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Match Preview: India-England clash in final Group A match holds more importance for India

first_imgThe India-England clash in the final Group A match in Colombo on Sunday has virtually nothing up for grabs. Afghanistan are out, the teams are through to the next round safely and even their positions in the Super Eights groups are fixed due to the ICC’s seeding system.But the match probably holds more importance for India than England, given their lacklustre effort against the minnows of the group on Wednesday, and the defending champions’ clinical precision on Friday.It is also time for MS Dhoni to experiment with his line-up a bit, and he said as much, with team sources hinting that Ashoke Dinda and Harbhajan Singh could get a game, though who will sit out is still a question mark.On form, it would probably be Zaheer Khan, who hasn’t done anything of note in the last few months, and Irfan Pathan, who has been very inconsistent and mostly expensive, barring a five-wicket haul against Sri Lanka in a warmup game.Lakshmipathy Balaji has bowled with control and Ravichandran Ashwin has been India’s best bowler by far of late, so to rest either of them would perhaps be foolhardy against a line-up that posted 196 against the Afghans. At least the illness and injury worries that affected India a day ago had disappeared, according to Dhoni.”Everyone, including Viru, is fit,” he said, referring to YuvrajSingh’s throat infection, Suresh Raina’s stomach troubles and Virender Sehwag’s thumb, which had got a knock on Friday.Despite the planned experimentation, Dhoni is unlikely to fiddle with his seven-batsman theory or the batting order.advertisement”In the Indian team, we have two types of players. We have to look at which player suits what slot. Suresh Raina is one such player who can hit a six off the very first ball while the likes of Virat and Yuvraj need to have a look at the bowling and play their shots once they get set,” he said.The openers, thus, will in all likelihood get another chance to get back their lost form, and the sight of some familiar tormentors like Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann might just bring out the best in them.Judging by the pitches used at the Premadasa Stadium so far, there isn’t much help expected for the spinners, and it is the batsmen and pacers who will relish the chance to perform on the strip.Yuvraj Singh during a practice session on Saturday.The weather could be a concern given that Saturday’s match between West Indies and Australia was affected by rain. The drainage system though has improved at the time of redeveloping the stadium for last year’s ODI World Cup.From the English point of view, the adage ‘well begun is half done’ holds true, given their near-perfect performance on Friday, but India will provide a different challenge altogether.The key matchup will probably be the Indian batsmen against the strong English bowling line-up, and that could decide the fate of the game.Dhoni, too, seems to believes so, since he had admitted the weakness of the Indian bowling, and on Saturday added: “It is very difficult to replace a player like Kevin Pietersen, especially in this format.Also, the fact that he can make a difference, having done well across all the formats, makes him a special player.”If that doesn’t light a fire under the English battling lineup, nothing will.shreyas.sharma@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

MS Dhoni blames free hits for Highveld Lions loss in CL T20

first_imgChennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday blamed free hits conceded to the opposition after his side’s defeat at the hands of Highveld Lions in Champions League Twenty20.Dhoni said that these had shifted the momentum in favour of the opposition.His side lost by six wickets to slump to their second consecutive defeat.The Lions hit a six off a free hit in the ninth over bowled by Albie Morkel and then a four of a similar penalty in the 17th over bowled by R Ashwin. “The timing of the no-balls was crucial. Small things matter. All of a sudden the momentum shifted, they were able to score a lot more freely,” Dhoni said. Dhoni, however, said that the 158 his side posted was a challenging total though they could have scored more.last_img read more

Argentina hopes Messi will surpass Maradona, prove the prophecy right

first_imgLegendary English football player Gary Winston Linekar has called Argentina captain Lionel Messi the most wonderfully gifted player “I have seen since Maradona”. Linekar had won the Golden Boot at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, where Diego Maradona had lifted the World Cup. Linekar also holds England’s record for goals in FIFA World Cup finals, with 10 scored.World Cup final: Magical Messi or united Germany?FIFA World Cup 2014: 5 reasons why Messi stands out in football world However, it would be difficult to imagine today that the man – whose exploits on the field have fired the imagination of an entire nation and a billion people expected to watch the FIFA World Cup 2014 between Argentina and Germany on Sunday – had been taken to an endocrinologist, Diego Schwarzstein, by his parents Jorge and Celia for growth hormone deficiency when Messi was 11-year-old. That very day, a prophecy might have been made for Messi, who would one day surpass Maradona.Endocrinologists are specially trained physicians who diagnose diseases related to the glands. The glands in a person’s body release hormones.Sixteen years later, Messi stands on the brink of repeating what his idol did in 1986 – captaining Argentina to the World Cup title.The story goes that Messi, who suffered a growth hormone deficiency, asked Schwarzstein if he would grow tall enough to be a footballer, IANS has quoted Xinhua as reporting.”Don’t worry,” Schwarzstein told him. “One day you are going to be taller than Diego Maradona, maybe not better than him, but taller.”advertisementFILE – The July 3, 2010 file photo shows Argentina’s Lionel Messi, right, as he is comforted by Argentina head coach Diego Maradona, left, following the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Argentina and Germany at the Green Point stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, July 3, 2010. Germany won 4-0. On Sunday, July 13, 2014, Germany and Argentina will face each other again in the final of the 2014 soccer World Cup. AP PhotoMessi would in fact grow to be four centimetres taller than his idol. But 16 years after that visit to Schwarzstein’s clinic in Rosario, Messi is arguably on the verge of proving the doctor was only half right.He will Sunday captain an Argentina side aiming for a third World Cup against Germany at Rio’s Maracana stadium.It would be a crowning glory for a player that is already rated among the greatest in history.Since making his first-team debut for Barcelona in 2004, Messi has won three UEFA Champions League medals, six La Liga titles and two Spanish Cups.Individually, he has won the Ballon D’Or – the world’s best player title – a record four times.But for all his success at the Camp Nou, Messi has been criticised for not replicating his club form for Argentina.Sunday’s fixture will be his first World Cup final in his third attempt.In 2006, he was a bit-part player under Jose Pekerman in Germany, when Argentina lost to the hosts on penalties in the quarterfinals.He failed to score in South Africa four years later when the Albiceleste also fell in the last eight to the same opponents.Such a record has prompted many to say that Messi’s name cannot be mentioned in the same breath as Maradona.Argentina’s Lionel Messi scores in a shootout at the end of the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Argentina won 4-2 on penalties after the match ended 0-0 after extra time. AP PhotoThe former Napoli No. 10 led Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986 with a string of scintillating individual performances. Four years later he took the team to the final, where they were defeated by Franz Beckenbaur’s West Germany.So would victory for Argentina at the Maracana see Messi supplant Maradona as his country’s best ever player? Who better than Beckenbaur to pass judgement?”It’s a very fitting comparison. But Maradona was an even more exceptional player than Messi is today,” Beckenbaur told the official website of the German Football Federation (DFB) on Friday.There is a feeling that it is now or never for Messi, who turned 27 last month. Maradona was 25 in 1986 and – despite continuing to be decisive for club and country — was considered to be in decline in Italy four years later.Former England striker Michael Owen knows all about the ravages of time, having played his best football in his early 20s before his body succumbed to injuries.”Maybe this is his time,” Owen, who scored against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup, told Goal.com.advertisement”He is at the peak of his career and Argentina have a good chance to win it. If they do then Messi will be regarded together with Maradona.”Maradona’s former Argentina teammate Osvaldo Ardiles believes Messi has already resolved the dispute, regardless of Sunday’s result.”Lionel Messi will go down in history as the greatest player of all time, the best that has existed,” Ardiles said.His view is not shared by Claudio Paul Caniggia, who also played with Maradona for the Albiceleste.”It’s not fair to compare Messi with Diego in ’86,” the retired forward said.”Messi is great, he can decide a match with one touch, but right now he is not at the level of Diego Maradona. El Diego in 1986 was something else.”Not all Argentines are so predisposed to drawing comparisons between the pair.Journalist Sebastian Perez-Ferreiro said any parallels should only be made later in Messi’s career.”First he needs to win, and play a critical part in the win,” Perez-Ferreiro said. “Then he needs to take Argentina to another final. It’s a lot — but that’s what Diego did.”It’s funny because perhaps the journalists are the only ones making the comparison. Messi himself has said he’s not at the same level that Diego was.”Whatever the outcome Sunday, the debate is unlikely to cease. And somewhere in Rosario, Diego Schwarzstein might remind himself to keep his predictions to the field of medicine.Today Argentina might be hoping Messi to surpass Maradona and prove the prophecy right. Can he do it?last_img read more

Roger Federer congratulates Rafael Nadal on anniversary of tennis academy

first_imgSwiss tennis superstar Roger Federer sent a video to Spanish longtime rival and fellow all-time great Rafael Nadal congratulating him on the first anniversary of his tennis academy and recalling the late-career resurgence both have enjoyed in 2017.”I just wanted to congratulate the Rafa Nadal Academy on their one-year anniversary and all their team and family,” Federer said in the video on Thursday, reports Efe.Federer, winner of a record 19 men’s Grand Slam singles titles, attended the inauguration of the Rafa Nadal Academy — located in Nadal’s hometown of Manacor, in Spain’s Balearic Islands — when both were trying to work their way back to form after injuries, reports Efe.Twelve months later, both players have added two more major championships to their title hauls.Federer, now 36, won his fifth Australian Open (defeating Nadal in the final) and a record eighth Wimbledon crown, while Nadal, now 31, extended his record haul of French Open titles to 10 and also captured his third US Open to increase his Grand Slam tally to 16 (second-most ever in men’s singles)”I know they’ve worked incredibly hard to make this possible, and you’ve got now one of the premier academies around the world. I’m happy I was there in person with Rafa himself to open the academy, and I had a great time … I hope that I get an invitation soon again so I can go there again and get inspired,” Federer said.Nadal immediately responded to Federer in a separate video thanking him for his message and his support for the academy.advertisement”You know the invitation is always open for you. This is your house, your kids’, your family’s. Everybody is very welcome here. The only thing that cannot happen again is after you coming here you play that well again. If that gonna happen, I don’t invite you. Just a joke. See you soon,” the Spaniard said.last_img read more

21 days agoChelsea defender Zappacosta suffers serious knee injury at Roma

first_imgTagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea defender Zappacosta suffers serious knee injury at Romaby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Davide Zappacosta has suffered a serious knee injury in training with AS Roma.The Italy international joined the Serie A outfit on loan until the end of the season on transfer deadline day after becoming surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.However, the 27-year-old is likely to be out for the rest of the campaign after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in a training session in a “non-contact incident”.Roma confirmed the full-back had successfully undergone surgery on his right knee in Rome to repair the ligament damage.”The club can confirm that Davide Zappacosta underwent surgery on Friday afternoon to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee,” a statement read. last_img read more

HHLA Orders Three More Cranes for Tollerort Terminal

first_imgzoom German port operator Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has ordered three additional container gantry cranes for its Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT) that will enable the terminal to handle ships with a capacity of 20,000 TEUs or more. The cranes, to be built by German crane manufacturer Liebherr, are expected to go into operation at the end of 2017. CTT will then have five 20,000-TEU gantry cranes.The new cranes will have a jib length of 74 meters and a lifting height of 51.5 meters above the quay wall. They are designed for container ships with 24 transverse container rows and can operate in twin mode. Each container gantry crane will weigh 1,500 tons, handling a maximum payload of 63 tons.In June 2015, CTT placed an order for two container gantry cranes which can handle the biggest ships in the world. Being built by the same company, the cranes will begin operating at Tollerort by November, according to HHLA.Last month, HHLA’s Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB) received three gantry cranes from Chinese crane manufacturer ZPMC. Following the delivery of the three cranes, HHLA has now a total of eight gantry cranes at CTB.According to Stefan Bahn, member of the Executive Board of HHLA, the terminal operator will now have three berths that can handle larger ships, two at Burchardkai and one at Tollerort.HHLA’s container volumes stood at 3.2 million TEUs in the first half of this year, compared to 3.4 million TEUs in the same period last year, a decrease of 5.7%.last_img read more

Fundraising tally doubles at 2nd Annual MS Walk in Fort St John

first_imgMytopher explained that the big increase in donations this year was due to the event being in its second year, and from other items that were donated to the silent auction. She also  said that residents who have been diagnosed with MS are more open to talking about it.“People are more aware that its happening. More people are wanting to talk about being diagnosed with it, that’s one thing that came across this year at the walk. People are ready to talk about it and come out and have a peer support group. They want to have that happen.”Mytopher said that she’s already begun to plan next year’s MS Walk, which includes other fundraisers leading up to the event including a burger and beer night. She said that next year’s walk is tentatively scheduled to happen in Centennial Park during the last weekend in May.Donations are still being accepted at the MS Walk website: http://mssoc.convio.net/site/TR/Walk/BCandYukonDivision?pg=entry&fr_id=6159 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — After raising nearly $16,000 at the inaugural event last year, the second annual MS Walk in Fort St. John nearly doubled last year’s tally on Sunday.MS Walk organizer Sherri Mytopher said that 91 walkers and 15 teams registered for Sunday’s three kilometre walk, which took place at Centennial Park. She said however that on the day of the walk, there were 130 that checked in, with another 20 who didn’t, bringing the estimated total number of walkers to 150. Mytopher said that both online and cash donations, which are still being accepted, currently total over $34,000. She explained that the total that has been brought in so far is even than events in other communities that are led by MS Society staff.last_img read more

Trump says ‘100%’ ready to shut down Mexico border

first_imgWashington DC: President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is “100 per cent” prepared to close down the US-Mexico border, warning Congress and Central American governments to take action to stem the flow of migrants into the country. Delays were already rising at several key border crossings as Trump ratcheted up pressure on Democrats in Congress to toughen US laws against illegal immigrants, threatening to hurt the US economy in the name of border security. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”It is a national emergency on the border,” Trump said. If Mexico does not stop migrants from transiting across its territory, and if Congress does not act, he said, “the border’s going to be closed, 100 per cent.” “Sure it’s going to have a negative impact on the economy,” he said. “Security is more important to me than trade.” Trump said Democrats were blocking reforms for political reasons but could fix the problem “in 45 minutes.” He was not specific, but Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has asked Congress to give border officials the power to forcibly repatriate Central American illegal immigrants, including children who arrived alone, back to their countries. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe threat to close the border, which handled some USD612 billion worth of trade in 2018, sent shivers through the economy, and drew warnings from allies of the president. “Closing down the border would have potentially catastrophic economic impact on our country, and I would hope we would not be doing that sort of thing,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. His call was backed by the Chamber of Commerce, which said in a statement that while it backed immigration reform, closing the border “would inflict severe economic harm on American families, workers, farmers and manufacturers across the United States.” Homeland Security officials said they were preparing for the possibility of a shutdown of at least some border entry points as they divert staff to deal with the flood of migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, expected to hit nearly 100,000 a month. Nielsen cut short an official trip to Europe to return for meetings early Tuesday on the border crisis, and on Monday Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said he would be meeting Nielsen and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the crisis. Officials said facilities for handling the migrants — who for the moment cannot be sent back after they cross the border and request asylum — are overtaxed and understaffed, creating hazardous conditions.last_img read more

Iraqi Forces Fight ISIS for Falluja

By Kainoelani LeeRabat – Iraqi forces have begun an attack on Falluja, a city held by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), longer than any other city in Iraq or Syria, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a televised speech on Monday, according to the New York Times.“Today we will tear down the black flags of the strangers who have kidnapped this city,” Mr. Abadi, referring to the flags of the Islamic State that have been flying in Falluja for more than two years. For months, Iraqi forces have continued firing mortar and artillery rounds at Falluja.Abadi and other Iraqi leaders have made constant bold statements indicating new military offensives, in effort to stall on the ground, but the new decision to attack Falluja has signaled a change in strategy for the Iraqi government.The United Nations said it has stockpiled supplies in Baghdad in the event of a new displacement crisis, and that only 80 families had been able to leave Falluja since the fighting has intensified there. Some civilians have even died trying to leave the city, according to the United Nations.The city has been held since 2014 by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. It is believed that the Islamic State will stay and fight the Iraqi forces in Falluja, unlike in other cities such as Tikrit and Ramadi, where Iraqi security forced closing in caused the Islamic State to flee.American officials have urged the Iraqis to stop trying to take back Falluja, but instead, try to focus on other targets, like Mosul, which is one of the country’s largest cities that has been held by the Islamic State since June 2014.In the past, Iraqi forces have made progress in freeing territory held by the Islamic State, and have been backed by American and coalition airstrikes.“The moment has come to liberate a city in the land of Iraq,” the Iraqi military said in a statement, “the land that will never accept humiliation because the people of this country have determined to end the darkness of terrorism of ISIS criminal gangs.” read more

Top UN rights official set to begin threecity European tour

The High Commissioner is expected to meet officials at the highest level to discuss the crisis in Côte d’Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as the forthcoming fifty-ninth session of the Commission on Human Rights. Other thematic issues on the agenda include the right to development, women’s rights and civilians in armed conflicts, and the High Commissioner’s ideas on the rule of law.At his first stop in Brussels, Mr. Vieira de Mello will meet with the European Commission to discuss on-going projects and their follow-up. In what will be his first official trip to Paris on Wednesday, and Madrid later in the week, he is scheduled to hold discussions on matters of common interest, human rights and fund-raising. The High Commissioner will also meet with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with a view to reinforcing cooperation on human rights education and promotion, and the protection of journalists, teachers and human rights defenders. read more

Paying for financial advice Pros and cons of fees versus commission

Paying for financial advice? Pros and cons of fees versus commission by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 21, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Jul 21, 2016 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – There’s a scene in “The Wolf of Wall Street” where the cocaine-fuelled character of Mark Hanna, played by Matthew McConaughey, lays out the No. 1 rule about the stock markets.Nobody knows where they’ll go.“But you and me, the brokers? We’re taking cold hard cash via commission,” he tells Leonardo DiCaprio, who stars as stockbroker Jordan Belfort.The over-the-top exchange illustrates why commission-based financial advisers may not serve one’s interests.The choice between a fee-based adviser or one who gets paid through a commission is an important decision for investors.Andrey Pavlov, a finance professor at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University, says he prefers the fee-based system.“I think it is the right model because then the adviser is clearly working for you and they have your best interests in mind,” he said.“When someone is working based on commission, they can be honest and they can very much care about you, but still they’re getting paid based on the mutual funds they sell you and I don’t like those incentives.”Fee-based advisers may charge an hourly rate, a flat fee or a percentage of the assets under management, while commissioned-based advisers earn a commission when you buy or sell an investment.Pavlov says while “99.9 per cent” of advisers will act in your best interest, commissions create a potential conflict of interest.“With fee-based it is very clear what you’re paying and the incentives are aligned,” he says.Pavlov says the fee-based model is going to be more efficient for larger accounts, but he likes it for smaller investments too because he says it aligns the incentives.“I want to pay for the time and effort that the adviser (puts in) rather than some sort of sales job that I’m not even aware of,” he said.A fee-based adviser, however, isn’t for everyone.Sybil Verch, national director of wealth management at Raymond James, says the vast majority of her clients are fee-based.But Verch said a commission-based account may be cheaper for clients who don’t trade much and don’t need the financial planning services an adviser may offer.One example, Verch says is a client with just a laddered GIC portfolio that doesn’t do any trading.“They’re retired, they don’t need any more planning, they’ve got adequate pension income. They don’t need any of the other added services,” she said. “They just renew their GICs every time it comes due.”Fee-based financial advisers also aren’t without their potential conflicts. For instance, if you receive a windfall inheritance, fee-based advisers who earn a percentage of the assets under management would be paid more if you invested the money with them than if you used it to pay off a mortgage or other debt.In addition, there are limitations to fee-based accounts. Most firms limit the number of trades one can make in a year and charge more if clients go over that number.Investment fees, which cut into returns, have been a key issue for investors in recent years and a driver of a move by some toward exchange-traded funds, which typically have low fees.Under changes this month, investment brokers and dealers now need to start reporting annually on what they were paid for the products and services they provide.The Canadian Securities Administrators has also announced that it’s looking at the possibility of banning embedded commissions or trailer fees, a move that Britain and Australia have already taken.A report done for the organization found that funds that performed better attracted more money, but that funds with trailing fees attracted more money regardless of past performance. read more

Ban opens Syrian peace talks urges all sides to seize historic opportunity

“You have an enormous opportunity and responsibility to render historic service to the Syrian people,” Mr. Ban said, specifically addressing the Syrian Government and opposition delegations.“It is the most profound of tragedies that peaceful protests in Syria, calling for change, turned into a bloody civil war. If the Government leaders had listened more attentively and humbly to the concerns expressed by the people, this conference might not have been necessary. The disaster is now all-encompassing.”He listed a litany of the war’s horrendous consequences – towns rendered unliveable by constant aerial bombardments; schools, hospitals, markets, homes and places of worship destroyed; car bombs, suicide and mortar attacks terrifying civilians; foreign fighters and radical groups imposing their own “destructive and dangerous” vision; over 6.5 million people internally displaced and over 2.3 million others, half of them children, fleeing to neighbouring countries.Stressing that more than 9.3 million people within the country need humanitarian aid, over 2.5 million of them living in areas where access is seriously constrained or non-existent, Mr. Ban called on the Government and the opposition to allow immediate and full access to all those in need, particularly in besieged areas.“Hundreds of thousands of people have been cut off from any assistance for months, with disturbing reports of malnutrition and desperate health conditions,” he said. “Food and medical and surgical equipment must be allowed in; the sick and wounded people must be allowed out.”He stressed that the Syrians themselves have the primary responsibility to end the conflict, determine their political system and future, and start rebuilding their country, while the duty of all members of the international community, whether present at today’s conference or not, is to do everything within their power to help them achieve these goals.The Geneva Communiqué sets out a number of key steps for a Syrian-led transition, starting with the establishment of a transitional governing body with full executive powers and providing for the restoration of public services and full observance of human rights, he noted.“Great challenges lie ahead but they are not insurmountable,” he concluded. “How many more will die in Syria, lose their loved ones, be maimed for life or lose their homes if this opportunity is lost? There is no alternative to ending the violence and a political solution. That is why we are here.“Let us prove to all that the world is able to unite and support the people of Syria as they embark on the path towards a peaceful, democratic and stable Syria.”In a later news conference Mr. Ban called for access for humanitarian aid to start as of today. “Food, medicine, and surgical equipment must be allowed in. Civilians, including the sick and wounded, must be allowed out,” he stressed.The presence of more than 40 delegations at today’s meeting sent a message to the Syrian delegations that the world wants an urgent end to the conflict and a political solution.“Enough is enough; the time has come to negotiate,” he said. “Today almost everyone with the means to influence the course of this conflict was in the same room under the auspices of the United Nations. That alone is historic. We did not expect instant breakthroughs from today’s conference. No-one underestimates the difficulties.“But the seriousness and horror of the situation has focused all minds, and there is a new determination to insist that the parties find a way to peace. We must seize this fragile chance.” “After nearly three painful years of conflict and suffering in Syria, today is a day of fragile but real hope,” he told the opening session of the high-level segment of the United Nations peace conference on Syria in Montreux, Switzerland. “For the first time, the Syrian Government and the Syria opposition, countries of the region, and the wider international community are convening to seek a political solution to the death, destruction and displacement that is the dire reality of life in Syria today. “All Syrians, and all in the region affected by this crisis, are looking to you gathered here to end the unspeakable human suffering, to save Syria’s rich societal mosaic, and to embark on a meaningful political process to achieve a Syrian-led transition.” Today’s meeting, designed to give international support to the efforts to resolve the deadly conflict that has torn Syria apart, will be followed on Friday by talks between the Syrian parties at UN headquarters in Geneva in what will be the first time that the Government and opposition meet at a negotiating table since the conflict started in March 2011. The basis of the talks is full implementation of an action plan adopted in the so-called Geneva Communiqué of 2012, adopted at the first international conference on the conflict, and which calls for a transitional government to lead to free and fair elections.But participants will also seek to make arrangements for humanitarian aid to flow into a country where well over 100,000 people have been killed and nearly 9 million others driven from their homes since the conflict erupted between the Government and various groups seeking the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad. ‹ › Participants at the high-level segment of the Geneva II Conference on Syria, taking place in Montreux, Switzerland. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe read more

Venezuela in selective default says credit ratings agency

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedStruggling Venezuela looks to restructure debtNovember 3, 2017In “Regional”Venezuela ‘paralysed’ by launch of sovereign bolivar currencyAugust 21, 2018In “World”Opposition upset with Govt’s ‘mishandling’ of Venezuela/Guyana controversyJuly 27, 2015In “Politics” Government officials held a meeting with creditors but participants said no concrete proposals were made (AFP)(BBC) International credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has declared Venezuela to be in “selective default”.The ratings agency said the South American nation had failed to make $200m (£153m) in repayments on its foreign debt.Venezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA has also been declared in default by rating agencies Fitch and Moody’s.The news came just hours after the government met investors in Caracas to try to renegotiate its debt.Standard & Poor’s declares a “selective default” when a country has failed to pay one or more of its financial obligations when it came due.In the case of Venezuela, the government of President Nicolás Maduro failed to make $200m in payments on two global bond issues by 12 November, when a 30-day grace period expired.S&P says Venezuela is also overdue on four other bond payments worth a total of $420m but that the grace period has not yet expired on those payments.Venezuela’s total external debt, which also includes loans from countries like Russia and China, is thought to be as much as $140bn.Hampered by sanctionsOn Monday, government officials met with creditors in Caracas in an attempt to restructure its debt.But creditors who attended the meeting told journalists that the 25-minute meeting ended without the government making any concrete proposals.Instead, the head of the Venezuelan commission, Vice-President Tareck El Aissami, read a statement blaming sanctions imposed by the United States for Venezuela’s difficulties in making the payments.Mr Aissami, who has been accused of drug trafficking by the US, is himself on the list of Venezuelan individuals sanctioned by the US treasury department.Participants in the creditors’ meeting said at least one attendee left the room when it became clear Mr Aissami would be leading it.Under the sanctions, no US citizen can do business with Venezuelan individuals on the list.The sanctions also impose a ban on US entities buying any new Venezuelan debt issues, complicating the government’s debt restructuring plan.The Venezuelan government described the creditors’ meeting as “a resounding success” and said that it would continue to service its debts. read more

EPA climate plan triggers opposition

first_imgPredictably the announcement of the administration’s proposed climate change rule for existing power plants (see Leader, July issue) provoked a storm of bi-partisan opposition. The National Mining Association (NMA) reports that “Members of Congress, senatorial candidates in coal states, industry coalitions and state officials formed a chorus of complaints against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) existing source rule that some dubbed ‘Obamacare 2.0.’“In many ways, it is,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), ranking member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “The administration insists there will be no cost increases associated with this rule … if you like your current electricity bill, you can keep it. I’m not buying it.” In an unusual display of bi-partisan comity, Committee Chairman Mary Landrieu (D-La.) also objected to EPA’s approach. “The goal for me is not ‘clean,’” she said of EPA’s plans for regulating coal-based power generation. “The goal is security. The goal is reliability.” Capping the Senate opposition, 41 senators wrote the president on June 4 asking him to withdraw a “massive rule” that is “cap-and-trade all over again.” The all-GOP signatories said “removing coal as a power source – which is a direct and intended consequence of your Administration’s rule – unnecessarily reduces reliability and market flexibility while increasing costs.” Industry and businesses echoed congressional critics. NMA was especially active in the news media, seizing on scores of broadcast and print opportunities to emphasise the rule’s far-reaching cost implications for households and businesses and the agency’s “false offering of flexibility for state implementation. Major trade group members of the Partnership for Better Energy Future hit the media with a barrage of press statements denouncing the proposal as a costly mistake.” The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) said EPA’s rule may put an abrupt end to nascent signs of an industrial renaissance built on affordable energy. “Today’s proposal from the EPA could singlehandedly eliminate this competitive advantage by removing reliable and abundant sources of energy from our nation’s energy mix,” NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association called the rule “disappointing and disturbing. Nor is it “consistent with the administration’s own ‘all of the above’ energy strategy,” the American Petroleum Institute said. The rule is “beyond frustrating,” claimed the Associated Equipment Distributors; “yet another expensive and expansive overreach by EPA into the daily lives of farmers and ranchers,” the American Farm Bureau Federation said.Coal state legislators were equally vociferous. “I think we’re going to see everybody entrench,” said Kentucky state senator, Republican Brandon Smith. “We’re going to fight very, very hard to make sure this thing doesn’t go into compliance.” Smith is a key legislator behind a bill mandating that EPA set carbon reduction standards inside the fence line, i.e. specific to individual units, rather than with broad state-wide reduction targets as EPA proposed. Industrial state governors, including Democrat Mike Pence of Indiana, were also vocal in criticizing EPA for a rule they believe will be all pain and no gain.last_img read more

Irish guys Game of Thrones cover goes viral after cast member tweets

first_imgENNIS MAN PAUL Quinn’s interpretation of the Game of Thrones theme tune has come to the attention of just the right person.The Clare man’s acoustic version has gone viral after actor Iwan Rheon, who plays Ramsay Snow in the show, tweeted a link to Quinn’s YouTube video, calling it ‘phenomenal’. Source: PandawhaleThe video now has 143k views on YouTube and counting.Check out his amazing talent: Source: Paul QuinnQuinn has also preformed covers of The Wire theme tune… Source: Paul Quinn… the Community opening… Source: Paul Quinn… and ‘Time’ from the Inception soundtrack… Source: Paul QuinnThanks to Paul Quinn for sending this our way. We want more! We want Sherlock! We want Glenroe!Read: Jack Gleeson is in the nip in the Trinity naked calendar>The trailer for Game of Thrones season 4 is here!>last_img read more

Canadian High Commissioner Makes Courtesy Call on Acting Commander Defence Force

first_img BOOK REDISCOVERS BAHAMAS HERITAGE TO REVEAL NATIONAL IDENTITY AND PURPOSE Related Items:coral harbour, robert ready, tellis bethel Defense Force Captain calls Islanders to Peace in honor of Lucayan Indians Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Haitian Migrants Apprehended Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour, March 26 (RBDF): His Excellency, Robert Ready recently paid a courtesy call on the Acting Commander Defence Force, Captain Tellis Bethel at Defence Force Headquarters, Coral Harbour Base. During the visit, the Canadian High Commissioner and Captain Bethel discussed maritime security issues for the Bahamas, as well as matters of mutual interest.last_img read more

Louisville Baseball Announces Bark at the Park Night

first_imgThe Cardinals are 19-6 on the season and are set to host Wake Forest for three games beginning on Friday. This weekend is 80s weekend at Jim Patterson Stadium, with promotional activities scheduled throughout the weekend.For more information on Louisville baseball promotions, visit GoCards.com/OnDeck. Print Friendly Version Fans with dogs must enter and exit the stadium via the gate in left field, and all dogs will be required to stay in the outfield berm seating area, with a special exception made for service dogs. All fans are invited to bring their dog to the ballpark for the midweek contest and each dog in attendance will be given a doggie bandana. Waste bags will also be provided with owners asked to pick up after their pets. Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville baseball program will host its inaugural Bark at the Park night on Tuesday, April 9 against Northern Kentucky at Jim Patterson Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. ET.last_img read more

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Spike in Aussie travellers to Hong Kong

first_imgHong Kong is welcoming an increase in Australian tourist arrivals, up 2.1% for the year to June 2016, a total of 289,053 visitors this year.The rise in numbers can be attributed to a boost in airline capacity to Hong Kong, a 37% increase in cruise passengers to the city and Aussies looking closer to home for holidays in 2016.Hong Kong Tourism Board Regional Director, Andrew Clark said, “We’ve seen a 9% hike in vacation arrivals this year to April. You can’t deny that cruise is having an impact on this but also Hong Kong is not just a stopover city anymore and we’re delighted by this.”“The city has become a destination in its own right with the average length of stay for an Australian visitor currently sitting at four nights. We’re also seeing more and more people looking to extend that to a week.”On average Hong Kong welcomes approximately 600,000 Australian visitors a year.  For the month of March, total arrivals from Australia saw a 9.1% increase, followed by an increase of 7.1% in April.“The extra airline capacity has helped considerably as has our tactical marketing partnerships with airline and trade partners helping to drive competitive rates, accessibility and urgency,” said Mr Clark.In March, Hong Kong Airlines launched a twice-weekly service from the Gold Coast, via Cairns and through July to October, Qantas is running double daily flights from Sydney to Hong Kong. More statistics here Source = Hong Kong Tourism Boardlast_img read more

Its really just a measuring stick game of where

first_img“It’s really just a measuring stick game of where are we,” Horton said. “That team up there have been a perennial Super Bowl and AFC East champions, day in and day out. We are trying to build that here.”Horton worked with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2004 to 2010 and during that time he coached in many “epic” battles against New England. During that time, Horton has become familiar with the Patriots’ style of play and feels that his defense knows what to expect. “They are not going to surprise us, they are not going to fool us,” Horton said. “They are being well-respected in our building going up there.”New England’s simple style of play makes them easy to prepare for, but it is also what makes them tough to beat. “They just figure we will beat you because we are better than you and we know what we are doing,” Horton said. “You got to disrupt them, you’ve got to hit them, you’ve got to hit the quarterback. If you don’t make it uncomfortable for them, it’s like seven-on-seven.” D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories Comments   Share   After a thrilling Week 1 victory against the Seattle Seahawks, the Arizona Cardinals will try to improve to 2-0 in a tough road game against the New England Patriots.“It’s going to be a fantastic challenge for our guys,” Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton said. “They are well-coached, well-disciplined, they don’t make mistakes and they don’t beat themselves.” Horton feels that this game will teach his team a lot about where they stand. center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more