Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In this file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert answers a question before an NBA basketball game between the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland. Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin have decided to part ways following three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals. Gilbert said in a statement Monday, June 19, 2017, that the Cavaliers will not extend Griffin’s current contract when it expires June 30. APCLEVELAND — A person familiar with the talks says Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert met with former NBA star Chauncey Billups about a position in Cleveland’s front office.The meeting took place on Tuesday in Detroit, said the person who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations. Gilbert is looking for a general manager after parting ways with David Griffin on Monday as the Cavs regrouped after losing to Golden State in the NBA Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Gilbert has known Billups since his days with the Pistons.A five-time All-Star, Billups does not have any front-office experience, so it’s more likely he could fill an executive role to work alongside a new GM. Billups, who has been working as a TV analyst, is also close with Cavs coach Tyronn Lue.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGriffin guided the Cavs to three straight Finals, but he and Gilbert couldn’t agree on the team’s direction. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments Cavaliers in chaos after GM leaves on eve of pivotal summer Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ
India enjoyed a romp before the Asia Cup final in accounting for the United Arab Emirates by nine wickets on Thursday. (Scorecard) The bowlers paved the way to the easy victory, restricting UAE to 81-9 in 20 overs. (Match highlights|Photos) India took 10.1 overs to win with 82-1, and seal its fourth straight victory in the tournament. The Indians meet host Bangladesh in the final on Sunday.Opener Rohit Sharma hit 39 while Yuvraj Singh was 25 not out and hit the winning boundary.Fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar led the way for India with 2-8.Shaiman Anwar scored 43 after UAE captain Amjad Javed elected to bat first. Opener Rohan Mustafa, on 11, was the only other batsman to reach double digits.Kumar was backed by Jasprit Bumrah, pacer Hardik Pandya and spin trio Pawan Negi, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh, who all picked up one wicket.Kumar delivered two straight maiden overs and reaped rewards for creating pressure which resulted in the wicket of opener Swapnil Patil for a duck.Bumrah claimed Mohammad Shahzad for a duck, too, and UAE was 2-2.India bowlers then made regular breakthrough amid the resistance of Anwar, who hit three fours and one six in his 48-ball knock.Sharma took care of the chase by his aggressive batting. He smashed seven fours and a six in 28 balls, and was the only wicket to fall, taken by Qadeer Ahmed.Out-of-form opener Shikhar Dhawan struggled again, while Yuvraj Singh, promoted to No. 3 ahead of Virat Kohli, continued to batter the bowlers. He hit one six and four fours, the last of which confirmed India’s victory with 59 balls to spare.advertisementBefore the game, all in attendance observed a minute of silence in honor of New Zealand great Martin Crowe, who died of cancer earlier in the day. Crowe’s older brother, Jeff Crowe, was the match referee.
WAILEA, Hawaii — Olympians Andrew Gemmell and Haley Anderson won 10-kilometer titles in the open water competition at the Pan Pacific championships.Gemmell, of Wilmington, Delaware, pulled away from the men’s field down the stretch to win in 1 hour, 51 minutes and 11 seconds, nearly a minute ahead of silver medalist Jarrod Poort of Australia, who touched in 1:52.12.Kane Radford of New Zealand took the bronze in 1:52.13 at Maui’s Ulua Beach on Aug. 31.Anderson, of Granite Bay California, edged teammate Eva Fabian of Keene, New Hampshire, for the gold by one second. Anderson won in 1:59.51; Fabian was second in 1:59.52. Chelsea Gubecka of Australia earned the bronze in 1:59.54.With the victories, the U.S. has swept the men’s and women’s 10k titles at the past three Pan Pacs, including 2006 and 2010.The open water races were relocated to Hawaii because of water quality issues at Gold Coast, Australia, where the Pan Pacs pool competition was held a week ago.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Highlands Park NFD Week 11 Review: Highlands maintain their lead at the top Austin Ditlhobolo Journalist 18:16 11/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Backpagepix Highlands Park 1st Division Uthongathi Highlands Park stretch their lead to three points at the top, AmaTuks miss opportunity to heap pressure on Highlands Park and drop to third place BLACK LEOPARDS vs. MTHATHA BUCKSBlack Leopards earned a morale boosting 2-0 victory over Mthatha Bucks at Thohoyandou Stadium in Limpopo on Saturday. The win sees the hosts leapfrog Bucks to tenth place whilst the away team’s season descends into further chaos with this defeat. The defeat sees Bucks drop to eleventh place.RICHARDS BAY FC vs. WITBANK SPURS 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 Richards Bay drawing streak continued when they limped to a 0-0 draw against Witbank Spurs during their home game at Umhlathuze Sports Complex. The away side will feel they have lost here, as a win would have seen them jump to fifth place if they won. Whilst the home side see themselves remain the basement spots with after this result at fourteenth place.UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA vs. UBUNTU FCPromotion hopefuls, University of Pretoria missed a great chance to further enhance their aspirations of being top dogs in the NFD and add pressure on the leaders, Highlands Park by stuttering to a 0-0 draw against bottom side, Ubuntu FC at ABSA AmaTuks Stadium, Pretoria. Shaun Bartlett’s side will see this game as the one that got away whilst the away team remain in the foot of the table with this result. The draw saw AmaTuks drop to third place.MBOMBELA UNITED vs. TTM FCMbombela United empathically dispatched TTM FC 3-0 at Kanyamazane Stadium, Mbombela on Saturday. The win propelled the home side to second place, three points behind the log leaders, Highlands Park and further indicated, they will be in the running to fight for promotion this season. On the other hand, after this result, away team slipped to eighth place after this trashing.ROYAL EAGLES vs. REAL KINGS FCReal Kings FC romped to a 3-0 win over Royal Eagles at Harry Gwala Stadium, Pietermaritzburg. This win for Real Kings sees them to jump to fifth place, five points behind the pace setters, Highlands Park. The hosts defeat sees them being condemned to the drop zone even more.UTHONGATHI FC vs. HIGHLANDS PARKHighlands Park, the current pace setters in the league earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Uthongathi FC at Princess Magogo Stadium, Durban. The away side continued their winning streak which sees them lead the chasing pack whilst their other promotion rivals, Mbombela United and University of Pretoria are three points behind them. The home side’s defeat saw them drop to thirteenth place in the standings.STELLENBOSCH FC vs. JOMO COSMOSOn Sunday, Promotion play-offs hopefuls, Stellenbosch FC played to an entertaining 2-2 draw against Jomo Cosmos at King Zwelithini Stadium, Durban. The result pushed the hosts to sixth place and Ezenkosi dropped to fourth place. Stellenbosch FC’s winless run reaches five games which might send concern towards the coaching staff as their promotion hopes are getting dented by this winless run whilst Jomo Cosmos unbeaten run reaches four matches now.SUPER EAGLES vs. CAPE TOWN ALL STARSThe last game of the weekend saw Super Eagles squaring up against Cape Town All Stars at Goble Park. The home side won 1-0, and the win saw them from thirteenth place to twelfth place. The away side’s stuttering form continued which ultimately drags them to ninth place in the log standings.
Share on WhatsApp Colombia put trust in Juan Quintero against England and fret over Rodríguez Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Colombia set-piece prowess spells out warning to England Reuse this content World Cup Quintero scoring against the Ivory Coast in the 2014 World Cup. Photograph: Elsa/Getty Images Pinterest Colombia Read more Share on Messenger First his parent club Porto became exasperated by his shoddy attitude and lack of professionalism. Quintero was out of shape and seemingly more interested in pursuing a side career making reggaeton music videos with his showbiz pals. The burst of fame had clearly come too soon. Sent on loan to Rennes, his manager there complained at one point that the Colombian was not even fit to play 20 minutes. He was subsequently relegated to the club’s amateur reserve team that were competing in the French fourth division.But his career was perhaps saved by a return home. Signing another loan deal with his home-city club Independiente Medellin, Quintero got both the playing time and emotional support he desperately needed. Having grown up in a violent and poor Medellin slum, Quintero had also spent almost his entire life wondering about the father who had left the family home when he was two years old, never to return. The burning hope of unlikely return continues to gnaw.But after a year back in his home city, Quintero gradually rebuilt a flailing career to earn another loan move to River Plate in January. Immediately plunged into the reserves, Quintero simply knuckled down this time. Now he was mentally settled not even the constant media jibes about his weight could get him down. “I’m not fat; I just have a big arse,” he quipped to silence endless press hounding. Facebook World Cup 2018 Having looked after the human side of his development, the misfit genius from Medellin now approaches Tuesday’s match with England again striving to hit the top. It is no wonder the coach Pekerman feels so enthused. England Share on Twitter Twitter Share via Email Share on Facebook Topics If he was forced to tinker with both his tactics and personnel, it was still unthinkable back then that Pekerman would turn to Quintero as the man to provide a solution. The talented playmaker was a forgotten man, a player who was still only 24 but whose career had slid down the drain. Quintero’s slump from the top after scoring at the last World Cup had been spectacular. He had been wiped from football’s map. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. There are many, however, who argue that Quintero’s football belongs to another era. For all the bundles of talent, the tricks and the deft close-ball control, that incredible all-seeing vision and the famed low centre of gravity, Quintero’s languid style does not fit easily into the modern game. Rivaldo and Juan Román Riquelme were both Quintero idols but such players no longer populate the elite level of the game as they have often proved too easy for opponents to nullify.Thus Pekerman’s gamble to field both Rodríguez and Quintero together was a bold call. Yet it was also recognition that Colombia had become too staid and increasingly dependent on Rodríguez over the last four years. Indeed, a turning point came in 2017 when Colombia toiled to a 1-0 home win over Bolivia after Rodríguez tucked home a penalty at the second attempt with just seven minutes to go. Against what was in essence a Bolivia C-team Pekerman was rightly very concerned. “We suffered out there,” he complained. “There are things we are not doing well; there are things we must change.” features Amid the blaze of emotion of Colombia’s must-win match against Poland the manager, José Pekerman, lost his head. Juan Fernando Quintero had just slipped a perfectly weighted pass into the path of Radamel Falcao to score his first World Cup goal with a clipped outside-of-the-boot finish. Two-nil to Colombia and victory was in sight. As the weight of pressure subsided, the normally reticent Argentinian coach erupted in elation on the touchline. “Juan! Juan! Genius! Genius! You’re a genius!” Pekerman bawled as his grinning 25-year-old star basked in the praise. Against Japan in their first match Quintero had scored Colombia’s first free-kick goal in seven years with a clever low drive and been his country’s main attacking threat. But against Poland that level shifted up a gear. Tasked with picking the holes in Poland’s back three from the centre of Colombia’s attacking trident that included James Rodríguez shunted out on the left, the diminutive midfielder’s sumptuous vision and exquisite technique turned the game. Like Paul Gascoigne in his pomp, Quintero wriggled reverse passes and through-balls into gaps that brought gasps and applause from even the Polish press section. “What we would give for a player like Quintero to feed Robert Lewandowski,” one Polish journalist said.When Poland’s resilience was finally broken by a thumping Yerry Mina header from Rodríguez’s delicately swept cross just before half-time it was in no small part thanks to the cunning perspicuity through which Quintero had forged an opening. It is one of his habits. Only a few weeks earlier the Colombian had played an almost identical ball to the striker Lucas Pratto to settle a tight Copa Libertadores game for River Plate against Santa Fe. In the key moments, Quintero has a habit of turning up.
Japanese shipping company Daitoh Trading has been linked to orders for five chemical/product tankers with compatriot builders.According to data provided by Intermodal, the company has placed an order for three 16,000 dwt vessels with Japan’s Fukuoka Shipbuilding, and for an additional two units with the shipbuilder’s subsidiary Usuki Shipyard.The three tankers are scheduled for delivery during the period from 2020 to 2021, while the two units from Usuki Shipyard would join their owner in 2019.The company did not unveil any financial details related to the tankers, which will feature 16,000 dwt, respectively.World Maritime News Staff
The province and Elwin MacNeil, the former chair of the Alcoholand Gaming Authority, have agreed to an out-of-court settlement,ending a potentially lengthy and costly legal challenge. “We believe the terms of the agreement provide faircompensation,” said Justice Minister Michael Baker. “Resolvingthis through negotiation saves both parties from a lengthy trialand potential appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada, and is inthe best interests of Nova Scotian taxpayers.” “On behalf of my client, we are satisfied that this matter hasbeen resolved,” said Mr. MacNeil’s lawyer Blaise MacDonald. “Itavoids the prospect of costly and drawn out litigation.” Mr. MacNeil, who was appointed chair in 1995, lost his full-timeposition in April 2000 when government transferred theadjudicative function of the Alcohol and Gaming Authority to theNova Scotia Utility and Review Board. Mr. Baker said complex legal issues in the lawsuit could havetaken this case to the Supreme Court of Canada. “Since Mr.MacNeil’s contract entitled him to the salary and pensionbenefits equivalent to a provincial court judge, a lengthy legalchallenge could have cost the province more than $2.5 milliondollars.” The agreement adds an approximate $30,000 annual pension to the$12,000 pension Mr. MacNeil was already entitled to under thePublic Service Superannuation Act for his five years ofgovernment service. It also includes $40,000 for legal expenses.
Concerned Nova Scotians will continue to play an active role as federal authorities begin implementing new measures dealing with brown spruce longhorn beetles in Nova Scotia, Natural Resources Minister David Morse said today, April 25. The new federal regulatory measures, announced today by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, were developed in consultation with a Nova Scotia stakeholder group that includes the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, the Maritime Lumber Bureau, landowners and representatives of the forestry industry, Halifax Regional Municipality and the New Brunswick government. The Nova Scotia group responded to a Canadian Food Inspection Agency request in February with a proposal for coping with the effects of the beetle. The agency worked closely with all parties and used key components of that proposal to develop its new process. “Stakeholders accept that this is a much more workable plan than a simple expansion of the containment zone,” said Mr. Morse. “We are particularly pleased that the restrictions have been relaxed to focus only on specified wood products that present a risk. “We are also encouraged that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency supports the need for more scientific research; when we better understand the behaviour of this intruder in our forests we will be able to curtail, and perhaps even eradicate, it.” Diana Blenkhorn, president and CEO of the Maritime Lumber Bureau, said it was a challenge to find a solution that could be supported by the science sub-committee, that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency could legally implement, that would address the needs of all the stakeholders while also reducing the beetle population and working towards its eventual eradication. “If the approach announced today is implemented as intended,” she said, “then we will have found a practical and effective solution to the problems the presence of brown spruce longhorn beetle creates in Nova Scotia.” The new regulations, which take effect on May 14, will include an expanded containment zone. Landowners, mill operators and others inside that zone will be able to deal with the specified products (spruce logs, spruce bark and oversized spruce wood chips). Anyone moving those products outside of the containment zone, however, will need to follow additional measures including registration with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Work continues to repair roads and bridges in Inverness County damaged during a December 2010 storm. About $1 million has already been spent and another $1 million will be invested during this construction season to complete the remaining work. “While most major repairs are complete there is still work to be done, particularly to repair some bridges that are important to local residents,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Bill Estarbrooks. “Plans are in place that will see the remaining work completed this summer.” Roads and bridges at 36 sites received some damage during the storm. Asphalt patching, replacing shoulder gravel, ditching, and culvert repairs made most roads passable in the days after the storm. Several bridges were also affected by the storm. All bridges are open, except for three bridges on East Margaree Cross Road. All three of these bridges will be repaired and the road re-opened early this summer. “This storm caused significant damage and we appreciate everyone’s patience as we complete these remaining repairs,” said Mr. Estabrooks.
New Delhi: Industry chamber Assocham has demanded cut in effective corporate tax to 25 per cent, doing away with dividend distribution tax (DDT) and indexing of allowances and deductions under personal Income Tax with inflation. In its pre-budget meeting with the Revenue Secretary last week, Assocham also demanded reduction of excise duty on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF), and a cut in customs duty rates on raw materials used in domestic manufacturing. It also suggested that Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT), which is levied at 18.55 per cent, should be abolished and demanded that relaxation in norms for start-ups. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents”The effective corporate tax on distributed profit is over 48 per cent. Need to reduce to 25 per cent and gradually to 20 per cent,” Assocham said. It further said that Dividend Distribution Tax (DDT) at 20.55 per cent is “burdensome” and suggested that it be replaced with Dividend Taxation. With regard to personal taxation, Assocham recommended that all allowances and deductions– medical/conveyance etc– should be “indexed as per cost of inflation”. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefSuch a step would make allowances more realistic and help in neutralising the impact of inflation for taxpayers. With regard to rationalising excise duty on ATF, the industry body said post implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST), credit of excise duty paid on purchase of ATF is not eligible. This has resulted in increasing the cost component for the airline industry. “Government should consider decreasing the excise duty rates on ATF, in order to help aviation industry in India… Lower excise duty rates would be required to offset the impact of rising international fuel prices,” it said. Assocham also demanded cut in customs duty rates on aluminium to 5 per cent from 7.5 per cent, woven backing fabric to 10 per cent from 25 per cent and on CRGO Steel and steel mill rolls to ‘nil’ from 5 per cent and 7.5 per cent respectively. The full budget for 2019-20 would be presented on July 5. Assocham Co Chairman Rakesh Nangia said the Government should give addition tax incentives to the electrical vehicles sector, by giving weighted deduction on the capital and R&D expenditure and leverage SEZ by extending sunset period beyond April 2020. The government in 2015-16 Budget promised that the corporate tax rate would be gradually lowered to 25 per cent from 30 per cent over the next four years and exemptions available to companies would be phased out. In Budget 2016-17, the government reduced corporate tax rate to 25 per cent for companies whose turnover was less than Rs 50 crore in financial year 2015-16. This benefitted 96 per cent of the total companies filing tax returns. In 2018-19 Budget, the reduced rate of 25 per cent was extended to companies with turnover of up to Rs 250 crore in 2016-17, a move which benefited micro, small and medium enterprises. After this, out of about 7 lakh companies filing returns, about 7,000 which file returns of income and whose turnover is above Rs 250 crore remain in 30 per cent slab.
Facebook Caroline Dhavernas is a great actress that first came to our attention as one of the best parts of the Paul Gross film Passchendaele. In 2013, she re-teamed with creator Bryan Fuller on the cult favourite Hannibal (one of our favourite shows of all time). Now, she fronts her own show, created by Tara Armstrong and produced by Tassie and Amy Cameron (Cameron Pictures), called Mary Kills People. The show was renewed for a second season and features an incredible performance by Dhavernas as the titular Mary Harris. This season will see the addition of Rachelle Lefevre to the cast as the cloaked in mystery Olivia Bloom as well as Ian Lake as Olivia’s husband, Travis.We spoke to Dhavernas by phone from the Corus headquarters and the following is a condensed and edited version of our lively conversation.Brief Take: What does it mean to be on a female-led show? Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Caroline Dhavernas: Yeah, it was a first for me, I had never been part of a show that was mostly female. I mean, it was written by women, (we had one male writer though on the team), produced largely in part by women, edited, and also the lead, so yeah, it was wonderful! And also, seeing so many women in positions of creative power is not always the case. I really embraced it. I hope that one day we don’t have to talk about it. I hope that it will be just a given. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter
APTN National NewsA rally was held in Edmonton Friday to protest violence against women.The protest comes a week after city police arrested an Aboriginal women, who had been sexually assaulted, for breach of conditions.Police said days later, after refusing to speak to the media, the victim never said she was assaulted when police arrived at a motel after her mother called 911. The woman was bleeding and missing a tooth.It’s an issue organizers of the rally say needs to be addressed.APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan went to the rally.
Tina House APTN National NewsThe National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has been under fire, almost since its inception.It’s been criticized for re-traumatizing families, by keeping them in the dark about what the inquiry is going to do, and when it’s going to do it.It all came to head when an open letter to head Commissioner Marion Buller was sent earlier this week.Commissioner Buller responded Friday afternoon in Vancouver.
CALGARY – The Canadian government is trying to reassure Japan and other trading partners that genetically modified wheat found in southern Alberta is limited to a few plants growing along a remote access road and has not been detected in the wider supply.Japan has temporarily halted imports of Canadian wheat as it reviews the tests that Canadian officials have already done, Global Affairs spokesman Jesse Wilson said in a statement.“The government of Canada is working with its key trading partners to ensure they have all the necessary information and are relying on science-based evidence to limit market disruption,” he wrote Friday.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Thursday that it tested wheat plants that survived spraying for weeds and found they were genetically modified to tolerate herbicide.The agency said extensive scientific testing has found the wheat is isolated to the site where it was found and poses no food safety risk.Such modified wheat is not approved for commercial use in Canada.“Temporary market closure is a standard protocol for the Japanese,” Wilson said.“CFIA officials are already in close contact to share data, review evidence and demonstrate full transparency, which is exactly as it should be when it comes to keeping trade open.”The Japanese embassy in Ottawa said Friday the country’s ministry of agriculture, forestry and fisheries temporarily suspended the import tender and sale of Canadian wheat to domestic milling companies in response to the CFIA’s announcement.“The embassy understands that the details with regard to this issue are being worked out between the competent authorities of the two countries,” it said.The Alberta government said the dozen genetically modified red spring wheat plants were found last fall in a roadside ditch near Strathmore, east of Calgary.“We’re disappointed with Japan’s decision to suspend the trade of Canadian wheat, and we are working to provide them with the assurances they need to reopen markets,” Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous said Friday.Alberta’s wheat exports totalled $2.1 billion last year. The top two buyers are the United States, at $280 million a year, followed by Japan at $203 million.Bilous said the United States has not contacted Canada to express concern but said the province is reaching out to its trading partners regardless.Kevin Bender, chairman of the Alberta Wheat Commission, said Japan’s move is concerning.“If they stop importing our grain, that’s a major blow to our exports of wheat,” he said.“My hope is that it would be short-lived based on, first of all, Canada’s reputation as a high-quality producer of wheat and food, our safety record, the fact that this is an isolated event.”Japan imported 1.4 million tonnes of wheat from Canada last year and 1.6 million tonnes the year before, said Cam Dahl, president of Cereals Canada.“Japan is a very good customer,” he said. “More than that, they are a premium customer. They are the highest grade buyer of Canadian wheat in the world.”Both Bender and Dahl said there has been no indication other countries are contemplating similar moves.“I am watching Korea very closely as well as China and the EU,” said Dahl.The CFIA said it isn’t sure how the modified wheat came to be on the access road.That’s worrisome to the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, a coalition of 16 farming, environmental and social justice groups focused on genetic engineering in food.“We’re relieved this is an isolated contamination case but we’re concerned that the government couldn’t determine how it happened,” said Lucy Sharratt, a co-ordinator with the network. “Without knowing the cause, contamination could happen again.”The CFIA said it will work with the landowner to monitor the area over the next three years to help prevent any genetically modified wheat from persisting.— with files from Dean Bennett in Edmonton
The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning and, as expected, ‘La La Land’ dominated the list.The romantic musical picked up 14 nominations, tying ‘Titanic’ and ‘All About Eve’ for the most of all time.The film’s stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone picked up Best Actor/Actress nominations for their performance.‘La La Land’ also earned Best Original Screenplay, Best Directing and Best Picture nominations.The other nominees for Best Picture are ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ ‘Hidden Figures’, ‘Lion’, ‘Moonlight’, ‘Fences’, ‘Hell or High Water’, ‘Manchester by the Sea’ and ‘Arrival’ — a film directed by Canadian Denis Villeneuve.
General Cissé, who was expected to take office in Bangui at the end of the month, is in New York this week for briefings with senior UN officials, the spokesman said.Mr. Cissé succeeds Cheikh Tidiane Sy, who resigned last May.
Hungarian handball Play OffMKB VeszpremPick Szeged ← Previous Story Slovenia: Celje PL is one step away from EHF Champions League! Next Story → Bundesliga: THW Kiel wins in Hamburg again! Pick Szeged wins the second match of the Hungarian Play Off Final against MKB Veszprem 24:23 (11:10). Results in final series is now 1:1 and decisive will be the third match in “Veszprem Arena” next week. The best scorer in the winning team was Serbian right wing, Rajko Prodanovic with 6 goals, while Veszprem’s legend, Carlos Perez scored 8.Pick Szeged-MKB Veszprém 24-23 (11-10)Pick Szeged: Tatai – Prodanovics 6, Ancsin 2, Buday 4, Zubai 2, Sulc 5, Vadkerti 1. Mikler (kapus), Czina, Lékai 3, Bajorhegyi, Pribanic 1. coach: Skaliczki László.MKB Veszprém: Alilovic – Gulyás, Sulic 1, Laluska 1, Schuch, Terzic 1, Iváncsik G, Fazekas (kapus), Vujin 6, Császár 2, Pérez 8, Korazija 1, Vilovszki 2, Urban 1. Coach: Mocsai Lajos.
It’s a good PR story for us, and plays really well on social media in China that shows we’re keen to learn and keen to connect.He said that they also work closely with Fáilte Ireland to ensure that the industry on the ground is “China-ready” in terms of language requirements and food requirements.The Chinese tourism community spends in the region of €100 million a year, with the Giant’s Causeway, the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College, the Chester Beatty Library, Powerscourt, Kildare Village, Newbridge and the Cliffs of Moher their most-visited landmarks.You can see all the events that are planned for Dublin’s Chinese New Year here.Read: ‘Better BBQ than Hong Kong’: The insider’s guide to finding fantastic Chinese food in DublinRead: Over 30 Irish buildings to light up to raise awareness of ‘one of the most painful conditions known to science’ By Gráinne Ní Aodha 8 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 15,618 Views Share139 Tweet Email4 Source: SON PhotographicCIVIC BUILDINGS ACROSS the country are to be lit up by red lights to celebrate Chinese New Year tonight, in what’s been described as “great PR” for Ireland.For the third year in a row, some of our best-known buildings will be illuminated this week to celebrate the Year of the Dog.In Dublin, the Convention Centre, the Guinness Storehouse, the Mansion House, the National Concert Hall, and St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre will all go red.Outside of Dublin, Cork City Hall, The Capitol on Grand Parade and One Albert Quay in Cork, CityNorth Hotel near Gormanston, Co Meath; Kildare Village; and Powerscourt Estate in Co Wicklow will also be taking part.Dublin’s Chinese New Year has a number of events planned between this Friday and 4 March to celebrate the beginning of the lunar year. As part of the Year of the Dog, a number of events are planned that incorporate man’s best friend, including Tall Tail, a production in the Smock Alley Theatre, and dog life-drawing classes.Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said that China is an important emerging market and one that Tourism Ireland is “committed to growing over the coming years”.He told TheJournal.ie:“Chinese travel market biggest in the world – last year 70,000 Chinese tourists visited Ireland. Each year those numbers are doubling, so there’s rapid growth there.The joint Irish-British visa scheme, introduced in 2014, is also a huge boost for Chinese tourists to the island of Ireland. Around 400,000 visit the UK each year, and the joint scheme allows people to “tag on a holiday in Ireland”.In terms of lighting buildings up for Chinese New Year, Gibbons says that from a marketing perspective, it’s very important.“We’ll be going over for a week in May to four cities – Shanghai, Beijing, Kengu and Hong Kong, meeting with tourism and diaspora groups.”He said that showing those groups pictures of iconic Irish buildings turned red for their New Year is an important gesture – similar to how buildings around the world turn green for St Patrick’s Day.“It’s like our St Patrick’s Day,” Gibbons says. “People travel in large numbers each year, and it’s great PR to have a number of our prominent buildings turn red.” http://jrnl.ie/3853561 Friday 16 Feb 2018, 6:10 AM Feb 16th 2018, 6:10 AM ‘It’s great PR’: Iconic Irish buildings are going red today to mark the start of Chinese New Year For the past three years prominent buildings have been lit up to highlight the importance of the Irish Chinese community.
Crushed plastic debris on beach at Patton Bay, Montague Island. (Photo courtesy Chris Pallister)Thanks to funding from the government of Japan, plans are being made to pick up hundreds of tons of plastic marine debris that has been gathered from Alaska beaches.Download AudioGulf of Alaska Keeper was already in the trash business, picking up old fishing gear, when the 2011 tsunami swept away miles of buildings, docks, vehicles, contents of dumps, tanks, and other materials along the coast of Japan and sent much of it floating across the Pacific. The organization knew where it was most likely to hit. And it did, says Keeper President Chris Pallister.“A tremendous amount of trash,” Pallister said. “Some of our outer coastline beaches that are hard on the Gulf of Alaska have as much as 30 tons of plastic debris per mile, which is an astounding amount of plastic.”Talk of Alaska: Plastics in the OceanThe resources to respond were nowhere near adequate, but concern about the debris was widespread, particularly in villages along the coast, which often organized their own cleanup efforts. A number of organizations got involved, including the cruise ship industry. There was a small helping of federal funds – $50,000 per state, but then the Japanese government sent $5 million to help with the cleanup. Part of that money was released to Alaska through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last year. Gulf of Alaska Keeper was able to bring more cleanup workers to some of the shores. It wasn’t easy:“Every year we get our small skiffs and stuff flipped and you know it’s a challenge, and it costs a lot of money,” Pallister said. “We’re exposed out there in the Gulf with our small vessels, and it’s a very, very difficult, dangerous job for all of us.”The plastic was gathered up, often placed in huge bags, but then it had nowhere to go. It was just left stacked up, waiting for whatever arrangements could be made to remove it.This year another $900,000 has been released to Alaska from the Japanese donation, and Pallister plans to use it to engage a helicopter to lift the material, and a huge barge to take it to a destination that is still undetermined.“Now that we have some money, we can do this. It’s not gonna be enough money to do everything we want to do. We hope to get down there and work with the Sitka Sound Science Center and all the folks down in southeast Alaska that are consolidating debris this summer,” Pallister said. “And hopefully this barge will just make a circuit around the northern Gulf, go down to southeast Alaska and we’re talking with our colleagues in British Columbia, they may join us too, and take a big load of trash down to a recycling center in Seattle.”It’s going to have to be a pretty big barge, and it’s going to take another cleanup mobilization as well.“We have 1,800 super sacks and a lot of other loose debris,” Pallister said. ”It’s probably about pretty close to 3,000 cubic yards of plastic, and we expect to double that by mid-July of this year.”And it won’t be the end of the plastic trash. In recent years, Gulf of Alaska Keeper’s cleanups have been coming across a lot more than fishing gear on those exposed beaches. The way Chris Pallister sees it after 12 years of beach cleaning, the tsunami just added to an already existing – and growing – plastic debris problem on Alaska’s coasts.“That basically doubled our volume, but we’ve always had a really bad problem up here, and it’s mostly western pacific drift that we’re gettin’ up here, it’s not local,” Pallister said.The material that drifts and blows ashore during storms is just the most visible form. A lot more has broken down into small pieces that can be mistaken for food and ingested by birds and fish. Efforts to assess the impacts of those micro- and nano-plastics in the marine environment are just beginning.
New Delhi: Amid US sanctions, Iran on Tuesday said it believes India will act in its national interest on the issue of oil imports and Tehran can act as a “protector” of India’s energy security. Iran’s Ambassador to India Ali Chegeni also asserted that his country can provide “affordability, accessibility and security” of energy to India. The Iranian envoy also alluded to the possibility of using barter, rupee and European mechanisms for trade in oil with India and other countries to circumvent the US sanctions. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us His remarks assume significance, as they come days after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, had assured India that America is “doing everything” to ensure crude oil imports to New Delhi in the wake of the situation arising out of sanctions on importing oil from Iran. Mike Pompeo had said India has made “hard choices” to cut off oil imports from Iran. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Referring to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s remarks at the joint press interaction with Mr Pompeo in New Delhi last week, Chegeni said: “If Mr Jaishankar said affordability, accessibility and security of energy, Iran is the only country that can provide all these aspects of energy for India. We expect from a friend… that we understand each other, follow our national interest and Iran is ready for being the protector of energy security of India.” Advertise With Us Chegeni said probably the oil import might have been stopped but Iran had not got any “negative signal” from India that they would do so in future. “India is a friend forever. We understand that India will act according to its national interest. As we understand from Jaishankar’s statement that India will follow its national interest. That is acceptable for everybody,” he said. “We think India is under pressure, but we believe India is a friend of Iran. India’s relations with other countries do not affect us. Our relations with India are based on history, it is based on long-term mutual benefit and interest,” the envoy said. Asked about the possibility of Chabahar port project getting affected despite not coming under US sanctions, Chegeni said it showed the “hypocrisy” of Americans that they say something else and do something else. He alleged that the US was applying “indirect” sanctions on the project. “We wish the golden gate (Chabahar) will not be affected, but indirectly it could be impacted,” he said. The envoy also accused the US of indulging in “terrorist acts” by applying economic sanctions on various countries. “I am calling US of being a state terrorist against Cuba, Venezuela and Iran… They will isolate themselves,” he claimed. On India making up its oil needs from Saudi Arabia and the US, Chegeni said Iran does not force its consumers and India will decide for itself. He also asserted that the oil issue will not affect India-Iran ties. Mr Chegeni also claimed that many countries were buying oil from Iran both officially and unofficially. “Our oil is sold, destinations are secret,” he asserted. The envoy also hoped that India’s trade relationship with Iran will continue to expand. “Up to April, our bilateral trade between the two countries was 18 billion, while in previous years it was 13.7 billion,” he said. The envoy said Iran’s Pasargad Bank had got all its clearances and will open a branch in Mumbai soon. As six-month-long exemptions from US sanctions to buy oil from Iran ended in May, India had said it will deal with the issue based on three factors — the country’s energy security, commercial consideration and economic interests.