John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Liverpool bounces back with 3-0 win at Huddersfield Andre Drummond #0 of the Detroit Pistons rebounds between Robin Lopez #42 (L) and Justin Holiday #7 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on January 13, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFPDetroit Pistons centre Andre Drummond was named Tuesday to replace injured Washington Wizards guard John Wall on the Team LeBron James’ squad for next month’s NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles.NBA commissioner Adam Silver selected Drummond for the February 18 contest. It will be his second all-star appearance, having previously represented the Pistons in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Wall was selected by NBA coaches as an all-star reserve and selected by Cleveland’s James in the talent draft to fill out rosters for his squad and a team led by Golden State star Stephen Curry.But Wall, expected to miss up to six weeks after treatment for a left knee injury, will be unable to play. When an all-star is sidelined, the commissioner selects a replacement from the same conference as the lost player.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDrummond is averaging an NBA-best and career-high 15.1 rebounds a game as well as 14.7 points, 1.37 blocked shots and career highs of 3.8 assists and 1.54 steals. The six-year NBA veteran has 176 assists this season, 19 more than in his previous two campaigns combined.Drummond had the most votes from coaches for an all-star reserve spot among Eastern Conference players who weren’t selected. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers
While he’s glad that his players will be in familiar territory, the PBA legend turned mentor is also wary that the same scenario could throw off the players and make them overconfident.That’s why he’s quick to remind his Chiefs to maximize that advantage when they host the San Sebastian Stags at 4 p.m. Thursday at Arellano Gym in Manila.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It helps to have home court advantage because we’re familiar with the gym and we have to utilize that,” said Codiñera, whose Chiefs prevailed over the Mapua Cardinals, 91-82, last Saturday.“But we shouldn’t bank on our home court alone. We have to outwork them too because we know what San Sebastian is capable of especially after watching them give San Beda problems.” Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena The Stags pushed the Red Lions to the limit before fading down the stretch in a 76-67 loss last Saturday.But there were plenty of encouraging signs for coach Egay Macaraya as Michael Calisaan, RK Ilagan and Enzo Navarro worked well together for large parts of the game, giving the Stags a boost on both ends of the floor.Still, their efforts were not enough to lift the Stags, who got outrebounded, 54-32, by the Lions.“The character of the players is there,” said Macaraya. “We don’t have the tallest of players but the energy and effort is there. We’re going to get better as the season goes on.”The Stags will have to deal with fleet-footed guard Kent Salado, who led the Chiefs with 24 points against the Cardinals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Blu Girls turn back hosts in Canada Cup “We can’t take them (Stags) for granted,” said Salado.The San Sebastian Staglets and the Junior Chiefs meet in the first game at 2 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Arellano U coach Jerry Codiñera feels having home court advantage under the new format of NCAA Season 93 could be a double-edged sword.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View comments
That Greg Norman loves golf is indisputable, but few know that he has yearned for more than 20 years to see his sport make it to the Olympics. After being a part of the Paris Games in 1900 and the 1904 edition in St. Louis, golf has been brought back to the biggest sporting stage by the International Olympic Committee(IOC) for the 2016 extravaganza in Rio de Janeiro, where golf is still growing and not yet a big sport. Interestingly, in the Olympic Park area of Rio, there are two courses, one of them with a highway running through it. On Tuesday, the golfing legend, who held the world number one spot for 331 weeks and was nicknamed the Shark, recalled how it all started. “I remember when it started. It was a practice round, in 1984, here at Wentworth (England). We were getting ready for a World Match Play. Seve(Ballesteros) mentioned the Olympics, and I was kind of taken aback.I hadn’t thought about it, didn’t know much about the concept,” the Australian said. Seve wanted Norman to help him promote the concept of getting golf on board at the Olympics. Norman went through and stayed with him on the concept. Even after Ballesteros died of cancer last year at the age of 54, Norman, now 57, has kept the campaign alive. And more importantly, Norman always ensured that Seve got the credit for his role. “I give Seve as much credit as anybody,” he said. “And here we are today, talking about golf in the Olympics. “You know what I love about the Olympics? If you win a bronze medal, you are a hero. If you finish third in a golf tournament, you are a choker.advertisementThat’s what we should all take away from the Olympics,” added Norman, who knows a thing or two about losing Majors as he won two of them, but lost countless after coming close. In 1986, Norman led into the final round of each of the four Slams, called the Saturday Slam, but managed to win only the British Open at Turnberry. Norman and Seve were great rivals, with the Spaniard a consistent challenger to the Australian’s No. 1 spot. They practiced a lot together and Norman admits that some of Ballesteros’ passions became his. Norman said Ballesteros knew Juan Antonio Samaranch, the then IOC President and a fellow Spaniard. Seve managed to put the idea of golf in Olympics into Samaranch’s mind. Interestingly, Norman was in the race to build the course in Rio, apart from other big names such as Jack Nicklaus (with Annika Sorenstam) and Gary Player. Norman, the Olympic supporter, won with the inclusion of golf for Rio, but Norman, the golf designer, lost out in the bid for making the course. The IOC awarded the project to American designer Gil Hanse, who worked with Amy Alcott to win the bid. But there is still a lot of work to be done.The IOC wants one women’s and one men’s test event to be played on the course in 2015. “The IOC wanted the course to be such that it could be played on and enjoyed by others, too, after the Games. It was to have an academy, a smaller course for practice, range and all such facilities,” said Norman. Losing the bid upset the Aussie, but he said it was important for golf to take advantage of this opportunity as it will boost the sport. “If we don’t do this well and don’t get golf back in the 2020 Games, then shame on us,” Norman said.
Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter, center, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant, left, and guard Terrance Ferguson, right, compete for a rebound in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Oklahoma City. Portland won 111-98. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)PORTLAND, Oregon— Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter’s status for the second round of the playoffs remains uncertain because of a shoulder injury as Portland waits to learn its opponent.Kanter says he separated his left shoulder early on during Portland’s deciding Game 5 against Oklahoma City on Tuesday in the opening round. The Blazers returned to practice Friday.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Blazers coach Terry Stotts said he was hopeful Kanter could play in Game 1, set for Monday regardless of the opponent. He said the extended break — Portland was the first team in the West to advance to the next round — will help.“I know it’s too early,” Stotts said about the decision. “The good thing is we don’t play until Monday, so we don’t really have to make any decisions until then. So we’re hopeful.”Kanter, 26, has had a somewhat turbulent season already. He was waived by the New York Knicks following the trade deadline. Once a starter, he fell out of the rotation altogether when New York — which finished with the worst record in the league — turned its focus to younger players.He was signed by the Blazers just before the All-Star break as a backup to starter Jusuf Nurkic.But Kanter became vitally important for Portland when Nurkic broke his leg in an overtime victory at home over the Brooklyn Nets on March 25. Nurkic was averaging 15.6 points and 10.4 rebounds a game this season.ADVERTISEMENT Kanter averaged 13.1 points and 8.6 rebounds in 23 games down the stretch with the Blazers, including eight starts.In the playoffs, he is averaging 13.2 points and 10.2 rebounds. In Game 1 against the Thunder, he had 20 points and 18 rebounds and was dubbed the game’s MVP by teammate Damian Lillard.He has faced challenges beyond the court as well. A native of Turkey, Kanter missed a game in Toronto shortly after joining the Blazers because he thought his life might be in danger if he left the United States. As a result of his criticism of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Kanter had been labeled a terrorist by his native country. His passport was revoked and Turkey has reportedly issued a warrant for his arrest with Interpol.For now, Kanter is working out lightly and doing some lifting. The concern isn’t just whether he can play through the pain, but whether there’s a chance for further damage, he said.He said he will work with the team’s trainers and see how the shoulder feels.“They just said it’s a separation, it’s normally around a month to just heal it,” he said. “But I mean, you don’t have a month to take off, so I’m just going to push through it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kanter was shooting during the workout, although at times he rubbed the shoulder.“I think the Blazers are doing a very good job taking care of it. But, I mean obviously, I’m not going to lie, it hurts pretty bad,” he said. “I mean I’m having a hard time changing my shirt or eating food. So it’s a process. We’re just taking it day by day, see how it feels.”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, logisticsDespite the injury, Kanter had 13 points and 13 rebounds in Portland’s 118-115 victory over the Thunder, which sent the Blazers through to the Western Conference semifinals.The Blazers will play the winner of the first-round series between the Nuggets and the Spurs, which is tied at 3-3. Game 7 is Saturday night in Denver. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid 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 Naomi Osaka battles back to reach Porsche Grand Prix semifinals Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting
Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war “I was looking at the stat sheet and we nearly did everything we had hoped to do,” coach Louie Alas said.The young Blackwater squad kept Phoenix within striking range for the first two quarters until its equally young mentor Aris Dimaunahan was ejected for flagrant misconduct.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, logisticsReinforcement Alex Stepheson had another double-double of 24 points and 18 rebounds as Ray Parks Jr. and Mac Belo reprised their double-digit production, finishing 25 and 12, respectively, but their combined efforts weren’t enough to help the Elite complete a rally.“I expected it,” Alas said when asked about the Blackwater’s bid for a comeback down the stretch. “They’re not 3-0 for nothing. They worked for it. They’re deep. They have three marquee players for nearly every position.” ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ “I’m just grateful we’re able to pull through our first test,” he added.Phoenix, which is coming off a franchise-first semifinal finish last all-Filipino tourney, handed Blackwater’s first loss in four games.Alas and his charges face TNT KaTropa next this Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Blackwater, meanwhile, will take on another semifinalist in Rain or Shine on the same playdate.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Matthew Wright against Blackwater defenders. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines–Phoenix Fuel banked on its cohesion and experience to subdue red-hot Blackwater, 103-98, and open its 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign on a good note Friday night at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.The Fuel Masters leaned on the marksmanship of Matthew Wright, who scored a team-best 22 points, and the anchorage of former Best Import Rob Dozier, who tossed in 18 more to go with 16 rebounds, to slip past the hard-fighting Elite.ADVERTISEMENT Father’s day as Novak Djokovic wins in front of his son Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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
Advertisement AdvertisementGareth Southgate’s men face Sweden in Samara in World Cup last eight for a berth in the Semis. The English fans have already started with “It’s coming home, lads” since they beat Colombia in penalties.This is the 24th meeting them, both having won 7 times and drawing 9 times. The last time they met in 2012, Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted four goals for Sweden.Sweden has proved it that they can advance without Zlatan in the World Cup as they have qualified for the first time since 1994. While their performance hasn’t been sensational they have shown that they can hold their ground. Emil Forsberg is in the best form here.England returns to the quarter-finals of a World Cup for the first time since 2006. They broke their penalty curse last round when they beat Colombia. Their best player is Harry Kane with 6 goals and in contention for the Golden Boot.Line-ups:-#SWEENG // TEAM NEWS Here are your Starting XIs, #SWE and #ENG fans! #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/f0lrHTYfh9— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 7, 2018Read Also:-Football: Arsenal could become the destination for Andre Gomes but at a costGianluigi Buffon joins Paris Saint-Germain
Manchester United made it three wins out three as substitutes Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini gave them a 2-0 victory over Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday to send them clear at the top of the Premier League.It had threatened to be a frustrating afternoon for Jose Mourinho’s side, who dominated but failed to find a way past Kasper Schmeichel until Rashford struck in the 70th minute.Last season, United drew 10 games at Old Trafford, often being frustrated by the kind of deep-lying defence that Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare employed but they are now a different proposition.”The difference is the quality of our football, we’re playing better today and if we hadn’t won this match I wouldn’t have anyone to blame,” Mourinho said.”The team is playing very well and I’m very confident. We are comfortable on the ball and dangerous on the counter- attack,” he added.With Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata providing creativity on the wings and Romelu Lukaku a real presence in attack, United were a constant threat and this win showed they have the options from the bench as well.United thought they had gone ahead in the 18th minute when Juan Mata slotted home after Schmeichel parried out a Lukaku drive but the Spaniard was ruled to have been offside.The home side had been firmly on top in the opening 45 minutes but too often turned to hopeful long-range efforts with Paul Pogba, in particular, trying his luck from distance.Seven minutes after the restart they should have gone ahead when Leicester defender Danny Simpson was ruled to have handled in the area but Lukaku’s penalty was superbly saved by Schmeichel, whose father Peter won five league titles for United.advertisementSensing the game beginning to drift towards a draw Mourinho turned to his bench.Rashford can feel himself unfortunate to have been left out for Anthony Martial, who has twice scored from the bench this season, but he responded well.Three minutes after being sent on for Mata the 19-year-old England forward met a Henrikh Mkhitaryan corner with a side-footed finish to put United in front.(Reuters Photo)The win was secured eight minutes from time when another substitute, Jesse Lingard, played the ball in and Fellaini flicked it past Schmeichel.”That’s why need them (the substitutes), because they can change the game,” Pogba said.”Is that a game that we might not have won last season? Yes, for sure. I was a bit scared but we keep pushing this season.”
1978-built, 2937 dwt general cargo vessel Retaj caught fire while docked in Turkey’s Mediterranean Port of Iskedrun, January 14, Haber Turk reports.The fire reportedly spread across the entire Togo-flagged ship. Local firefighters are currently on scene and are trying to contain the fire.Turkey’s Minister for Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Lutfi Elvan told Haber Turk that four tugboats have been sent to the scene to help put out the fire.All crewmembers aboard Retaj at the time of the accident were rescued, and there have been no injuries reported so far. The cause of the accident is still unknown.World Maritime News Staff
The province is investing $328,000 for upgrades at four provincial parks in HRM. “We are improving the buildings and boardwalks of these very popular parks so they can continue to serve the tens of thousands of visitors they get each year,” said Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines, today, Aug. 31, at Lawrencetown Beach. The Cole Harbour-Lawrencetown Coastal Heritage Provincial Park system includes Lawrencetown and Conrods beaches. The boardwalk and bridge at Conrods Beach will be repaired, a new set of stairs built and an old access gate replaced. Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park will get upgrades to the water system for shower and washroom facilities and the onsite canteen. Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park will get an upgrade to its wheelchair ramps to improve accessibility. Porters Lake Provincial Park will renovate washrooms and showers. The park’s water distribution system to camping areas will be enhanced and lighting at the park entrance will be upgraded for safety. The main building will also be repaired and painted. Work at Porters Lake has begun. Projects at the other parks will start after the public tenders are finished. Nova Scotia has 130 camping, day-use, and beach parks. More information about provincial parks is available at www.novascotiaparks.ca .
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“I am extremely proud of my campaign team and the hard work they are doing putting up signs for those who want to show their support for my candidacy and the Conservative Party of Canada. We have never had a higher demand for signs,” said Zimmer.Monday, September 16th, Zimmer and his party had the grand opening for their Campaign Office in Fort St. John.Zimmer was elected to represent the Conservative party in 2011, 2015 and is now running for re-election in 2019 with the campaign slogan ‘It’s time to get you ahead.’ Zimmer shares, this is a positive message for the entire community.Zimmer has shared he and his team are making sure to pound the pavement, putting up signs and meeting people to answer their questions as he needs people to come out and support him.To view the post; CLICK HERE. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Bob Zimmer posted to his FB page several of his campaign signs were vandalized and that is not stopping him.Zimmer shares, it is disappointing to see that several of his campaign signs have been defaced. Noting this kind of vandalism is illegal and undemocratic.The post goes on to urge people to respect the democratic process and leave campaign signs from all parties intact during the course of the campaign.
New Delhi: India on Sunday rejected as “irresponsible” and “preposterous” Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s claim that India was planning to carry out another attack on Pakistan, saying his comments were aimed at whipping up war hysteria in the region.Qureshi told reporters in Multan that Pakistan has “reliable intelligence” that India was planning to attack Pakistan again between April 16 and 20, adding that five permanent members of the UN Security Council were apprised about it. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a strongly worded statement, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar termed Qureshi’s comments as “public gimmick” appearing to be “a call to Pakistan-based terrorists to undertake a terror attack in India.” “India rejects the irresponsible and preposterous statement by the Foreign Minister of Pakistan with a clear objective of whipping up war hysteria in the region. This public gimmick appears to be a call to Pakistan-based terrorists to undertake a terror attack in India,” Kumar said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHe said India reserves the right to respond “firmly and decisively” to any cross-border terrorist attack. India struck the biggest terrorist training camp of terror group Jaish-e-Muhammed deep inside Pakistan on February 26, twelve days after the dastardly Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. The JeM had claimed responsibility for the attack. On February 27, the Pakistan Air Force retaliated by unsuccessfully targeting several military installations in Jammu and Kashmir. Kumar said it has been made clear to Pakistan that it cannot absolve itself of responsibility of a cross-border terrorist attack in India. “No attempt at creating an alibi for its complicity in such attacks will succeed. Pakistan needs to take credible and irreversible steps against terrorism operating from all territories under its control rather than making hysterical statements to obfuscate the core issue that bedevils our region: cross-border terrorism,” he said. The MEA spokesperson said Pakistan has been advised to use established diplomatic and DGMO (Director General of Military Operations) channels to share any actionable and credible intelligence it has about imminent terror attacks.
Rabat – Moroccan boxer and Olympic bronze medalist Mohammed Rabii has signed a five-year contract to professional German boxing promoter, SES Boxing.Despite receiving numerous offers from international promoters, the 23-year old chose to sign to SES Boxing because he believes that the German promoter can help him fulfill his desire of becoming the first Moroccan to be a professional boxing world champion.“I want to become a World Champion and SES will take me to the top of the professionals. I am very confident in my promoter and the team behind me,” said Rabii immediately following his signing to the group. SES Boxing has also expressed its gratitude over signing the Moroccan athlete. “I am happy to welcome one of the world’s biggest prospects into my team. The goal [of signing Rabii] is to make him a professional world champion,” said a promoter for the German group, Ulf Steinforth.The 23-year old will face Georgian rival Temur Abdulaze on Saturday in Evian-Les-Bains, France. Saturday’s fight will be Rabii’s third professional match. The fight will be broadcast live on French TV Channel, Canal+.
4 January 2008Peacekeeping, pre-emptive diplomacy, climate change and improving the lot of poor countries, as well as internal reform, will be high on the United Nations agenda for 2008, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. “If the challenges ahead appear daunting, let us remember that great expectations are placed on us,” Mr. Ban told staff during a town hall meeting held at UN Headquarters in New York, in which colleagues from around the world participated via video-link. “The world recognizes the indispensable nature of the United Nations. Let us take heart from the fact that multilateralism is alive and well and in greater demand than ever – that people look to us for global solutions to global problems.” Noting that 2008 will be a milestone year marking the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Mr. Ban said the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) would be strengthened “so we can deliver more results on the ground,” and he would create a task force on the global scourge of violence against women. In peace and security, he cited the establishment of the hybrid UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) which will be the Organization’s largest peacekeeping operation when it reaches its mandated level of some 26,000 troops and police in an effort to bring peace to that war-torn region of western Sudan. “Our task now is to strengthen our capacity for preventive diplomacy, and instil a more integrated and effective UN approach in responding to conflict and supporting sustainable peace processes,” he added, noting the need to continue reforming the Department of Political Affairs and enhancing the peacebuilding system to prevent countries emerging from conflict from slipping back into bloodshed. Mr. Ban called for redoubling efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which seek to slash a host of social ills such as extreme hunger and poverty, infant and maternal mortality, and lack of access to health and education, all by 2015, adding that Africa must be the priority, as many countries there are in danger of falling short. He stressed that the poorest countries are also among those most vulnerable to the impact of climate change. “So we must act on the mutually reinforcing relationship between climate goals and development goals. Climate change will remain a top priority, both because of the desperate urgency of the issue itself, and because of the tight negotiating calendar,” he added, referring to the agreement at last month’s conference in Bali to have a treaty on greenhouse gas emission targets ready by the end of next year. All these needs will also require revamping the UN’s internal workings, and Mr. Ban cited the streamlining of the world body’s contracts system and a continued focus on better governance, performance, accountability and transparency. Stressing the primacy of staff security and safety after last month’s bombing of UN offices in Algiers, he declared: “The tragedy in Algiers also strengthens our resolve to explain even more clearly and consistently to the public the role of the United Nations, wherever we operate – why we are there, what we are doing, what we stand for and what we don’t. “We must make clear we are not there to represent any one group of nations over another. We are there to clear landmines, build schools, run clinics, advance the rule of law, provide emergency relief, help protect the environment, promote human rights, keep the peace in troubled lands – in short, build better lives for the men, women and children we exist to serve.”
NEW YORK — Weaker home sales trends are expected to contribute to a sharp slowing in the home remodeling market.That’s the conclusion of a report by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. The quarterly report forecasts that spending by homeowners for renovations, expansions and repairs will drop to an annual growth rate of 0.4% by the second quarter of next year from a projected 6.3% in the current quarter.Sales of already occupied homes were down 2.2% in June from a year earlier, according to the National Association of Realtors. Many homeowners fix up or renovate their homes either before they sell or soon after they buy a home.Harvard researchers use economic indicators including home sales and construction figures and home remodeling permit statistics in compiling its forecasts. It also uses broader economic reports including the Commerce Department’s gross domestic product and the Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index, a forecasting gauge.On Friday, the government reported that the second quarter GDP rose at an annual rate of 2.1%, a sharp slowing from 3.1% in the first quarter. GDP figures show spending on housing — including building new homes and remodeling existing ones — has fallen since the first quarter of 2018.Home sales have been falling because of a lack of available houses and apartments; many homes that were foreclosed during and after the Great Recession were bought by investors and turned into rental properties, taking them off the market. Meanwhile, prices for many homes haven’t returned to pre-recession levels, discouraging owners from selling.The dearth of available homes has driven prices higher, making them unaffordable for many would-be buyers. The median sales price of a home rose 4.3% from a year ago to $285,700, while wages have risen 3%._____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.comJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press
by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 28, 2013 10:18 am MDT Opposition parties doubting testimony at hearing into cancelled gas plants AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Ontario’s opposition parties expressed frustration and doubt Thursday at testimony from Dalton McGuinty’s former chief of staff about the cancelled gas plant in Oakville, prompting the government to accuse the Tories of attacking their own witness.As CEO of Infrastructure Ontario, and later the then-premier’s chief of staff, David Livingston was directly involved in talks with TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) about compensation for cancelling the contract for the Oakville project.Livingston told the justice committee he didn’t know TransCanada had rejected an offer of almost $1 billion, and another of $721 million, when he joined the negotiations to look for possible solutions for the government.“I’ve seen that and I’ve heard that, but that’s not obvious to me that that’s what happened,” he told the committee.“Well it’s obvious to us. We have the documents,” fired back Progressive Conservative energy critic Vic Fedeli.Some of tens of thousands of gas plant documents released by the Liberals prove there were offers to TransCanada in the hundreds of millions of dollars, added Fedeli.“The government was a signatory to this agreement and you’re saying as the chief of staff you had no involvement, no knowledge whatsoever of this $991 million deal,” he asked Livingston.“Quite frankly I’m having a hard time with that, I’ve got to be honest. I’m baffled at this. We’ve got the man sitting here in front of us who did the deal.”The New Democrats were equally frustrated when Livingston testified he wasn’t briefed that there would be extra costs for cancelling the Oakville plant above the $40 million the government claims.“Nobody told me,” said Livingston.“There was not a discussion that there was more money involved than the $40 million.”The opposition parties warn the cancellation of the Oakville gas plant could cost Ontario taxpayers over $1 billion.“So the minister of energy and the deputy minister never told you or anyone else in the premier’s office that in fact we’re talking about a lot more than $40 million here,” asked NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns.“Like my colleague, I find that quite extraordinary.”Outside the committee, the opposition parties continued their attack on Livingston.“I don’t find it credible that he knew nothing about this case before he took it on,” said Tabuns.“He’s sent in as the fixer, has no budget ceiling, and also has absolutely no experience in the energy sector and he designs five options where to site energy plants,” said Fedeli.“That is absolutely incredible and, quite frankly, not very credible.”Liberal committee chair Bob Delaney warned the opposition parties they were on shaking ground with their “shameful” attacks on Livingston outside the hearing room.“I think this has been completely reprehensible, a witness called by the Progressive Conservatives turned into an attack on his character,” said Delaney.“Both the PC and NDP have accused a man of not telling the truth under oath, and they produced absolutely nothing to substantiate it.”The Liberals say the Tories should be calling the former deputy minister of energy to testify about the cancelled project because it had the lead role on the gas plants, not Livingston.The committee is holding public hearings into the cancelling of the Oakville gas plant in 2010 and another in Mississauga that was halted in mid-construction by the Liberals during the 2011 election campaign.Auditor General Jim McCarter is also investigating the costs of scrapping the two energy projects, and is expected to release his report on the Mississauga gas plant in about three weeks.
A new study from an economic think tank says Alberta’s deficit levels are in worse shape than the “poster child for fiscal mismanagement” during its recent economic downturn.The Fraser Institute says Ontario, now the most indebted subnational jurisdiction in North America, saw deficits per person of nearly $3,900 in the years following the 2009 recession.But, Senior Policy Analyst Steve Lafleur said Alberta’s per capita deficit is trending 65 per cent higher at almost $6.400 since oil prices took a dive.“We all know in Alberta how big of a problem the Ontario government is in, and the fact that we’re going down that same path is really troubling.” Lafleur said.He said the issue started before the NDP took power two years ago, and Alberta’s spending was too high for many years prior oil prices collapsing. by Mike Tarasko Posted May 30, 2017 6:50 am MDT Study shows Alberta debt levels worse than Ontario’s AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email (Stock photo)
On Saturday night, in the T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip, Floyd Mayweather will defeat Conor McGregor. The great old pro will dismantle the MMA vet turned boxing newcomer, securing a 50-0-0 record that will stand alone in boxing’s record books. McGregor will be outpaced, outclassed and, most simply, outboxed. Mayweather will win — every expert says so.Unless, of course, he doesn’t.Odds on this spectacle, even farce, of a fight opened heavily in Mayweather’s favor. In November, he was a -2250 favorite, roughly implying a 96 percent chance of victory. By mid-August, the money line had narrowed to -400, or about an 80 percent chance. The money has continued to pour in for McGregor. Many bettors, it seems, believe in the Irishman’s puncher’s chance.But maybe it’s not even a punch that’ll end it. As one of us has suggested elsewhere, Mayweather’s best chance of losing may be suffering a pulmonary embolism or a brain aneurysm; drowning in his spit bucket or tripping on the way to the ring. Perhaps one of the fighters will do something untoward in the ring. One sportsbook is offering 9-to-1 odds that the fight ends in disqualification. Which makes sense, considering one of the boxers is barely even a boxer — and the chance of an errant kick is so high that it was considered in prefight negotiation.Strange things happen in boxing. This is the sport where a parachutist later called Fan Man crashed into the ropes during a heavyweight championship fight, after all. And if something strange does happen, it won’t stand alone in the history books. It will join the ignominious ranks of …Wolgast vs. RiversJuly 4, 1912Ad Wolgast defeated Joe Rivers via a 13th-round knockout in Los Angeles County. Perhaps the inspiration for “Rocky II,” this grudge match featured both fighters landing simultaneous knockout blows, then crumpling to the canvas. The referee reached the count of 10 and the bout was over, yet for some inexplicable reason he gave the victory to Wolgast on the basis that he had attempted to rise before being counted out. Compounding the confusion, the timekeeper at ringside had only reached a count of four. The referee’s verdict was upheld amid immense backlash, as Rivers’s camp claimed he had been fouled. They famously produced a considerably dented metal foul protector as evidence for their case, which made headlines across the country.Dempsey vs. SharkeyJuly 21, 1927The fight, held at Yankee Stadium, between Jack Dempsey and Jack Sharkey, guaranteed the victor a shot at the greatest title in sports, then worn by world heavyweight champion Gene Tunney. A crowd of over 82,000 was in attendance to watch the former champ, 32-year-old Dempsey, in his second-to-last fight, square off against 7-to-5 favorite Sharkey in the hopes of avenging his previous loss to Tunney. It was clear by the early rounds that all 82,000 fans and press row were watching Dempsey grow old over the night. Sharkey was handily beating his professed idol when, in the seventh round, Dempsey landed a slew of low blows. When Sharkey protested to the referee, Dempsey delivered a vicious left hook to the chin while Sharkey was mid-sentence. Sharkey did not finish his sentence; Dempsey won by knockout. He later fondly remembered the punch as, “one of the last good punches of my life … His chin was sticking out there, unprotected. I couldn’t miss.”Sharkey vs. SchmelingJune 12, 1930With heavyweight champion Tunney having recently retired and vacated his title, promoters scrambled to bring Germany’s Max Schmeling and the New York-born Sharkey in front of a packed Yankee Stadium to fill the void left in Tunney’s wake. Despite winning the first few rounds, Sharkey made a strange decision in the fourth when he abruptly teed off on Schmeling’s groin with a savage blow that dropped the German contender. Bedlam ensued, prompted by Schmeling’s manager storming the ring in protest. The referee disqualified Sharkey and raised the hand of Schmeling. It was the first time the heavyweight championship had been won on a foul. Schmeling became ignominiously known in the American press as the “low-blow champion.”Ali vs. ListonMay 25, 1965Muhammad Ali had been a 7-to-1 underdog when he stole Sonny Liston’s crown in 1964 — a strange match in itself that included Ali being temporarily blinded by a foreign substance allegedly from Liston’s gloves and ended with Liston refusing to come out for the seventh round. In the time between the February 1964 match and the rematch in May of 1965, Ali converted to Islam, changed his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali and his friend Malcolm X was assassinated. It would be an understatement to say that the rematch swirled with controversy. Ahead of the rematch, Liston was considered a 13-to-5 favorite. Midway through the first round of the fight, a looping right hand later dubbed a “phantom punch,” crumpled Liston to the canvas while Ali danced around the ring. The crowd began to roar, “Fix! Fix!” Hall of Fame commentator Don Dunphy didn’t buy that it was a legitimate knockdown, stating, “If that was a punch, I’ll eat it. Here was a guy who was in prison and the guards used to beat him over the head with clubs and couldn’t knock him down.”Duran vs. LeonardNov. 25, 1980Only five months after handing superstar “Sugar” Ray Leonard his first humiliating loss and taking his title in Montreal, Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran returned to meet Leonard at the New Orleans Superdome for one of the most eagerly anticipated rematches in boxing history. Duran had eaten everything in sight after his victory in June and ballooned up almost to the class of a heavyweight before crash dieting and horrifically sweating his way back down to the welterweight limit of 147 pounds. Leonard had counted on this when he pushed to have the rematch as quickly as possible. After being humiliated for eight exhausting rounds, Duran finally gave up and —or so the popular story goes — uttered “no más” to referee Octavio Meyran. Duran followed up the shocking conclusion to the fight by announcing his retirement from the sport. (He’d return to the ring less than a year later.)Bowe vs. GolotaJuly 11, 1996Riddick Bowe was coming off a victory in the third match of his blood-feud trilogy with Evander Holyfield when he squared off against undefeated contender Andrew Golota in Madison Square Garden. Bowe had mostly refused to train for the fight on the basis of his public dismissal of Golota as a “bum.” Golota took control of the fight, but his biggest obstacle to victory became his devotion to excessively fouling Bowe with egregious, swung-shovel-like low blows. After repeated warnings failed to improve Golota’s accuracy, the referee began deducting points. He took three away before offering a final warning that a further low blow would cost Golota the fight. Golota continued to dominate the fight while unleashing perhaps his most sadistic barrage below the belt one final time with 30 seconds left in the seventh round. A massive riot ensued, and police, security and fans clashed in what would be remembered as the “Riot at the Garden.” Five months later, in Atlantic City, Bowe and Golota fought a hotly anticipated rematch. Golota repeated his domination of Bowe and his desire to ruthlessly foul him, leading to a ninth-round disqualification.Lewis vs. McCallFeb. 7, 1997Oliver McCall, for most of his career a distinguished journeyman, was best known as Mike Tyson’s sparring partner before handing heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis his first professional loss in a shocking upset in September 1994. Their rematch more than two years later was arguably the most bizarre heavyweight title fight; by the end of the third round, fans no doubt knew they were witnessing something nobody could have predicted. Before the closing bell to end the round, McCall had dropped his hands and looked despondent. When he came out for the fourth and fifth rounds, McCall spontaneously became a pacifist. Referee Mills Lane noticed McCall’s lips quivering before he began to cry. The fight was stopped in the fifth round.Holyfield vs. TysonJune 28, 1997When the washed-up Evander Holyfield was announced as Mike Tyson’s next opponent after Tyson had secured his second title belt on the way to unification, the opening odds for their November 1996 match made Holyfield a 25-to-1 underdog. The referee stopped the fight in the 11th round after Tyson was sent stumbling into the ropes. A rematch, which drew enormous interest, took place the following year. Holyfield quickly proved to both the world and Tyson that his first victory hadn’t been a fluke. And Tyson’s response became the defining moment of his career. With 39 seconds left in the third round, Tyson’s leaned over and tore a chunk of Holyfield’s ear lobe off with his teeth. Before the round was out, he savagely attacked Holyfield again in the same way and was disqualified.
And Then There Were None drew eight million viewers when it was screened in December last year and introduced a new generation to Christie’s novels.There are high hopes that will continue when Witness for The Prosecution is broadcast later this year.The writer’s grandson Mathew Prichard said recently: “I have lost count of the number of times I have told my family they cannot expect interest in Agatha Christie continuing but lo and behold it does.”There was universal acclaim for And Then There Were None and they are a continuation of that.”As well as And Then There Were None and The Witness for the Prosecution, BBC One and Agatha Christie Productions are to screen seven new adaptations of the writer’s work over the next four years.These will include adaptations of Death Comes As The End, a murder mystery set in Ancient Egypt and The ABC Murders, depicting a race to stop a serial killer who is terrorising 1930s Britain.Sarah Phelps, who adapted The Witness for the Prosecution, said: “When I read the short story it felt like the most perfect Film Noir for 1920s London, and, like the famous Noir of post WWII America, there is an incredible focus on the context of the times and how that might lead someone to commit a terrible murder.“Dark, strange, unsettling and thrilling, you feel the rug of your certainties twitched from under your feet.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Kim Cattrall (far right) as Samantha in Sex and The City: The MovieCredit: Startraks Photo/REX Dark, strange, unsettling and thrilling, you feel the rug of your certainties twitched from under your feet.Sarah Phelps, screenwriter Kim Cattrall’s character comes to a sticky end early on in the BBC’s new Agatha Christie – dead on the carpet of a smart townhouse in 1920s London.But given the star power of Ms Cattrall – who made her name as the vampish Samantha in Sex and the City – it seems unlikely that is the last viewers will see of her during the two-part court thriller The Witness for the Prosecution.Ms Cattrall was busy filming the production with the rest of the star-studded cast in Liverpool over the summer and this publicity photograph gives a first taste of its sophisticated glamour.Made by the team behind the BBC’s adaptation of And Then There Were None, The Witness For The Prosecution stars Cattrall as Emily French, a wealthy heiress found murdered in her home.Suspicion falls on Leonard Vole, played by Billy Howle, a young chancer to whom she left her vast fortune.But Leonard is convinced his girlfriend Romaine, a chorus girl played by Andrea Riseborough, can prove his innocence.
Image: Doolin Coast Guard via Facebook ‘She was more than my wife, she was my best friend’: Husband pays tribute to volunteer wife Bernard Lucas paid tribute to coastguard wife, Caitríona, who died during an operation off the coast of Clare. http://jrnl.ie/3057121 By Sean Murray 15,733 Views Share27 Tweet Email Short URL Image: Doolin Coast Guard via Facebook Nov 1st 2016, 3:15 PM 5 Comments Tuesday 1 Nov 2016, 3:15 PM THE HUSBAND OF Caitríona Lucas, the Coast Guard volunteer who lost her life in September, has paid an emotional tribute to his late wife.On 12 September this year, the mother-of two became the first ever Irish Coast Guard volunteer to die after the boat she was travelling in capsized during a search for a missing person.Speaking on RTE’s Today with Seán O’Rourke, Bernard Lucas paid an emotional tribute to his wife, praising her selfless commitment to helping her community.While she worked as a librarian, Caitríona was always on hand to answer the call to help the Coast Guard when required.He told the programme: “Every time the pager went, Caitríona was gone. She used to work for the library service in Clare… If she was working on her own, she couldn’t go. If it was a protracted search, she would go in in the morning before work. If she was working where there was cover from her colleagues, she would go.”Such was her commitment to volunteering her time that she would work about 700 hours a year. Bernard said: “A lot of it would have been behind the scenes. She would have done the Facebook page, the website, and school visits as we were both education officers.”The couple had almost 30 years of experience between them as volunteers. As to the cause of the incident, he said: “You ask all sorts of questions. Until all these things are investigated, we won’t have an answer.” The funeral of Caitríona Lucas, which took place at St Brigid’s Church, Liscannor, Co. Clare Source: Niall Carson/PA WireThe call outAs she would usually do in the situation, when the call came out on the day to provide assistance in a missing person’s case, Caitríona was one of the first to volunteer. Bernard also volunteered to help out but arrived on the scene later.He said: “We got paged to go and the text came through that it was an upturned boat in Kilkee. I went to Doolin, to go on the boat and assist them. When we got to the pier in Kilkee, I was just called ashore by gardaí and told that there had been an accident and Caitríona was involved in it. I just flew with her in the helicopter to the hospital.”An inquiry is currently under way as to the cause of the incident. In September, Irish Coast Guard operations manager said that it would be “unwise to speculate at this time in terms of the cause of accident.” Members of the Coast Guard attending the funeral of Caitríona Lucas Source: Niall Carson/PA wireStamp petitionCaitríona was also an avid artist, and a campaign is well underway to get An Post to make one of her artworks onto a stamp to commemorate her life, and the sacrifice that she and many like her take when they volunteer for the Coast Guard.At the time of writing, 1,200 of the required 2,000 signatures have already signed the petition on Uplift.ie. You can view it here.Bernard said: “We just happened to bring it to the church […] It’s being considered by An Post on the next round of stamps that are going to be issued. She painted it herself. She was a very talented artist.”“She continues to inspire me”She gave up so much of her time to initiatives like the Coast Guard and SARDA (the search and rescue dog association), of which she was national secretary for three years, as well as finding the opportunity to encourage children to get into reading through her work in the library, that she will continue to be an inspiration for Bernard and their children, Ben and Emma.Having met when they were just 17, and having a family early, meant that they were a very tight knit group. “We grew up together,” he said. “She was more than my wife, she was my best friend.”With Ben back in work as an atlantic air aviation engineer in Shannon, and Emma preparing to sit her leaving cert exams, the family is receiving “fantastic support from friends, family and the local community”.When asked by O’Rourke what sustains him, Caitríona’s husband answered: “It’s her memory. It’s her commitment to everything she did. All she did was just try and do it better. Everything we do, we’ll try and do it better.”Read: ‘Caitríona was up there with the best of them’: Shock at sadness at death of Coast Guard volunteer Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article