Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Floyd Mayweather to stage ‘entertainment’ spectacle in Japan New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) looks for room to move against the defense of Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) and center Al Horford (42) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Boston. The Celtics won 128-100. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON — Kyrie Irving heard all of the doubts when the Celtics, who were among the favorites to win the Eastern Conference, still had a .500 record through Thanksgiving.The low point may have been a home loss to the Knicks that snapped New York’s six-game losing streak.ADVERTISEMENT New York was within 12 with five minutes remaining before Boston scored the next 11 points on baskets from five different players.“Terrible defense tonight. We just didn’t have it,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “Thought we were right there slugging away with them, but in the fourth we couldn’t keep up.”LAST TIMEThe Celtics, who went to the Eastern Conference finals last year, were expected to be one of the league’s top teams after getting Irving and Gordon Hayward back from injuries. But New York won 117-109 in Boston on Nov. 21 loss and sent the Celtics to their third loss in a row.Stevens wondered aloud after that one whether his team was “that good.”“Maybe it’s not a wake-up call if you keep getting beat,” he said.But Boston is 5-1 since then.“Disappointing loss against them recently here,” Horford said on Thursday. “We just wanted to come out and set the tone from the beginning and I felt like we were able to do that. … We played much better, and I felt better tonight.”TIP-INSKnicks: Both teams shot better than 60 percent in the first quarter, but the Knicks were just 8 for 26 in the second. … Hardaway went down to the floor after taking an elbow from Marcus Morris Sr. in the head. The play was ruled a flagrant foul. Hardaway returned a few minutes later. … Kanter had his seventh double-double in his last nine games. Celtics: The Celtics wore green, white and yellow jerseys reminiscent of the 1980s, and they enhanced the theme by using graphics on the scoreboard from the time. During breaks, they showed video of a Green Line train approaching the original Boston Garden on elevated tracks, neither of which exists anymore. … Aron Baynes limped off in the last two minutes of the first quarter. The team said he had a left ankle injury and he did not return.UP NEXTKnicks: Host the Brooklyn Nets on SaturdayCeltics: Visit the Chicago Bulls on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “I was thinking about it since we lost to them,” the Celtics point guard said after scoring 22 points to coast past the Knicks 128-100 on Thursday night and exact a measure of revenge for the embarrassing earlier loss. “I remember players from other teams asking about what’s going on when we were 10-10.”Irving also had eight assists before leaving the game with about four minutes left, rubbing his right shoulder and swinging it around in pain. He raised his hand for coach Brad Stevens to take him out of the game but couldn’t get his attention and instead walked to the bench at the next whistle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe shoulder was wrapped in ice when he walked off the court at the end of the game. Irving thought it was his AC joint and said he would be OK.“I think he got hit,” Stevens said. “He didn’t seem too concerned about it, but he’s going to get looked over, as usual.” Al Horford had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Boston, and Jaylen Brown returned after missing three games with a bruised lower back and scored a season-high 21 points. Jayson Tatum added 17 for the Celtics, who won their fourth straight game.Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 for New York, which has lost four of its last five games. Enes Kanter had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Noah Vonleh had 12 and 10.“Not going to win in this league giving up 30 points per quarter,” Hardaway said. “Need to do a better job as a team and individually, including myself.”NOT EVEN CLOSEThe Celtics scored the first three baskets of the game and never trailed. They led by eight after one, by 11 after two and by 15 points after scoring eight straight to make it 97-82 near the end of the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Students and teachers hailing from all 10 of the country’s administrative regions ventured to the National Cultural Centre on Thursday to participate in the annual Children’s Mashramani Dance Competition.The two-day event is being supported by ANSA McAL, which injected $1 million into the competition. The cheque was handed over at the commencement of theStudents of the Tapakuma Lake Primary School receiving their trophycompetition on Thursday.The much-anticipated competition saw the best performers from each of the 11 education districts vying for top honours. Hundreds of primary and secondary school students filled the theatre to show support for their respective schools or regions.Guyana Times caught up with the Administrator of the Education Ministry’s Allied Arts Department, Lorraine Barker-King after the first half of the event. She expressed that the necessary measures were taken so that the competition would run more smoothly and students would be able to go home earlier than previous years. Barker-King noted that they saw great performances from the younger students and were anticipating even better presentations from the students in the 11-13 and 14-17 categories.Among the winners Thursday were Westfield Prep (Georgetown); Uitvlugt Primary School (Region Three); and Tapakuma Lake Primary School (Region Two).The excitement will continue today (Friday) with the Calypso and Dramatic Poetry leg of the competition from 10:00h at the National Cultural Centre.Then the series of competitions will culminate on Saturday, February 17 with the grand float parade and costume competition. The parade will kick off at 10:00h sharp. The mini revellers will assemble at Parade Ground and then move east into Middle Street, north into Camp Street, east into Lamaha Street, north into Albert Street, then on to Thomas Lands to conclude at the National Park.
– Ministry considering alternative arrangementsThe multi-year impasse between the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) and the Education Ministry remains unchanged following a stalemate between the two sides over salary increases; and union President Mark Lyte said on Thursday that the August 27 countrywide strike will go ahead as planned.Immediately following the union’s announcement outside the Education Ministry on Brickdam, Georgetown, subject Minister, Nicolette Henry held an emergency press conference where she signalled that Government is already considering alternative measures to deal with the fallout from any strike action.The breakdown of talks followed a meeting between GTU representatives and Education Minister and labour officials at the Education Ministry. This came after a meeting which was held last week. The discussions on Thursday lasted over twoEducation Minister Nicolette Henryhours and certain agreements were agreed upon but both sides held steadfast to their positions on salary increases as the union contemplates legal advice on its next moves.“We are coming out very dissatisfied with this engagement for the simple reason that our salary issues were a major concern here. Increases in salaries and other financial benefits have all been pushed down; it remains the same. The union’s position would have to remain the same – disagreeing with them,” the GTU President asserted.Lyte told members of the media that the GTU outright rejected Government’s request for teachers to agree to a debunching payoff of $200 million for 2018/19. He said the Union similarly rejected the $700 million cap that was placed on salary increases. The stalemate also revealed that Government was not budging on the clothing allowance which remains at $8000. Lyte said too that for Whitley Council leave, teachers still have to wait four years before getting their one month off. GTU was appealing for three years.He revealed that the Ministry indicated that it wants to maintain school boards withGTU President Mark Lyte speaking after the breakdown on talks in salary increasesan improved staff, but the GTU is not in favour of this proposal since school boards and the Teaching Service Commission are “operating at a different level and there are a lot of problems”.He however noted that the meeting did see the Ministry and the GTU come to an agreement for improved salaries for (SEN) Special Education Needs teachers which would help those schools that have dormitories to remove some of the “burden” that rests with head teachers.The two sides also determined that hinterland teachers will be allowed to return to their homes once per term. Lyte added that the Education Ministry is setting up a revolving fund committee to deal with the Teacher House Revolving Fund.He further stated that there was some consensus on class sizing for certain categories of schools. Despite these agreements, Lyte was adamant that teachers must not accept what has been proposed.“Incumbent now on the Minister of Labour to put in place an arbitrator-deliberator on this matter but in interim, the Union has to go forward with its plan; our teachers must send a strong statement, we don’t believe there will be another meeting,” Lyte stressed on Thursday.Observing that industrial action is completely up to the Union’s discretion, Minister Henry pointed to legal stipulations that govern what the Education Ministry can do to cushion a situation where teachers would be off the job. In the meantime, however, she said she will make contact with Union representatives by SundayTeachers and Union representatives supporting GTU’s strike action at the Education Ministry on Thursdayafternoon.“There is the internal Standard Operational Procedure (SoP) that is utilised by the Ministry of Education and its dated 2003 and the Permanent Secretary at that time would have circulated that and that was in effect and it would need to be reactivated and circulated is there is need for that to be,” Minister Henry committed.The Government official noted that under this internal SoP, the administration has to ensure that there is always adult supervision at the schools in addition to hiring alternative persons to replace the striking teachers on a temporary basis. This arrangement, she indicated, will also provide an assessment of the impact of the strike and whether or not a school could remain open or be closed.“What it says; parents have to get involved through PTAs (Parent-Teachers’ Association). It talks hiring of temporary persons in the classroom to fill those gaps; the number of persons on strike or on board; whether you go half-day or rotate but those are the technical issues I’ve asked my CEO that we have all of the preliminary work done in the event that we have to activate,” she noted.She described the meeting as being “very productive” and noted that conciliation may be the next step as she awaits the Union to consult its constituents before announcing its next moves. She responded in the negative when questioned if the coalition has not lived up to what it promised teachers. Henry cautioned that increases will be based on the available resources and fiscal space.“As a Government, we have committed to improve salaries and working conditions of teachers… teachers benefited from increases in 2016, 2017,” she highlighted.The GTU envisions that 90 per cent of teachers in the public schools were ready to support their U Junior nion’s move. Negotiations have been ongoing since 2015 when the Multi-Year Agreement came to an end.
Michael Palarca had 24 points and Jerry Evans had 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead host Chatsworth to an 81-62 West Valley League victory over El Camino Real of Woodland Hills. Jonathon Bent scored 20 points and Chris Lenik and Pierre Prince added 15 points each to lead visiting Granada Hills to a 62-58 victory against Cleveland of Reseda in West Valley League play. Spencer Brown scored a pair of goals to lead Viewpoint of Calabasas to a 3-1 Liberty League victory against Buckley of ShermanOaks. Tade Mirzian scored threegoals to spark Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta to 3-0 win over Muir of Pasadena in Pacific League play. Jarred Flaum scored twice as Westlake defeated Agoura 3-2 in Marmonte League play. GIRLS’ SOCCER Gina Tumasone scored the tying goal four minutes into stoppage time for West Ranch of Stevenson Ranch to force a 2-2 Foothill League tie with Saugus. The draw likely eliminates both teams from postseason play, but allows Valencia, the Foothill’s third-place finisher, a berth in the Southern Section Div. II playoffs. Franchesca Vasquez scored twice in North Hollywood’s 5-0 victory in Sunset Six League play against Poly of Sun Valley. Jenny Kim had two goals to lead Viewpoint to a 3-0 win over Buckley in Liberty League play. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GIRLS’ BASKETBALL Karla Moran, who finished with 19 points, hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the final three minutes to put North Hollywood ahead for good in a 54-52 Sunset Six League victory against Poly of Sun Valley. Autumn Davis scored 18points to lead Taft of Woodland Hills to a 61-28 victory against Birmingham of Lake Balboa in West Valley League play. Ashleigh Wilson had 21points, six assists and foursteals to lead visiting Quartz Hill to a 48-34 victory over Lancaster in Golden League play. BOYS’ SOCCER BOYS’ BASKETBALL Sean Kim scored 30 points, including sinking two go-ahead free throws with six seconds remaining to lead Sierra Canyon to a 54-52 victory against over Pilgrim of Los Angeles in a nonleague game.
Donegal businessman Jason Black has shown his support to the Northfit corporate fitness event which promotes well-being in the workplace.The clever initiative focuses on employee well-being within the workplace and encourages businesses to get active by participating in what has been described as a ‘fun event’.Fitness enthusiast Jason Black who has attempted to scale some of the highest peaks in the world, knows the benefits of leading a fit and healthy lifestyle. He has praised the initiative being launched by Northfit which primarily focuses on targeting businesses and their employees to get fit and active.Jason, who owns the hugely successful Voodoo Venue, has thrown his weight behind the event by signing himself and his employees up for the challenge.He has also encouraged other businesses to get involved in what he describes as a unique and innovative fitness challenge that participants will have fun competing in.To hear Jason’s full interview simply click on the link below. https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1514854658758535&set=vb.1510049295905738&type=2&theaterWe’ll have more interviews with other businesses taking part in the Northfit Corporate fitness event, which takes place early next month.Packie Mailey from Northfit has said he’s been delighted with the response the event has so far received.Mailey told Donegal Daily, ” I would like to thank everyone for there continued support for NorthFit’s 2014 Corporate Challenge.“It’s shaping up to be a fantastic event and if you’re interested in signing up your business for the event then contact us ASAP. For more information on NorthFit’s corporate event then check out their links below to find out more.Website – http://north-fit.com/2014-corporate-challenge/Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/2014-Corporate-Challenge/1510049295905738Twitter – https://twitter.com/northfit1 DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN JASON BACKS NORTHFIT CORPORATE FITNESS EVENT was last modified: September 24th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesJason BlacknewsNorthfit Corporate Fitness
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The sugar industry convinced the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) that studies that might persuade people to cut back on sugary foods should not be part of a national plan to fight childhood tooth decay, a new study of historical documents argues. The authors say the industry’s activities, which occurred more than 40 years ago, are reminiscent of the tobacco companies’ efforts to minimize the risks of smoking.University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), health policy postdoc Cristin Kearns came across the 319 letters, meeting minutes, and other documents dating from 1959 to 1971 in the papers of Roger Adams, an organic chemist at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, who consulted for sugar industry–funded research organizations. Kearns found that sugar companies acknowledged as far back as 1950 that consuming sugar contributed to tooth decay. Yet the industry “adopted a strategy to deflect attention” away from reducing sugar consumption and toward ways of reducing its harms, she and her co-authors write.For example, sugar and food companies funded research on a vaccine to prevent tooth decay and on adding an enzyme to foods to break up dental plaque. 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After gathering the industry group’s input, NIDR included 78% of its recommendations in its first request for research proposals, the UCSF team found in their analysis, published online today in PLOS Medicine. “What didn’t get done is [research on] developing objective tests to categorize foods as to whether they are safe or harmful to teeth,” Kearns says. That lack of information has limited the ability of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to label certain foods as cavity-promoting, she says.UCSF co-author Stanton Glantz compares the sugar industry’s tactics with what tobacco companies did in persuading the National Cancer Institute not to fund smoking cessation programs. “Our findings are a wake-up call for government officials charged with protecting the public health, as well as public health advocates, to understand that the sugar industry, like the tobacco industry, seeks to protect profits over public health,” Glantz said in a press release. Glantz uncovered tobacco industry documents in the 1990s that led to multibillion-dollar settlements with dozens of state governments.Lillian Shum, director of extramural research at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (the former NIDR), says she can’t comment on the PLOS Medicine study because “that was 40 years ago and there’s nobody still here who was involved.” But the institute’s current research agenda on dental caries includes the role of eating sugary foods, she notes. And the need to limit sugar consumption “is a message that we deliver,” Shum adds.The Sugar Association, which grew out of one of the industry groups analyzed in the paper, says its staff could not comment directly on the period discussed in the paper. But its statement attacks the paper’s authors for their “use of attention-grabbing headlines and scare tactics that liken consumption of all-natural sugar … to a known carcinogen,” calling it “a ‘textbook’ play from the activist agenda.” The association notes that U.S. dietary guidelines advise the public to lower their risk of cavities by reducing the amount of time that sugars and starches are in contact with teeth before brushing.
Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Magnolia and San Miguel Beer swung wildly at each other, building runs and momentum that had everyone guessing until—literally—the final second. To top it all, a masked Avenger stormed the court and created a fracas that only heightened the endgame drama.So in pondering over Game 6, big man Ian Sangalang went for humor.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, logistics“I just hope the Avengers won’t be storming the court on Sunday,” he said. “Maybe Thanos is already there.”Coach Chito Victolero, on the verge of pulling off a feat no one would have thought possible except for the guys in his locker room, opted for perspective. Mark Barroca was responsible for that victory, hitting the winning jumper at the buzzer just as Magnolia seems to have lost steam for the last time in the match.Thanks to Spidey.San Miguel Beer had trimmed a 13-point deficit to just 84-76 when a fan dressed in a Spider-man costume stormed the court, even knocking down June Mar Fajardo in the process.The costumed spectator will face multiple charges, the Inquirer learned late Friday night.Police Staff Sergeant Oliver Bocade of Quezon City Police Department’s Station 7 said that 31-year-old Paolo Felizarta is facing charges of unjust vexation, alarm and scandal.Bocade said Felizarta simply wanted to send across a message, which was “to be wise in this coming election.”Sangalang, however, said the incident nearly had major repercussions for the Hotshots.“The game stopped. We were knocked out of focus,” Sangalang said.The Beermen managed to tie the game at 86 on a Terrence Romeo trey but a series of empty possessions that highlighted San Miguel’s shooting woes allowed Barroca to nail the game-winner for a 3-2 series lead.“I think it was evident that our shot selection was poor,” coach Leo Austria said. “It’s hard to win when you’re only making 29.8 percent of your field goals.” Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “We [may] have arrested our rebounding woes, but we’re not able to execute in the last few possessions especially when their big men were in foul trouble,” he added. “I guess the break is not on our side. There was a lot of drama, too, earlier.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Nobody believes we can [dethrone San Miguel Beer],” said Victolero. “We’re maybe the only ones who believe. But whenever we believe, good things happen to us. That’s why it’s our battle cry.”The Hotshots will be screaming that war cry when they take the court against the Beermen in Game 6 Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum, hoping that the 6:30 p.m. tip-off will be the last for the series.Meanwhile, they face serious questions. Most notably: Will Paul Lee see action?“I’m OK,” Lee told reporters when asked about his left shoulder, which he hurt after colliding with San Miguel’s Marcio Lassiter late in Game 5.“So far, it’s nothing serious. We just have to observe it continuously. We’ve ran tests earlier and I’m feeling fine,” said Lee, who finished with 12 points in Magnolia’s heart-stopping 88-86 win.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 There was too much to process Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum, after a wild Game 5 in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Warriors move on to conference finals despite missing Kevin Durant View comments
The I-League kicks off on Friday with the All India Football Federation’s development side Indian Arrows and Chennai City FC face each other in the opening match at the Nehru Stadium in Coimbatore.Despite the league’s uncertain future due to the impending restructuring of the country’s football structure, the new season of the country’s top league starts with a lot of promise following a fantastic previous season and a fair amount of buzz due to Real Kashmir’s debut in the top division.Eleven clubs from 10 states will vie for top honours in the league which will continue for over six months.Before the @ILeagueOfficial 2018-19 begins on 26th October, the season kicks off through a glittering opening ceremony at the capital city.#HeroILeague #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/1IqRMYj9bwHero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) October 24, 2018Srinagar-based Real Kashmir FC are making their debut in the I-League after winning the second division league earlier this year.There is quite a buzz in the Kashmir Valley in anticipation of the first I-League coming to Srinagar and also after the two-year-old club scooped a major sponsorship deal with global sportswear major Adidas.READ – I-League debutants Real Kashmir FC putting hope on the mapSince the launch of the cash-rich franchise-based Indian Super League in 2013, the I-League has been the poor cousin of the ISL, though the All Indian Football Federation would still describe it as the top league in the country.In terms of the spectators turning out during matches or the playing conditions and pitch, the I-League seemed to be inferior to the ISL though majority of its matches were also telecast live.advertisementBut surprisingly, the competitiveness among the teams and even the quality of football, according to experts, were almost similar in both the leagues last season.Indian Arrows’ boys are gearing up for the @ILeagueOfficial opener against @ChennaiCityFC tomorrow. #HeroILeague #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/PKzaa21ndoHero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) October 25, 2018In the previous season, the I-League went down the wire with four clubs — Minerva Punjab, Neroca, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal — in title contention going into the final match day. Minerva Punjab eventually lifted their maiden title with three points ahead of Neroca, who in turn, secured just one point more than third and fourth placers Mohun Bagan and East Bengal.Churchill Brothers, who finished ninth out of 10 teams last season, were to be relegated as AIFF’s developmental side Indian Arrows were immune to this rule, but the Goan side got a breather and were retained this season.”Now that the restructuring is going to happen, we thought there was no harm in retaining Churchill Brothers (for this upcoming season) as relegating them would see no representation from the whole of West India,” AIFF senior vice-president Subrata Dutta said at the I-League launch ceremony.ARE YOU READY FOR OUR 1ST HOME MATCH OF HERO I LEAGUE??? pic.twitter.com/2cUp9y6mUSNeroca FC (@NerocaFC) October 23, 2018The AIFF has for some time been seized with this issue of restructuring of domestics football structure and from the hints dropped by the brass of the national federation, including its president Praful Patel, a final decision is on the cards.Current I-League sides and easily the two clubs with the most popular fan-base Mohun Bagan and East Bengal are set to join the ISL bandwagon next season.With the departure of the two biggest clubs in the country, the stature of the I-League will fall a notch down though the AIFF officials sought to play down this kind of eventuality.The name — I-League — itself may be change and is most likely to relegated to the second tier status.For the current season, however, it is hard to pick the favourites to dominate the league though as usual the Big Two of Kolkata have the star power of individual brilliance.Haitian International Sony Norde, who helped Mohun Bagan win their lone I-League title in 2014-15, is back to don the Green and Maroon colours.Welcome Back to Your Den@sony_norde_16 #joymohunbagan#missionileague pic.twitter.com/lDyvbHUkPuMohun Bagan (@Mohun_Bagan) October 11, 2018Norde left Mohun Bagan after suffering a knee injury midway last season but now he has signed a new contract and is likely to be available from his side’s second match.With I-League’s best striker in the last two seasons, Cameroonian Aser Dipanda Dicka in their ranks also, Mohun Bagan’s lethal strike force should be a worry for other clubs.They won the Kolkata League this season at the expense of arch-rivals East Bengal.advertisementEast Bengal, meanwhile, has strengthened its defence by signing Costa Rican World Cupper Jhonny Acosta Zamora in search of their maiden I-League title. The 5-year-old Zamora played in all of the Costa Rica’s group matches in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Defending champions Minerva Punjab will continue their reliance on the young players from their academy and domestic players with some quality foreigners.Last year also, they did not have many big names in their ranks but went onto win the title.Here is an interesting fact!October 26, 1947: Maharaja Hari Singh agrees to the accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India. Instrument of accession’ was signed.October 26, 2018: I-League will have a team from Kashmir for the first time. @realkashmirfc Who else knew this? pic.twitter.com/UQM1joR7IXGokulam Kerala FC (@GokulamKeralaFC) October 16, 2018″Just like last year, we will play as a team and try to defend the title,” Souvik Das said.Manipur side Neroca, which finished second in their first season last year, have signed a new coach Manuel Retamero Fraile and the Spaniard is set to herald a change in playing style from his predecessor Gift Raikhan’s direct football to possession and short passing system.”We want to win the I-League this time, or at least we cannot go down the second spot. The football-crazy people of Manipur will not accept a position lower than that from the last season. We have a new coach and with it a new playing style,” Lalit Thapa, captain of the Imphal-based side, said.The I-League this year will be broadcast live on the Star Sports Network and their digital platform Hotstar along with Jio TV.The 12th edition will also be rewarding for the players with significant prize money at stake for the top teams. The champions will pocket Rs 1 crore while the runners-up, third place and fourth place teams will get Rs 60 lakh, Rs 40 lakh and Rs 25 lakh respectively.The 11 participating teams – Minerva Punjab FC (Punjab), Aizawl FC (Mizoram), NEROCA FC (Manipur), Shillong Lajong FC (Meghalaya), Mohun Bagan & Quess East Bengal (West Bengal), Gokulam Kerala FC (Kerala), Churchill Brothers (Goa), Indian Arrows, Chennai City FC (Tamil Nadu), Real Kashmir FC (Jammu & Kashmir)(With inputs from PTI)
zoom The International Transport Workers’ Federation called the recent moves by the Panama Canal Authority (PCA) an open attack on trade unions “which is in clear breach of the country’s international commitments.”As explained by the ITF, the condemnation came as the PCA sought to use the courts to close down the ITF-affiliated Unión de Capitanes y Oficiales de Cubierta (UCOC – Panamanian Tugboat Captains’ Union).ITF President Paddy Crumlin said: “The PCA is currently seeking to appeal against a Labor Relations Board decision which was taken as a result of a Supreme Court decision in 2009 and, in doing so, to seek de-recognition and invalidation of the UCOC. The PCA’s petition also calls for the Supreme Court to immediately suspend, as a precautionary measure, the recognition of the union pending its final decision and to seize and freeze the union’s assets.”ITF general secretary Steve Cotton described the move as a fundamental breach of the International Labour Organization (ILO) principles of freedom of association which the Panamanian government rightly adopted.“The PCA is acting like a state within a state. It is impossible to avoid the suspicion that behind its legal submission is a particularly drastic attempt to avoid having to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with the UCOC – with a side helping of revenge for trade unions’ rightful attempts to question the PCA’s behaviour,” he said.In August of this year the ITF and four Panamanian trade unions, including the UCOC, made a formal complaint to the ILO over the PCA’s behaviour. According to ITF seafarers’ section chair David Heindel, the PCA’s move is at least in part motivated by that complaint.“It also looks like an attempt to distract attention from the delays and problems with the opening of the third set of locks in the canal and to cover up the substantial safety and operational issues arising from the waterway’s current operation,” he added.Press Release