Sports Wrap: Karmakar creates history, Kohli backs Gayle to fire and more

first_img1. Dipa Karmakar becomes first Indian gymnast to qualify for OlympicsDipa Karmakar has made history by becoming the first ever Indian gymnast to qualify for the Olympics. In the final qualifier of the Olympic Test event in Rio de Janeiro, she put up an impressive show. The Tripura girl secured 13.366 and 12.566 points in beam and floor exercises. Her strong show in the qualifier has assured a berth for the upcoming Rio Olympics starting August.2. Messi’s 500th career goal in vain as Barcelona lose againLionel Messi scored his 500th career goal in the 63rd to end a five-game scoring slump that was his worst with Barcelona in five years. However, it was not enough as Barcelona suffered their fourth straight loss to open the Spanish League wide open.3. Gayle’s form not a big concern, says KohliThe Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli is not worried about Chris Gayle’s poor form and said the dashing opener is just one knock away from a big score. “I am sure he will come good at some stage of the tournament. Probably, he may get hundred for us when it’s required the most. I am not too worried about Gayle, because the other guys are stepping up nicely,” Kohli said.4. We were confident of chasing 192, says Quinton de KockQuinton de Kock, who struck a quick-fire 51-ball 108 to guide Delhi Daredevils to a seven-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore, said his side was confident of chasing down 192 on a batting-friendly M Chinnaswamy track. “We were confident of chasing 192 because it was gettable on a batting track like this and to achieve that we focused on saving wickets till the end trying to capitalize by accelerating in last overs,” De Kock said.advertisement5. Mumbai Indians opt for Jaipur as their alternate venueDefending champions Mumbai Indians have opted for Jaipur’s Sawai Man Singh Stadium as their home ground in the 9th edition of Indian Premier League cricket tournament after Board of Control for Cricket in India decided to shift all matches of the cash-rich league from the drought-hit west Indian state of Maharashtra.last_img read more

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Tyron Johnson, Madre Harper Out Against Pitt

first_imgWide receiver Tyron Johnson and cornerback Madre Harper did not make the trip to Pittsburgh Saturday and, thus, will not play, John Holcomb reports.We heard rumblings that Johnson would not play on Saturday, but the reason neither traveled for the game was not given. We believe it’s discipline related.Mike Gundy intends to address their absence after the game. Tyron Johnson and Madre Harper did not make the trip and will not play for OSU at Pitt today.— John Holcomb (@holcombOKBLITZ) September 16, 2017Johnson, who has logged 87 receiving yards and 1 TD this season, is listed as OSU’s backup receiver to James Washington. He is also OSU’s kick return man, so his absence could be a big factor against Pitt.Harper is a reserve defensive back listed as the backup to Rodarius Williams. With Harper out, it could open up a larger role Saturday for Clemson transfer Adrian Baker or Malik Kearse.In addition to missing vital backups in Johnson and Harper, the Cowboys will also be without linebacker Calvin Bundage for the first half, and the status of starting Star linebacker Kenneth Edison-McGruder is still unknown after suffering an undisclosed injury in practice more than a week ago.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Legendary College Football Fan Dies In Car Accident

first_imgPaul Finebaum explains why Clemson will lose.An iconic college football fan and caller into The Paul Finebaum Show on the SEC Network has tragically passed away.Tammy Renae Bullard, an Auburn football fanatic and frequent caller into the national radio show, was killed in an auto accident on an Alabama highway on Friday. Bullard’s 3-year-old granddaughter also passed away.AL.com had the tragic details:Alabama State Trooper Cpl. Jimmy Harrell said the driver of a commercial vehicle carrying some kind of explosive material was traveling eastbound when he possibly blew a tire and the truck overturned on its side.It then veered into oncoming traffic in the westbound lane and collided with an SUV carrying the woman and the child. Both have been confirmed dead. The truck driver was flown to UAB Hospital’s Trauma Center.Harrell said authorities evacuated all businesses and homes within a one-mile radius because of the unknown hazardous material. Emergency crews remained on the scene for several hours.Finebaum took to Twitter to pay his respects.“It is with a heavy heart that we share the news our friend and loyal Auburn fan Tammy has died,” he announced.It is with a heavy heart that we share the news our friend and loyal Auburn fan Tammy has died. #RIPTammy pic.twitter.com/ZdDCZPFJwX— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) November 16, 2018Rest in peace, Tammy.last_img read more

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Paul Finebaum Thinks The “Hottest” Rivalry In The SEC Is Georgia vs. Florida

first_imgAn extreme closeup of ESPN's Paul Finebaum.ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)The Georgia vs. Florida football rivalry is one of the best – and most evenly match – in the country. According to Paul Finebaum, it’s also the “hottest” in the SEC right now.Finebaum sat down for an interview with DawgNation this week and stated that he believes the current rivalry between the Bulldogs and the Gators is the best in the league. He thinks that Florida believes it’s close to Georgia, while Bulldogs fans think they’re crazy.Here’s the quote, via Mike Griffith:“I believe right now, based on what I’ve heard, based one what I do every day listening to callers, I believe it’s the hottest rivalry in the SEC right now,” Finebaum told DawgNation in an exclusive interview at the SEC Spring Meetings last week.“I think there’s a sense at Florida that they are gaining and literally breathing down Georgia’s neck, that’s been promoted by Dan Mullen, and I’ve heard it,” he said. “Georgia fans are like, ‘are you kidding me?’The past two years have seen blowout victories for Georgia. The Bulldogs took care of business 42-7 in 2017 and 36-17 in 2018. Overall, the Bulldogs lead the series as well – either 51-43-2 or 52-43-2, depending upon which side you ask. In theory, the Bulldogs should be favored again in 2019. The program came a few plays away from qualifying for the College Football Playoff a year ago in a close loss to Alabama. They’ve also been recruiting at a high level.Regardless, this year’s game should have some extra juice. We can’t wait for it.last_img read more

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BCCI has no intention to lecture Ashwin after ‘Mankading’ controversy: Official

first_imgBCCI has no intention to lecture Ashwin after ‘Mankading’ controversy: OfficialR Ahswin ran out Jos Buttler, who was at the non-striker’s end, on his delivery stride. The ‘Mankading’ incident has since divided the cricketing community on the ‘spirit of the game’.advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiMarch 26, 2019UPDATED: March 26, 2019 17:30 IST R Ashwin Mankaded Jos Buttler in the IPL 2019 match between RR and KXIP (IPL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSR Ashwin ‘Mankaded’ Jos Buttler and became the first batsman to be dismissed in that manner in IPL historyAshwin after the match defended himself, aymning that what he did was well within the rules of the gameShane Warne and Paddy Upton of Rajasthan Royals lashed out at the Indian spinner, questioning his integrityThe Indian cricket board will not be “lecturing Ravichandran Ashwin on sportsman spirit” despite the furore that has been kicked up by his act of ‘Mankading’ Jos Buttler in an IPL game, a senior BCCI official said Tuesday.The seasoned off-spinner, who is the captain of Kings XI Punjab, ran out the Rajasthan Royals opener, who was at the non-striker’s end, on his delivery stride in an IPL match in Jaipur on Monday. The act has left the cricket world divided on the ‘spirit of the game’.Ashwin has defended himself stating that what he did was well within the rules of the game. But Royals Brand Ambassador Shane Warne and coach Paddy Upton have lashed out at the tweaker, questioning his integrity.However, the Indian cricket board said there is no need for it to step in.”There is no question of lecturing Ashwin on spirit of the game. He did what is permissible within the rules of the game. The umpires and match referees are there to ensure that players compete as per laws of the game,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.”So, the BCCI is not getting involved. As far as Shane Warne is concerned, let’s not forget he is Rajasthan Royals brand ambassador and not a neutral observer,” he added.IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla’s tweet that it was decided in presence of Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli that players won’t be ‘Mankaded’ was before the international rules were changed, claimed a former league Governing Council member.advertisement”I am well aware about the meeting Shukla ji is referring to. It was before the new rules came into the effect where bowlers need not warn the batsmen before Mankading. In that meeting, it was decided that bowlers would at least warn the batsmen,” the former GC member said.Asked if Dhoni would have done it, the official said: “MS would have never done it but does that make Ashwin wrong? He is someone who is very thorough with rules and regulations and will always exploit the loopholes. There is nothing that can be done.Also Read | Mankading is like back-stabbing: BCCI official on R Ashwin’s run out of Jos ButtlerFor 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 Tags :Follow R AshwinFollow ashwin mankads buttlerFollow Jos ButtlerFollow IPL 2019Follow BCCIFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow Rajasthan Royalslast_img read more

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Lizzie Borden Wraps Nova Scotia Shoot

first_imgLizzie Borden, a $6 million dollar made for TV movie for Lifetime, has finished production in the province, creating jobs and shooting at various locations around Nova Scotia. “Attracting investments of this size creates good jobs for our talented workforce and generates economic spinoffs for the local economy,” said Graham Steele, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “We are delighted that the Lizzie Borden team selected Nova Scotia as their filming destination.” The biopic follows the story of Lizzie Borden, the infamous woman acquitted of murdering her father and stepmother with an axe in Fall River, Mass., in 1892. Local production company Magic Rock Productions, with the help of Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia, worked to secure this project – promoting the province’s locations, incentives and talented crew. Magic Rock is the local team behind productions such as the Columbia Tri-Star feature film Jumping the Broom, the Emmy nominated Memory Keeper’s Daughter and Bag of Bones, the Stephen King miniseries for A and E starring Pierce Brosnan. “We were delighted with the production opportunities that Nova Scotia provided us,” said Sony Pictures Television executive producer Judith Verno. “There are a many details that go into a period piece. Finding the right locations and getting to work with such a terrific crew were paramount to the success of the shoot. “We were very fortunate to work in Nova Scotia where all aspects of the production exceeded our expectations, including the beautiful locations, and especially the dedicated and experienced crew that made our vision a reality and who worked so well even under time and budget constraints. We are looking forward to our next opportunity to film in Nova Scotia.” The production stars Christina Ricci (Sleepy Hollow), Clea DuVall (Argo), along with local actors John Dunsworth (Trailer Park Boys) and Shawn Doyle (The Disappeared). They have shot in various locations around Nova Scotia including Lunenburg, Hantsport, Windsor and various locations within Halifax Regional Municipality such as Granville Mall, South Park St. Cemetery and King’s College. “Michael Mahoney, Valerie Halman and the Magic Rock team were instrumental in securing this production for the province,” said Lisa Bugden, president and CEO of Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia. “Throughout the years this local production company has worked with many studios to bring guest productions to Nova Scotia. They are champions of the province and help to profile our accomplishments to international audiences.” Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia is the lead development agency for the creative industries in the province. Providing a variety of loans, investments, programs and services, the agency works to support the growth and development of Nova Scotia’s creative enterprises.last_img read more

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Unbridled Love Royal New Years Eve Start Filming in Vancouver Area

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Unbridled Love (TV Movie)Following the death of her aunt, Sarah returns home to her Uncle’s farm for the holidays. Although she was hoping to find comfort in her family’s Christmas traditions, her uncle’s plan is to avoid them altogether. In the midst of their tension, a handsome Hollywood celebrity named Graham comes knocking, looking to use the farm as research for his next film. It takes some wooing for Graham to convince Sarah to let him use the property, but as he begins his work, Sarah finds herself in love with Graham. Between her family struggles and her new romance with Graham, Sarah winds up with a Christmas she’ll never forget.Unbridled Love stars Oakville, Ontario native Lindy Booth (Dawn of the Dead, The Librarians), Kristoffer Polaha (Where Hope Grows, Get Shorty) and Treat Williams (Chesapeake Shores, Chicago Fire).READ MOREcenter_img Facebook LINDY BOOTH LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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US Tim Hortons franchisee group sues RBI over alleged price gouging equity

first_imgA group of U.S. Tim Hortons franchisees filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging their parent company engaged in price gouging and equity theft.Restaurant Brands International “established a very aggressive and improper investment strategy in the Tim Hortons franchisee system, which resulted in the economic squeezing of Tim Hortons franchisees by RBI,” reads the suit filed in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida court on behalf of the American chapter of the Great White North Franchisee Association.None of the allegations have been proven in court and RBI disputes the allegations.The U.S. GWNFA group, which says it represents about half of all American Tim Hortons franchisees, claims RBI and Tim Hortons USA strip them of income and profit through increased and improper franchisee fees.RBI raised the prices of necessary products and services — like food supplies, paper cups, containers and cleaning supplies — that franchisees must purchase from approved vendors, according to the suit. These prices are “significantly above” open market prices, the suit alleges.Tim Hortons franchisees pay $104.08 more per case of Applewood bacon than Wendy’s franchisees do, according to the court documents, and $23.85 more for boxes of diet and regular Coke.It also claims the company requires franchisees who want to sell their stores to first offer it to the company for the five-year declining depreciated value of the furniture, fixtures and equipment.The GWNFA wants the court to declare the practices a breach of contract.RBI spokeswoman Devinder Lamsar said in an emailed statement that the lawsuit “does not at all reflect the facts.”She said the company “will respond in due course with the facts to this U.S.-based claim” and that RBI works closely with its Canadian and U.S. advisory boards made up of franchisees committed to its plan to grow the business and franchisee profitability.“These franchisees have been unfairly squeezed by Tim Hortons/RBI to the point where they are, in many cases, no longer viable businesses,” said Jerry Marks, one of the lawyers representing the GWNFA in this case, in a statement.“We expect to stop this type of abusive franchisor behaviour.”RBI is also facing two lawsuits from the Canadian GWNFA chapter, including one alleging the company improperly used money from a national advertising fund.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:QSR)last_img read more

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Cong may include Healthcare Act promise in manifesto says Rahul

first_imgRaipur: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said his party is considering inclusion of a Right to Healthcare Act promise in its manifesto for the ensuing Lok Sabha election to guarantee minimum healthcare to all.Gandhi also criticised the Ayushman Bharat flagship health scheme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and termed the programme as a handout to 15-20 select businessmen of the country. He was interacting with medical professionals during the concluding session of the two day national convention on Health for all organised by an NGO here. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”In our manifesto, we are considering three things: Including Right to Healthcare Act by which we can guarantee a certain minimum healthcare to all Indians; increasing our healthcare expenditure to 3 per cent of the GDP and increasing the number of doctors and healthcare professionals, Gandhi said answering a question from the professionals. Gandhi also asserted that if his party is elected to power in the 2019 general elections, its focus will be on increasing expenditure on healthcare and education. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”India is transitioning from a rural system to urban system. There is a massive shifting taking place and it is a painful shift. It is not an easy shift, it is a traumatic shift,” he said. Gandhi said there are three things that any government in the 21st century has to do to protect Indias citizens. “First we have to fix unemployment problem and second is we have to give low cost high-quality education. The third thing is that we have to ensure better healthcare system, he said. “These to me are non-negotiable things. If we dont do all of these, we are not going to be successful, he added. Gandhi said the biggest cause of falling back into poverty is healthcare. “Everybody knows that. Healthcare in the sense is foundation. We have to ensure that this foundation is built firmly. A Congress government in 2019 is dramatically going to increase the amount of money in healthcare and education, he said. We are not going to put money in waste that allows limited number of people to make massive amount of money, he said. He said that is how he views the Ayushman Bharat scheme. “I see it as a limited scheme that is targeting very limited number of healthcare issues. If I want to be frank it is a handout to the 15-20 richest businessmen in India. That is not the type of scheme we are going to put in, he said. “My main criticism of the Ayushman Bharat scheme is that it gives insurance without proper support structure from hospital and medical professionals. Without the capacity to deliver the medical care, no insurance system can function”, he said.last_img read more

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North American stock markets pull back as US outlook remains cloudy

TORONTO – North American stock markets weakened on Friday as traders soured to the latest U.S. jobs figures, and the Nasdaq was hammered on falling technology stocks.The S&P/TSX composite index closed 9.11 points lower to 14,393.10, while the Canadian dollar ended 0.48 of a cent higher at 91.07 cents US.The declines were even steeper on Wall Street where investors took a mostly negative stance on the March jobs data, which they had hoped would show a steady recovery after emerging from an intense winter season.The Dow Jones industrials slid 159.84 points to 16,412.71, and the S&P 500 index gave back 23.68 points to 1,865.09.The Nasdaq fell 2.6 per cent to close at its lowest level in about two months, falling 110.01 points to 4,127.73. Tech stocks were the major drag, as influential names like Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon all moved lower as growth momentum that’s played out in the sector this year started to lose steam.Traders have been looking for reassurance that the U.S. economy is solid, but despite key economic data throughout the week that pointed to reasons for confidence, the indexes haven’t followed suit.The U.S. Labor Department reported that American employers added 192,000 jobs in March, which fell slightly short of consensus predictions of about 195,000 and was lower than February.“The recovery is perhaps not as strong as one would hope, but the revisions to previous figures suggest that the overall results are quite positive all the same,” wrote Desjardins senior economist Francis Genereux in a note.Overall, employment growth helped back up opinions of a recovery in the U.S. economy, but that sentiment was fuelled by a positive revision to numbers for January and February. The U.S. unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7 per cent.The employment figures couldn’t to shift perceptions about where the Federal Reserve is headed. During the past few months, the Fed has been reducing its monetary stimulus amid mounting evidence of a sustainable economic recovery in the U.S.All in all, the U.S. jobs report provided “further evidence that the economy is rebounding from the chill of an unusually severe, stormy winter,” wrote CIBC World Markets senior economist Peter Buchanan in a note.Domestic jobs data got a better reception, as Statistics Canada said 43,000 new jobs were added in March.The increase eased Canada’s unemployment rate down a tenth of a point to 6.9 per cent — matching a post-recession low — but most of the gains were in part-time positions and the vast majority of the new jobs went to young Canadians.“I tend to not see that necessarily as a great sign for the Canadian economy,” said Kevin Headland, director of the portfolio advisory group at Manulife Asset Management.“It is positive because we are creating jobs, especially for the youth, but not very high-quality jobs.”As enthusiasm surrounding the U.S. economy subsided, gold prices moved higher. June bullion gained US$18.90 to US$1,303.50 an ounce, while May copper was relatively unchanged at US$3.02 a pound.Oil continued to trade above US$100 a barrel with May crude settling 85 cents higher to US$101.14 a barrel.Shares in Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) climbed nearly 27 per cent after the company said results for the first quarter will be better than expected. Improved revenues and lower costs will help earnings remain in-line with the same time last year, the airline said. The new outlook erases a $15 million to $30 million shortfall that the company had initially anticipated in the period. Air Canada stock rose $1.54 to $7.30. by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 4, 2014 5:50 am MDT North American stock markets pull back as U.S. outlook remains cloudy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Penn West shares plunge after SEC files fraud charges involving three former

by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 28, 2017 11:44 am MDT Last Updated Jun 28, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Penn West shares plunge after SEC files fraud charges involving three former execs CALGARY – Shares in Penn West Petroleum dropped sharply Wednesday morning after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced it had filed fraud-related charges against it and three former finance executives.The Calgary-based oil and gas firm’s stock fell by as much as 10.34 per cent, or 18 cents, to a 52-week low of $1.56, after being halted on the Toronto Stock Exchange pending the announcement.The shares were down 10 cents at $1.64 in late-afternoon trading.The news came two days after Penn West (TSX:PWT) changed its name to Obsidian Energy Ltd., vowing to distance itself from its debt-burdened and scandal-tainted past.CEO David French says Penn West is co-operating with the U.S. securities regulator.“Our expectations are that there will be a discussion around remedy,” he said.“We don’t see there being a material effect to the business and we don’t think that there was intention in any way with what Penn West did at the time.”The SEC alleges the company and the three executives participated in a “multi-year accounting fraud” where hundreds of millions of dollars were moved from operating expense accounts to capital expenditure accounts to improve the appearance of its operating metrics.None of the allegations against Penn West and the former executives have been proven in court.The SEC charges involve accounting issues that led to the company reporting in September 2014 that it would restate its financial statements from 2012 to the first quarter of 2014.Last year, Penn West paid C$53 million to settle resulting class action lawsuits by Canadian and American shareholders.French said he is “disappointed” that an issue thought to have been resolved in the past has emerged when the company is trying to adopt a new path forward. He added that the issues that led to the accounting scandal have long been resolved by the appointing of new auditors and adoption of new accounting control practices.The SEC alleges that the accounting errors were orchestrated by former chief financial officer Todd Takeyasu, former vice-president of accounting and reporting Jeffery Curran, and former operations controller Waldemar Grab.They, along with the company, are charged with violating “anti-fraud, reporting, books and records and internal controls provisions” of U.S. securities laws.“The SEC seeks permanent injunctions and monetary relief against all the defendants, officer-and-director bars from Takeyasu and Curran, and a clawback of incentive-based compensation awarded to Takeyasu,” it said in a news release.It said Grab is co-operating with the litigation and has agreed without admission of guilt to a settlement including permanent injunctions and a ban on acting as an officer or director.Takeyasu’s New York lawyer, Richard Albert, said his client plans to defend himself “vigorously” against the SEC charges as they are “utterly without merit.”Phone messages left for Takeyasu and Grab were not immediately returned. Attempts to contact Curran were unsuccessful.The SEC said its investigation found no personal misconduct by two former Penn West CEOs, Murray Nunns and David Roberts, who reimbursed the company for cash bonuses and certain stock awards they received during the period of the alleged violations.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. read more

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At UN meeting in Geneva Ban spotlights trade as driver of global

Speaking at the WTO’s annual Public Forum during his trip to Geneva, the Secretary-General admitted that trade provides a unique fuel for economic growth but cautioned that its benefits could often be distributed inequitably, by-passing women, young people and the least advantaged and leaving environmental degradation in its wake.“Trade provides a path to accelerated growth and prosperity,” affirmed Mr. Ban. “International trade is an essential component of an integrated effort to end poverty, ensure food security and promote economic growth.” “The question is not whether trade matters, but how we can make trade a better driver of equitable, sustainable development,” he added. Mr. Ban warned, however, that trade could have “profoundly negative impacts” on the environment in the manner of carbon emissions emitted through production, transport and the consumption of traded goods and urged the integration of least developed and land-locked developing countries into a more sustainable trading ecosystem.In particular, he delineated a three-point strategy in which trade would have a “major role,” including the acceleration of the MDGs process and the obtainment of the predefined targets; the creation of “a universal, legal, climate change agreement” by the end of December 2015; and the outlining of a future development agenda defined as the sustainable development goals. Moreover, he called for “an open, fair, rules-based and development-oriented international trading regime” which would correct market distortions, permit least developed countries to benefit from duty-free and quota-free exports, and address countries’ internal impediments to trade such as bureaucratic inefficiencies, lack of productive capacity and inadequate infrastructure. “As part of the sustainable development goals, we must promote policy coherence between the economic, financial and trade systems and environmental sustainability, including the climate change agreement,” reiterated Mr. Ban. The WTO Public Forum is the Geneva-based agency’s annual outreach event, which provides a platform for participants to discuss the latest developments in world trade and to propose ways of enhancing the multilateral trading system. According to the WTO, the event regularly attracts over 1,500 representatives from civil society, academia, business, the media, governments, parliamentarians and inter-governmental organizations.In his remarks to the event, the Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo, echoed Mr. Ban’s emphasis on trade as a driver of sustainable development for the world’s poorest countries.“By boosting development, trade has helped to cut poverty around the world,” Mr. Carvalho de Azevêdo explained to the gathered delegates. “For many, trade has meant better opportunities, better healthcare, better conditions in which to raise a family and greater opportunities to lead healthy, productive lives.”The Director-General cited trade as “a force for good, a source for jobs” and noted that developing countries were among the most vocal supporters of trade today, pointing out that it had played a large role in the rapid growth of emerging markets and of the south-south trade routes. “Our aim is to open markets,” he proclaimed, “but it is also to support less developed countries to participate, to prevent harmful practices, and to provide a fair system where rules are agreed by all, where disputes are settled in an open and transparent manner, and where everyone has a seat at the table.” read more

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UN rights chief denounces unacceptable charges of terrorism by Philippines Duterte against

“He needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric examination,” Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussen, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, told reporters on Friday during a press conference in Geneva, which covered a range of other issues, including the situations in Venezuela and Myanmar.Mr. Zeid said the Philippine Government had added UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz’s name to the “alleged membership of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army,” which has been designated a terrorist organization.According to Mr. Zeid, Ms. Corpuz believes that she has been targeted because of her comments on the attacks and killings of indigenous people in Mindanao.“This is of course unacceptable for a special rapporteur acting on behalf of the international community whose expertise is sought by the Human Rights Council to be treated in this way,” the High Commissioner said.“And I hope and expect the Human Rights Council to respond accordingly,” he added.Turning to the “outrageous attacks” made by Mr. Duterte against Agnes Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial summary or arbitrary Executions, Mr. Zeid stressed: “These attacks cannot go unanswered.”Mr. Zeid called it “absolutely disgraceful that the president of a country could speak in this way, using the foulest of language against a rapporteur that is highly respected.”Since 1 July 2016, the year Mr. Duterte took office, thousands of people in the Philippines have reportedly been killed for their alleged involvement in illegal drug use or trafficking. While some killings have reportedly occurred in the context of clashes between or within gangs, it is suspected that many incidents involved extra-judicial killings in the course of police anti-drug operations, according to the Court.In February, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that she would open preliminary examinations into the Government of the Philippine’s “war on drugs.” read more

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The WildCard Winner Is The Team To Beat In The NL

On Tuesday, I previewed the American League playoffs, and today, it’s the National League’s turn. Compared to the AL, the NL playoffs are much more chaotic. Judging by the teams’ run differentials, there are no clear tiers, as there were in the AL. The preseason consensus pick for NL champion (the Washington Nationals) didn’t make the dance, and the three best teams in the NL all play in the same division (the NL Central), which means that two of them will have to face each other in a wild-card play-in game. One of the NL’s foremost contenders is doomed to sit out the remainder of October.1Living in Chicago, I’m not bitter or anything. Do I seem bitter? I’m not bitter. Whoever survives, though, will have the best chance of winning the World Series of any NL team.2The Cubs and Pirates chances are lower than the other teams’ for now, but once one of them is out of the way, the winner’s odds will essentially double because the coin-flip nature of the wild-card game is behind it.As if that wasn’t enough, it’s hard to evaluate two division champions that have seen unusual bouts of good and bad luck, which are unlikely to persist in the playoffs. And the two most surprising contenders (the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs) have ridden incredible waves of young talent into the postseason, waves that may or may not have already crested.So there are no world-beaters, like the Toronto Blue Jays. There is only entropy. As the field stands going into tonight’s wild-card game, the most likely National League team to win the World Series (the St. Louis Cardinals) has only a slightly better chance than it would if we awarded the Series by picking a team at random. Come the divisional series, there will be eight teams left, and the Cardinals barely have a better than 1 in 8 shot of winning it all. Chicago Cubs(Chance of winning the World Series: 7 percent)The Cubs are the second-youngest team in the postseason (when you weight the team’s age by its players’ production), coming in at an average of 25.6 years, just a smidge over the Houston Astros.3Who have an average weighted age of 25.5. That’s important because MLB is in the midst of a surge in youth production. The shape of baseball’s aging curve seems to be changing — young players are becoming better earlier and old guys are falling off faster.You can see that in the accuracy of projections: Players 25 and younger outperformed their projected wins above replacement by a grand total of 43.6 WAR.4Using Steamer projections from FanGraphs. Older players fell short by a nearly equal margin (44.7). These systematic errors in our predictions suggest that teams like the Cubs and Astros, who rely on green talent like Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa, may be better than we think. In addition, because some of that talent was called up in the middle of the season (e.g., Kyle Schwarber), this Cubs team is better than its full-year run differential suggests.But that potential won’t mean anything if they can’t get past the Pittsburgh Pirates in a one-game playoff that’s rigged to be random.Pittsburgh Pirates(Chance of winning the World Series: 8 percent)Like the Cubs, the Pirates have a tough road to the divisional series. That’s because the wild-card games are so unforgiving. Tonight, it’ll be the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta, owner of one of the most incredible second-half performances in major league history (and the same Jake Arrieta whose path to ace status has been very, very strange), versus the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole, who has one of the most electric fastballs in baseball. Arrieta has the edge.But Pittsburgh is playing at home, which is worth a few percentage points of win probability. Whether that cancels out the advantage in starting pitching partially depends on how much you believe in Arrieta. If he’s as good as his second-half ERA suggests, the Pirates may not have much of a chance. But pitching is a volatile alchemy; on a slightly off night, when batted balls find a few extra holes, Cole might be Arrieta’s equal.There are dozens of potential factors that could influence the outcome of this one game, ranging from temperature to manager skill, but let’s not fool ourselves. As hard as it is to predict a five- or seven-game series, attempting to forecast the outcome of any single game between nearly evenly matched teams is as close as you can come to a coin flip in sports. Anything can happen.New York Mets(Chance of winning the World Series: 9 percent)It’s difficult to talk about the Mets’ unexpected playoff run without invoking the name of their chief rival in the NL East, the Nationals. The Nationals suffered a well-documented collapse for somewhat mysterious reasons, which left the door open for the Mets squad to take the lead. The Mets seized on the opportunity, albeit not without some drama.The Mets come into the playoffs with mixed indications of how they’ll do. On the one hand, they had the easiest schedule of any playoff team, beating up on the Phillies, Braves, Marlins and the eviscerated shell of the Nationals. On the other hand, the Mets have excellent young starting pitchers who throw very hard (more than 20 percent of their pitches are faster than 95 mph, which leads the league). Hitters are extra vulnerable to high velocity pitching in the playoffs, so the Mets should have an advantage in October. This postseason is probably a year too early for the Mets to make a strong run at the championship (same for the Texas Rangers), but don’t let that diminish the joy of seeing Bartolo Colon potentially work his magic.Los Angeles Dodgers(Chance of winning the World Series: 12 percent)The numbers suggest that the Dodgers may be better than they appear. The Dodgers had the fourth-worst cluster luck in baseball this year, doing a terrible job of stringing together their hits and walks to maximize their run scoring. The good news is that there’s no reason to believe such poor clustering will continue into October.The Dodgers have a top of the rotation that is the envy of every team in baseball, with two potential Cy Young contenders in Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Kershaw has had his troubles in the playoffs before, but like the Dodgers’ cluster luck, such struggles are unlikely to persist. On paper, then, the Dodgers remain one of the World Series favorites, hampered only by potentially inefficient managing and a mediocre bullpen.St. Louis Cardinals(Chance of winning the World Series: 13 percent)These 2015 Cardinals are doing something we don’t understand: Over the course of the year, their pitching staff stranded baserunners at a rate (79.4 percent) that has rarely been seen in MLB history. As a consequence, the Cardinals have won about six or seven more games5The Cardinals received a net of 62.8 runs from their cluster luck. Using the standard exchange rate between runs and wins (between 9.5 and 10 runs per win), that’s about six or seven wins. than we would have expected, given the skill of their pitching staff. It’s tempting to call that all luck, but this isn’t the first time the Cardinals have found their way into historic bouts of run-clustering or prevention.But even if you take away the luck, this Cards squad is a good one. It has solid pitching, both in rotation and in relief, and a steady lineup getting contributions from younger players. The one gaping hole is at catcher; Yadier Molina, St. Louis’s erstwhile X factor, may be out with an injury. Depending on how much of the Cardinals’ incredible pitching performance is determined by Molina, the Cardinals could be in deep trouble or still in line for a championship.Read more:The Blue Jays Are The Best — And There’s An 80 Percent Chance They Won’t WinThe Best 2015 MLB Teams, According To Our New Ratings read more

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The iPhone 4S has been jailbroken

first_imgOwners of the new iPhone 4S may not have long to wait for a jailbreak. Though it’s still far from a public release, developer MuscleNerd has shown off the first images of a jailbroken 4S.MuscleNerd tweeted the following early this morning, assuring followers that the jailbreak is making progress:If you’re new to all of this, jailbreaking is a method of unlocking Apple’s “walled garden” approach to iOS. The company doesn’t allow unauthorized third-party software to be installed on the device. Everything that a typical iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch can install will come from iOS updates or the App Store, both controlled by Apple. This helps them to create a seamless user-friendly experience, but it also leaves some users wishing for more individual control.Jailbreakers find unintentional exploits in Apple’s code, and use that to install Cydia, which is a third-party app store for jailbreak apps. While jailbreaking can open the door to app piracy (which isn’t possible on a non-jailbroken device), the prominent devs in the jailbreak community are adamantly against this practice.The A5 chip that powers both the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S has proven to be quite the challenge for the jailbreak community to crack. The iPad 2 was briefly jailbroken by developer Comex this summer, but it was quickly patched by Apple and there has yet to be another jailbreak for the second-gen tablet.Comex, however, was recently hired by Apple. The creator of the Mobilenotifier jailbreak app, Peter Hajas, also reportedly joined the company earlier this year. It appears to be a new strategy by Apple, to weaken the jailbreak community by hiring their top talent and duplicating Cydia’s best apps in iOS features. That puts the spotlight squarely on the remaining members of the iPhone Dev Team, like MuscleNerd, to keep jailbreaking relevant.MuscleNerd also posted the video below of an iPad 2 that is jailbroken with the new method. It is no farther along than the iPhone 4S jailbreak. As they both share the A5 chip, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the jailbreak released for the two devices simultaneously.While these images and videos show Cydia installed on the iPhone, that hardly means that the jailbreak is ready. System-wide bugs can still exist once it’s jailbroken, and these guys like to eliminate as many bugs as possible before releasing anything to the public.via @MuscleNerdlast_img read more

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Judge Couple must surrender child for treatment

first_imgOREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon judge has ordered a couple who belong to a faith healing church to surrender their child for medical treatment.On Thursday, Clackamas County Circuit Judge Douglas Van Dyk gave the state of Oregon temporary custody of the child. The Oregonian reports the judge has also ordered medical treatment as directed by doctors at Oregon Health & Science University. The age and medical condition of the child have not been disclosed.The parents, 44-year-old Timothy J. Wyland and 23-year-old Rebecca J. Wyland appeared in court without a lawyer. The couple are members of the Followers of Christ church, which relies on faith-healing rituals to treat illness.In March, two other church members were sentenced to prison for criminally negligent homicide in the 2008 death of their teenage son.Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.comlast_img read more

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Chopper with relief material makes emergency landing

first_imgUttarkashi: A pilot of a private helicopter carrying relief material to flood-affected areas in Uttarakhand escaped with minor injuries after making an emergency landing on Friday. The chopper, however, was damaged after it landed near the Tikochi river in Uttarkashi district. According to Uttarakhand Police, the helicopter belonging to a private company had been hired by the state government for distributing relief material in the Mori-Arakot area. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us “The pilot Sushant Kumar Jena sustained a minor bruise while the co-pilot Ajit Singh was totally unharmed. After medical attention, they have proceeded to Dehradun by a flight. They had taken off from Arakot,” Uttarkashi superintendent of police Pankaj Bhatt told IANS. According to the police, the pilots resorted to an emergency landing after the aircraft developed a technical snag mid-air. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us The Uttarakhand state government is carrying out relief and rescue operations in the area after a cloudburst followed by heavy rainfall earlier this week. On August 20, three persons had been killed in a helicopter crash in the Mori area of Uttarkashi. The pilot, co-pilot and a civilian, who were all on board the private aircraft carrying relief material provided by the state government, had been killed in the crash.last_img read more

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Awareness meet on Nivedana app held in Kothagudem

first_imgKothagudem: Sub-Collector Bhavesh Mishra has conducted an awareness programme on working of Nivedana App to the district and mandal level officers at the Municipal Office meeting hall in Kothagudem on Friday.The Sub-Collector explained about how the app works and how it would be useful to the officers. He said the app would help officials solve people issues within a set time frame. The official also informed that a training programme would be conducted for the village-level officers about the app, and the app would be accessible to people soon. Trainee Collector Anudeep, District Revenue Officer Kiran Kumar, District Rural Development Project Director Jagath Kumar Reddy and district and mandal-level officers attended the programme.last_img read more

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Philippine gunmen abduct 2 children nanny driver

first_img Comments   Share   Top Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories The abduction alarmed school officials and parents in the poor, predominantly Muslim province, Lacuesta said.Abu Sayyaf extremists and small kidnap gangs were among the suspects.“This is really condemnable because they targeted this time innocent children, who may not be able to withstand such a situation and the trauma,” Lacuesta said.Marines and police were deployed to Sulu’s coastal Patikul town, where the Abu Sayyaf has a number of jungle camps, in an effort to track down the abductors and their captives, according to a police report.The military was investigating another reported abduction of a 9-year-old boy in Sulu’s Indanan town on Sunday. The boy was reportedly snatched from in front of his house by two motorcycle-riding men, Lacuesta said.Abu Sayyaf militants still hold several captives in their jungle camps in Sulu’s mountainous hinterlands, including two European bird watchers who were kidnapped two years ago. Sulu is about 950 kilometers (590 miles) south of Manila.The Abu Sayyaf, which is on a U.S. list of terrorist groups, is one of at least three armed Islamic groups outside of a peace deal the government expects to sign soon with the main insurgent group in the south, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Gunmen abducted two children, their nanny and a driver while on the way to school Monday in a southern Philippine region notorious for ransom kidnappings by Islamic militants, military officials said.The driver and nanny were taking a 10-year-old boy and his 8-year-old cousin to school when about five men with M16 rifles in a jeep bumped their van and dragged the four away in Jolo town in Sulu province, marine Capt. Ryan Lacuesta said. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility (Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Quick workouts for men New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

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Related easyJet cabin luggage explained and how to

first_img RelatedeasyJet cabin luggage explained and how to maximise your hand baggage allowanceDon’t get caught out by easyJet hand luggage allowances; here are the latest baggage restrictions, plus a few tips on how to avoid paying cabin bag fees:Hidden Costs: what else can airlines charge for?What else can airlines charge for?Ryanair hand luggage explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceWhat is Ryanair’s luggage allowance and how can you avoid any last-minute hand baggage charges? Here’s everything you need to know… Regular passengers on budget airline easyJet have been offered a way of making their loyalty pay off when it comes to flight boarding.A new credit card sized membership card is now being offered to frequent flyers with the airline, allowing holders automatic access to the easyJet Speedy Boarding option every time they fly with the carrier.Costing only £75 per year until the end of April, those holding the easyJet Plus card will be able to beat the queues at check-in and at the boarding gate by simply showing the card.Peter Gerstle, easyJet product development manager, said: “easyJet Plus is the latest exciting product from the airline to make life easier for its passengers.”easyJet Plus means passengers will receive discounted Speedy Boarding every time they fly, saving them both time and money.”The airline has claimed that customers will be able to recover the costs of the card and start saving after only five return trips, making it a worthwhile investment for business travellers racking up enough air-miles over the year.Speedy Boarding Plus services are also being developed by easyJet at several airports—and will soon enable takers to benefit from both priority boarding and a dedicated check-in service.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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