read more

Trump says will meet PM Modi Imran Khan soon

first_imgWashington DC: US President Donald Trump has said he will soon meet the prime ministers of India and Pakistan, even as he insisted that a lot of progress has been made in reducing tension between the two neighbours. While Trump along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address more than 50,000 Indian-Americans at the “Howdy Modi!” mega event in Houston on September 22, the American president did not say when or where will he be meeting Pakistan premier Imran Khan. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”I’ll see Prime Minister Modi and I will — we’ll — be meeting with (prime ministers of) India and Pakistan,” Trump told reporters in response to a question at the White House on Monday. According to Trump’s schedule, he could meet the Pakistani prime minister on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Session in New York later this month. After addressing Indian-Americans at the “Howdy Modi!” event , Trump will travel to Ohio and then is expected to fly to New York to attend the annual UN General Assembly session. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsWithout mentioning Kashmir, Trump said a “lot of progress has been made in reducing tension” between India and Pakistan. Tension between India and Pakistan escalated after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5. Reacting to India’s move on Kashmir, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian High Commissioner. Asserting that abrogation of Article 370 was its internal matter, India has strongly criticised Pakistan for making “irresponsible statements” and provocative anti-India rhetoric over issues internal to it.last_img read more

CANADIAN ACTRESS DENIED ACCESS TO KINGSWAY THEATRE COPS CALLED OWNER TROLLS HER

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook It would be an understatement to say that members of the entertainment industry are upset about this.While each establishment has rules and regulations, as law-abiding peaceful customers we expect to be treated with a level of respect.  What happened to Wendy-Olunike is wrong on so many levels and should never happen to anyone, ever again. CLICK HERE if you cannot see the post Login/Register With: Log in to leave a comment “My skin is not threatening”; Toronto Actress Maintains She Was Racially Profiled Trying To See A Film About Racism Advertisement Toronto:  On Friday evening, Canadian actress Wendy Olunike Adeliyi experienced racism in it’s highest form.  Wendy-Olunike is known for her roles in TV Series such as Flashpoint, Killjoys, Republic of Doyle and Workin’ Moms.After a day at school, she headed out to see the movie LOVING at the Kingsway Theatre, dressed in all black and carry a backpack she was denied entry to the theatre because they wanted her to “leave her backpack at the front counter”.  Her backpack contained an expensive laptop and personal items.Wendy-Olunike offered to have the staff go thru her backpack, so they can be assured that she’s not carrying food or alcohol.  That was not enough.  The owner, Rui Pereira, called the cops and claimed that “a black woman is threatening us”.  In shock, Wendy patiently waited for the police to arrive. AN AMAZING MESSAGE FROM JEFF KNOLL OF FILM.CA CINEMAS AND MICHAEL GORDIN SHORE – eBOSS Canada It appears that other customers have had similar experiences with this establishment and it’s owner.CLICK HERE if you cannot see the postA search on TRIBUTE.CA’s Theatre Reviews page shows numerous complaints about the ownerhttp://www.tribute.ca/reviews/theatre/kingsway-theatre/kingsway/ […] later wrote a detailed account of her experience on Facebook, saying that the owner called Toronto Police and said, […] 3 COMMENTScenter_img Twitter Log in to leave a comment […] know about and are horrified by the racism recently experienced by a member of our family (Wendy Olunike Adeliyi)  as she tried to go to a movie. This morning I got an email from my friend Jeff Knoll that he has […] Mar-09-17 at 9:31 am Advertisement VIDEO | 10 QUESTIONS WITH WENDY OLUNIKE ADELIYI (Actress, Producer, Philanthropist) – eBOSS Canada The officer who attended the call said that “they always get called to this location”.But it doesn’t end there … Wendy-Olunike posted her experience on social media, which resulted in family, friends and associates reposting the experience.  The owner of Kingsway Theatre then began sending her extremely rude and disgusting messages.Follow the story below – see the social media links below.CLICK HERE if you cannot see the postWendy-Olunike offered a peaceful solution but the owner’s response was unprofessional and digustingCLICK HERE if you cannot see the post Apr-08-17 at 9:18 pm Log in to leave a comment […] With everything that has happened in the past week – we wanted to take this opportunity to PROPERLY introduce you to this amazing, smart, beautiful, loving, giving and talented woman. […] The Kingsway Theatre owner then began posting on his Facebook page Mar-26-17 at 12:24 amlast_img read more

For 94 large A/Cs, banks take Rs 1 lakh crore haircut!

first_imgMumbai: Banks have taken a huge 57 percent haircut in the 94 large accounts worth Rs 1.75 lakh crore which were resolved in FY19, recovering just Rs 75,000 crore or only 43 percent of the admitted claims, finds a report. The numbers assume importance as the bankruptcy law enters the third year this month.As of March, there were 1,143 cases pending at various bankruptcy tribunals, and 32 percent of them are pending for over 270 days. The average resolution timeline for these 94 cases resolved was 324 days as against the stipulated timeline of 270 days. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”Only 94 stressed with a total claim of Rs 1,75,000 crore by financial creditors were resolved in FY19 with a recovery of Rs 75,000 crore or 43 percent of the admitted claims under the insolvency process approved by the various national company law tribunals (NCLTs),” say a joint study by Crisil and industry lobby Assocham released Friday. The report said had these 94 companies been liquidated, the recovery would have been just 22 percent which is significantly lower than the recovery rate through normal resolution process. The report further said there are a few big-ticket accounts for which resolution has not been finalised for over 400 days as IBC framework is still a work in progress. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenAccording to the study, some of the key issues that need to be addressed for successful implementation of IBC are adherence to timelines, adequate judicial infrastructure, creditor classification and prioritising, among others. To maximise value and stakeholders’ interest, the IBC framework for liquidation under a going concern basis needs to be explored further and should be followed in true spirit, the report said. The report, however, termed the recovery rate of 43 per cent “respectable”. “With a respectable recovery rate of 43 per cent, resolution for 94 stressed assets has been reached for Rs 75,000 crore as on March 31, 2019 out of Rs 1,75,000 crore total claim of financial creditors admitted under the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP) approved by the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT),” said that report titled, ‘Strengthening the code’.last_img read more

Live online TV, once a bargain, is getting more expensive

NEW YORK — If you signed up to stream live TV in hopes of saving money over traditional cable, you may be in for a rude surprise.Live online-TV providers like YouTube TV, DirecTV Now and Hulu with Live TV lured users with digital “skinny bundles” that were cheaper than cable. Now, many are raising prices. The latest is Google’s YouTube TV, which is increasing its monthly fee to $50. It launched at $35 and has raised prices as it added more channels.The first of this crop of TV services was Dish Networks’ Sling TV in 2015. Its most attractive feature was price, since it offered a handful of popular, live TV channels for $20 a month. A string of other companies announced similar services in the years that followed, many priced from $30-$40 a month. YouTube TV, Hulu Live, AT&T’s DirecTV Now and others were far cheaper than a traditional cable bundle, which costs about $100.Cable executives derided the online TV packages as unrealistically cheap, but they have grown in popularity as cord-cutting picked up. They have racked up more than 7 million users, according to MoffettNathanson Research, helping offset the declines in traditional TV customers for entertainment companies like Disney, Comcast’s NBCUniversal and Viacom.But that bump may be petering out. DirecTV Now lost customers for the first time in the fourth quarter after AT&T canned big discounts. MoffettNathanson noted that growth slowed for the online-TV providers overall.Price increases starting last year — just like you get with your cable package — may be to blame. This year has brought another round of price hikes, often as the bundles fatten up and more closely resemble traditional TV packages.That could turn still more people off, particularly as subscriber fatigue sets in with a slew of new streaming services coming from Disney, AT&T, Comcast and others.But the problem for the TV services is that programming costs go up every year, so they’re passing those on. “At the end of the day, they have no choice but to keep raising prices,” said MoffettNathanson’s Craig Moffett. If that means a steep drop-off in demand from users, the entertainment companies could eventually feel the bite.AT&T, intent on profitability, announced a $10 price increase for DirecTV Now in March; it’s now $50 a month for the cheapest tier, even after it dropped some popular networks that it didn’t own. (Some of them, including MTV, BET and Comedy Central, returned a few weeks later after AT&T resolved a dispute with Viacom.) It also raised prices in 2018. Hulu raised the price for its live-TV service in February, by $5, to $45. Sony’s PlayStation Vue raised prices by $5 last year.“Pretty much all of them have come to market from day one saying we’re cheap cheap cheap,” said Frost & Sullivan analyst Dan Rayburn. “It’s no longer that much cheaper than cable.”Dish has been more of a holdout. Last year, it raised the price of Sling’s cheapest package by $5 to $25, leaving its fatter bundle alone at $40. It’s also currently offering a big promotion.Tali Arbel, The Associated Press read more

Sears Canada executive chairman steps away to make bid for retailer

TORONTO — Sears Canada executive chairman Brandon Stranzl is stepping away from his role to launch a bid for the beleaguered retailer, which is restructuring under court protection from creditors.A memo to staff Wednesday about his departure from the top job said the company’s goal is to create a path to emerge from creditor protection.Interested buyers have until the end of August to submit bids under its court-supervised restructuring.“In light of the approaching bid deadline and the focus required to assemble all necessary components of a bid, the board thought it was best for Brandon to focus exclusively on putting the bid together and step away from the day-to-day operations of Sears Canada,” wrote Graham Savage, chair of the board’s special committee.Sears Canada’s chief operating officer, Becky Penrice, will take over his duties.The retailer filed for court protection under the Companies Creditors’ Arrangement Act in June. It’s looking for a buyer or investor for the company or some of its assets and is also negotiating with lenders, landlords and other creditors.The retailer announced a plan in June to close 59 locations across the country and cut approximately 2,900 jobs, without severance, while under CCAA.On Tuesday, the company created a $500,000 hardship fund for former employees who were denied severance payments when they lost their jobs at the retailer. The money will come from cash set aside for executive bonuses.Sears Canada was criticized when it received court approval to pay $9.2 million in retention bonuses to keep key employees on board while not paying severance to laid-off workers.The company plans to finish liquidation sales by Oct. 12 and hopes to complete its restructuring this year.Once a retail go-to, Sears Canada has struggled in recent years despite efforts to change along with the retail business.The company has also dealt with several changes in executive leadership over the last four years. read more

Indonesia Sri Lanka to strengthen trade and economic ties

The President further stated that opportunities for Indonesian private and government investors could be opened. “The government is ready to provide required tax relief for them”, he said. A colourful welcome ceremony was organized at the Merdeka Palace to welcome the Sri Lankan President and a 21 Gun Salute was accorded to the President. A Bilateral meeting between the two leaders was commenced after the cordial discussions between the two leaders. President Sirisena invited the Indonesian President for an official visit to Sri Lanka. He also requested to send a representative of the Indonesian government for the international Vesak festival to be held in Sri Lanka in May.In the presence of the two leaders, two agreements on maritime and fishing cooperation and the cooperation on traditional industries were signed. State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Duleep Vedaarachchi signed on behalf Sri Lanka while the Maritime and Fisheries minister of Indonesia signed the agreement for Indonesia.Thereafter, the two leaders attended a joint media conference. The President and the delegation attended a luncheon hosted by the Indonesian President. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena, who is on a state visit to Indonesia to attend the Indian Ocean Rim Association Leaders’ Summit, met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, today.The Indonesian President warmly welcomed President Sirisena when he arrived at the Merdeka Palace, the official residence of the President of Indonesia, marking the first state visit to Indonesia by a Sri Lankan Head of State in 40 years. Two leaders held discussion regarding collectively working on strengthening the regional security.Their attention was also drawn to the proposal for a free trade agreement between the two countries and further discussed to look into the possibility of this through the Foreign Ministries of the two countries.The Indonesian President stated that he would provide any required support for the development programmes in Sri Lanka. The two leaders discussed to work with cooperation in the programme carried out to strengthen the democracy as democratic countries. “The visit will help to further strengthen close friendly relations and cooperation between our countries”, the Indonesia President said.Implementing a new plan to strengthen cooperation in the field of tourism between the two countries was discussed in detail and further attention was also focused on implementing a programme to exchange the technical knowledge in the field of agriculture. read more

UN and associated health officials welcome G8 Summit focus on disease

The Group of Eight, through its focus on global health at this year’s summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, is helping to ensure that existing and emerging disease threats are tackled at the very highest level, United Nations and other international health officials said today. In a joint statement released in advance of the G8 summit, the leaders of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) welcomed the focus on infectious diseases and urged the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States “to continue their commitments to improving the health and lives of people in the world’s poorest countries.” WHO acting Director-General Dr. Anders Nordström, who will be at the G8 summit, said the powerful Group’s action on health issues can make a tangible difference. “Attention by the world’s wealthiest nations will directly benefit people living in all countries.” The G8 focus on health in past years led directly to strengthening UNAIDS and to the creation of the Global Fund, which has leveraged pledges of $9 billion to prevent, diagnose and treat these diseases. “The support demonstrated by G8 leaders for the AIDS response has been, and continues to be crucial to getting ahead of the epidemic,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Dr. Peter Piot. “We must build on the commitments made last year to make universal access to HIV treatment, prevention and care a reality.” The success of all health programmes depends on urgently addressing the health workforce crisis, the joint statement said. “The world is now short of 4 million health workers, with the lack of doctors, nurses and laboratory experts most acute in 57 of the world’s poorest countries,” the officials pointed out. The G8 summit will be held from 15 to 17 July. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State survives late comeback effort by Texas Southern to

Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) sets up the Buckeyes’ offense during the first half of a game against Texas Southern at the Schottenstein Center on Nov. 16. Credit: Nick Clarkson | Social Media EditorOhio State (3-0) staved off a late comeback attempt by Texas Southern (0-3) and held on to win 82-64 at the Schottenstein Center on Thursday.Ohio State forwards Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate led the Buckeyes to victory with 17 points and 12 rebounds and 17 points and seven rebounds, respectively. Head coach Chris Holtmann said the team will not always rely on Bates-Diop and Tate to carry the team, but they have been growing as leaders.“I just said, ‘Embrace it and really focus in on making the next right play,’” Holtmann said. “And it’s not like it’s always going to fall on their shoulders, but I want them to have the courage to step up and make the play when it’s there for them.”Ohio State appeared to be coasting to its third straight victory, but Texas Southern did not go quietly. The Buckeyes led 54-37 with 14:17 remaining in the second half, when the Tigers went on an 8-0 run in barely more than one minute of game time.Bates-Diop ended the run with a 3-pointer but Texas Southern guard Robert Lewis answered with a 3-pointer of his own. Following an Ohio State timeout, Tigers guard Donte Clark scored four quick points to cut the Buckeye lead to five.Tate responded by catching a backdoor pass from guard C.J. Jackson and finishing a two-handed dunk. Tiger forward Kevin Scott immediately answered with a jumper to cut the lead back down to five.Lewis hit another 3-pointer to make it just a two-point game. Ohio State responded by finding sophomore center Micah Potter for a basket inside. On the Buckeyes next possession they went to Potter again who drew a shooting foul and made both free throws. The Buckeyes were able to string together consecutive stops on defense and capitalize with points of their own. After Lewis’ 3-pointer cut the lead to two, Ohio State responded with an 16-2 run over the next 3:18 to put the Buckeyes up 18. Ohio State would not look back from there.Potter knocked down 9-of-10 free throws overall and 5-of-6 in the final six minutes of the tightly contested game. He credited the Buckeyes’ new coach for keeping the team relaxed under pressure.“The biggest thing, coach was very calm,” Potter said. “He was just saying the entire time, ‘Guys, this is exactly what we want. This is exactly what we want and this is fun. This is competitive basketball and this is what makes the game fun.’”The Buckeyes and the Tigers battled back and forth for most of the first half. No Tigers player besides guard Derrick Bruce scored for a six-minute stretch in the first half, but Texas Southern only trailed 17-15 with 8:13 remaining. Jallow then threw down a dunk in traffic, inciting a 16-2 Ohio State run where the Buckeyes seized all momentum. The Buckeyes’ big run included a hustle rebound by senior forward Jae’Sean Tate where he grabbed and tossed the ball to redshirt senior point guard Andrew Dakich as he fell out of bounds. Dakich patiently waited as Tate sprinted down the floor and passed him the ball. Tate immediately zipped the ball to junior point guard C.J. Jackson for a 3-pointer, erupting the crowd and prompting Texas Southern to call a timeout trailing 24-15.The timeout did not slow the Buckeyes’ offense and Ohio State led 42-29 at halftime.Holtmann was proud of how his team responded to the Tigers’ comeback run and reiterated that the team is still a work in progress.“We are learning a lot about this group. — first and foremost — how we respond in those moments,” Holtmann said. “We’ve got a lot to work on — a lot to work on — but we can at least take that, our response from this game, and hopefully build on it.”Texas Southern was without its leading scorer, Demontrae Jefferson (21 points per game), who did not make the trip to Columbus. Ohio State had its own key player missing as freshman forward Kaleb Wesson was suspended by the team prior to tipoff.Ohio State will host Northeastern at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Schottenstein Center. read more

Down the rink Columbus Blue Jackets recap – Week 9

Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson scores a breakaway goal against Carolina on Nov. 28 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Columbus Blue Jackets (17-9-1, 35 points) vaulted to first place in the Metropolitan division, one point ahead of the New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils, with two victories against Carolina in a shootout and Anaheim, 4-2, last week.The two losses came against against Montreal (29 points, third in Atlantic) and Washington (33 points, fifth Metropolitan), two teams currently in the playoff picture.Here are a few storylines from the ninth week of the Blue Jackets’ season.Rookie at No. 1 centerThe Blue Jackets top need in the offseason was a top-line center. Alexander Wennberg was a promising front-line center, but the team wanted a solidified goal-scorer in that role and added depth at center. Little did it know a 19-year-old rookie would be in the middle on the first line in early December.The top line of Artemi Panarin, Dubois and Josh Anderson tallied five goals and 11 assists in four games last week and might be the catalyst the Blue Jackets’ offense has been searching for.Dubois began the season at left wing in a move by head coach John Tortorella to help the former third-overall pick assimilate to the speed and physicality of the NHL in his first season. Now, he leads Columbus’ best line for the past two weeks.Defensive depth being challengedRyan Murray and Markus Nutivaara had been trending upward as a reliable defensive pair, moving to the second pairing while Jack Johnson and David Savard were moved to the third pair. Now Murray and Nutivaara are injured, leaving Tortorella no choice but to rely on Johnson and Savard.The two were on the ice for 21 minutes against Washington. Both were on the ice for two goals allowed, with one being on the penalty kill for Johnson. Scott Harrington and Gabriel Carlsson will likely draw into the third pair again Tuesday against New Jersey.Matt Calvert and Alexander Wennberg returnThe Blue Jackets gained some depth at center and much needed physical presence with the return of Alexander Wennberg and Matt Calvert last week. In his first game back since Nov. 4, Calvert made an impact on the penalty kill with a shorthanded goal.The Blue Jackets penalty kill has been solid all season. Calvert’s presence will only add to its effectiveness.Wennberg drew into the second line with Nick Foligno and Cam Atkinson, the trio that worked so well last year. The 23-year-old Swede had just one assist in three games after returning from an upper-body injury. He has recorded just 1-9-10 so far, after posting 13-46-59 a season ago.Injury reportDefenseman Markus Nutivaara didn’t play at Washington with an upper-body injury.Defenseman Ryan Murray was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 27 with an upper-body injury.Looking aheadThe Blue Jackets have two of its biggest games of the season to this point up next on their schedule. They lead the Metro by just one point with a huge opportunity to widen that margin with two games against second-place New Jersey, which has led the division for much of the early season.Forwards Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, lead the Devils with 27 and 19 points. New Jersey has played the weakest schedule in the NHL through 26 games, according to ESPN’s NHL relative power index. After allowing two power-play goals last week, the Blue Jackets face a young, talented Devils power play which ranks 10th-best in the league.Top performers (skaters)Pierre-Luc Dubois – one goals (4), five assists (7), six points (11), +2Artemi Panarin – two goals (7), three assists (14), five points (21), +4Josh Anderson – two goals (10), three assists (7), five points (17), +3Zach Werenski – two goals (8), one assist (7), three assists (15), +1Goaltending:Joonas Korpisalo – 2-0-0 (3-3-0), 1.91 goals allowed average (2.81), 54 saves, .931 (.907)Sergei Bobrovsky – 0-2-0 (14-6-1), 3.07 goals allowed average (2.02), 44 saves, .880 save percentage (.931)In the circle (faceoff record, faceoff win percentage, EV record, PP record, SH record)Brandon Dubinsky – 36-30, 54.5, 28-22, 0-2, 8-6 Pierre-Luc Dubois – 22-36, 37.9, 20-33, 2-3, 0-0Alexander Wennberg – 14-19, 42.4, 13-16, 1-3, 0-0Nick Foligno – 11-17, 39.3, 9-11, 1-3, 1-3Lukas Sedlak – 11-14, 44.0, 10-12, 0-1, 1-1Overall: 46.1 percent, ranked 30thSpecial teams units:Powerplay – 0-for-5 at Montreal; 0-for-1 vs. Carolina; 1-for-7 vs. Anaheim; 0-for-0 at WashingtonOverall: 7-for-75 (9.3 percent), ranked 31stPenalty kill – 2-for-3 at Montreal; 1-for-1 vs. Carolina; 4-for-4 vs. Anaheim; 1-for-2 at WashingtonOverall: 57-for-68 (83.8 percent), ranked sixthUp next:12/5 – vs. New Jersey (15-7-4)12/8 – at New Jersey (15-7-4)12/9 – vs. Arizona (7-18-5) read more

World Cup Croatia fear Englands Sterling in semi

England’s Raheem Sterling (Skysports image)MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has identified Raheem Sterling as England’s danger man in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.Sterling was a key part of the Manchester City side that won the Premier League last season but he has been less effective in England’s charge to the last four for the first time since 1990.Despite some disappointing early performances, England coach Gareth Southgate has kept faith with the 23-year-old and his speed was a constant threat to Sweden’s defence in England’s 2-0 quarter-final win on Saturday.“I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is fast and dangerous alongside Harry Kane,” Dalic said in a press conference Sunday.“I wouldn’t say there are any glaring weaknesses (in England’s team) since they are in the semi-finals, that says it all.“They play very direct football, dangerous, fast, and they are really good at set pieces, and dangerous at corner kicks.”England survived a penalty shootout against Colombia in the last 16 whereas Croatia emerged through extra-time and spot-kicks against Denmark before going through the same ordeal again against Russia in Saturday’s quarter-final.After such tight matches, it is easy to forget that Croatia produced a feast of attacking play to destroy Lionel Messi’s Argentina 3-0 in the group phase.Dalic blamed Croatia’s opponents for smothering the creative talents of Luka Modric and said he expected a more open match in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.“Our last three games were different because we played teams with a defensive approach,” he said.“But we are looking forward to a different style of game against England because they like to play attacking football.”The semi-final also represents a financial mismatch between the riches of England’s Premier League and Croatian football.“If we had England’s money, who knows where we’d be in our country?” Dalic said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWI must learn from EnglandJuly 15, 2019In “latest news”England’s Captain to sit out One Day SeriesJanuary 26, 2014In “Sports”World Cup: England beat Colombia on penalties to reach quarter-finalsJuly 3, 2018In “Sports” read more

VIDEO Goodbye Hungarian handball queen

Anita Gorbicz The Hungarian handball queen Anita Gorbicz said “goodbye” to the national team jersey with a small ceremony before the home match against Netherlands last week in Gyor.The 35-years old playmaker of Hungarian TOP team Gyori Audi ETO KC got standing ovations from the crowd, all handball people who followed his career since 2000.As a true leader of the team, Gorbe won four medals at European and World Championships.Anita Görbicz at a glanceDate/location of birth: 13 May 1983 in VeszprémNationality: HungarianHeight/weight: 173 cm/58 kgPosition: centre back / left wingShooting arm: rightClub: Györi Audi ETO KC (1994 – )Coaches: Zoltán Basák, Lajos Horváth, József Vura, Kálmán Róth, Csaba Konkoly, Karl Erik Böhn (NOR), Ambros Martín (ESP)National team debut: 23 August 2002 against Norway in Miskolc (31:29)Last international: 10 December 2017 against France in Leipzig (26:29)International matches / goals: 233 / 1111AchievementsOlympic Games: 4th in 2008, 5th in 2004World Championship: Silver in 2003, Bronze in 2005, Silver at Junior WCh 2001EHF EURO: Bronze in 2004, 2012EHF Champions League: Winner in 2013, 2014, 2017; second in 2009, 2012, 2016EHF Cup: second place in 2002, 2004, 2005Cup Winners’ Cup: second place in 2006Hungarian champion: 11 timesHungarian cup winner: 11 timesIHF World Handball Player of the Year in 2005Hungary’s Handball Player of the Year: 6 times ← Previous Story Marko Kopljar seriously injured Next Story → Andy Schmid about last Saturday: Shitty day, we are now complete idiots read more

JLL to Market Former Maryland Army Installation

first_imgPenMar Development Corp., the state-designated redevelopment authority that had been planning to redevelop the former Fort Ritchie, has hired JLL to help it market the 591-acre property in central Maryland.The LRA decided to find a buyer for the property in August, two years after regaining control of it from Corporate Office Properties Trust with plans to serve as the post’s master developer. PenMar first sold it to the developer in 2006.“The folks that I will be working directly with have a lot of experience and have done this before,” PenMar Executive Director Dori Nipps told the Pennsylvania Business Daily. “I am very encouraged. … The hope is, with the sale, prosperity will return to the Cascade area.” In August, Nipps said the LRA would seek about $10 million for the property even though it was valued at $17 million.Company officials at JLL, formerly known as Jones Lang LaSalle, “want to develop something that is really going to add to Washington County,” said managing director John Gibb. The property has a variety of selling points, including its proximity to the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area, Frederick, Md., and Gettysburg, Pa., and its naturally scenic setting, he said.“We think there [are] a lot of very positive aspects to the site,” Gibb told the Daily.Fort Ritchie, located in Cascade, Md., closed in 1998 as a result of the 1995 BRAC round. The site offers about 300 acres of developable land with established infrastructure and existing buildings for adaptive reuse, plus 300 wooded acres and two lakes, according to the story. About 300 residents live there in rented duplexes and townhouses. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Macau seeks familyfriendly revenue

first_imgMacau seeks family-friendly revenue811 viewsMacau seeks family-friendly revenue811 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Macau seeks family-friendly revenue811 viewsBusinessEDITORS’ NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIALS A fresh building frenzy at the height of a severe downturn. Macau casino operators are betting that new attractions can revive theVentuno Web Player 4.50EDITORS’ NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIALS A fresh building frenzy at the height of a severe downturn. Macau casino operators are betting that new attractions can revive thelast_img read more

Govt may raise dearness allowance to 125 for employees

first_imgIn what could bring cheer to millions of central government employees and pensioners, the Centre may raise dearness allowance (DA) to 125 percent from the current 119 percent. “Average rate of Consumer Price Index-Industrial Labour from January to December, 2015 was 6.73 per cent. Thus, the Centre will increase dearness allowance by six percentage points to 125 per cent from existing 119 per cent as per accepted formula for calculation,” Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers President K K N Kutty told the Press Trust of India.The hike in DA will be effective from Jan. 1, 2016 and will benefit 4.8 million central government employees and 5.5 million pensioners.Expressing disappointment over the small increase in DA amid rising cost of living levels, Kutty said: “The real inflation ranges between 220-240 per cent, but we will get only 125 per cent.”The central government revises DA twice annually, taking into account retail inflation rates. In September last year, it hiked the DA to 119 percent from 113 percent and made it effective from July 1, 2015.In November last year, the Seventh Pay Commission, headed by Justice A K Mathur, had recommended a 16 percent hike in basic salary and a 63 percent increase in allowances for central government employees, taking the overall hike in salaries to 23.55 percent.Earlier, this month, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that funds worth Rs 1.10 lakh crore have to be included in the upcoming budget for the implementation of the One Rank One Pension (OROP) and 7th Pay Commission recommendations.last_img read more