Meralco, Star seek Final 4

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president The Hotshots slipped past the Road Warriors, 101-93, on Sunday, giving them a spot in the top four.As the fourth seeds, the Hotshots have two cracks at making the semifinals, just like top seed Meralco, No. 2 TNT KaTropa and No. 3 Barangay Ginebra.Star coach Chito Victolero is wary that fatigue may take its toll on the Hotshots.“It’s our third game in five days,” said Victolero. “I need to make sure that my players are motivated enough and ready for the battle. We need to be mentally tough and physically prepared especially coming from back-to-back games.”For the Road Warriors, it’s win or vacation time.ADVERTISEMENT “We lost our defensive intensity in the second half of our last game versus Star,” said NLEX coach Yeng Guiao. “It’s something we cannot afford to do again.”The Elite, meanwhile, made it past the eliminations for only the second time since joining the league three years ago.Import Henry Walker has lifted Blackwater from a 0-3 start and into a 5-3 record since coming in as replacement for original import Trevis Simpson.Mac Belo has also steadily regained his old fiery form while JP Erram is blossoming into one of the best centers in the league. —PBA.PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Jared Dillinger of Meralco (left) and Kyle Pascual of Blackwater battle for possession during their previous match. —AUGUST DELA CRUZAfter snaring the top seed, it’s time for Meralco to reach for another goal when it tries to cut short Blackwater’s playoffs stint at the start of the PBA Governors Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.By virtue of finishing the 11-game preliminaries with a league-best 9-2 slate, the Bolts earned a twice-to-beat incentive which it will try to put to good use against the eighth-ranked Elite in the 4:15 p.m. match ushering in the last eight.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Changing of the guards BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Bolts come into the match with a four-game win-streak capped by a 104-101 victory over San Miguel Beer at the end of the eliminations on Sunday.They also prevailed over the Elite, 107-78, in their elimination round meeting last July 21.Meralco coach Norman Black knows it won’t be easy this time around.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Now we’re going to the playoffs, where things are going to get more difficult,” he said.“The focus now is just to prepare for Blackwater because you know they’ve played very well in this conference and they have one of the best imports in the conference so we have to be really ready for them in our next game.”In the 7 p.m. main game, Star and NLEX mix it up anew just 48 hours after their elimination meeting. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

James Rodriguez shines as Real Madrid equal La Liga record for successive wins

first_imgReal Madrid brushed off the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale to beat Espanyol 2-0 away and maintain their 100 percent start to the league season while matching Barcelona’s La Liga record of 16 consecutive victories. (Latest Football stories)James Rodriguez scored his first Real goal in five months to give the visitors the lead in stoppage time before the break and Karim Benzema sealed the points in the 70th minute with a close-range finish past former Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez.Athletic Bilbao beat Valencia 2-1 to pile more pressure on the visitors’ beleaguered coach Pako Ayesteran, Villarreal downed Real Sociedad 2-1 thanks to a sensational 50-yard strike from Nicola Sansone, while Celta Vigo drew 0-0 at Osasuna.Real stay top of La Liga on 12 points, three above Barcelona and Las Palmas, having equalled Barca’s record of 16 straight league wins achieved under Pep Guardiola in the 2010/11 season.”We played a great game from the start with concentration and enthusiasm. The best way to get the points is to come out fired up like we did today,” Zidane told Movistar Plus.The Frenchman’s Real side also broke the Madrid club’s record for consecutive league wins, overtaking the 15-game winning streak under Miguel Munoz in the 1960/61 season.”Of course, the record means a lot to us because it’s proof of the phenomenal work all the players are doing. Getting points is the most important thing but it’s also nice to have a record like this,” added Zidane.SORE THROATRonaldo missed the trip to Espanyol with a sore throat, having scored five goals in a 6-0 thrashing last season, while Bale is recovering from a hip injury sustained in Wednesday’s last-gasp 2-1 Champions League win over Sporting Lisbon.advertisementThe absence of the pair allowed Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio to face their former club, while Rodriguez came in for Germany international Toni Kroos in midfield.Colombia’s 2014 World Cup Golden Boot winner has not enjoyed a consistent run in the side since Zidane took charge but seized the opportunity, nutmegging an Espanyol defender outside the area and stroking the ball into the bottom corner of the net.Benzema had looked far from match fit against Sporting but was given another chance by Zidane and, after having an effort ruled out for offside in the first half, the Frenchman tapped in Asensio’s low cross to finish off a classy team move.SENSATIONAL STRIKEVillarreal forward Sansone scored from just over the halfway line as they beat Sociedad to move up to sixth in the table, level on eight points with Atletico Madrid and Sevilla.The 13 million euros ($14.50 million) close-season signing from Serie A side Sassuolo let fly from the right hand side of the field to beat goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli in the 25th.Italian Sansone had also given the hosts the lead three minutes earlier from inside the box after the Brazilian former Chelsea striker Alexandre Pato had missed a penalty.Sociedad’s Yuri reduced the deficit in the 35th minute but they finished the game with 10 men after fellow defender Joseba Zaldua was sent off in the 89th for a second yellow card.Athletic Bilbao came from behind to beat Valencia, who are bottom without a point or a goal from their four games.”Now is the time to reflect on what we’re doing and make a real effort to turn things around on the pitch,” said Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves. “We have a good enough team to improve on where we are at the moment.”Alvaro Medran gave Valencia a dream start by scoring in the second minute but their former striker Aritz Aduriz turned the game in Athletic’s favour with two strikes before halftime.Second-bottom Celta Vigo got their first point of the season in a goalless draw at promoted Osasuna, who are a point and a place above them in the standings.last_img read more

Australia begin preparations for T20I series against India

first_imgAustralia hit the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad to start training for the T20I and ODI series against India. The two countries will face off in the first T20I in Vizag on Sunday.India have won 11 of the 19 T20 Internationals against Australia. The last two T20I series, however, ended in 1-1 draws thanks to rain-affected games. Both teams have plenty to play for with the World Cup now months away.India were extremely dominant on their tour of Australia. After the T20I series ended on a stalemate, India won the Test and ODI series. This will also be a chance for the Aussies to show they are good enough to bounce back against India even on their own turf..@Gmaxi_32 holding the pose nicely #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/Cdz1QbU3qVcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 20, 2019A lot of Australia’s players in the T20 squad will be eager to please and impress. Without Steve Smith and David Warner in the side, the selectors will hope for the likes of Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh to stand up and deliver.Khawaja and Marsh have not played T20 cricket for Australia since 2016. The endeavour clearly is to give both men enough time to prove themselves and stake claim to World Cup berths.Ted Ball out, Fennis in #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/k1WMki5xn6cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 20, 2019But whatver they do, Australia cannot take afford to take India lightly. Aaron Finch is aware there is zero room for error against India in India.advertisement”I don’t think you need anything to put a pep in your step when you’re going on an Aussie tour, particularly to India,” Finch said.”If you’re slightly off the mark you’re going to get hurt. They’re the best side in one-day cricket in their own conditions, I think. So you’ve got to go there full of confidence and have a real clear game plan.”last_img read more

Aguero injured in car accident

first_imgSergio Agüero Man City striker Aguero injured in car accident in Netherlands Goal Last updated 2 years ago 11:00 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Sergio Aguero Manchester City Getty Images Sergio Agüero Manchester City Chelsea v Manchester City Chelsea Premier League The Argentine forward has been taken to hospital, with reports claiming that he has suffered broken ribs and that he could be out for two months Sergio Aguero has been taken to hospital after being injured in a car accident in the Netherlands, Goal can confirm.The Manchester City striker attended a concert in Amsterdam featuring Colombian singer Maluma and was reportedly hurt on his return to the airport when the taxi he was in was involved in an accident. Aguero, who it is claimed was wearing his seat belt, suffered broken ribs as a result of the crash, in which the taxi carrying the City star apparently hit a pole. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. Aguero’s former club Independiente have since sent a tweet wishing the forward well, saying: “Strength and quick recovery. All Independiente is with you in this difficult time”.¡Fuerza y pronta recuperación @aguerosergiokun! Todo @Independiente está con vos en este difícil momento. pic.twitter.com/JpVHfLYTVD— C. A. Independiente (@Independiente) September 29, 2017The reports claim that Aguero will be out of action for an extended period of time, though there has as yet been no official confirmation from either Manchester City or the Argentina national team. If the striker is out for an extended period, he will miss a number of City’s Premier League and Champions League games, while he’ll also be absent for Argentina’s crucial final two World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Ecuador.Aguero has been in fine form at the start of the 2017-18 campaign, scoring seven goals in eight appearances in all competitions.last_img read more

Best U17 WC tributes from Indian fans

first_imgU17 World Cup FIFA U17 World Cup India 2017: Best tributes from fans Goal Last updated 2 years ago 08:59 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Indian U-17 World Cup Squad’s clash against Italy U-17 National Team. AIFF Media U17 World Cup India U17 Videos Goal lists the best fan-made videos for the first ever FIFA Under-17 World Cup hosted in India… The Under-17 World Cup is set to kick-off in a few hours and the excitement among Indian fans is brimming. Several fans have created videos to popularise the competition which is being hosted in India for the very first time.  Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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.last_img read more

Por qué el Guardian US apoyará a México, el equipo norteamericano, en el Mundial?

first_imgMientras comienza esta semana el mundial sin la presencia de la selección estadounidense, el USMNT, fanáticos de fútbol estadounidense empiezan a decidir a quien van a alentar. Elegirán los campeones alemanes, el jogo bonito de Brasil, la albiceleste de Lionel Messi o una de las selecciones con posibilidades casi remotas como Panamá, Arabia Saudita e Inglaterra?Nosotros, en el Guardian US, decidimos alentar a México. Estados Unidos ya es la segunda casa del Tri – la mitad de sus partidos internacionales jugados desde 2007 se jugaron aquí, en EEUU, en 22 áreas metropolitanas.Los dos países también comparten una historia futbolística, desde los emocionantes partidos de eliminatoria, hasta los jugadores mexicanos que brillan en MLS y los estadounidenses que llegan a ser estrellas en la Liga MX. World Cup Topics Mexico Share via Email World Cup 2018 Share on Pinterest Mexico: North America’s team Share on Facebookcenter_img US sports Y además, está el momento político que vivimos. Mientras que políticas presidenciales abren grietas entre EEUU y México, vemos el Mundial como el mejor momento para, como dice el viejo cliché, usar el deporte para unir países.En las próximas semanas, tendremos un periodista presente en cada uno de los partidos de México, desde el primer silbato este domingo cuando se enfrentan a los campeones de 2014, Alemania. También tendremos liveblogs de cada partido del Tri – en inglés y español – y brindaremos noticias y análisis durante todo el torneo.Nuestra cobertura no se limitará a lo que suceda en el campo de juego. Para lanzar nuestra nuestra cobertura, tenemos una nota de Oscar De La Hoya, el Mexicano-Americano leyenda del boxeo, donde nos cuenta por qué Estados Unidos debería alentar a México, mientras que Raúl Vilchis nos explica por qué en este tiempo en que se construyen muros y divisiones, el Mundial es un momento de festejo para celebrar la historia y cultura que comparten los dos países. Él mismo explorará la importancia que tienen del fútbol y la selección nacional para la identidad mexicana.Luego, leeremos reportes de Tom Dart, que viajó a Laredo, Tejas, para hablar con Mexicanos-Americanos fanáticos del fútbol en la frontera sobre como manejan sus lealtades divididas. Además, Nick Ames retratará la carrera de Javier Hernández, una de las estrellas del equipo mexicano, sobre la víspera del torneo. Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Paisley Park gives Emma Lavelle that Cheltenham Festival fervour

first_imgCheltenham Gold Cup Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Gemmell has been in ownership for a decade or so but Paisley Park, who dotted up by 12 lengths, is easily the best he has owned outright and is now favourite for the Stayers’ Hurdle in two months’ time at a best price of 7-2. “It is extraordinary,” Gemmell said. “I was hopeful but you never know, as his one bad run was at Cheltenham last season. He was at death’s door and it is a remarkable recovery and I’m just really chuffed.”Doing her best to play it cool, and not quite succeeding, Lavelle greeted reporters with: “That was quite impressive, wasn’t it?” The Wiltshire trainer has had her share of bad luck in 20 years with a licence but perhaps her biggest job for the next six weeks will be containing her nerves and those of the person who has become her most important owner.“Andrew is the most extraordinarily brave man,” she said, “and he can drink better than any man I know. It couldn’t happen to a nicer person. We don’t all start in life on a level playing field and he has definitely not let that hold him back. Thrilled as I am for us, I’m even more thrilled for him.”There was a much closer finish to the Cotswold Chase when Frodon was rather clinging on to his advantage as he tired up the hill with Elegant Escape pounding remorselessly after him. But the winner did enough to convince connections that the Gold Cup is where he belongs, unless soft ground in mid-March forces a late switch to the shorter Ryanair. Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Talking Horses: Racing ‘missing a trick’ over in-running betting drones Was this helpful? Talking Horses: Racing ‘missing a trick’ over in-running betting drones Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn news Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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The Observer Horse racing tips Quick guide Chris Cook’s tips for Sunday Cheltenham Festival Read more Topics Hide Share via Email That means Bryony Frost is likely to become the third female jockey to ride in jump racing’s most prestigious contest and though Frodon is a 20-1 shot he will surely give his backers a thrill with another frontrunning, bold-jumping effort. “So brave, isn’t he?” Frost said. “The whole heart is in there for you. Me and him out there, it’s the best buzz you could ever live in.”Paul Nicholls reckons he left Frodon a gallop short for this contest, a necessary risk if the horse was to have a proper mid-season break, and so there is a sharper edge to be put on him before the Gold Cup. “If I can just get a bit more improvement out of him yet, he’s the sort of horse who could well run into the frame,” the trainer said. Read more Paisley Park was a hugely popular winner of the Cleeve Hurdle and surely no horse will go into March’s Festival here with a greater weight of public sentiment behind him. Enormously improved this winter, Paisley Park endured a life-threatening illness a couple of years ago and represents Emma Lavelle, who has never previously had a Grade One winner in her yard, and the owner, Andrew Gemmell, who has been blind since birth and developed a love of horseracing while listening to radio commentaries as a schoolboy.Now in his 60s, Gemmell named Paisley Park after the Minnesota estate and recording studios of Prince and it turns out the owner is a huge fan of the late pop star. “Let’s go crazy,” he announced to his gleeful entourage, a song reference that other Prince fans will instantly recognise. Horse racing Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Elite Eight Daily Wrap – Day One

first_imgBy Eden RichardsIt was a day of thrilling finishes in the Men’s Elite Eight on day one of the 2016 National Touch League. Two Queensland teams remain undefeated with the QLD Titans notching three wins from three starts and the QLD Cowboys securing two wins and a draw. The Alliance are yet to get off the mark and therefore sit last at the foot of the table on zero wins. They will need everything to go their way tomorrow if they are to mount an unlikely charge to the finals. In a sign of how close the Men’s Elite Eight is this year, just under half of the games played on day one were decided by one touchdown or less. The Women’s Elite Eight featured close contests all day and after 12 games one standout team has emerged.The Queensland Broncos went through three games unbeaten and look the side to beat for the title. The New South Wales Rebels, New South Wales Mets and Titans are all one game back on the standings but it appears there may be a gap in class between the chasers and last year’s champions. The New South Wales Country Mavericks sit on one win and will need to seriously improve on day two if they are to figure in the finals. It was a horrid day for the Scorpions and The Alliance as neither managed to chalk up a win. The Rebels’ six touchdown win over The Alliance was the biggest win of the day and they will need more of the same if they are to catch the Broncos. Day two will begin at 9am on Thursday. Related LinksElite Eight Day Onelast_img read more

10 months agoAtletico Madrid coach Simeone unsurprised Bayern Munich want Lucas

first_imgAtletico Madrid coach Simeone unsurprised Bayern Munich want Lucasby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone isn’t surprised Bayern Munich want to sign Lucas Hernandez.Simeone was keen to turn attention onto the pitch, but repeatedly fielded questions about those who could be on their way out of the Wanda Metropolitano this winter.”We know that until the window closes we cannot be calm,” Simeone said when asked about Lucas Hernandez’s future.”There is always the possibility when you have extraordinary players that big clubs like Bayern Munich will want them.”I live in the present and today we have him, like [Diego] Godin, [Jan] Oblak, Filipe [Luis] and Juanfran.”We have to look at what really matters to us, which is Sevilla.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

‘Dani Alves would be a hit at Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool’

first_imgFormer Manchester United and Brazil midfielder Kleberson says his old international teammate Dani Alves could be a hit at Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool after the full-back’s departure from Paris Saint-Germain.Alves left the Ligue 1 champions last month after winning back-to-back titles during his two-year spell in the French capital.The 36-year-old, who is set to skipper his country when they take on Peru in the Copa America final on Sunday, is yet to reveal what his next move will be in club football. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Kleberson, who won the World Cup with Brazil in Japan and South Korea in 2002, played alongside former Barcelona full-back Alves between 2006-10 for the Selecao.And the retired midfielder, who finished his playing career with the Indy Eleven and Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL and now coaches with the Philadelphia Union academy in MLS, says while he had been keen for his old teammate to join him to see out the final years of his career in the United States, Alves could still be a significant player for the new European champions.“I wanted to get Dani Alves to join me in the MLS,” said Kleberson. “He’s a phenomenal player with amazing quality. I feel maybe could fit in well at Liverpool and Klopp would like him as a style of player.“He’s very technical, fast and has an incredible temperament in the big games. He’s a winner.”Kleberson started three of Brazil’s games in their triumphant World Cup campaign in 2002, coming into the starting line-up for the 2-1 quarter-final win against England and retaining his place through to the final.And his old side will take on Peru on Sunday for the chance to lift their first Copa America title since 2007.“Brazil’s performances in the Copa America so far have been solid but not amazing,” said the 40-year-old. “The South American teams have improved over the last few years especially Venezuela with younger players.“Brazil are not in a great moment for the national team, for me now there is a lot of change and quite a few young players coming through giving the coaching staff tough decisions to make.“Brazil are playing well but they are doing just about enough. We have some performances where we are like ‘wow’ against Peru where we won 5-0.“But we aren’t playing well consistently enough. I want to see Brazil play against good teams like England and play amazing football with style and be proud of it.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

USCG, Shell Continue Oil Spill Clean Up

first_imgzoom The US Coast Guard managed to remove more than 51,000 gallons of oily-water mixture after some 88,200 gallons of oil spilled from a Shell subsea well-head flow line in the Gulf of Mexico on May 12.A total of five on-water recovery vessels have been deployed to conduct skimming operations at the site of the incident, which occurred some 90 miles south of Timbalier Island, Louisiana.“On water recovery vessels are searching for oil that can be safely recovered via skimming,” the USCG said, adding that, besides the five vessels, the Coast Guard and Shell have sent more than 130 personnel to assist in the response efforts.Shell has shut-in production at the Glider field, from where the crude oil was discharged.According to the company, which contracted air resources to provide aerial assessment of the affected area, the trajectory is in a westerly direction with no expected shoreline impact at this time.The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is leading an investigation to determine the cause of the oil spill.There have been no reported impacts to wildlife, the USCG said.However, according to Greenpeace, the oil spill “is the largest since BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, the effects of which are still resonating throughout the region.”Image Courtesy: Derick E. Hingle/Greenpeace“Currently estimated at 88,200 gallons, the Shell spill is just shy of qualifying as a “major” spill under the Coast Guard’s classification system,” Greenpeace added.“The industry routinely grossly under reports the amount of oil leaked,” said Jonathan Henderson, the founder of Vanishing Earth, an environmental watchdog group.“They have an economic incentive to do that, because they’re fined per barrel of oil released under the Clean Water Act. I don’t see how you can not call this a major oil spill. On Friday they estimated the size of sheen at two by 13 miles, and today it looked like it had spread from that,” Henderson said.Image Courtesy: Derick E. Hingle / Greenpeacelast_img read more

Global Industry Alliance Welcomes Maersk

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Danish shipping group A.P. Moller – Maersk A/S has become the latest member to join the Global Industry Alliance (GIA) aiming to support low carbon shipping, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) said.Following the addition of Maersk and the Panama Canal this March, the GIA now comprises eighteen members.Maersk signed up to the GIA during the fifth meeting of the GIA Taskforce at IMO Headquarters in London on March 15, 2019.The GIA Taskforce meeting progressed work on several ongoing projects, including on the validation of performance of energy efficiency technologies, the assessment of barriers to the uptake of just-in-time operation of ships and resulting emission saving opportunities from its effective implementation, as well as work on the current status and application of alternative fuels in the maritime sector and barriers to their uptake.The Taskforce was also shown a preview of an open-access e-learning course on the energy efficient operation of ships, which is expected to be completed and launched later this year.Additionally, the Taskforce formalized the extension of the GIA until December 31, 2019, and agreed to develop a White Paper outlining a vision and potential priority areas for the GIA.Launched in June 2017, the GIA is an innovative public-private partnership initiative of the IMO, under the framework of the GEF-UNDP-IMO Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) Project that aims to bring together maritime industry leaders to support an energy efficient and low carbon maritime transport system.Current members of the alliance are shipowners and operators, classification societies, engine and technology builders and suppliers, big data providers, oil companies and ports.last_img read more

Pak openly practises terrorism no scope for dialogue with it EAM Jaishankar

first_imgLondon: Pakistan openly practises terrorism and there is no scope for negotiations until Islamabad reins in its financing and recruitment of militant groups, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said. Jaishankar was responding to the recent opinion piece written by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Kashmir in the New York Times where he argued that it was urgent to begin discussions while a “nuclear shadow” hovers over South Asia. In an interview with POLITICO in Brussels, Jaishankar said the idea was a nonstarter while Pakistan “openly practises terrorism”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Noting that he hasn’t had time to read Khan’s Friday op-ed, the External Affairs Minister, who was in Brussels last week, said there was no hope of negotiations until Pakistan reins in its financing and recruitment of militant groups. “Terrorism is not something that is being conducted in dark corners of Pakistan. It’s done in broad daylight,” he was quoted as saying in the report. India has not been engaging with Pakistan since an attack on the Air Force base at Pathankot in January of 2016 by Pakistan-based terrorists, maintaining that talks and terror cannot go together. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Responding to the situation in Kashmir after India ended its special status, the minister said the security restrictions across the Valley would be eased in the “coming days”. He said the internet and telephone outages were needed to stop the activation of “terrorist assets” and to prevent “people who are doing violence to contact each other”. “How do I cut off communications between the terrorists and their masters on the one hand, but keep the internet open for other people? I would be delighted to know,” Jaishankar said. “I would suggest to you that in the coming days you will see an easing up progressively,” he said. This should involve a reduction in the number of extra security forces, he said, adding that he wanted the police sent back to their original duties soon. “Frankly they have other jobs and other things to do,” Jaishankar said. He also denied that there was a Hindu nationalist agenda in removing Kashmir’s special status in order to allow more non-Muslims to buy property there and muscle aside the Muslim majority. “The kind of people who say this are people who don’t know India. Does this sound like the culture of India?” he asked. Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after New Delhi on August 5 abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories. Pakistan has been trying to raise the issue at various international fora, but India has maintained that it is an internal matter and has asked Islamabad to accept the reality. During his visit to Brussels, Jaishankar met president of the European Parliament David Sassoli and European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who urged dialogue between India and Pakistan, the report said. Mogherini “stressed the importance of steps to restore the rights and freedoms of the population in Kashmir,” Mogherini’s office said in a statement. On India’s relations with US President Donald Trump, Jaishankar broached the challenges posed by a potential tit-for-tat tariff war, India’s interest in resuming purchases of Iranian oil and US reservations about India’s acquisition of S-400 surface-to-air missiles. Discussing Trump’s increasingly hard stance on Indian tariffs, the minister said India was in a mood to compromise. “Like any relationship, there’s give and take…Our expectation is that our trade ministers will sit down in the near future. I think many of these issues are eminently [open] to resolution,” Jaishankar said. He said energy-hungry India’s desire to purchase Iranian oil was “rather complicated” and that he hoped for “greater clarity”. On arms’ purchases from Russia, Jaishankar said he was not going to be deterred from a “solid, time-tested” relationship with Moscow, the report said. “We would not accept any country telling us who to buy weapons from and who not to buy from,” he was quoted as saying in the report.last_img read more

Tougher UN sanctions on DPR Korea send clear and strong message –

The United Nations Security Council today imposed tougher sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), including a tighter arms embargo, sending what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called a “clear and strong” message to Pyongyang following last month’s nuclear test. By unanimously adopting resolution 1874, the 15-member body condemned the 25 May nuclear test conducted in “violation and flagrant disregard” of relevant Council resolutions, particularly 1695 (2006) and 1718 (2006).It also demanded that the DPRK “not conduct any further nuclear test or any launch using ballistic missile technology.” The Council imposed a series of measures on the DPRK that include tougher inspections of cargo suspected of containing banned items related to the country’s nuclear and ballistic missile activities, a tighter arms embargo with the exception of light weapons and new financial restrictions.Mr. Ban welcomed the adoption of resolution 1874, and hoped that the DPRK and all Members States will fully comply with it.“Acting unanimously and agreeing on credible measures, the members of the Security Council have sent today a clear and strong message to the DPRK,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. “The Secretary-General reiterates his conviction that all differences should be resolved in a peaceful manner through dialogue,” the statement added. In this regard, Mr. Ban called on the concerned parties to refrain from taking any measures that can exacerbate tensions in the region and to exert their best efforts to re-engage in dialogue, including through the Six-Party Talks that brings together DPRK, Republic of Korea, Japan, China, Russia and the United States.Also by today’s resolution, the Council requested the Secretary-General to establish, for an initial period of one year, a group of seven experts to assist the Committee set up to monitor the sanctions imposed on DPRK to carry out its mandate.The Council also called on all Member States to report to it within 45 days, and thereafter upon the Committee’s request, on concrete measures taken to implement key provisions of resolution 1874.It pledged to keep the DPRK’s actions under continuous review and to consider strengthening, modifying, suspending or lifting the measures in light of the country’s compliance with the Council’s resolutions. 12 June 2009The United Nations Security Council today imposed tougher sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), including a tighter arms embargo, sending what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called a “clear and strong” message to Pyongyang following last month’s nuclear test. read more

Ban ranks among most trusted world leaders says new survey

29 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is one of the world’s most confidence-inspiring political leaders, according to a new survey made public today. Mr. Ban ranked second to United States President Barack Obama in the poll by the non-governmental organization WorldPublicOpinion.org, in which nearly 20,000 people in 20 countries were surveyed.On average, his evaluations across all countries polled were positive, particularly in Asia, Africa and Western Europe.Some 90 per cent of respondents in the Republic of Korea gave the Secretary-General positive confidence scores, while in Kenya and Nigeria he polled at 70 and 69 per cent, respectively.WorldPublicOpinion.org, which conducted the poll between 4 April and 12 June of this year, is a collaborative research project bringing together research centres from around the world, and is managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) at the University of Maryland. read more

Rachel Notley says moving part of the National Energy Board to Ottawa

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says a proposal to move part of the National Energy Board’s operations to Ottawa is “dumb” and she’s opposed to the idea.A federal panel on the modernization of the NEB made the proposal to move to Ottawa the board of directors, a new energy statistical agency, the government co-ordination office, and to shift electricity transmission staff to Ottawa.The panel, however, said that moving all of the NEB, which is focused on pipeline regulations, would prove too disruptive, and that other proposals in the report better address concerns around bias stemming from the office being based along with the oil and gas industry in Calgary.Proposed National Energy Board reforms will be a red-tape nightmareDismantle National Energy Board and replace it with two new agencies for regulation, growth, panel recommendsNotley says she’s seen no evidence that the NEB is biased as some commenters told the panel, and certainly not on the basis of the regulator’s geography.She says it makes sense for the regulator to be in Calgary for a full understanding of the industry they are regulating and that a move of the office makes as much sense as moving the Atlantic Opportunities Marketing Agency to Winnipeg.The report Monday proposed splitting the NEB into a regulatory body and an energy information agency, as well as extending the review time for projects and increasing engagement and consultations with First Nations and others.The Canadian Press read more

Ohio State cross country prepares for Big Ten Championship

After running against championship-level competition at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Oct. 14, the Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country teams will run for a championship this Sunday in Illinois. The Buckeyes will run at the Big Ten Championship meet on Oct. 30 at the University of Illinois. Both the men and the women are hoping to finish in the top three of a field that features ranked teams on both sides. The No. 2-ranked Wisconsin Badgers and No. 7 Indiana Hoosiers highlight the men’s field while No. 15 Michigan State is the highest-ranked women’s team appearing. “I think Wisconsin and Indiana are probably a step ahead of the rest of the conference,” said Robert Gary, OSU men’s cross country head coach. “It’s not that they can’t be beat but they’re pretty solid. I think after that, we’re really fighting for third place.” OSU women’s assistant cross country coach Chris Neal said he felt similarly. “It’s going to be a hard-fought battle,” Neal said. “I think you could be winning it or you could be seventh. While our goal is top three I think we know it is going to be a tough weekend for us.” The men will be without one of their top runners, Jake Edwards, a redshirt senior. Edwards injured his hamstring at the Notre Dame Invitational on Sep. 30 and has not been able to compete since. Gary said that with Edwards out, the key to his team performing well will be running together as a pack. He said if his team can have a 20- to 25-second spread from its first to fifth runner, a third-place finish is possible. “I mean, obviously it would be a lot easier if Jake was running but someone else is just going to have to step up. We have a number of fifth-year seniors and I’m hoping they’re up to the challenge,” he said. Getting out fast at the beginning of the race is an important factor for the women, Neal said. “If we can put ourselves in good position and be where we want to be at the start, we’ll be able to hold it together for the last part of the race,” he said. Runners on both teams are confident and said they are ready to have their best races of the season. “I think everything is kind of coming together,” said Jordan Jennewine, OSU women’s redshirt senior. “I think we’re ready to run as well as we can this weekend.” Donny Roys, OSU men’s junior, feels the men’s team is also set to finish strongly. “I think we’re right on track to get into the top three. We’re stronger then last year so we’re getting out. I think we’re right on pace right now,” Roys said. After the Big Ten Championship meet, the men and women will have one week off from competition before running at the Great Lakes Regional meet on Nov. 12. read more

End of the season for Gregor Potočnik Celje PL

One of the most perspective player of Slovenian vice-champion and EHF CL team, Gregor Potočnik (20) has injured knee ligaments and will be out of the court for the rest of the season. One of the promising part of the Vladan Matic’s squad won’t be able to help his team-mates in the battles in Slovenia and Europe. Celje PLGregor Potočnik ← Previous Story Rock Feliho joins HBC Nantes again! Next Story → Women’s EHF CL Qual: FTC is in elite already!

Its not popular to be in Labour Party not surprised by Dermot

first_imgSOUTH DUBLIN MAYOR Dermot Looney’s decision to quit the Labour party last night has not come as a surprise to many who have listened to his criticisms of its policies in coalition over the last three years.The party has now lost 27 councillors, all of whom have directly identified the junior coalition partner’s role in government as the reason for their defection.The 31-year-old teacher, who represents the Tallaght Central area of south Dublin, had been selected to run for Labour in May’s local elections last year, but said last night he had “no distance left to run” believing the party has “kowtowed” to Fine Gael’s agenda.Prior to his resignation yesterday, Looney missed the party’s conference last November and according to his now former party colleague in Tallaght Central, Pamela Kearns, he had missed the last eight constituency council meetings as well.“This is the ideal place to raise concerns because it’s all Labour people but Dermot hasn’t been able to make any of the meetings unfortunately. We even changed our nights to try and accommodate him. So whilst I am not surprised, I don’t remember having any talks about it… which is a bit of a sad thing,” she said.The timing of Looney’s departure will puzzle some within the party given its rise in the polls, the economic improvement and the belief that almost certain losses at the local elections in the summer will not be as bad as had been feared.But there was also a sense of inevitability about it given he had always been opposed to the party going into government with Fine Gael and had frequently criticised policies and measures on his Twitter account.Kearns said: “It has been predicted to be a hard election for any Labour councillor in May and it is because people are hurting and we are all acutely aware of that, but my perspective on it is we are doing our best for the country, not for ourselves.” She also suggested that Looney’s “big personal vote” may have swayed his decision to now run as an independent in May’s elections given the unpopularity of Labour and noting his high-profile decision to use part of his salary to benefit 50 community groups.“I imagine he has a strong personal vote,” she said. “It’s not popular to be in the Labour party at the moment.”A Labour spokesperson said it is now clear “that we are making real progress” and that it’s not about personalities.“It’s not about those public representatives who have quit the party. It’s about those who have had the courage to stick with it, despite the fact that some very tough decisions have had to be made,” they said.But some within the party were less diplomatic in their response with Cork South West TD Michael McCarthy tweeting last night:Gone: South Dublin mayor resigns from Labour partyRead: The other 26 councillors who have left the Labour Party over its role in governmentlast_img read more

Wilshere determined to keep Arsenal momentum

first_imgAhead of their Thursday clash with CSKA Moscow in the quarter-final stage of the Europa League, Wilshere stated it is very important for them to keep their momentum and take it with themselves to the first leg with the Russian giants.The Gunners struggled for pretty much the whole game, but it was their January signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, who just returned from injury, that led their team to the eventual 3-0 win. The duo was able to net all three goals in the last 15 minutes of the game.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s a big game,” Wilshere said, according to the Daily Mail. “We needed that 90 minutes out of the way. We needed to get the three points, move on and keep the momentum going.”“We’ve won a few in a row and wanted to keep that going. Now we’ve got a big one on Thursday and we’re ready for that. Sometimes it’s like that after an international break, it takes 45 minutes to blow the cobwebs off,” the Gunner went on to add.last_img read more