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SMB, Star stay in top-2 hunt

first_imgEvery 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ San Miguel’s Charles Rhodes celebrates after a dunk against Blackwater. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonLeo Austria was glad that his San Miguel Beermen experienced something like this heading into the playoffs of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, even if he said that this was the most scared he had been in a game this season.Trailing a team that wasn’t supposed to even stay close to them, the Beermen dug deep in the second half to roar back from 16 points down before upending Blackwater, 124-113, on Wednesday night as San Miguel stayed in the top-two chase at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img 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 BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “I think that game was the most scary I’ve experienced this season,” Austria said after booking his eighth win in 10 games while showing the Elite the door with their ninth defeat in 11 outings. “Our opponent was very confident and really wanted to beat us.”Star rallied from 21 points down later in the night and carved out a 102-98 overtime victory over Alaska to take No. 1 spot temporarily.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe Hotshots also stayed in contention for twice-to-beat incentives in the playoffs after closing out with a 9-2 record. But for Star to keep that position—and the bonus that goes with it—the Hotshots need San Miguel Beer or Barangay Ginebra—or both—to lose their last games on Friday against GlobalPort and Mahindra, respectively.Blackwater could have given the Hotshots the Beermen loss that they needed, scoring the first 10 points of the match and grabbing a 72-56 lead at the half. But that only served as a wake-up call for the Beermen, who came out in the third quarter with all guns firing and their defense unforgiving.“This is a lesson for us—that we cannot take any team for granted,” Austria said. “We needed a game like this—that (16-point) deficit forced us to play hard. The players just refused to be beaten.”Charles Rhodes fired 15 points in the fourth period and June Mar Fajardo hit 12 of his 28 in the third as the two big men took turns in helping the Beermen avert what would have been the biggest upset of the tournament.Finishing in the top two means needing to beat a lower-ranked squad just once to make the Final Four.The Gin Kings and the Beermen can go 1-2 with wins on Friday. Star will drop to No. 3 via the quotient if all three teams end up tied with 9-2 cards.ADVERTISEMENT Asian Women’s sorry stint provides blueprint for PH volleyball team Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Pistons rally to edge short-handed Mavericks

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores greets center Andre Drummond after the team’s NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Detroit. Drummond scored 24 points in the Pistons’ 93-89 win. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT  — Free throws have dogged Andre Drummond throughout his NBA career, so when he stepped to the line with a two-point lead and 3.3 seconds remaining, Detroit’s victory was far from certain.Drummond then calmly made both shots to seal the game for the Pistons.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Pistons: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “Closing it out with a rebound and getting those two free throws — is huge,” Drummond said. “Got the win, so that’s really good.”Drummond had 24 points and 20 rebounds, and the Pistons rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the short-handed Dallas Mavericks 93-89 on Thursday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBefore the game, the Mavericks traded Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews to the New York Knicks in a seven-player deal . Dallas acquired injured star Kristaps Porzingis and others, but the Mavericks didn’t have the players from the trade yet, and they were significantly undermanned for this game.In addition to the players they dealt, the Mavericks also were without star rookie Luka Doncic, who sat out with left ankle soreness. “It affects it, but this is the NBA. These things happen, and it’s next man up,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “You play with what you got. I’m proud of the way we competed. I’m disappointed we couldn’t quite get over the hump. Our guys certainly played well enough to get the win.”Detroit had its problems with the depleted Mavericks, falling behind by 14 in the first half. The Pistons were down 74-65 in the fourth before going on a 14-4 run. The game was close the rest of the way.“I’m totally disappointed in our approach. We have everything to play for, but looked down at the other bench and saw a lot of guys who don’t play very often,” Detroit coach Dwane Casey said. “If you don’t play with heart and grit, you can’t win in this league, and especially not in Detroit. When I grew up in this game, the Pistons stood for grit, grime and hard work.”On this night, the Pistons’ belated surge was enough to win. Up by three, Detroit fouled Jalen Brunson with 5.4 seconds left. Brunson made the first free throw and missed the second, and Drummond came up with the rebound and was fouled.Drummond shot 38 percent on free throws through his first five seasons. He improved last season, when he shot 61 percent, and he’s at 54 percent this season after finishing Thursday’s game in clutch fashion.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES MOST READ Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks beat Raptors for third time this NBA season Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MILESTONESBlake Griffin had 24 points for Detroit and finished with 445 in January, the highest-scoring month in team history. The previous record was held by Isiah Thomas, who had 442 points in March 1983.Griffin was announced as an All-Star reserve Thursday, but like Casey, he wasn’t pleased with his team’s overall showing.“We talked after the game about how we won the game, but we can’t be happy about that performance,” Griffin said. “We have to work tomorrow like we lost this game, because we didn’t play well. We have to fix this ourselves. No one else is going to provide us with energy.”Drummond passed Bill Laimbeer to become the Pistons’ career leader in offensive rebounds with 2,431.TIP-INSMavericks: Dallas fell to 1-8 in the second half of back-to-backs.Pistons: Reggie Jackson had 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. … The Pistons went 9 of 33 from 3-point range, ending a franchise-record streak of 11 games with at least 10 3s.UP NEXTMavericks: Visit the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night. View commentslast_img read more

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ICC rankings: Women in Blue gain three points,ICC rankings: Women in Blue gain three points

first_img 0 COMMENTS Published on SHARE Eye No. 3 slot as they narrow the gap with Kiwis × India have remained static at the number four position but gained three significant points to reach 116 in the ICC Women’s Team Rankings for the first time following the annual rankings update.The Indian women’s team, which had reached the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup in July, has closed in the gap with third-placed New Zealand.New Zealand maintained their third position with their pre-update tally of 118 points.India captain Mithali Raj said her team is aiming to climb up to No. 3 position. “Gaining these valuable points is no mean achievement and have come after some fine performances over the past year, including at the World Cup. I’m sure this will inspire our team in matches ahead,” she said .“We are now close to New Zealand in the rankings and will aim to be number three,” she added.The table is headed by England, who have dethroned Australia from the top position.England are now level with Australia on 128 points but ahead on decimal points after the annual update, following which results from the 2013–14 season are no longer included.The rankings now take into account 2014–15 and 2015–16 seasons at 50 per cent each while the 2016–17 season accounts for 100 per cent.England and Australia are the only sides to see a change in the rankings.The Windies are in fifth position but have lost four points to be at 101, South Africa at sixth are on 93 points, Pakistan have lost one point and are on 72 while Sri Lanka too are unchanged in points to be at eighth position. sportcenter_img COMMENT WOMEN-CRICKET   –  The Hindu October 03, 2017 SHARE SHARE EMAIL cricket WOMEN-CRICKET   –  The Hindulast_img read more

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BSF-BGB play football match in South Garo Hills district

first_imgShillong, Jul 6 (PTI) The border guards of India and Bangladesh today kept their guns and combat uniforms aside and played football at a remote village in Meghalaya?s South Garo Hills district to help build confidence and comradeship among themselves.”These sporting events are organised as part of confidence-building measures between the two border guarding forces,” a spokesperson of the Border Security Force (BSF) said here.The football match was also witnessed by thousands of civilians from both sides of the border who cheered for their respective sides. The match was organised to help improve co-ordination among both the border guarding forces, he said.Among those who came to support the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) team from Bangladesh include Sector Commander Col Kazi Aniruddha, Lt Col Md Anusur Rahman along with other BGB officers and other ranks while from the BSF side UPS Pathania (DIG) along with Commandants of local BSF battalions and many other ranks witnessed the match.Meanwhile, the BSF official said nearly 200 cows were seized and handed over to the authorities along the Indo-Bangladesh border in the state in the past one week. PTI JOP RGlast_img read more

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JLR says sales vrooming, sets 4,500 units target this fiscal

first_imgMumbai, Oct 29 (PTI) Tata Motors British luxury marquee Jaguar-Land Rover (JLR) expects to vroom past the 4,500-unit volume-mark this fiscal year and increase its market share to around 14 per cent.It had already sold 2,942 units in the first nine months of 2017, clipping past a solid 45 per cent over same period last year. In the whole of 2016, it had clocked around 2,400 units only, accounting for around 9 per cent of the 34,000 units luxury market.JLR India president and managing director Rohit Suri is bullish about a spike in volumes despite the end of the lower taxation boost that GST regime had offered for two months and the resultant tepid festive sales in October.And he bases the high expectation to the good response it has seen in the first nine months ? when the company sold 45 per cent more units over what it had sold in the same period last year.”We are hopeful of closing this fiscal with a volume of 4,500 units and a market share of 13-14 per cent. Last year with a volume of under 2,500 units, we had 8-9 per cent of the market pie,” Suri told PTI in an interaction here over the weekend.He also expects the new `Discovery, launched last evening with two global industry first features and at an attractive prices coupled with a petrol option, to do the needful in the remaining part of the year.The 34,000 units per annum in 2016 luxury car market was dominated by the German trio ? Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi, respectively — and JLR comes at a distant fourth slot.advertisementMerc retained its leash over the market for the third year in a row during the first nine months of 2017 selling 11,869 units, up 20 per cent, driven by the new E Class and the SUVs. BMW sold 7,138 units in the same period, a growth of 17.3 per cent, on robust demand for the new BMW 5 series sedan, helping it make a comeback to the No 2 slot after many years.The niche market, which is only 1 per cent of total passenger car market, was bumping from one regulatory or taxation hiccup or another since the past two years such as the Supreme Court ban on high end diesel vehicle sale in Delhi -NCR, note-ban and the short-lived GST boost.JLR expects the 7-seater fifth generation Land Rover Discovery to boost the sales given the petrol option and the lower prices starting from Rs 71.38 lakh for the petrol option.The full size seven-seater premium SUV comes with both a 3-litre petrol and diesel powertrain options and offers a host of features such a full-sized spare wheel with an automatic tyre lifting option and intelligent seat fold functionality-both industry firsts. The new model comes in six variants.It also boasts of the highest wading depth of 900 mm, (Mercs GLS has only 600 mm while Q7 of Audi offers only 500 mm) which will help the vehicle wade through flooded streets, the company said.Suri also bases his optimism to the filling of a wide gap in his Land Rover portfolio all these while with the new Discovery.”The Land Rover portfolio ranged from the Rs 42 lakh Discovery Sport and the Rs 1.66-crore priced Range Rover leaving a yawning gap in the middle. The new Discovery fills that gap, which should help further build onto our already high growth we have had so far this year.”Also, there is a faster move towards petrol models which also we are filling up with the new Discovery. Earlier our volumes were 95 per cent diesel but it is only around 75 per cent now,” Suri said.But he parried a direct answer about sales expectations from the new Discovery which will be imported from England, saying “Were already booked for the first two months.”Land Rover launched the first Discovery 28 years ago and the latest model is the fifth generation.Suri said India is the only market where the new Discovery offers headroom for seven adults across the three rows of seating. It also offers permanent four-wheel drive.The Land Rover range in the country includes the Discovery Sport (Rs 42 L), Range Rover Evoque (Rs 44.44 L), new Discovery (Rs 71.38 L), Range Rover Sport (Rs 93.82 L) and Range Rover (Rs 166.42 L).JLR sells its nine models (from Jaguar?the XE, XF, F-Pace and F-Type) sells through 25 outlets. It added two dealers this year and may add a similar number next year as well, Suri said.Suri said from Jaguar stable the XE, XF, F-Pace are the volume grossers, while from the LR side the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque do the volumes.advertisement”The first nine months performance is a great testimony to our focus on building highly aspirational brands and world-class sales and after-sales infrastructure,” Suri said, adding with over 4.8 million Facebook fans, JLR has the highest fan following among all the luxury players in the country. PTI BEN RSYlast_img
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ICC CEO assures BCCI of security at World Cup, Anil Kumble retained as Cricket Committee head

first_imgIndia’s security concerns in the upcoming World Cup were taken note of and Anil Kumble was re-appointed as chairman of the Cricket Committee at the end of the International Cricket Council’s latest round of quarterly meetings in Dubai on Saturday.The BCCI had expressed its concern about the safety and security of its players in the wake of the terrorist attack in Pulwama where more than 40 CRPF personnel were killed.The matter was placed at the ICC Chief Executives Meeting where CEO Rahul Johri was assured by his ECB counterpart Tom Harrison of all the measures being taken.On the concluding day of the board meeting, CEO David Richardson said: “As you would expect for a global sporting event, the ICC, in partnership with the ECB has a robust security plan in place for the Men’s Cricket World Cup.”We work closely with the authorities in our host countries to ensure that the safety of players, officials and fans is a priority.”Richardson said that security measures will be upgraded if need arises.”Should those authorities raise the threat level of the event based on intelligence, we will of course uplift our security commitment as appropriate. We will continue to work with the ECB and our Members throughout the build up to and during the tournament to keep everyone abreast of the situation.”However, it has been learnt that there was no discussion on BCCI’s plea to member nations to ostracize “countries from where terrorism emanates”.BCCI didn’t name Pakistan in their letter but ICC had already made it clear that as per norms, there was no question of banning Pakistan.advertisementIn another development, former India captain Anil Kumble has also been reappointed as chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee to serve for a final three year term.Additionally, the Board agreed a new composition of the Women’s Committee that provides for a greater strategic focus for the group.The ICC Board were updated on WADA’s concerns in relation to the domestic anti-doping programme in India.The Board unanimously acknowledged its desire to remain WADA compliant and committed to working in partnership with the BCCI, WADA and the India NADA to resolve the outstanding issues as a matter of urgency.The BCCI has already made it clear that they can’t come under the NADA ambit as they are not a National Sports Federation taking grants from the Indian government.Also Read | We salute Wing Commander Abhinandan’s courage: BCCI acting president CK KhannaAlso Read | Has cricket in India suffered over the last 2 years? BCCI CoA chief Vinod Rai askslast_img read more

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Ex-Man Utd winger backs Moyes for West Ham success

first_imgWest Ham United Former Man Utd winger Januzaj backs Moyes for West Ham success Declan Payne Last updated 2 years ago 23:38 11/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HD David Moyes Getty West Ham United Premier League Watford v West Ham United Girona v Real Sociedad Real Sociedad Primera División The Scot’s appointment as Slaven Bilic’s replacement has received a mixed reception, but he has received support to deliver the goods Adnan Januzaj says his former Manchester United manager David Moyes should be given every chance to succeed at West Ham.Moyes handed Januzaj his United debut back in August 2013, with the Belgian choosing to link up on loan with the Scot once again during his time at Sunderland last season.West Ham 5/2 at Watford 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 Despite the criticism Moyes attracted after disappointing spells at United, Real Sociedad, and Sunderland, Januzaj believes the former Everton boss can bring success to West Ham after replacing the sacked Slaven Bilic.”He’s a good manager,” said Januzaj. “Obviously it’s been difficult for him too. I’m happy for him because it’s a nice move and I hope everything goes well for him.David Moyes, Adnan Januzaj, Manchester United“He likes to play good football. It’s not easy sometimes, it depends on the squad. People have to trust him because he’s done it at Everton for a long time.”A permanent move to Real Sociedad in the summer appears to have reinvigorated Januzaj.The winger scored his first goal in seven appearances for the club against Eibar on Sunday, and says his football is on the up.”I’ve learned a lot as a 22-year-old boy now and I’ve been through good times and bad times, it’s part of football,” said Januzaj. “I’ve always been a player with a positive mind.”I’m focused at Real, I’m really happy and I’m performing well. I’m coming back to my best physically, mentally and technically.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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UConn Professor Turns Team’s Slim NCAA Tournament Chances Into A Probability Problem

first_imgUConn professor's probability problem about Huskies' tournament chances.Twitter/@fractologistUniversity of Connecticut professor of mathematics Joe Chen certainly knows how to craft a math problem from the school’s basketball program. Earlier this year, after the Huskies suffered a shocking loss to Chen’s alma mater Yale, he gave his students a problem about the likelihood that the Huskies would lose to another Ivy League program. Now, with UConn at 15-11 and squarely off the NCAA Tournament bubble, Chen has designed a set of problems designed to find the probability of the team making a run in the AAC Tournament and making it to the Big Dance.A timely @UConnMBB exam problem. I make no claims to the accuracy of the probabilities involved. @NoEscalators pic.twitter.com/W5HINKViSU— Joe (@fractologist) February 25, 2015Chen’s math class was probably more fun for the UConn basketball fans in his class last spring semester, but at least he tries to keep things interesting for the students.last_img read more

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Mohali Weather Forecast, India vs South Africa 2nd T20I: Will rain allow 40-over play?

first_img India Today Web Desk MohaliSeptember 18, 2019UPDATED: September 18, 2019 10:55 IST Mohali Weather Forecast, India (IND) vs South Africa (SA) 2nd T20I: (AP Photo)India’s home season was scheduled to begin in Dharamsala but persistent rain in the city did not allow even coin toss at HPCA, thus reducing the 3-match T20Is series to a 2-T20I affair, the first of which will be played in Mohali on Wednesday.With T20 World Cup to be scheduled in Australia, next year, both India and South Africa would wish to play every T20I game before the showpiece event in order to try every combination in order to get an ideal one.As the T20I series move to Mohali, both the teams and cricketing fans could breathe a sigh of relief as full interrupted 40 overs are expected to be bowled with weather in the city to be in sharp contrast to that of Dharamsala.With the match scheduled to begin at 7 pm on Wednesday, the weather is expected to remain clear during that time with temperature hovering around 30°C and humidity around 70-75%) that could make it feel a few degrees hotter.While Dharamsala was said to be a good batting pitch, the track at Mohali would be well backed under sun that could prompt the teams to add another spinner into the sides. Screen-grab: The weather channel IndiaWith two T20 World Cups being held between 2020 and 2021, India have a golden opportunity to improve their reputation in the shortest format of the game. Currently ranked No, 4, India would want to climb the ladder on the ICC charts with some success in the coming months.advertisementIndia have not picked wrist-spin specialists Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav but have handed an extended run to the likes of Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja in the T20I squad. It is evident that India are looking to add more depth to their batting by picking all-rounderers over specialist spinners.Leg-spinner Rahul Chahar will be hoping to shine in the upcoming T20Is after getting the first taste of international cricket in West Indies.With the big boys of Indian pace unit getting more time away from T20I cricket, the team management will also be closely monitoring the progress of the likes of Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar and Khaleel Ahmed in the shortest format.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow India vs South AfricaFollow IND vs SA 2nd T20I Mohali Weather Forecast, India vs South Africa 2nd T20I: Will rain allow 40-over play?Mohali Weather Forecast, India vs South Africa 2nd T20I: As the T20I series move to Mohali, both the teams and cricketing fans could breathe a sigh of relief as full interrupted 40 overs are expected to be bowled with weather in the city to be in sharp contrast to that of Dharamsala.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Roadstarr Motorsports Partners With Toys For Tots Access Hollywood And Soles4Souls

first_imgRoadstarr Motorsports is partnering with Soles4Souls, Toys for Tots, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department for their private celebrity event at company headquarters in Los Angeles, CA.To ensure that families in need experience a special Christmas this season, Roadstarr Motorsports has enlisted celebrity hosts Columbus Short (Scandal), Wilmer Valderrama (From Dusk till Dawn), and other industry tastemakers to lead the charge.“Every child deserves to feel loved and appreciated, especially at Christmas,” said Co-Founder Hassan Iddrissu. “Every donation collected will go directly to helping a family’s holiday be a little brighter. I’m counting on all of our special media and celebrity guests to support Soles4Souls and Toys for Tots.”During the special event, Roadstarr will collect new, unwrapped presents (toys, clothing, and shoes) on December 20, 2014 from 2PM-6PM at 8964 National Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034. With the help of Access Hollywood, and event hosts, on December 21, 2014, Roadstarr will deliver Christmas early for those selected charities and families. The entire event will be taped for replay on Access Hollywood Live.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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NAFTA Deadlock on hard issues as round concludes under cloud of question

first_imgMEXICO CITY – Another round of NAFTA talks wrapped up with all key issues still deadlocked Tuesday as negotiators prepared to leave Mexico City with a plethora of question marks lingering over the trade deal.The negotiators made progress on a variety of technical files, nearly concluding some less-controversial chapters such as digital trade, sanitary measures, customs enforcement and telecommunications.But on hot-button files like autos, dairy, dispute resolution, and a U.S. idea to make it easier to terminate NAFTA, they cite no real progress. Sources from host country Mexico described a lingering standoff on multiple fronts, which Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland confirmed back in Ottawa.”I think our approach is to hope for the best, and prepare for the worst,” Freeland said outside the House of Commons, describing the state of the talks.”Canada is certainly prepared for any eventuality. As I’ve said, we want a good deal, not just any deal.”Canada and Mexico spent this round taking shots at the logic of some controversial U.S. proposals — demanding details about how they would work, and delivering presentations illustrating how they would hurt the U.S., too.That approach has frustrated the U.S. side.The Americans say that instead of delivering lectures, the other countries should be making counter-proposals.”I remain concerned about the lack of headway,” said U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer. “Thus far, we have seen no evidence that Canada or Mexico are willing to seriously engage on provisions that will lead to a rebalanced agreement.”I hope our partners will come to the table in a serious way so we can see meaningful progress before the end of the year.”Some media reports described the dynamic of this round as Canada and Mexico teaming up against the U.S. The front-page headline Tuesday in Mexico’s Excelsior newspaper declared, “Mexico and Canada form a common front against the U.S.”But some Mexicans vehemently rejected the idea of an organized Canada-Mexico tag-team.They said, for instance, that there are no pre-session strategy hurdles between Canada and Mexico. They said these countries simply have mutual interests on a few important files, such as autos, dispute settlement and professional visas. ”(But) gang up on the U.S.? No, no, no,” said one Mexican source, speaking on condition of anonymity, given the sensitivity of the matter.Mexico demonstrated at this round, however, that it’s willing to play hardball.It showed that two can play at the game of zero-sum thinking and hostile tit-for-tat. On the issue of Buy American, the Mexicans said they could respond with equivalent Buy Mexico policies for public projects — and the biggest loser would be the U.S. That’s because American companies do more construction business in Mexico than vice-versa, they argued.”We would all lose,” said another Mexican source familiar with the talks.”But the U.S. loses more.”The Mexico City round ended with uncertainty on multiple fronts. Two major question marks are: will President Donald Trump start pulling out of NAFTA as a negotiating ploy? And what happens if a deal isn’t done by the end of the current schedule of talks, now extended to March?One thing the Mexican sources are adamant about is if Trump makes good on his threat to start the NAFTA cancellation process as a bargaining ploy, they will refuse to negotiate under that pressure — and would rather let the U.S. withdraw.They said it’s impossible to negotiate with such a metaphorical gun to the temple; every concession would be seen as Mexico caving. They said they would simply allow the U.S. to walk away, accelerate trade talks with Brazil and Argentina and expand trade with Canada in meat, wheat and energy, where Canadian suppliers would pick up some of the U.S. slack.”There’s the door,” one Mexican said, pointing at an actual door.”We will send a couple of decrees to the Senate (of Mexico) saying that (from) this moment forward, U.S. goods and persons are no longer going to be traded under NAFTA preferential provisions.”Canada has not drawn such a hard line.The politicians leading the talks have attempted to turn down the public pressure. Freeland, Lighthizer and Ildefonso Guajardo skipped this round and will skip another round next month in Washington.They will be back at the table in the next round in Canada, in late January, in Montreal. The politicians will review progress made, and begin assessing next steps for the February and March rounds and what happens thereafter if there’s no deal.The Mexicans say they’re fine to keep negotiating after that — even though there are national elections there and in the U.S.last_img read more

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Stocks edge higher and regain some lost ground

NEW YORK — Stocks regained some ground in morning trading Tuesday following a nosedive at the start of the week as the U.S. and China escalate their trade war.Investors have been dealing with creeping uncertainty since last week after President Donald Trump’s decision to raise tariffs on Chinese goods. China responded by raising its own tariffs, and the U.S. is considering expanding tariffs again to cover all Chinese goods.The escalation surprised investors who had expected a deal sooner rather than later. They now have to expect much more volatility as the world’s largest economies head toward a full-blown trade war that could threaten economic growth.A mix of communications and consumer-oriented companies led the market higher. Video game maker Take-Two rose after its fourth quarter profit beat Wall Street forecasts. Disney gained ground after announcing a deal with Comcast to take full control of the video streaming service Hulu. Amazon, Mattel and other companies that cater to consumers ticked higher.Technology stocks, which stand to suffer heavily from the ongoing trade war, bounced back after taking a beating the day before. Qualcomm and Cisco both moved higher.Utilities, a safe-play sector that investors favour when they’re feeling fearful, were the only sector to fall. A day earlier, they were the only winners in the market.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 0.6% as of 10 a.m. Eastern Time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 151 points, or 0.6%, to 25,476. The Nasdaq composite rose 0.7%.MOUSE HOUSE EXPANSION: Disney rose 1.1%. The deal the entertainment giant struck with Comcast can give Disney full ownership of Hulu as of 2024. Disney and other media companies have been making huge efforts to get into video streaming in order to meet the challenge posed by Netflix. Comcast also rose just under 1%.HOLES IN THE FABRIC: Ralph Lauren fell 8% after investors focused on a drop in revenue from the upscale clothing company’s key market in North America. The downturn in regional sales helped weigh down overall revenue, though profit and revenue still beat analyst forecasts for the quarter.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

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Billions pledged at donors conference as Ban calls for wholesale rebuilding of

Of that amount more than $5 billion has been pledged for the next 18 months, well above the $3.9 billion sought for that period. “Today, the international community has come together, dramatically, in solidarity with Haiti and its people,” Mr. Ban said in a closing news conference at UN Headquarters in New York. “Today, the United Nations are united for Haiti,” he said. “Today, we have mobilized to give Haiti and its people what they need most: hope for a new future. We have made a good start, we need now to deliver.”Haiti’s President René Préval expressed his thanks on behalf of his 9 million countrymen. “The international community has done their part,” he said. “Now it is up to the Haitian people to do theirs.” Opening the conference earlier today, Mr. Ban appealed to donors to provide $11.5 million over the next 10 years to help the Caribbean nation recover and rebuild after the 12 January quake.“What we envision, today, is wholesale national renewal… a sweeping exercise in national-building on a scale and scope not seen in generations,” he told delegates from more than 130 nations attending the high-level meeting. Mr. Ban said reconstruction work must move in tandem with emergency relief and urged donors to provide further support to the revised humanitarian appeal for Haiti. That appeal is calling for $1.4 billion, but is currently only 50 per cent funded.“The rainy season is fast approaching. Some camps for displaced persons are at risk of flooding. Heath and sanitation issues are growing more serious,” Mr. Ban said.Mr. Préval, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and UN Special Envoy for Haiti Bill Clinton co-hosted the conference, entitled Towards a New Future in Haiti.They noted the courage and solidarity shown by the Haitians in the midst of the unprecedented suffering resulting from the quake and the outpouring of generosity and support from the country’s international partners. At the same time, they underscored that Haiti’s road to recovery will be a long one and one which will require continued global support. The conference was co-chaired by Brazil, Canada, the European Union, France, and Spain as leading donors to Haiti, which was already the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere before the disaster.The 12 January quake struck close to the capital, Port-au-Prince, and resulted in the deaths of more than 200,000 people. It also left one third of the country’s 9 million people in need of aid. The total value of damage and losses sustained has been calculated at approximately $7 billion, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP).Its Administrator, Helen Clark, voiced hope that today’s conference “will pave the way for building back better in Haiti. With sufficient resources, the vision presented today by the Government of Haiti on behalf of Haitian people can become reality.”She also emphasized the need for Haitian ownership of the recovery process, with international assistance being aligned with the country’s priorities.“With the necessary resources, we can assist the Government to develop effective social protection to combat extreme poverty; we can help improve access to education, health services, and clean water and sanitation; and we can help promote food security and nutrition,” Miss Clark said.Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive presented the country’s needs and its plans for recovery, following which countries, international organizations, and other partners took the floor to pledge resources, to coordinate in support of Haiti’s long-term recovery and to commit to a sustained effort to support the country.General Assembly President Ali Treki urged participants at the meeting to further support reconstruction efforts, and hoped that the pledges made by the international community “would be commensurate with the needs of the people and Government of Haiti and firmly pave the way to a brighter future.”In a communiqué issued after the conclusion of the conference, the co-hosts and co-chairs said the assistance raised will be delivered “in a manner that strengthens the authority of the State, makes local governments more effective, builds the capacity of local and national institutions, mitigates vulnerability to future disasters, protects the environment, promotes and protects human rights and gender equality, and creates an enabling environment for the private sector and civil society to thrive, all of which are critical for Haiti’s long-term stability and prosperity.” 31 March 2010Dozens of nations and organizations today pledged almost $10 billion in immediate and long-term aid to help Haiti recover from the recent devastating earthquake, just hours after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened a day-long donors’ conference by calling for the wholesale rebuilding of the country. read more

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HIVAIDS deaths and new infections highest in 2003 says UNAIDS

Five million people became infected with HIV worldwide and 3 million died this year alone – the highest ever, says “AIDS Epidemic Update 2003,” published to mark World AIDS Day on 1 December. In 2002 4.8 million people contracted the disease and 2.75 million infected people died, UNAIDS said.Commenting on the report, UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot said, “It is quite clear that our current global efforts remain entirely inadequate for an epidemic that is continuing to spiral out of control. “AIDS is tightening its grip on southern Africa and threatening other regions of the world. Today’s report warns regions experiencing newer HIV epidemics that they can either act now or pay later – as Africa is now having to pay.” “Effective HIV prevention programmes must be scaled up dramatically if we want a realistic chance at reducing the number of new infections,” he added. The UNAIDS/WHO report says surprisingly little is being done in Africa to implement even the most basic, cost-effective HIV-prevention efforts, outside of Senegal and Uganda. No national orphan programmes exist, voluntary counselling and testing are threadbare, and prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission is virtually non-existent, it says. About 30 per cent of people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide live in southern Africa, an area that is home to just 2 per cent of the world’s population. South Africa alone is home to an estimated 5.3 million people with HIV at the end of 2002, more than any other country in the world, the report says. In sub-Saharan Africa overall, an estimated 26.6 million people are living with HIV, it says. Meanwhile, as prevalence rates in Eastern Europe and Central Asia continue to grow, a new wave of HIV epidemics is threatening China, India, Indonesia and Russia, mostly due to HIV transmission through injecting narcotics use and unsafe sex, it says.WHO, the convening agency for HIV care in UNAIDS, says it and its partners are developing a global strategy to make antiretroviral treatment available to 3 million people by 2005, a project known as the ‘3 by 5’ initiative. “The World Health Organization will unveil detailed implementation plans for ‘3 x 5’ next week, to coincide with the commemoration of World AIDS Day,” said Dr Lee Jong-Wook, Director-General of the World Health Organization. “This represents an unprecedented drive to increase the number of people receiving treatment. For ‘3 x 5’ to succeed, however, and for treatment access to increase further in the future, the international community must continue to increase its financial and logistical support.” A separate report from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), called “Africa’s Orphaned Generations,” says AIDS has already orphaned more than 11 million African children, half of them between the ages of 10 and 14. “We need to move beyond feeling beleaguered to feeling outraged by the unacceptable suffering of children. We must keep parents alive, and ensure that orphans and other vulnerable children stay in school, and are protected from exploitation and abuse,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said. Listen to UN Radio report read more

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Report Nokia to move to Silicon Valley abandon Finnish HQ

first_imgFor the last one hundred and fifty years, mobile giant Nokia has operated out of Finland, but now that ex Microsoft business chief Stephen Elop is in charge, everything and anything is on the table for change, and it now looks as if Nokia might be moving to Silicon Valley.Elop is planning to announce the changes on Friday, according to well-placed sources within the organization. Elop had previously said that a big shake-up would be coming to the beleaguered Finnish company, which — despite selling the vast majority of Q4 2010’s smartphones — has struggled with low profits and irrelevancy in a post-iPhone age. AdChoices广告One reason for this is because Nokia does the vast majority of its business outside of the United States. In the US, Nokia sales are in the toilet, and their market share has shrank from 35 percent in 2002 to just eight percent last year. In order to more strongly focus on America, Elop is rumored to be doing a lot of things, including considering the adoption of Windows Phone 7 on Nokia handsets and moving the company headquarters to California, where Nokia executives (whom would be expected to move) would be able to more easily hob-nob with other Silicon Valley execs. In truth, the move has already started, with one of Elop’s first moves in December being the renting of virtual offices in Silicon Valley. As for moving there permanently, the writing has apparently been on the wall for awhile, with Elop having said in a memo to Nokia staff that he believes the company has become too remote from key markets. Packing up and moving out of Finland is one way to handle that, for sure.Read more at The Registerlast_img read more

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Alcohol cannabis and cocaine found in blood of Paris airport attacker

first_imgHe said to me: ‘Daddy, please forgive me. I’ve screwed up with a police officer’.At the time of his death, Ben Belgacem was carrying a petrol can in his backpack, as well as €750 ($805) in cash, a copy of the Koran, a packet of cigarettes and a lighter.A small amount of cocaine and a machete were found during a search of his home on Saturday.Soldiers guarding key sites have been targeted in four attacks in the past two years but escaped with only minor injuries.In mid-February, a machete-wielding Egyptian man attacked a soldier outside Paris’s Louvre museum, injuring him slightly, before being shot and wounded.President Francois Hollande said Saturday his government was “determined to fight relentlessly against terrorism”.Read: Father of Paris airport attacker blames alcohol and not terrorism for his son’s actionsRead: Man shot dead at Paris airport after trying to take soldier’s gun was ‘investigated for radicalisation’ https://jrnl.ie/3296337 Monday 20 Mar 2017, 7:10 AM Officers walking near Orly Airport on Saturday. Image: Apaydin Alain/ABACA Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Officers walking near Orly Airport on Saturday. 9,792 Views By AFP 18 Comments Share92 Tweet Email Short URL Image: Apaydin Alain/ABACA Alcohol, cannabis and cocaine found in blood of Paris airport attacker Investigators are still trying to understand what motivated Saturday’s assault by 39-year-old Ziyed Ben Belgacem. Mar 20th 2017, 7:10 AM THE MAN SHOT dead at Paris’s Orly airport after attacking a soldier was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time, a judicial source said yesterday.Investigators are still trying to understand what motivated Saturday’s assault by 39-year-old Ziyed Ben Belgacem, which led to a major security scare and the temporary closure of the capital’s second-busiest airport.“Toxicology tests carried out on Sunday showed an alcohol level of 0.93 grams per litre in his blood, and the presence of cannabis and cocaine,” the source said.Ben Belgacem’s father had insisted earlier yesterday that his son was “not a terrorist” and that his actions were caused by drink and drugs.Ben Belgacem, who was born in France to Tunisian parents, grabbed a soldier on patrol at Orly’s southern terminal on Saturday morning. He put a gun to her head and seized her rifle, saying he wanted to “die for Allah”.The attacker, who had also fired at police in a northern Paris suburb earlier that morning, was shot dead by two other soldiers after a scuffle.Ben Belgacem’s father insisted his son – who had spent time in prison for armed robbery and drug-dealing -was not a extremist. Passengers evacuated from Orly airport walk on the highway at Orly airport, near Paris, France Source: Apaydin Alain/ABACA“My son was not a terrorist. He never prayed, and he drank,” the father, who was in shock and whose first name was not given, told Europe 1 radio.Investigators were examining his telephone.The attack at Orly comes with France still on high alert following a wave of jihadist attacks that have claimed more than 230 lives in two years.The violence has made security a key issue in France’s two-round presidential election on 23 April and 7 May.Not on terror watchlistBen Belgacem’s brother and cousin were released yesterday after they, like the attacker’s father, were held for questioning. All three had approached police themselves on Saturday after the attack.After spending Friday night in a bar with his cousin, Ben Belgacem was pulled over by police for speeding in the gritty northern Paris suburb of Garges-les-Gonesse, where he lived, just before 7.00 am.He drew a gun and fired, slightly injuring one officer. Shortly after, he contacted his relatives to tell them he had “done something stupid”, they told police.Ben Belgacem later appeared at the bar where he had been the previous night, firing more shots and stealing another car before continuing on to the airport.He had been investigated in 2015 over suspicions he had radicalised while serving jail time, but his name did not feature on the list of those thought to pose a high risk.Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said Ben Belgacem appeared to have become caught up in a “sort of headlong flight that became more and more destructive”.Dozens of flights to and from Orly were cancelled during an hours-long shutdown after the incident, but by Sunday afternoon air traffic had returned to normal, a spokeswoman for the Paris airports authority said.The shooting took place on the second day of a visit to Paris by Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate, which was unaffected.‘I’ve screwed up’Ben Belgacem’s father told Europe 1 his son had called him after the first police shooting “in a state of extreme agitation”.last_img read more

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Jims all about branding

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram How did start your career in advertising and when did you join your current firm?I landed my first design job 18 years ago. I studied design and worked as a graphic designer. I went back to Uni and completed a BA in Advertising and a Diploma in Marketing at RMIT in Melbourne. I spent some time working in digital technologies and experienced the dot.com boom and crash first-hand; which was fun. I then found a focus in brand strategy and visual identity work, which eventually brought me to TANK. I joined my current firm a couple of years ago and I am currently one of three directors. Running a creative agency is exciting, as we get to be in a business which sells creativity and in turn, being creative is nourishing, definitely not boring,and innovative ideas make good business sense. At TANK we have ten staff with disciplines ranging from project managers, production managers and writers, to creative, graphic artists and strategists.Have you ever drawn your inspiration in advertising campaigns from your Greek background?I must say, no I haven’t. The difference between a designer and an artist is that one creates art and the other is paid to solve a business problem articulated in a brief.  Saying that, we do a large array of naming work (new businesses, new products, ventures etc.) and this requires quite a bit of research which naturally leads me to explore names of ancient Greek and Latin origin, amongst other avenues – most brand names are derived from Latin, Greek or amalgamations [and creations] of both.  I don’t know many notable Greeks in advertising or design other than George Lois in the USA who, for me, is famous for art directing Esquire Magazine between 1962 and 1972.What is the comparative advantage of your firm over the competition?We aren’t a graphic design studio or an advertising agency. The make up of our people, strategists, writers, art directors, designers, photographers and journalists makes us fall between the traditional design studio and advertising agency.  The one commonality we have with them is that we develop ideas for business growth through creative thinking. How is business currently?Exciting. With this economic downturn we’ve found that our clients are looking to be more accountable, and use their budgets more effectively – this in turn means that we have to be the same which can’t be a bad thing at all. Efficiency and accountability never really hurt anyone, especially not the bottom line. We’re finding that clients who are brave enough to see this economic downturn as an opportunity are the ones we’re attracting. I think in difficult times, customers will always look for confident brands to do business with.Name three of your favourite campaigns?Lonely Planet for it’s authenticity. Everything they publish comes with the promise that it was created sincerely for the benefit of the traveller.  Million by Sydney agency Droga5 is an idea to brand academic achievement for New York’s 1.1 million public school students that reinforces the link between school and success – it’s just brilliant. Monocle Magazine  for me is one of the 21st century emerging media brands – it syndicates it content across media platforms and knows its audience so very well. My favourite ad at the moment is Cadbury’s Gorilla, it’s simply focused on ‘joy’ as a concept and links that with the product, chocolate. Simple and effective.last_img read more

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DSHS Former Vancouver attorney exploited abused woman

first_imgThe Department of Social and Health Services has found by a preponderance of evidence that former Vancouver attorney MarCine Miller Miles financially exploited and mentally abused a vulnerable woman, whom she previously represented.The decision was reached Sept. 24 following a two-day administrative hearing in July, in which Miles appealed the initial findings by DSHS Adult Protective Services. Those initial findings were made in June 2017.Miles resigned from the Washington State Bar Association in lieu of disbarment in April 2017. Her resignation stemmed from an unrelated case, in which she altered an elderly woman’s will and bequeathed $10,000 to herself, according to the association’s findings. Miles denied wrongdoing.Among the findings in this case, DSHS found: Miles stole $4,657.11 from a 94-year-old former client, trespassed in the woman’s home, violated the Rule of Professional Conduct by using the woman’s financial information to commit theft, shared her private health information without her consent and harassed her.Miles’ attorney Josephine Townsend, speaking on Miles’ behalf, said her client does not agree with those findings.“She believes she acted in a manner to protect the interests of her friend whom she believed was being exploited by others,” Townsend wrote in an email Wednesday.last_img read more

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Chat live today about the local economy with WSUV faculty

first_imgWashington State University Vancouver faculty will participate in a live Web chat with Columbian.com users at 10:00 a.m. Friday April 13. Check out the chat page and sign up for an e-mail reminder.Join faculty in a discussion about the local economy and how it’s affected the way we live. Participants include Jane Cote, accounting; Dr. Tom Tripp, leadership and negotiations; Dr. Brian McTier, finance; Dr. Debre Sanders, taxes; Brian Routh, accounting; and Dr. Micheal Rabby, social media and digital expert.Sign up for an email reminder at www.columbian.com/chat, and come back on Friday to participate in the event. Login with Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or MySpace will be required to leave questions or comments, but anyone can watch the action.last_img

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