Valdez stars as Creamline takes down Pocari Sweat

first_imgEl Nido residents told to vacate beach homes “The mindset of the players was to really win and it was a team effort,” said Creamline assistant coach Oliver Almadro.“Alyssa really leads the team during practices and games and it’s not all Alyssa in the fourth set. Everybody did well,” Almadro added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsValdez was backed up by Pau Soriano and Rosemarie Vargas, who scored 15 and 10 points, respectively.Myla Pablo led the Lady Warriors, who slipped to 3-1, with 26 points but his last two hits went out and was blocked by Soriano. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Creamline gained solo lead in the standings but it has no room for any letup especially with its star captain Valdez likely to miss the team’s last three games due to her commitment with the national team.The national team leaves for its training camp in Japan on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline continued its torrid start after a gutsy win over defending champion Pocari Sweat, 25-15, 17-25, 25-19, 25-19, in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Alyssa Valdez unleashed a game-high 30 points to power the Cool Smashers’ fourth victory in as many games.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Canadians drub Gilas in Jones Cup opener 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 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

IPL 2016: England’s Chris Jordan all set to join RCB

first_imgEngland pacer Chris Jordan will be joining Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as a replacement for injured Mitchell Starc. RCB’s weak bowling attack will be boosted by Jordan joining the squad, who was part of the England side that made into the finals of recently concluded World Twenty20.Jordan is expected to leave his county side Sussex and join RCB immediately, with his chances of making the Test squad for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka looking bleak. In the limited-overs formats, Jordan is considered as England’s best bet in death overs for his variations.However, during the IPL auction in February, Jordan was ignored by all the franchises. According to a report in ESPNCricinfo, Jordan’s county side Sussex are not happy with the bowler’s decision, having already missing out on opening round matches due to injury.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Imran Tahir, Quinton de Kock fire as South Africa register first win

first_imgSouth Africa finally managed to register their first win of the World Cup 2019 on Saturday as they beat Afghanistan in a one-sided contest in Cardiff to grab two crucial points and keep their campaign alive in the competition.Chasing a revised target of 127 from 48 overs, the Proteas openers Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla knocked off 104 runs in 22.5 overs before going past the finish line in 28.4 overs with 9 wickets in hand. De Kock smashed 68 off 72 balls, his 23rd ODI fifty, while Amla and Andile Phehlukwayo remained not out on 41 and 17 respectively.South Africa vs Afghanistan, World Cup 2019: HighlightsThe target was revised for the Proteas after the two rain breaks in the first innings of the match in Cardiff.The win was South Africa’s first in five matches in the World Cup this year and it took them over Pakistan and Bangladesh in the points table. South Africa are placed seventh now, they are tied on 3 points with the West Indies, Pakistan and Bangladesh”Today was a good day for us. We spoke a lot about it and today we were good. I think the nature of seam bowlers, it would have been a challenge. It was important to get a good start, the wicket was not very conducive to spin. Morris and Tahir were fantastic in the middle overs as they got wickets. He has made us a strong team in the last one year single handedly, his ability to take wickets.”Naturally Quinton plays quite freely but it was important to play with the new ball. We needed a 60 or 70-run stand upfront and we could have worked on the run rate later. It was Amla to get amongst runs, he will be important for us in the upcoming games. The net run rate could be worked later on,” South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said after the match.advertisementWhat a way to finish things off! Andile Phehlukwayo smacks a six to give South Africa their first win of #CWC19#ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/SnTaonMsPUICC (@ICC) June 15, 2019Earlier, Leg-spinner Imran Tahir took four wickets as South Africa dismissed Afghanistan for 125 in 34.1 overs in their rain-affected innings after being put into bat first by Faf du Plessis.Tahir took two wickets in his first over and finished with figures of 4-29 off seven overs as Afghanistan collapsed after a second rain break at Sophia Gardens.”I really enjoyed that, the way it came out, it was more important for me to play my role for the team, nice to have a first victory in our pocket. We were really up for it, we can’t control the weather, but we wanted the intensity to stay in the game. All in all a very pleasing performance,” Imran Tahir said after being adjudged man-of-the-match.4/29 from Imran Tahir helps South Africa restrict Afghanistan to 125 all-out.The DLS revised target for is 127. Can they get their first #CWC19 win?FOLLOW #SAvAFG https://t.co/Yi5XpT7H0q#ProteaFire#AfghanAtalan pic.twitter.com/s8MdspCYZEICC (@ICC) June 15, 2019Andile Phehlukwayo also helped engineer the downfall with two wickets in his first two overs after a 75-minute break as the Afghans slipped from 69-2 to 77-7.A cameo of 35 from Rashid Khan took them into three figures before he became Tahir’s fourth victim. Chris Morris then finished off the tail with figures of 3-13.Afghanistan took advantage of some sloppy bowling from the South Africans to make a positive start before Hazratullah Zazai was caught in the ninth over when Rassie van der Dussen took a low catch sliding in from deep midwicket off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada.At 69-2 after 20 overs, when rain stopped play, the Afghanis looked to have the potential to post a decent 200-plus score against a South African side lacking in confidence but failed to build on the promising start.South Africa have lost three of their opening four games, with the other one called off due to rain.Also Read | India vs Pakistan: Mohammad Amir inspired by memory of late mother ahead of Manchester tieAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Finch, Starc star as Australia top table with big win over Sri LankaAlso See:last_img read more

Papa John’s and NFL end sponsorship deal three months after anthem row

first_imgNFL Pizza company Papa John’s has ended its official sponsorship of the NFL three months after its CEO blamed sluggish sales on players kneeling during the national anthem.In November, John Schnatter said “NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders” and that the protests aimed at racial injustice in the States “should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago.” The company later apologized after white supremacists praised Schnatter’s comments and said: “We believe in the right to protest inequality and support the players’ movement to create a new platform for change. We also believe, as Americans, we should honor our anthem.” US sports Share on WhatsApp Schnatter, who was the face of the pizza chain and appeared in adverts alongside stars such as Peyton Manning, left his role in January. On Monday, Papa John’s and the NFL released a joint statement, saying the pizza company would continue relationships with individual teams.“The NFL and Papa John’s have made a mutual decision to shift from their official league sponsorship to a focus on partnerships with 22 local NFL teams, presence in broadcast and digital media, and key personalities in the sport,” read the statement. Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Papa John’s Pizza (@PapaJohns)We will work with the players and league to find a positive way forward. Open to ideas from all. Except neo-nazis — 🖕those guys. (3/3)November 15, 2017 Since you’re here… Share on Twittercenter_img Topics Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this content newslast_img read more

2010 Trans Tasman – Day 1

first_imgMen’s OpenAustralia suffered it’s first defeat of the series in the Men’s Open division going down 6-3 to a very quick and fierce New Zealand outfit.The game was played at lightning speeds going end to end in the first half, until Australia scored first with Australian Flag Bearer, Jamie Stowe, crossing out wide to record the first for the match. New Zealand hit back with the next three touchdowns to lead at half time 3-1.The second half saw speeds matching the first half but this time with a short dumping of rain made it difficult to keep balance and ball in hands. Both teams made numerous handling errors.New Zealand scored first, but then Australia put two quick touchdowns to be down by 1, but could keep hold of the game. New Zealand scored two touchdowns leading into the end of the game to record a three touchdown victory.New Zealand Wrap uphttp://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=1-6976-0-0-0&news_task=DETAIL&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=11116068&sectionID=125624 Women’s OpenAustralia recorded its second win of the series with the Women’s Open with a hard fought 4-1 win. Australia took after the Mixed in scoring off the tap off, and posted two more touchdowns shortly after to lead the first half 3-1. Australia found it difficult to get out of their half at times with numerous penalties around the ruck. Australia was the only team to score in the second half. The rain came down heavy for a couple of minutes making the ball very slippery for both teams and players losing their footing. Australia won by three touchdowns.New Zealand Wrap uphttp://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=1-6976-0-0-0&news_task=DETAIL&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=11116036&sectionID=125624 Mixed OpenThe Australian Mixed team, after a 3-0 whitewash in Wollongong (April 2009), started the Australian campaign off well with a 8-6 win. Australia came out firing, scoring touchdowns off their first three sets of six to lead 3-1. Australia continued its scoring ways, scoring the next three touchdowns to lead 6-1 at one stage. New Zealand scored just before half time to bring the score a little closer.The second half started New Zealand’s comeback as they got within one touchdown of Australia, behind 7-6 with only minutes to go. Australia scored late in the half to record a two touchdown win.New Zealand Wrap uphttp://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=1-6976-0-0-0&news_task=DETAIL&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=11116032&sectionID=125624last_img read more

Praful Patel disappointed with I-League clubs dropping out of Super Cup

first_img Next Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 6, 2019UPDATED: April 6, 2019 18:27 IST Praful Patel, president of AIFF, expressed disappointment at the I-League clubs’ refusal to turn up for the Super Cup. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPraful Patel, president of AIFF, expressed disappointment at the I-League clubs’ refusal to turn up for the Super CupThree days before the start of the Super Cup last month, seven I-League clubs pulled out of the tournamentPatel, a member of parliament, said his first priority is the betterment of Indian footballPraful Patel saturday said his unprecedented election to the FIFA Council means more tournaments, international friendlies and exposure for India, besides a chance to operate in close proximity to the developed football nations.All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Patel won with a record-breaking margin, securing 38 out of the 46 votes at the 29th Asian Football Confederation (AFC) congress in Kuala Lumpur.”This signifies India’s place in world football. This will give us more voice. We would look to get more tournaments, international friendlies, exposure for our kids,” Patel told PTI during an interview.The responsibility as a #FIFA Council member is huge. I would not only be representing my own country but the entire continent. Thank you all for your confidence for rapid progress of football in #Asia.@IndianFootball @theafcdotcom @FIFAcom #AFCCongress2019 #IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/P6KxbE57boPraful Patel (@praful_patel) April 6, 2019This will also help in terms of football education, coaching and providing exposure to India’s players abroad.The 62-year-old, a member of parliament, at the same time, expressed disappointment at the I-League clubs’ refusal to turn up for the Super Cup.”Despite my busy schedule because of the general elections back home and today’s FIFA Council, I assured them that I would meet from April 11 to 14,” Patel said.”But, despite my assurance, they acted in a manner that is unbecoming of sportsmanship. What is the point of having this meeting now since they have pulled out of the Super Cup,” he added.He may have become a member of the prestigious FIFA Council but Patel said his first priority remains the betterment of Indian football.advertisementHonoured and humbled to be the first Indian to be elected as a member of the #FIFA Council.In this new role and as the #AIFF President, I shall work to the best of my abilities to strengthen the game of #football worldwide and among #Asian countries.@IndianFootball @FIFAcomPraful Patel (@praful_patel) April 6, 2019″Regarding the future road-map of Indian football, we are all working hard in the right direction, I can assure you all.”Three days before the start of the Super Cup last month, seven I-League clubs pulled out of the tournament citing unfair treatment by the AIFF, plunging the game into chaos.The AIFF chief assured the aggrieved clubs that he would meet them and try to address their concerns. However, some of the clubs were not fully convinced by Patel’s assurances.Though he is disappointed with the clubs’ attitude back home, Patel said his induction into world football’s apex body will definitely further the game in India.”This will also help us to sign more and more Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the developed football nations,” the seasoned administrator said.If his election to the FIFA Council was not unprecedented enough, Patel also addressed the delegation for the 29th AFC congress on behalf of its president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, who was mourning the demise of his mother.Patel was accompanied by AIFF general secretary Kushal Das and senior vice-president Subrata Datta.The AIFF chief was one of the eight candidates vying for the spot in the election which was held during the 29th AFC (Asian Football Confederations) Congress in the Malaysian capital.A total of five candidates, including Patel, was elected in addition to the AFC president, and one female member for the term 2019-2013.Under Patel’s leadership, AIFF has been awarded with the AFC’s President Recognition award for grassroots at the AFC Annual Awards in 2014 in Manila, and was given an award for the AFC Best Developing Member Association at the in 2016.Also Read | AIFF president Praful Patel becomes first Indian to be elected as FIFA Council memberAlso Read | Super Cup 2019: AIFF turns down I-League clubs’ request to replay qualifiersFor 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 bykarishma Tags :Follow Praful PatelFollow All India Football FederationFollow I-League clubFollow Super Cup 2019 Praful Patel disappointed with I-League clubs dropping out of Super CupAll India Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel expressed disappointment at the I-League clubs’ refusal to turn up for the Super Cup.advertisementlast_img read more

Promotion de la NouvelleÉcosse par le secteur privé

first_imgDouze organismes du secteur privé se sont joints à la province afin de promouvoir la Nouvelle-Écosse et ses attributs à tous les endroits où ils font affaire. Les organismes, qui ont signé la charte « Où il fait bon vivre » de la Nouvelle-Écosse avec le premier ministre Rodney MacDonald aujourd’hui 4 octobre, sont les suivantes : Brain Repair Centre; Credit Union Atlantic; Les Algues acadiennes; Université Saint Mary’s; Eassons Transport Ltd.; Michelin; Oxford Frozen Foods; Manufacturiers et Exportateurs du Canada – section de la Nouvelle-Écosse; Glenora Inn and Distillery; Cape Breton Partnership; C-Vision; et EastLink Television. « Les nouveaux membres forment un groupe diversifié qui représente les meilleurs aspects de notre province », souligne le premier ministre, Rodney MacDonald. « Ils sont innovateurs, créatifs, intelligents et prospères. Ils ont également de bonnes relations avec le reste du monde et peuvent nous aider à diffuser notre message à un public beaucoup plus vaste. » « Nous nous assurons toujours de dire à nos clients que nous sommes une entreprise de la Nouvelle-Écosse, ce qui nous est utile partout où nous allons », déclare Jean-Paul Deveau, président des Algues acadiennes Ltée. « Nous expédions notre produit à plus de 70 pays dans le monde, et la promotion de nos racines néo-écossaises renforce la qualité de nos produits, la créativité de nos gens et l’innovation de notre approche. » La charte officialise la participation des organismes du secteur public et du secteur privé, qui s’engagent à raconter l’histoire de la Nouvelle-Écosse. À titre de membre ayant signé la charte, chaque organisme accepte de contribuer au développement et à l’appui de l’initiative « Où il fait bon vivre ». « Nous sommes très fiers de promouvoir la Nouvelle-Écosse comme un endroit où il fait bon travailler, investir et vivre », affirme Dave Miller, directeur du personnel et de la sécurité de la compagnie de transport Eassons Transport Ltd. basée à Berwick. « En effet, nous avons pris l’initiative d’installer des affiches de la Nouvelle-Écosse sur toutes nos remorques et de partager avec nos clients et nos personnes-ressources ce qui fait de notre province un endroit unique. » L’initiative « Où il fait bon vivre » de la Nouvelle-Écosse se sert de huit termes simples pour décrire les attributs qui rendent cette province et sa population uniques : côtière, accessible, sécuritaire, authentique, fiable, créative, novatrice et ingénieuse. Dans leur ensemble, ces attributs incarnent la variété et l’équilibre qui donnent à la province sa qualité de vie sans précédent. L’initiative « Où il fait bon vivre » fait la promotion de la Nouvelle-Écosse comme un endroit où il faut bon vivre, travailler, investir, étudier, jouer et visiter. « La nature de notre travail exige une collaboration internationale », affirme Dr Ivar Mendez du Brain Repair Centre. « La Nouvelle-Écosse offre aux gens un environnement fertile où l’excellence et l’innovation peuvent prospérer. Nos collègues à l’échelle internationale le savent bien, et nous ne nous gênons pas pour raconter notre histoire. » Les membres qui ont déjà signé la charte incluent : Administration de l’aéroport international d’Halifax; Greater Halifax Partnership; EduNova; International Language Institute; High Liner Foods Incorporated; Scotia Slate; Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association; Credit Union Central; Atlantic Superstore; Heritage Gas; Alexander Keith’s; et RCR Hospitality Group.last_img read more

IndiGo to start daily flights on KolkataHanoi route from Oct 3

first_imgNew Delhi: IndiGo will start daily non-stop flights connecting Kolkata and Hanoi from October 3, making Vietnam’s capital the 19th international destination for the airline. Vietnam would be fifth Southeast Asian country in IndiGo’s network after Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar. In a release on Tuesday, the no-frills airline said it would introduce daily non-stop flights connecting Kolkata and Hanoi from October 3. “Hanoi will be IndiGo’s 19th International and 75th overall destination,” it said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOne way fares are starting from Rs 9,999. IndiGo’s Chief Commercial Officer William Boulter said the airline would continue to expand its network to meet the requirements of both business and leisure travellers across domestic and international destinations. “We foresee a rising demand for Hanoi, which is famous for its historic architecture and a rich cultural blend of Southeast Asian and French influence. “Additionally, we are also expecting a high demand for the Buddhist circuit as Vietnam has a large Buddhist community,” he added. IndiGo operates around 1,400 flights daily.last_img read more

James guilty plea one more step closer to closure says Theo Fleury

first_imgAPTN National NewsFormer junior hockey coach Graham James has a date to appear in court.He is scheduled for a sentencing hearing on Feb. 22. The Crown will be asking for jail time.James pleaded guilty two counts of repeated sexual assault spanning from 1983 to 1994.James was previously convicted for sexual assaults on three former players, including Sheldon Kennedy, back in 1997.He served three-and-a-half years.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson was in court to hear the details.last_img

Self first country last for Modi Shah Chandrababu Naidu

first_imgAmaravati: TDP president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu Friday latched onto veteran BJP leader L K Advani’s blog to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying it was “self first and country last” for him. “Advani’s remarks in the blog reflected his anguish. For him, country came first, party second and self last. It’s reverse in the case of Modi. For Modi and (Amit) Shah, it is self first and country last. The ideals of Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpayee no longer have value in the BJP,” Naidu, an erstwhile ally of the BJP, said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In his blog, Advani has said his party has never regarded those who disagreed with it politically as “anti-nationals” or “enemies”. Advani’s comments assume significance as top BJP leaders, including Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, have been attacking opposition parties with anti-national barbs in the aftermath of the Balakot air strikes. Addressing a sit-in in front of Ambedkar’s statue in Vijayawada and condemning recent Income Tax Department raids on some Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Congress, Janata Dal (Secular) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, Naidu said such raids were being carried out in a planned manner. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday He claimed all liberties had vanished under Modi’s rule. “It’s a fascist regime. Unrest, insecurity and fear have gripped all sections,” the TDP chief said, adding that there was a need to protect democracy and the Constitution. Citing I-T raids on some TDP leaders in the last few days, Naidu warned department officials not to act according to the “diktat of the ruling party” in Delhi. “You will pay a heavy price if you continue with such acts,” he warned the officials, even as he maintained that the leaders would cooperate if they acted as per law. “These raids are a part of the BJP-YSRC-TRS conspiracy against the TDP. They are intended to demoralise our leaders,” he said. In a symbolic gesture, Naidu submitted a memorandum to Ambedkar’s statue, denouncing the I-T raids. As a mark of protest, he also released into the air black balloons with pictures of Modi, Telangana Rashtra Samithi president and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and YSR Congress (YSRC) chief Jagan Mohan Reddy attached.last_img read more

Facing Growing Transportation Demand King Mohammed Launches RabatSalé Tramway Extension Project

Rabat – King Mohammed VI launched the 7-kilometer Line 2 extension project of the Rabat-Salé tramway on Monday, intended to meet the growing demand for mobility and transportation in the two cities.The extension came as response to the success of the Rabat-Sale tramway, which was launched in May 2011. The Line 2 extension project will strengthen links between the two cities with other means of transportation, seeking to improve passengers’ trip conditions and to enhance the public transportation network with environment-friendly means.The project will come into operation by July 2019, projected to provide transportation services for nearly 400,000 inhabitants. The project forms part of the 2014-2018 Rabat Development Integrated Program entitled “Rabat: City of Light, Moroccan Culture Capital.” MAD 1.7 billion was allocated for the establishment of this project, which follows the King’s desire to turn the two cities of Rabat and Sale into urban mega-metropolises, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The Rabat tramway extension will stretch over more 2.4 kilometers. The section will include the construction of four tram stops as well as urban renewal of the Yaacoub El Mansour neighborhood. It will also include the creation of three green areas and community parks.Salé’s 4.6 km extension will also include several works: the building of eight tram stations, the construction of an 390-meter tram civil engineering work called “Bridge on Ain Houala Avenue” (7.5m in height, 11.8m in width), and an underground road.To meet the transport supply and demands, 22 new trams will be purchased. The project is funded by several bodies: the Support Fund for Urban Transportation Reforms (from Morocco’s Ministries of Economy and Interior) and loans by the French development agency and the European Investment Bank.Other extension projects for Lines 1 and 2 of the Rabat-Salé tramway are being studied. read more

Alaska peninsula hospitality businesses oppose bed tax plan

KENAI, Alaska — Members of the Alaska hospitality industry have spoken out against a proposed bed tax.The Peninsula Clarion reported Wednesday that hospitality property operators on the Kenai Peninsula spoke against the plan at a Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting Tuesday.Officials in the borough south of Anchorage say the 12% bed tax introduced at a May 7 assembly meeting would exempt temporary lodgings including motels, hotels and bed and breakfast businesses from the general sales tax rate.Officials say the tax was proposed to close budget shortfalls and would generate more than $1 million in additional revenue in fiscal year 2020 and more than $4 million in the next two fiscal years.Operators say the ordinance unfairly targets an industry already exempt from the general sales tax.___Information from: (Kenai, Alaska) Peninsula Clarion, http://www.peninsulaclarion.comThe Associated Press read more

East Timor approves key regulations on public transport broadcasting

Describing both regulations as “important for the future of an independent East Timor”, the Council will now recommend they be considered and approved by UNTAET chief Sergio Vieira de Mello.According to the media regulation, the Public Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) will be independent and include national television and radio stations to replace the networks currently run by UNTAET. The PBC aims to provide innovative, high-quality broadcasting that will include impartial and balanced newscasts, as well as cultural and educational programming.The regulation had important financial implications, the Council noted, adding that means for funding the PBC must still be found.The regulation on the framework for the Public Transport System, meanwhile, creates a set of rules for the functioning of public transport and the movement of goods and passengers.In other action today, the Council also reviewed and adopted a Land Acquisition and Resettlement Policy Framework in the context of grant agreements between the East Timor Transitional Government and the World Bank, and another document on the respective guidelines for its implementation.The major goal of this new policy is to guarantee that the affected displaced people maintain their livelihood, UNTAET said.The Council also approved the planning of meetings of its budget subcommittee, which will be responsible for making detailed considerations and recommendations on all proposed appropriations by the various ministries. read more

UNICEF helps Afghanistan get ready for new school year

As more than 4 million Afghan children prepare to return to school from next week after a particularly harsh winter, the United Nations Children’s (UNICEF) has been helping the Ministry of Education to provide basic classroom stationery and materials to schools nationwide. Although the difficult weather delayed distribution of some materials en route from Pakistan and classroom kits destined for northern provinces, tens of thousands of student kits have been prepared for more than 2 million children, containing materials such as exercise books, pens, pencils and other stationery.Full distribution to an estimated 4.3 million children is expected to be completed by mid-April.Underscoring Afghanistan’s major progress in managing its education sector, UNICEF noted that the ministry’s logistics centre – managed by the agency in 2002 – now has full responsibility for packing and distributing the kits. At present it is producing 5,000 student and teacher stationery kits per day.This year, students in Grades 1 and 4 will also benefit from new textbooks, developed in a partnership between the Government, UNICEF and Columbia University’s Teachers College. The new textbooks are more student-focused and relevant to the new Afghanistan, according to UNICEF, and mark a notable improvement in the quality of education delivery. While some 1.2 million girls have enrolled in Afghanistan’s primary schools since 2002, more than 1 million primary school age girls are still not attending classes. In addition to the support being provided for classroom materials and curriculum development, UNICEF and the Ministry of Education are focusing efforts on developing learning opportunities for girls in communities with no formal school, with the aim of providing education for an additional 500,000 girls in 2005. read more


The Broncos — And The Panthers — Have History On Their Side

2012NY GiantsDallasHomeWed-4.0 2005New EnglandOaklandHomeThu-7.5✓ 2015New EnglandPittsburghHomeThu-7.0✓ Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com YEARDEFENDING SB CHAMPIONOPPONENTLOCATIONDAYVEGAS LINEWIN? NFL season openers, 2002-15 2014SeattleGreen BayHomeThu-8.5✓ 2013BaltimoreDenverRoadThu+7.5 2011Green BayNew OrleansHomeThu-5.0✓ 2010New OrleansMinnesotaHomeThu-5.0✓ 2007IndianapolisNew OrleansHomeThu-5.5✓ In January 1970, the AFL Champion Kansas City Chiefs upset the NFL’s Vikings in Super Bowl IV, 23-7. That was the last game played prior to the AFL-NFL merger, and the newly unified league had Kansas City travel to Minnesota for Week 1 of the 1970 NFL season. The Vikings, like this year’s Broncos, were playing with a new starting quarterback; Joe Kapp was in a contract dispute, leaving Gary Cuozzo as the team’s starter. It didn’t matter; the Vikings defense dominated en route to a 27-10 victory, giving the team a small measure of revenge for the ugly loss eight months earlier.Broncos fans probably noticed that the defending champion won four of the last five Super Bowl rematches, and the lone outlier — the 1993 Cowboys — wound up winning the Super Bowl that year. If you’re a Panthers fan, you can point to that 13-0 Thursday night record among favorites.And if you’re an NFL fan, you can just be happy that football is — finally — back. 2004New EnglandIndianapolisHomeThu-3.0✓ In January 1979, the Steelers beat the Cowboys in Super Bowl XIII. The teams squared off in Pittsburgh the following October, and the Steelers again handled Dallas, winning 14-3 after knocking Roger Staubach out of the game early in the fourth quarter. Pittsburgh had Dallas’ number in the late 1970s: The Steelers won all four times that Staubach and Terry Bradshaw faced off, including twice in the Super Bowl. But that doesn’t mean the Broncos are a lock to win Thursday night. All 10 of those teams were favored, which also means the favorites are 10-0 in these games (and an even better 13-0 in all Thursday Night kickoff games;2This includes the Broncos/Ravens game, along with the Thursday night openers that did not feature the Super Bowl champions in ’02 and ’03. the only favorites to lose the kickoff game being the 2012 Giants, at home on a Wednesday night.) And on Thursday, Carolina is favored by 3 points — only the third time since 19783The first season for which Pro-Football-Reference.com has data on Las Vegas lines for each game. that a defending Super Bowl champ was at home but not favored4The Patriots were 2.5-point underdogs in 2002 against the Steelers and won, 30-14. And in 1983, Washington lost 31-30 to Dallas as 1.5-point underdogs on Monday Night Football. in Week 1 of the following season.5The defending champ was a road underdog to start the season in 1987, 1988, 1993, 2003 and 2013. So it’s a split that gives both fan bases some history to point to for optimism in the opener.As for Super Bowl rematches? The defending champion has gone 4-2 in those games, and has also been at home in four of six games. (That may be a good omen for the Broncos, who were on the other side of things just two years ago.) Here’s a rundown of those rematches:In February 2014, the Seahawks embarrassed the Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII. Seven months later, the rematch in Seattle turned out to be a much more exciting game. The Broncos had a mere 4 percent chance of winning the game when Denver gained possession, trailing 20-12, with 59 seconds remaining. But Peyton Manning completed three passes for 80 yards and a touchdown, then tacked on a two-point conversion to force overtime. He never saw the ball again, though: In overtime, the Seahawks won the coin toss and drove 80 yards for the game-winning touchdown. 2008NY GiantsWashingtonHomeThu-4.5✓ 2006PittsburghMiamiHomeThu-1.5✓ 2009PittsburghTennesseeHomeThu-6.5✓ The last professional football game that mattered was Super Bowl 50, when the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers, 24-10. And when those same two teams take the field Thursday night in Denver, it will be the first Super Bowl rematch ever to occur on the opening night of an NFL season.The NFL introduced the idea of a lone Thursday Night game to kick off the season in 2002, and two years later the league started making the game a home showcase for the defending Super Bowl champion. (It’s worked out in all but two years since. In 2013, a scheduling conflict with the Baltimore Orioles made the Ravens travel to Denver for the opening game, where they lost 49-27.1So the Broncos have already hosted a Thursday Night Kickoff game featuring the defending Super Bowl champions. And another conflict, this time with President Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, caused the Giants to host the Cowboys on a Wednesday night — and lose, 24-17 — in 2012.) In those Thursday night home games, the defending Super Bowl champion boasts a perfect 10-0 record. In Super Bowl XI, Oakland dominated Minnesota on both sides of the ball en route to a 32-14 victory. The teams met in Oakland for a rematch in December of the 1977 season, and again the Raiders outclassed the Vikings in every fashion, winning 35-13. On Jan. 31, 1993, the Cowboys obliterated the Bills 52-17 in Super Bowl XXVII. And 364 days later, Dallas beat Buffalo in the Super Bowl again, 30-13, the only time the same teams have ever met in consecutive Super Bowls. But in between those historic games, the teams also met in Dallas during Week 2 of the 1993 regular season. The Cowboys, missing Emmitt Smith because of a contract dispute, lost 13-10 on a late field goal. It was a result symbolic of that entire Bills era: In games started by Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly from 1990 to 1993, Buffalo went 14-0 in the regular season against the NFC, including a 4-0 mark against Dallas, New York and Washington. Against those same teams in the Super Bowl, of course, the Bills went 0-4. In Super Bowl XXXI, the Packers beat the Patriots, 35-21. The teams met again on a Monday night in New England during Week 9 of the 1997 season, although by then Pete Carroll had replaced Bill Parcells as New England’s head coach. Green Bay, behind great performances from Brett Favre and Dorsey Levens, easily beat the Patriots, 28-10. read more

Junior Minister Brian Hayes is running for Europe

first_imgTHE JUNIOR MINISTER at the Department of Finance has announced that he will hold a press conference tomorrow to outline his intentions on a European bid.Rumours have abound over Hayes’ intentions since last year, but he has remained largely non-committal on the issue.Fine Gael has tonight announced a press conference at Leinster House tomorrow and, despite the event invite saying that Hayes will outline his intentions, TheJournal.ie has learned that he will seek the candidacy of his party.It is also understood that Fine Gael top brass are supportive of the plan, which will see Hayes attempt to retain the seat held by Gay Mitchell.Hayes was first elected to the Dáil in the Dublin South-West constituency in 1997. He lost his seat in 2002, but was re-elected in 2007 and again in 2011.He was named the Minister for State at the Department of Finance as well as the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, with specific responsibility for the Office of Public Works in 2011.Read: Will Brian Hayes run for Europe? ‘I haven’t made my mind up yet,’ he saysRead: Hayes says ‘wait and see’ on Euro election run but Norah Casey insists: ‘I’m out’last_img read more

La pêche en Arctique sérieusement sousestimée

first_imgLa pêche en Arctique sérieusement sous-estiméeSelon une étude canadienne, les Nations Unies ont sérieusement sous-évalué les quantités de poissons pêchées dans les eaux arctiques ces 50 dernières années. Une négligence qui pourrait avoir de graves conséquences sur les écosystèmes locaux.Près de 950.000 tonnes de poissons ont été pêchées dans les eaux arctiques du Canada, de la Russie et des Etats-Unis entre 1950 et 2006. Une quantité 75 fois supérieure à la quantité évaluée par l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture, en charge d’évaluer l’activité de pêche. C’est ce que révèle une étude publiée dans la revue Polar Biology par des chercheurs de l’université de British Columbia au Canada.À lire aussiL’impressionnant repas d’un héron surpris en pleine naturePendant plusieurs années, ces scientifiques ont collecté des données de différentes sources sur les quantités pêchées au Nord de la Sibérie, dans les eaux de l’Alaska et dans l’Arctique canadien. Ils se sont alors aperçus que celles-ci n’avaient rien à voir avec les chiffres communiqués par les Nations Unies. Alors que les rapports mentionnent par exemple 12.700 tonnes de poissons pris dans les eaux russes, c’est en réalité près de 770.000 tonnes qui ont été pêchées ces 50 dernières années. Une quantité que n’aurait pas mentionné la Russie à l’organisation. “Notre travail révèle un manque de prudence des gouvernements canadien, russe et américain dans leurs tentatives de compréhension des besoins alimentaires et des pêcheries des différentes communautés”, explique Daniel Pauly, membre de l’équipe de recherche.Désormais, ce sont les conséquences d’une telle sous-évaluation qui inquiètent les scientifiques. “Ces rapports erronés nous ont conforté dans l’idée que l’Arctique restait une zone immaculée en ce qui concerne la pêche”, explique Dirk Zeller qui a conduit l’étude canadienne. Alors que les efforts de préservation se concentraient plutôt sur la protection des phoques et des ours polaires, c’est en fait tout l’écosystème qui serait menacé. D’autant plus que la situation pourrait même s’aggraver ces prochaines années, en raison des changements climatiques et de la fonte des glaces, qui facilite de plus en plus le passage des navires de pêche.Le 7 février 2011 à 14:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les grands dauphins sifflent pour se présenter

first_imgLes grands dauphins sifflent pour se présenterSelon une étude publiée aujourd’hui par la revue scientifique Proceedings of the Royal Society, les grands dauphins se présentent en sifflant. Chacun d’entre eux serait ainsi capable d’émettre un sifflement différent permettant de l’identifier.Des chercheurs de l’université écossaise de Saint-Andrews ont enregistré au large de la côte nord-est de l’Ecosse des grands dauphins, également surnommés dauphins siffleurs. L’analyse des enregistrements réalisés à l’aide de plusieurs hydrophones montrent que les dauphins émettent des espèces de signatures sifflées. En effet, quand ils rencontrent d’autres groupes en mer chaque dauphin est capable de fournir des éléments d’identification lorsqu’il siffle. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Bien qu’en apparence identiques, ces sons comportent en réalité des variations propres à chaque individu. D’ailleurs, le grand dauphin est l’une des rares espèces (avec des oiseaux, les baleines, les phoques et les chauves-souris) à pouvoir inventer ou copier des sons. Ainsi, au cours de l’étude, un seul type de sifflement a été relevé de la part de chaque groupe se rencontrant, dans la quasi-totalité des cas.D’après les spécialistes, l’explication pourrait être qu’un seul animal par groupe (une sorte de chef de bande) émet le signal d’identification. Mais celui-ci serait d’une importance cruciale. Ces sifflements sont tellement importants lors de la rencontre entre deux groupes que seules 10% des rencontres entre grands dauphins ont lieu sans ces échanges sifflés, relèvent les chercheurs.Le 4 mars 2012 à 19:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Coin toss decides victor in precinct officer race

first_img The simple flip of a quarter on Monday afternoon decided the outcome of a Republican precinct committee officer race for a voter precinct in Camas.Republicans Randy Killen and Matthew Larvick each received 75 votes in the Aug. 7 precinct committee officer election, prompting a recount Monday at the Clark County elections office.Larvick and Killen were not present for the recount or the coin toss, which combined took about a half-hour. Following the recount, elections supervisor Tim Likness put four slips of paper in a box, and county Auditor Greg Kimsey drew a slip that indicated Larvick would win if the coin landed tails side up.Kimsey then flipped the quarter, caught it, slapped it on his wrist and announced it had indeed landed tails.Larvick was unaware he had won the coin toss when contacted by a reporter shortly after the event. He seemed pleased, and he complimented the integrity of the elections department.“I think it was a very fair process,” said Larvick, the incumbent in the race. He has served as Republican committee officer of that precinct for the past two election cycles, and this was the first time he ran opposed. Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey flips a quarter Monday to determine that Matthew Larvick will remain Republican committee officer in Precinct 965. The coin toss, which came up tails, followed a recount by Clark County Elections Department officials that confirmed Larvick was tied with Republican candidate Randy Killen.last_img read more