Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ LATEST STORIES Jerome Garcia followed it up on the defensive end, securing the steal which led to two freebies from Onwubere to put his side up six, 75-69.Leo Gabo still made a three on the other end with 6.1 ticks left, but time just wasn’t on the Cardinals’ side as they absorbed their third loss in four games.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 starsThe Fil-Nigerian Onwubere fired a season-high 22 points on a 4-of-10 sniping from beyond the arc, on top of eight rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in the win to even EAC’s slate at 2-2.Jervin Guzman added 13 markers and three boards, while Juju Bautista wound up with a double-double of 12 markers and 11 rebounds as he kept the Generals afloat despite Hamadou Laminou fouling out with six minutes still left to play. 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 National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes MAPUA 72 – Gabo 19, Raflores 17, Estrella 12, Bunag 8, Victoria 7, Aguirre 6, Nieles 3, Orquina 0, Jimenez 0.Quarters: 13-17, 36-30, 52-46, 77-72. Sidney Onwubere. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo regained its form late and turned back Mapua, 77-72, Tuesday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Sidney Onwubere found his shooting stroke in the second half, drilling four triples in the last two quarters including the shot clock-beating trey off the glass with 27.7 seconds left to push the Generals up, 73-69.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Conor McGregor, Draymond Green trade barbs on Instagram Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “I’m thankful because we did not go 0-3. At least, our losing streak didn’t continue and I’m thankful for that,” said coach Ariel Sison, as EAC halted its two-game losing skid.Gabo topped Mapua with 19 points, four rebounds, and four assists, while JB Raflores got 17 markers and eight boards.Andoy Estrella had 12 points and six rebounds in the loss, as the Cardinals failed to close out the game after battling back from a 56-46 deficit early in the fourth period.The Scores:EAC 77 – Onwubere 22, Guzman 13, Bautista 12, Pascua 11, Garcia 8, Mendoza J 6, Munsayac 3, Laminou 2, Tampoc 0, Corilla 0, Neri 0, Altache 0.ADVERTISEMENT
MOST READ “It’s the Masters, you need to suck it up,” Day said his wife, Ellie, told him Friday morning.Day, who has a history of being bothered by medical issues, did better than just sucking it up. He went out and shot a 5-under 67 to move into a tie for the second-round lead.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, logisticsAnd that had him feeling a lot better.“I can’t complain about it too much,” Day said. “She’s birthed three children and I haven’t, so she’s a lot stronger as a person than me with regards to pain, and I just hit a little white golf ball around a course.” 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 Boxing’s new leader steps into fight to keep Olympic status Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue He does stretches and therapy for 20-30 minutes at night and the same in the morning. He blows into a balloon to, he said, move his rib cage into proper position.And he deals with the negative fallout on social media when he leaves a golf tournament because of medical issues. At the age of 31 that’s happened nine times already, and that doesn’t include when he collapsed on the ninth green in the opening round of the U.S. Open in 2015 because of vertigo.After his withdrawal at Bay Hill someone posted a photo on social media of Day walking around with his family at Disney World the next day.“Pain is a funny thing, it goes up and down, and everybody’s pain threshold is different,” he said. “Someone that is in a lot of pain might feel, you know, something totally different compared to me, so it’s hard. Every day I feel like I wake up with some sort of aches, you know, and I think you just kind of learn to live with it and you just go along the way.”Day, an Australian native who lives in the U.S., has won 12 times on the PGA Tour, including his lone major, the PGA Championship in 2015. He won twice last year and has played relatively well this year, with three top-10 finishes, and is ranked 14th in the world.The Masters is his favorite tournament and one he might have expected to win by now. He finished tied for second in his first Masters in 2011.If anything, Day says, he might want the green jacket too much. And, in a funny kind of way, his bad back might ease the pressure this week.“Yeah, definitely. Especially at a place like this,” he said. “… How big and the distraction of wanting to win this tournament so bad, and sometimes it’s almost a blessing in disguise with regards to it just brings down the expectation of going out there and trying too hard.” Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Jason Day, of Australia, holds his back on the fourth tee during the first round for the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)AUGUSTA, Ga.— Jason Day began the Masters by throwing his back out while leaning down to kiss his daughter on the practice green.He played his way onto the leaderboard a day later after receiving a scolding from his wife.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Day birdied all the par-5s on Augusta National to get to 7-under-par going into the weekend. That followed a 2-under 70 the day before, when Day said he injured himself kissing his daughter just a few minutes before walking to the first tee.Day’s trainer followed him around the course in the opening round, giving him treatment at one point as he lay down on the second tee box. Day said he briefly considered pulling out of the tournament but decided to play in hope his back would loosen up.Exercise and treatment helped enough that he was relatively pain free in the second round, and Day took advantage. He was particularly effective on the reachable par-5s, making birdie on all four after birdieing three the day before.“The whole goal is to try and take advantage of the par 5s here this week,” Day said. “The par 3s can be difficult at times, and then some of the par 4s, you need to get through. But you know, over the last two days, I’ve played the par 5s nicely.”Just being able to play this year has been difficult at times for Day, who withdrew from the Bay Hill tournament earlier this year because of back issues.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments
South Asian Games end with a colourful closing ceremony By Philem Dipak Singh Guwahati, Feb 16 (PTI) Northeast Indias diverse and colourful culture were in full display as the curtains were brought down on the 12th South Asian Games amid magnificent fireworks that lit the night sky over the capital city today. Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal declared the Games closed at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium here to mark the formal end to the 12-day biggest multi-sporting spectacle of the eight SAARC countries, jointly co-hosted by Guwahati and Shillong. “I declare the 12th South Asian Games closed,” Sonowal said in the presence of Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Meghalaya Sports Minister Zenith M Sangma and Indian Olympic Association top bosses to bring a sombre end to the Games competed among more than 2500 athletes from eight countries. The Games flame at the cauldron was extinguished as the Guwahati night sky was lit with fireworks. The flag of the South Asian Olympic Council was lowered and handed over to the officials of next host country — Nepal. Sonowal handed the flag to the President of the South Asian Olympic Council N Ramachandran, who in turn handed it to 13th SAG Organising Committee Chairman and Nepal Olympic Committee chief Jeevan Ram Shreshtha in the presence of Nepal Sports Minister Satyanarayan Mandal. India, hosting the Games for the third time after Calcutta (1987) and Madras (1995), overwhelmingly dominated the 12th edition by grabbing an unprecedented 308 medals (188 gold, 90 silver, 30 bronze) and stamped their superiority as an unrivalled region sporting power. Sri Lanka were a distant second with 25 gold, 63 silver and 98 bronze while Pakistan ended at third with 12 gold, 37 silver and 57 bronze. India, in fact, bagged more than three-fourth of the total 239 gold on offer in 23 disciplines. The Games, which were inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 5 during a spectacular opening ceremony, had been quite a success on the sporting front though there were organisational issues, including provision of media facilities. The evening today began with performances by eight live bands from across the North Eastern states before the official closing ceremony started. PTI PDS CM AHadvertisement
NEW YORK — Derek Stepan’s late heroics lifted the New York Rangers closer to the Presidents’ Trophy.Stepan scored with 28 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, then got the winner late in the extra period in the Rangers’ 4-3 victory over the Blue Jackets on April 6.With their fourth straight win, the Rangers improved to 51-21-7 for a league-best 109 points. With three games remaining, the Rangers need two points to win the Presidents’ Trophy for the second time franchise history.The only other time was the 1993-94 season — the last time the franchise won the Stanley Cup.The Rangers could clinch the Eastern Conference as soon as April 7 at New Jersey.“It’s a huge accomplishment,” Ryan McDonagh said about potentially winning the Presidents’ Trophy. “It’s about us playing to our strengths and giving us a chance to win.”The only team that could catch New York is Anaheim, but the Rangers have four more (46-42) regulation and overtime wins, a tiebreaker, and have played fewer games than the Pacific Division champions.New York’s 51 wins and 109 points are second most in franchise history behind the 52 wins and 112 points the 1993-94 team earned.“We still want to win all of our games,” said Dan Girardi, who scored for New York along with Martin St. Louis. Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves and has won all four of those games in the streak.Matt Calvert, Marko Dano and Brandon Dubinsky scored for Columbus, which outplayed New York for much of the second half of the game. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 38 shots.Columbus, the NHL’s hottest team, had won nine in a row, but won’t make the playoffs.“There’s confidence, belief in the room,” Columbus coach Todd Richards said of the way his team played during the winning streak. “It’s what we did last year. Typical Blue Jackets hockey.”With Lundqvist pulled for an extra skater, Stepan whipped Chris Kreider’s feed past Bobrovsky as Madison Square Garden crowd erupted. Stepan ended a wild overtime with a forehand shot with 49.6 seconds to go as the fans again celebrated.“I think in order to have success in the playoffs, you have to be able to handle ebbs and flows,” said Stepan, who has 16 goals on the season. “We’ve been able to find ways to win hockey games.”The celebratory noise was in stark contrast to the quiet inside the building after former Ranger Dubinsky snapped Nick Foligno’s feed past Lundqvist midway in the third period for the Blue Jackets’ only lead.“It’s disappointing to end that streak,” Calvert said. “We just have to do a better job battling through adversity.”St. Louis opened the scoring in the first period with his 21st goal. Kevin Hayes carried the puck into the offensive zone and whiffed on a shot attempt. But as he fell to the ice, he fed a cutting St. Louis for a snap shot from the slot.Calvert drew the teams even late in the period, pressuring defenseman McDonagh into a defensive zone turnover. Jeremy Morin recovered, before feeding Calvert for a tap-in.Girardi put New York ahead 2-1 just 36 seconds into the second period, sneaking down right wing before snapping a quick shot from the top of the right circle.Dano tied the game when he swatted Artem Anisimov’s rebound past Lundqvist.“It was a good test for me and for us,” Lundqvist said. “They’re a really good team. They’re a fast team. If they didn’t have the injuries during the season to key guys, I think they’d be in the playoffs because they play good hockey: physical, good speed, good quality up front, good goaltending.“It was a great test for us.”(DENIS GORMAN) TweetPinShare0 Shares
LG will unveil its next V-series smartphone on October 3. Ahead of the official launch, the Korean electronics giant has already started teasing details of its upcoming smartphone. But now, a new report suggests that the Wednesday event may be full of more surprise than originally anticipated. Word on the street is that LG could launch its Watch W7 at the event in New York alongside its V40 ThinQ smartphone.The latest leak comes from serial tipster Evan Blass, who took to Twitter to share an image of LG’s upcoming smartphone last week. Blass in his tweet said that half a year after reports of LG’s Watch W7 first hit the headlines, the company would launch the smart watch alongside the smartphone.Blass in his tweet shared a report by Android Headlines, which first shared details about Watch W7 back in April this year. As per the report, LG’s Watch W7 hybrid smart watch will be branded as the LG Watch Timepiece and that it will run on Google’s Wear OS out-of-the-box. The watch reportedly will combine smart watch with an OS and apps along with a mechanical watch setup.Furthermore, the report states that the smart watch will feature a stainless steel body and come with IP68 dust and water resistant technology and be backed by 240mAh battery. The watch will sport a 1.2-inch LCD display with a resolution of 360×360 pixels. Notably, the analog watch hands will relay more information and serve as an altimeter, a stopwatch, a barometer and a compass among other things.advertisementHalf a year later, this will launch alongside the LG V40 ThinQ as the LG Watch W7. https://t.co/vEXJ6BOvvGEvan Blass (@evleaks) September 28, 2018As far the specifications of the watch are concerned, Watch W7 is likley to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 processor and come with 4GB storage. The report noted that while the watch may not feature cellular capabilities, it will support Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless connectivity. In addition to that, it will also come with a USB Type-C 2.0 port.ALSO READ: Geekbench listing shows LG V40 ThinQ with Android 8.1 Oreo, 6GB RAM and Snapdragon 845 processorAs far as V40 ThinQ is concerned, LG has already confirmed that its upcoming smartphone will sport a five-camera setup with a triple camera setup at the back and a dual camera setup in the front. Besides this, LG’s Korea newsroom also confirmed that the phone will sport a 6.4-inch display and despite being made of glass, it will sport a glass finish, giving it a better grip in hands.
Patrice Evra Giroud: I’ve sent a message of support to Evra Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 15:55 11/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images France Olivier Giroud Arsenal France v Wales Vitória Guimarães v Olympique Marseille Wales Vitória Guimarães Olympique Marseille Friendlies UEFA Europa League The veteran defender was released by Marseille and handed a lengthy ban by UEFA for kicking a fan in the head, but the Arsenal man hopes he comes back Olivier Giroud has revealed that he has sent a message of support to disgraced former France team-mate Patrice Evra.The former Manchester United and Juventus left-back has been banned from all UEFA competition until June 30, 2018 after he kicked a supporter in the head prior to his Marseille side’s 1-0 defeat against Vitoria in the Europa League on November 2.Troyes 3/1 to beat Dijon Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player OM also took action against the veteran, releasing him from his contract at Stade Velodrome.While it may spell the end of the 36-year-old’s distinguished career, Arsenal forward Giroud hopes that does not prove to be the case for a figure who was popular among the France dressing room since he debuted in 2004.“I hope that he can bounce back,” the striker said after netting in his country’s 2-0 win over Wales on Friday. “I’ve written him a message to send my support. We had five great years together with the national team and he has always been a leader. It’s difficult to speak of what he did, but it was instinct, something full of emotion. And I don’t understand very well how supporters can come so close to the pitch like that.“He’s won numerous titles, he’s a great player. I hope he can rebound, rediscover his happiness and finish in a different manner.”Steve Mandanda, who was a club-mate of Evra’s at Marseille and who started for France on Friday due to an injury to Hugo Lloris, would not pass comment on the matter.
Sead Kolasinac says Arsenal plans on trackby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSead Kolasinac says Arsenal’s plans this season are on track.Arsenal can return to third in the table with victory at Sheffield United tonight.“The Premier League isn’t called the hardest league in the world for nothing,” said Gunners defender Kolasinac. “It [the race for the top-four] is pretty wide open. For example, Manchester City lost to Wolves before the international break. But we are just going to focus on ourselves and try to work hard to win every game. Who knows what will happen at the end of the season? “We are still at the beginning now, but we hope to finish in the top four.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
More Nova Scotia students are learning with the help of technology because of the work of Computers for Schools. So far, 80,000 refurbished computers are being used in schools, libraries and related institutions across the province, Halifax Fairview MLA Graham Steele announced today, Dec. 11, on behalf of Education Minister Ramona Jennex. The ceremony at the Computers for Schools office also recognized a pioneering volunteer Bernard Hart. “The government of Canada congratulates the donors, partners and volunteers on all their hard work in achieving an important milestone in Nova Scotia,” said Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry. “Through the Computers for Schools Program, young Canadians will benefit from greater access to information technology to help them prepare for the digital economy.” Computers for Schools refurbishes and distributes more than 5,000 computers annually to public schools and another 1,000 to First Nations’ schools, private schools, libraries, Literacy Nova Scotia and other non-profit organizations. It is funded by the province and Industry Canada, with support from the Nova Scotia School Boards Association and the private sector. “More than half the computers in Nova Scotia schools come from the Computers for Schools program,” said Mr. Steele. “This means students and teachers can incorporate technology into their curriculum, which opens more learning opportunities and equips students for the jobs of the future.” Computers for Schools collects desktops, laptops, printers, servers and other equipment from provincial and federal government offices, as well as from private-sector companies. The program re-uses or recycles all e-waste from the provincial recycling programs. “The Nova Scotia School Boards Association is proud of its affiliation with Computers for Schools,” said Jamie Stevens, president of the association. “Part of our mandate is to provide cost-saving measures for school boards. This program not only helps to fulfill that mandate, but it ensures students in our province have access to the technology they need to receive the best education possible.” Mr. Hart, board chair, was recognized at the event. One of the founders, he is leaving after 18 years with the program. “We started Computers for Schools with one goal in mind, putting computers into the hands of Nova Scotia school children,” said Mr. Hart. “With the support of the federal and provincial governments, we’ve been able to move the program from early stages to one of the main suppliers of technology to schools, literacy groups and C@P sites across Nova Scotia.” For more information about the Computers for Schools, visit trp.ednet.ns.ca/ .
OTTAWA – As dozens of low-income Ottawa residents shuffled into a local food bank for a warm meal Tuesday, they were asked to wait quietly, crowded off to the sides of the room until Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos finished using their space to announce the Liberal government’s long-promised anti-poverty law.A mother in a well-worn blue dress holding her baby was among the group. She bounced the baby on her lap as the dapper cabinet minister and his staff made their way around the Parkdale Food Centre food bank.Duclos then stood at a podium to share his government’s plans to enshrine into law targets to reduce the rate of poverty in Canada.These targets would see poverty rates lowered 20 per cent from 2015 levels by 2020 and 50 per cent by 2030.The law will also establish the country’s first official poverty line using the “market basket measure,” which tests whether a family’s income will mean they can afford a set of basic goods and services — something advocacy groups had pushed for in public consultations leading up to this law that has been two years in the making.It also proposes to create a national advisory council on poverty, which would provide advice to the minister and include a dedicated adviser on children’s issues and an annual public report on progress made toward the poverty-reduction targets.“Our vision for Canada is to become a world leader in the eradication of poverty, a vision for a Canada without poverty,” Duclos said.“We understand that the road to achieving this ambitious goal will be a long one, and we have a lot of work to do to get there.”But the new law does not include any new spending for programs meant to help Canada’s poor today.Duclos acknowledged this but pointed to previously announced investments totalling $22 billion since 2015 for low-income families and the middle class. He also hinted that more could be coming in the 2019 budget.The proposed legislation comes in advance of another promised bill to enshrine the Liberals’ national housing strategy in law. Both moves would make it difficult for any future government to back out of the Liberals’ plans.Don Flynn, a board member of the Parkdale Food Centre, leaned in close to the podium as Duclos spoke, sometimes letting out an audible “humph.” Afterward, he said he didn’t hear any tangible steps planned as part of the new law to help the poor and homeless beyond a new measurement tool.“My concern is, without dollars attached to these announcements, in terms of our neighbours here and our clients — how is that really going to change anything for them?” he said.“The amount of income that these people get from Ontario Works and ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program) hasn’t changed significantly for some years … and I don’t see anything here today that will make that much difference,” he said, adding he remains hopeful for future investments.Karen Secord, who runs the food bank, said she is also trying to remain positive that concrete measures will soon follow to help Canada’s poor and vulnerable.But she let the minister know that platitudes will not go far enough, highlighting new concerns that have been raised over the Ontario government’s plan to reform social assistance in the province.“I have hope in the federal government that they will do the right thing, which is why I wanted to host them here. But in the end, I couldn’t let (the event) end without speaking on behalf of all of these families living in shelters,” she said.As the event came to a close, Secord walked over to food bank patrons who were finally being served their meals. She apologized for the wait, explaining her hope that the new law could lead to changes that could help improve their lives.The mother with the baby told Secord not to worry at all about the inconvenience.—Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.
After a brief provincial election campaign devoid of drama, voters on Prince Edward Island appear poised to stir things up and make some history when they cast their ballots Tuesday.The Island’s Green party, led by Scottish-born dentist Peter Bevan-Baker, has recorded upward momentum in the polls for more than a year, suggesting the smallest province may be ready to elect Canada’s first Green government.“It has not been a particularly fascinating campaign, but I think it’s going to be a fascinating election night,” says Don Desserud, a political science professor at the University of Prince Edward Island.“There’s something going on here. You can’t deny that after a whole year of solid numbers for the Green party that they’ve attracted attention and are being regarded with great favour.”A Narrative Research poll for the Charlottetown Guardian released this week suggests the Greens had maintained a lead, but it was within the margin of error and the Tories and Liberals were not far behind.The close numbers also raised the spectre of a minority government, which would itself mark a historic moment for the Island: The last time a minority was elected in P.E.I. was 1890.Islanders have been electing either Liberal or Conservative governments since Confederation. And a clear pattern has held since the mid-1960s, with majority governments being regularly replaced after serving three terms — though the Liberals eked out a fourth term in 1978, only to lose power a year later.Premier Wade MacLauchlan’s Liberals will be seeking a fourth term on April 23, which has prompted some critics to suggest the party has overstayed its welcome.Though the province’s economy is among the strongest in the country, voters have been reluctant to attribute any of that success to MacLauchlan.Donald Savoie, the Canada research chair in public administration at the Universite de Moncton, says he’s bewildered by the lack of credit given to the Liberals.“It is difficult to imagine how the MacLauchlan government could have produced a better report card on the economy before going to the polls,” Savoie wrote in a recent editorial, noting the numbers look great for wages, employment, immigration, housing starts, exports, retail sales and tourism.“And yet public opinion surveys reveal that the MacLauchlan government is confronting a serious political challenge. This suggests that there are forces at play in the Maritime provinces that are playing havoc with the region’s political landscape.”So what is it about the Greens that has moved the Island’s traditionally small-c conservative voters to consider a more progressive party?Bevan-Baker says the shifting political sentiments on P.E.I. are a reflection of a broader movement away from traditional, mainstream politics. He’s called it the local expression of a global phenomenon.“People are looking for something that doesn’t sound or smell or taste like a conventional politician,” he said in an interview late last year.Bevan-Baker became the first member of the Green party to win a seat in the P.E.I. legislature in 2015, having failed to win a single election after 10 attempts on the Island and in Ontario.As party leader, he has spent the past three years carefully crafting the party’s brand by consistently challenging the notion that the Greens are a single-issue entity devoted only to environmental activism.During the election campaign, Bevan-Baker made a point of broadening the party’s public appeal by focusing on social issues.When the party released its entire $30-million platform at the beginning of the campaign, the largest chunk of that planned spending — $10-million — was earmarked for increasing social assistance rates. Increasing the inventory of affordable housing was also a top priority.“They’re really broadened out their platform to talk about socially progressive issues,” says Desserud. “It’s a rebranding of the party that has been extremely successful.”The party has been talking about environmental issues, “but they have not foregrounded them,” the professor said.And when it comes to climate change and carbon taxes, Bevan-Baker has been careful to link a healthy environment with a prosperous economy.As for the Progressive Conservatives, the party may have deep roots on the island, but it has been plagued by infighting. In the past eight years, the party has had no fewer than six leaders, including Dennis King, who was elected in February.The party enjoyed a boost in the polls in March, when it was in a virtual dead heat with the Liberals and this week’s Narrative poll suggests they have continued momentum.As for the Island’s New Democrats, led by Joe Byrne, their poll numbers have remained at single digits for the past year.On Tuesday, voters will also learn the results from a binding referendum on electoral reform, which will determine if Islanders want to keep the first-past-the-post system or change to a mixed-member-proportional-representation model.In a 2016 plebiscite, 52 per cent voted in favour of switching to a mixed-member system, but MacLauchlan rejected the results, saying the 36 per cent turnout rate was too low.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to abolish the first-past-the-post system federally during the 2015 election, but he later abandoned that pledge, saying Canadians were not eager for change. Voters in British Columbia rejected making such a change in December 2017.Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press
MEXICO CITY – The leaders of Canada and Mexico said Thursday they’re not walking away from NAFTA talks in the wake of the latest aggressive proposal from the U.S.Both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said the proposal — a sunset clause on any new North American Free Trade Agreement — remains just that, an idea.“We will continue to take very seriously the work we do and we will not be walking away from the table based on proposals put forward,” Trudeau said at a joint news conference with Pena Nieto in Mexico City’s stately National Palace late Thursday evening.“We will discuss those proposals, we will counter those proposals and we will take seriously these negotiations.”Negotiations for a revamped NAFTA are now in their fourth round and the U.S. sunset clause idea is the latest in a series of moves that have frustrated Canadian and Mexican negotiators. More challenges lie ahead — rules for auto parts could come as early as Friday. An original suggestion from the U.S. that American and regional content levels be beefed up has already drawn condemnation.Trudeau and Pena Nieto talked with their aides and then their foreign affairs and trade teams for close to two hours Thursday afternoon. Trudeau’s visit is his first official trip to Mexico and follows Pena Nieto’s trip to Canada in June 2016.While the two sides were discussing a range of issues, the ongoing talks to rework NAFTA were a large part of the discussion.Pena Nieto suggested that while observers have made predictions that certain proposals could tank the talks, that’s only speculation.“I would not pay much attention to any statements other than that which happens (at) the negotiation tables,” he said, according to an English translation of his remarks.Pena Nieto indicated he was paying attention to a suggestion from U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday that should NAFTA talks fail, bilateral deals could be negotiated instead.Afterwards, Trudeau didn’t rule out the notion, and Pena Nieto said he did discuss it with the prime minister Thursday.But he said he also heard Trump say that the three countries could find a creative way to negotiate a new trilateral pact.“I think that Canada and Mexico share the idea that the NAFTA agreement is a good mechanism, it’s not the only one but it’s a good mechanism to potentialize the development of the North American region and to turn it into the most competitive one.”Efforts by Canada and Mexico to deepen their own bilateral connections, however, were on full display Thursday.In the room during the news conference were dozens of Mexican firefighters who assisted in combating wildfires in B.C., while prior to their meeting, Pena Nieto took Trudeau past a photo display of Canadian relief efforts in the wake of devastating earthquakes in Mexico last month.Trudeau had stopped by a Red Cross aid distribution centre earlier Thursday as part of his government’s approach of engaging in more public diplomacy events to encourage foreign relations.But the formal side is equally important. Trudeau will address the Mexican Senate on Friday, one of only a handful of foreign leaders to have ever done so.
Rabat – Chariot Oil & Gas has announced a new independent report that shows the Anchois gas resources have been upgraded to approximately one trillion cubic feet. The new report includes the new satellite prospects, including “Anchois North,” which according to consulting firm Netherland Sewell & Associates has a 43% chance of geological success. Chariot Oil & Gas also claim that the Anchois project has the potential to include five more satellites. Their main blocks of interest lie off the coastline of Mohammedia and Kenitra, north of Rabat. Larry Bottomley, chief executive of Chariot, said, “this independent third party evaluation confirms that the Anchois discovery and its nearby satellite prospects present Chariot with an exciting and commercially attractive development opportunity”. The news comes after Chariot announced in April the acquisition of the Lixus license, which hosts Anchois. Experts say that Anchois will act as a Kickstarter for a hub-approach in the region.According to Chariot’s website, Morocco holds some of the most competitive fiscal and commercial terms in the world. The firm added that other incentives of operating in Morocco include a robust regulatory framework and highly regarded state oil company, ONHYM (the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines). ONHYM is a partner in the Lixus license, with a 25% stake in the asset.The acquisition came after a disappointing year for Rabat Deep’s exploration well off Morocco’s coast, coupled with the failure of the Prospect S well offshore Namibia.This low-risk, low-cost acquisition has been good news for Chariot Oil & Gas, with their shares rising more than 100% in the weeks after the deal.
by Tom Murphy, The Associated Press Posted Dec 11, 2015 8:26 am MDT Last Updated Dec 11, 2015 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This June 21, 2013 file photo shows the script “Walgreens” over windows at the store in Wexford, Pa. The Federal Trade Commission wants more information about Walgreens’ $9.41-billion plan to buy rival drugstore chain Rite Aid, a sign that regulators may be worried about the deal’s impact on competition. Walgreens said Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 that it fielded a request for additional information beyond what the companies have already been required to provide under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. Walgreens said it expected the request. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) Regulators want more details about $9.4B Walgreens-Rite Aid drugstore chain combination The Federal Trade Commission wants more information about Walgreens’ $9.41-billion plan to buy rival drugstore chain Rite Aid, a sign that regulators may be concerned about the deal’s impact on competition.Walgreens said Friday that it fielded a request for additional information beyond what the companies have already been required to provide under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. Walgreens said it expected the request.A former Justice Department attorney said regulators ask for more information when their initial review of a deal suggests that there are “serious competitive concerns.”“I think it’s a big deal,” said Allen Grunes, who led merger investigations as an antitrust attorney with the Justice Department. Grunes is a co-founder and attorney at the Konkurrenz Group in Washington and is not connected to this case.Walgreens said in a brief statement that the companies still expect to close their deal in the second half of next year. Spokesman Michael Polzin declined to comment when asked whether the company has any concerns about the acquisition passing regulatory review.The request for additional information is not a sign the deal is doomed. Regulators could do nothing, or they might challenge the acquisition or ask the companies to shed some stores. Health insurers Anthem Inc. and Aetna Inc. also have received requests for more information regarding their respective, pending acquisitions of rivals Cigna Corp. and Humana Inc.Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. runs 8,173 U.S. stores, while Rite Aid Corp. has around 4,600. Walgreens has said that Rite Aid’s presence in the Northeast and Southern California will help the combined company cover the entire United States.The drugstore chain also told investors after announcing the deal in late October that the agreement calls for divesting up to 1,000 stores if required by regulators. But the company also said it believes it will probably have to get rid of less than half that number.Grunes said regulators don’t take these requests for additional information lightly because they generally cost companies millions of dollars to fulfil. He said they often involve requests for more information on business and pricing plans, contracts with suppliers and customers and documentation of expected savings from a deal, among many other things.“It’s generally a major undertaking,” he said.Shares of Deerfield, Illinois-based Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. fell 2.6 per cent, or $2.20, to $81.22 in afternoon trading Friday while broader indexes fell more than 1 per cent. Shares of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania-based Rite Aid Corp. fell 5 cents to $7.82.Walgreens shares have slipped 7 per cent, as of Thursday’s close, since the day before the companies announced their deal, while Rite Aid’s stock has jumped 30 per cent.
INDIANAPOLIS — Flashback to last week, and the No. 9 Ohio State women’s basketball team (24-7, 15-4) was on its last breath in triple overtime against Michigan State (24-7, 13-4) in East Lansing, Michigan, before ultimately falling 107-105 to the Spartans.Saturday’s matchup at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse between the same two teams lacked the competitiveness that the last meeting contained, as Michigan State stomped over the Buckeyes 82-63 in a Big Ten tournament semifinal.Redshirt junior forward Aerial Powers led Michigan State in the victory, scoring 31 points and grabbing 12 rebounds while her co-star, junior guard Tori Jankoska, brought in 23 points. Sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell wasn’t her usual self on Saturday night, as she struggled mightily from the field to the tune of a 4-of-18 shooting performance, yet she still lead the Buckeyes in scoring with 20. “At the end of the day, as a team, we just didn’t come to ready to play,” said OSU senior guard Cait Craft. In the quarterfinal game against Rutgers, senior guard Ameryst Alston exited to the locker room early due to a wrist injury on a loose ball play at the end of the third quarter. As a result, the big question that loomed over the spectators in the building Saturday evening was, “Will Alston play?”Nearly 18 minutes prior to tipoff, OSU coach Kevin McGuff would answer that question, submitting the official starting lineup card with Alston’s name sketched in.“She had a sprained wrist and the doctor said that she couldn’t hurt herself any further and she wanted to give it a go,” McGuff said. “She’s a tough kid and she wanted to contribute in, but she couldn’t tonight.”Throughout Alston’s time on the floor, she would act as a sort of decoy for the Buckeyes, not making any attempt to drive to the basket, nor crashing the boards like she is known to do. The wrap on her right wrist inhibited her from making too much happen with the ball in her hands.In the first quarter, Alston would exit the game for the first time with 4:53 on the clock, and wouldn’t check back in until 5:04 left in the second. The senior leader would not attempt a shot until late in the second when she put up a desperation floating layup that did not come in contact with any part of the basket.With Alston unable to shoot the ball pain-free, the Buckeyes had to try and stay afloat with a missing element to their offense. They sank. “We did miss Ameryst a lot defensively and offensively,” Mitchell said. “But, like (Craft) said, at the end of the day, we’ve got to be tough and work.”OSU went a staggering 9-of-32 from the field in the first half. A third of those made shots came from Mitchell.The sophomore, who dropped a program-record 48 points in the last meeting with Michigan State, had to put the team on her back. But taking over a game against a strong zone defense like the Spartans’ is no easy task.Mitchell would go into the break with eight points, visibly frustrated with the inability to get clean shots off like she was able to previously against the Spartans.“That kid can get her shot,” said Michigan State coach Suzy Merchant. “The biggest thing is that we extended so she didn’t get six, eight, 10 shots out there with us just hanging out.”Unlike its matchup against Rutgers the evening prior, OSU was unable to hold Michigan State from catching fire from the field. More specifically, Powers proved why she is a finalist for the Wooden Award shooting 8-of-12 from the field and ending the half with 19 points.Jankoska was quiet against Purdue in the quarterfinals Friday night, failing to hit any shots from beyond the arc, but she was able to turn it around against the Buckeyes. She knocked down two deep balls, spacing out the floor for the Spartans and allowing Powers to have more room to work.“Tori didn’t let yesterday’s game affect her,” Powers said. “And I think that shows a lot of leadership, that she came out hungry and aggressive.”Although the Buckeyes have been known for their ability to turn their game up a notch in the second half, they were in too much of a hole to counter the high-scoring Spartans.Michigan State had no problem weaving through the OSU defense and following Powers’ lead. The 6-foot forward knocked down shots from the perimeter, while also showcasing her elusiveness off the dribble and powering to the basket. The Scarlet and Gray would continue to claw at the Spartans in the fourth quarter, outscoring Michigan State 27-10 over the last 10 minutes, but it wasn’t nearly enough to prevent them from heading back to Columbus a day early.McGuff and the Buckeyes will head back to the drawing board in preparation for the NCAA tournament, in the hopes of finding their midseason form and making a run for another trip to Indianapolis for the Final Four.“That’s the great thing about college basketball, you get to tip it up again here before too long,” McGuff said. “We just have to get back to the gym and kind of get back to being who we are.”The mentality has been the same for Ohio State from the get-go: one game at a time. Heading into the NCAA tournament, McGuff said the Buckeyes do not plan on changing that mentality anytime soon.Michigan State will move on to the championship game of the Big Ten tournament against the top-seeded Maryland Terrapins. The ball is scheduled to be tossed up for tip at 7 p.m. on Sunday. OSU sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) walks off the floor in despair after losing in the Big Ten tournament semifinals to Michigan State, 82-63, on March 5 in Indianapolis. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports Editor
Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo over the weekend submitted a list of 11 nominees to President David Granger for the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission.This came a mere two days after the meeting between himself and President David Granger where both agreed that the process of selecting a chairman of GECOM was vital and would be done within days.The nominees include Annette Arjoon-Martins; BS Roy (Retired Justice of Appeal); Gerry Gouveia (Captain); Joseph Singh (Retired Major General); Kashir Khan (Attorney-at-Law); Krishnadatt Persaud (former Senior Magistrate); Lawrence Latchmansingh; Norman McLean (Retired Major General); Onesi La Fleur; Ramesh Dookhoo and William Ramlall (Retired Puisne Judge).The names submitted by the Opposition Leader were pulled from the initial three lists that were submitted in 2017 and rejected by President Granger, who went on to unilaterally appoint Retired Justice James Patterson. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGECOM Chairman: Granger rejects 5 nominees, shortlists 4July 9, 2019In “latest news”President proposes 8 nominees for GECOM ChairmanJuly 8, 2019In “latest news”Opposition, Govt to meet today to “hammer out” nominees for GECOM ChairmanJuly 8, 2019In “latest news”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRegional U-19 set to bowl off next Monday in St KittsJuly 19, 2017In “latest news”GCB congratulates Guyana U-19 teamAugust 4, 2014In “Sports”Guyana U-15 wing out for Regional tournamentApril 12, 2019In “latest news” The 2019 Guyana Under 17 prior to departureThe jaded Guyana U-17 Team will meet Windward Islands in their third-round match today, Tuesday July 9.In their first-round match, Guyana U-17 lost to Trinidad and Tobago by nine wickets at the National Cricket Centre in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago. The second round match saw the Guyanese team suffering a seven-wicket defeat against Barbados at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad &Tobago.Those results were not surprising, considering that this Guyana U-17 team is one of the poorest ever selected. Its Trinidad & Tobago counterpart has seven players with national experience, while not one Guyana player has ever played inter-county cricket. The magicians we have for selectors should take responsibility for the team’s outstandingly poor performance and for the last-moment preparations that were put in place for the team.In the opening round, the Guyanese were bowled out for 91, with only West Indies U-15 player Mavindra Dindyal scoring 46. He was the only bright performer. The second match saw the highly talented Matthew Nandu scoring an unbeaten 71 as Guyana posted 141 for nine in their allotted 50 overs. Captain Sheldon Charles also scored 21 runs in opening the batting.These players will be aiming for a strong finish to save themselves from further embarrassment. Guyana will play Jamaica and the Leeward Islands in their final two rounds of matches, which will conclude on July 13, 2019.The Guyana Under-15 captain, Zeynul Ramsammy, was not given the opportunity to lead the team, after he had led the Under-15 team in a strong tournament last year.Numerous talented and capable players were omitted, and a few average performers were selected to represent Guyana U-17.The likes of West Indies U-15 players Isai Thorne and Rampertab Ramnauth were among the notable omissions. Jonathan Rampersaud, Daniel Mootoo, Ricardo Ramdehol, Abdul Ramsammy and Shamar Yearwood were among the players with previous Regional experience who were omitted although eligible for selection this year. (Brandon Corlette)
Even after having its first meeting since Justice Claudette Singh was appointed the new Chairperson, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has not yet made a decision with regards to the holding of early elections.INews understands that the commission will be awaiting the written ruling of the Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George on the challenge against the house-to-house registration exercise, which is currently undergoing.The CJ ruled that the that the house-to-house exercise is not unlawful or unconstitutional. However, she did note that it is unconstitutional for qualified persons to be removed from the National Register of Registrants if they are not in the jurisdiction or is otherwise not at their residence during the registration exercise.In the more than two hours long meeting, the Commission discussed matters pertaining to the exercise and the preparation for elections in keeping with the Guyana Constitution following the passage of the no-confidence motion against the Government. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident to meet GECOM todayAugust 8, 2019In “latest news”H2H Registration to be haltedAugust 27, 2019In “latest news”Pres. Granger hopes for GECOM’s position on early elections within a weekAugust 9, 2019In “latest news”
Construction has started on a A$500 million ($353 million) pilot project looking at the feasibility of turning brown coal from the Latrobe Valley, in Victoria, Australia, into hydrogen for liquefaction and export to Japan.Works have begun on liquefaction facilities linked to the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) project at Port Hastings, Victoria, which the government says has the potential to create A$2 billion in exports for Australia.On the other side of Australia, Fortescue Metals recently partnered with CSIRO on hydrogen technologies to support the development of new industries, create jobs and pave the way for low emissions export opportunities for the country.Hydrogen production operations for the pilot phase of HSEC have been established at the AGL Loy Yang mine, with operations leveraging existing coal gasification technologies adapted specifically for Victorian brown coal. Hydrogen will then be transported to a liquefaction and loading terminal at the Port of Hastings Victoria, Australia.“Once converted to liquid, hydrogen will be shipped to Japan using a world-first, innovative liquefied hydrogen carrier, purpose built for hydrogen transport,” the HESC said.Australia’s Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Matt Canavan, said today’s sod turn symbolised new job and investment opportunities for the region, as well as the nation.“Australia is well placed to become a global leader in hydrogen production and this pilot project is a crucial step towards making this vision a reality. The Australian and Victorian Governments have committed A$50 million each to the A$500 million project, which is also supported by the Japanese Government and Japanese industry,” he said.“This project promises to be of huge benefit to both nations and particularly the state of Victoria, which has the opportunity to develop an alternative and value-adding use of its abundant brown coal reserves in the Latrobe Valley.“The use of hydrogen is part of Japan’s vision of a clean energy future and any emissions from the pilot project will be fully offset, with commercial scale operations required to use carbon capture and storage to ensure a low emission source of hydrogen.”Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Simon Birmingham, said the project was the first of its kind in Australia and was built on the strong and long-standing trade partnership between Australia and Japan.“This pilot project is the first step in creating a commercial scale hydrogen supply chain which could lead to billions of dollars in export earnings for Australia and help Japan meet its strategic energy targets for 2030 and beyond,” he said.“As global demand for hydrogen continues to grow, strategic investments such as this one have the potential to turn Australia into a major global exporter of hydrogen, particularly to countries such as Japan and South Korea.“Australia has long been a reliable supplier of energy needs and there is no doubt that we are uniquely placed to continue to meet those global needs by becoming a leader in hydrogen energy. Future commercial scale operations in the Latrobe Valley and around the country will help transform Australia into a hydrogen powerhouse, delivering significant economic benefits and thousands of extra jobs for Australians.”For funding purposes, the pilot phase is split into different delivery portions – a Japanese funded portion and an Australia funded portion.The Australia funded portion is coordinated by Hydrogen Engineering Australia (HEA), a consortium comprised of project partners including Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), J-POWER, Iwatani Corporation, Marubeni Corporation and AGL. This portion involves refining the hydrogen gas in the Latrobe Valley, transporting it to the Port of Hastings, converting it to liquid and then loading it onto the marine carrier.The Japan funded portion of the HESC pilot phase is coordinated by the CO2-Free Hydrogen Supply Chain Technology Association (HySTRA), acting on behalf of KHI, J-POWER, Iwatani Corporation and Shell. The Japanese funded portion includes converting brown coal to gas in the Latrobe Valley, transporting liquid hydrogen by sea and then unloading it in Japan.The HSEC project will be developed in two phases:The pilot phase will demonstrate a fully integrated supply chain between Australia and Japan over one year by 2021;The decision to proceed to a commercial phase will be made in the 2020s with operations targeted in the 2030s, depending on the successful completion of the pilot phase, regulatory approvals, social licence to operate and hydrogen demand.
MAXAM has used the backdrop of the 34th edition of the Perumin conference in Arequipa, Peru, to announce a new production line of cartridge explosives to be made at its Cocachacra plant in the country.The manufacture of RIOGEL, alongside the initiation systems and RIOXAM ANFO products the company produces at its Cochachacra plant, should increase MAXAM’s capabilities in Latin America, it said.RIOGEL is the latest generation of high-energy cartridge watergel developed by MAXAM and has important advantages over other products. “Thanks to its high energy, it allows optimal rock fragmentation, increasing the productivity of the operation,” the company said, adding that it guarantees a good blasting result even under dynamic pressure.“With a better balance of oxygen in its composition, RIOGEL reduces the emission of toxic fumes such as nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide,” MAXAM says. This shortens the return times to blasting fronts and, thus, optimises the operations’ performance.It also comes with environmental benefits given its manufacturing process requires 95% less water than an emulsion.José Luis Alonso, General Manager, MAXAM in Peru, said: “In addition to offering innovative products that allow us to increase the productivity of our customers, at MAXAM we have the technical capabilities to respond to their specific needs. We offer adapted and valuable solutions in Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia and the rest of South America.”The company is showing the advantages of RIOGEL as well as its innovations and latest developments in blasting services during the Perumin tradeshow, from September 16-20.
Back at CES, T-Mobile played it coy when it cme to details concerning the forthcoming LG G-Slate. It would be easy to assume given their silence on the G-Slate that it was bound to be a dud, but not so: T-Mobile has just sent out the full spec list of the G-Slate, and it looks… impressive. Why impressive? Because it’s the first 3D Android tablet out there.Boasting a 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 32GB of storage, a gyroscope and accelerometer, the big eyebrow archer is the stereoscopic rear-facing video cameras capable of 1080p 3D capture, with one of those little occulli doubling as a 5 megapixel still camera with LED flash. A third webcam up front allows you to video chat over 3G or WiFi.Not only can you film home movies in 3D with the G-Slate, you can also watch them in 3D, although you’ll need glasses to do so (probably passive, since lugging around active-shutter 3D glasses with your tablet is a laugh). You can even output this content to a 3DTV in 1080p thanks to the built-in HDMI port.Intriguing, but price has yet to be revealed. As for release date, LG claims it’ll be hitting the US in March, and be one of the very first Honeycomb tablets. We can’t wait to see it.