Rhodes loving the challenge of trying to stop Smith

first_imgMOST READ Rhodes shared that he’s fine with the dip in his points knowing the capability of his battle-tested supporting cast.“I let my locals do the scoring. I think my gameplan was more of let my locals score and get them involved instead of me. I need to get involved on defense, and It feels great. When you don’t have to score, it feels great and all you have to do is defend. It feels great especially for me. I’m very happy with how I played because I think I did a great job at that,” he said.With the Beermen seemingly finding a solution after two games, Rhodes is upbeat that the momentum is with his team side as they gear up for Game 3 on Sunday.“That’s our gameplan, to come here and play San Miguel basketball,” he said. “Last game, we didn’t do that and we let them take us out of rhythm and our style of play. We just got to continue this every game.”ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage “That was the gameplan, for me to just try and make him do things he was uncomfortable with. We succeeded with that,” he said.Rhodes shared that the Beermen truly welcomed the challenge of stopping the gigantic Smith after that dominant 21-point, 9-rebound showing in Game 1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s fun actually because you know, it’s a challenge. Because he was so big and strong, it was actually fun for me,” he said.Though the mercurial reinforcement’s offense took the hit, mustering only seven points in the game, his job on the defensive end was exceptional as he hauled down 11 rebounds and four blocks. View commentscenter_img Racela says loss of focus, composure in Game 2 defeat to SMB LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFrustrated in Game 1, Charles Rhodes is now speaking on a different tone as San Miguel found a temporary solution to the problem that was Joshua Smith.The Beermen ganged up on the TNT reinforcement whenever the behemoth got the ball in the post, and they were successful in making the burly import uncomfortable, limiting him to just 11 points, six boards, and five dimes in the 102-88 Game 2 San Miguel victory.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more

Playboy model Candice is Aishwarya fan

first_imgI am a big fan of Aishwarya Rai, says Playboy model Candice Boucher, who is set to make her Bollywood debut with Aazaan and describes it as an opportunity of a lifetime.”I did know about Bollywood before doing this film because while growing up in South Africa, we did have a few Indian movies showcased on the TV. I was aware a little bit about the industry that it’s very colourful and has a lot of music and dance,” Candice told IANS in an interview.”I don’t remember the names of the film right now, but as far as the actors are concerned, I am a big fan of Aishwarya Rai. She is gorgeous and a great actress too. The fact that she has made a mark not only in Bollywood but also Hollywood, speaks a lot about her. She is beautiful,” added the model who visited India six times earlier and loves the family bond people share here.The 27-year-old, who also modelled for magazines like FHM, GQ, Cosmopolitan, Sports Illustrated and Elle, is excited about director Prashant Chadha’s “Aazaan”. Entrepreneur-turned-actor Sachin Joshi plays the male lead in the film, while Candice is roped in as a sand artist and as Sachin’s love interest in Aazaan, slated for an Oct 14 release.The model says being a part of a Hindi film was nerve-wracking for her. “Prashant got this project to me. He gave me a call when I was in New York last year and told me that he has a part that is perfect for me. I was little nervous because it was a Hindi movie. I don’t speak the language and my dancing is also not really up to the mark. “But Prashant kind of scripted the role around me and my personality and then he changed all my dialogues to English. It was a fun experience, but equally nerve-wracking,” said Candice.Will she stay and make a career in Bollywood? “Prashant just gave me an opportunity of a lifetime and I couldn’t say no to it. It was a learning experience. If I think about going in the Bollywood direction, I have to see my Hindi definitely.advertisementIt has to be a lot better and also the dancing. So at the moment I’m happy that I got this opportunity and I’ll keep on trying to learn Hindi. But Bollywood isn’t something I’ll only concentrate on.”However, if something great comes up, I’m open to the idea,” said Candice who has done an item song in the film, which was choreographed by Ashley Lobo.last_img read more

Real Madrid Βeats PSG 2-1 to Ρeach Cl Quarters

first_imgPARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain’s dream of joining Europe’s elite with a Champions League trophy will have to wait another season, as Real Madrid delivered a brutal reality check by cruising through to the quarterfinals with a 2-1 win on Tuesday night.Cristiano Ronaldo’s powerful header — his 12th goal of the competition — and a deflected effort from midfielder Casemiro either side of a close-range finish from PSG’s Edinson Cavani sent Madrid through 5-2 on aggregate.Peaking at the right time, Madrid can be confident of challenging for a third straight title and 13th overall.PSG still has not reached the semifinals since its lone appearance in 1995. PSG’s ambitious club motto of “Dream Bigger” should perhaps now be revised. On this evidence, and last season’s humiliation at the hands of Barcelona, PSG remains a club more hopeful than convincing. Despite huge investment from cash-rich Qatari owners QSI since 2011, PSG has not been past the quarterfinals in that time.“We needed our heads and our hearts today. But we didn’t have both, we didn’t play as well as Real Madrid,” dejected PSG coach Unai Emery said. “Madrid deserved to go through. I think they controlled 60 percent of the game and we didn’t do enough with the 40 percent we had. Losing to Real Madrid itself isn’t a disappointment, but being knocked out in the last 16 is.”Trailing 3-1 from the first leg, PSG’s fragile defense crumbled and its attack offered little threat without the injured Neymar. The biggest bang from this PSG side was from the fireworks constantly let off by a section of fans behind one goal.Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates as he walks off the pitch after winning the Champions League round of sixteen second leg soccer match between Paris St. Germain and Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, March 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)Cavani’s goal gave PSG some hope with 20 minutes left. But with midfielder Marco Verratti already sent off, scoring two more to force extra time was beyond a lackluster PSG side.Instead, midfielder Casemiro’s deflected shot looped past stranded goalkeeper Alphonse Areola in the 80th. He was gifted the ball after midfielder Adrien Rabiot dealt poorly with Lucas Vazquez’s cross.To compound a miserable night for PSG fans, who so badly want to believe this side can conquer Europe, Verratti showed terrible composure to in getting sent off midway through the second half. He got a second yellow card, having protested vehemently with referee Felix Brych after not getting a free kick.“Our fans got behind us, I apologize to them,” Rabiot said. “We tried but we couldn’t do it.”Ronaldo had already done his usual damage.The Champions League’s all-time leading scorer was given far too much space and leapt triumphantly to beat Areola with a downward header in the 51st minute. He had netted twice in the first leg.Ronaldo is hitting top form at a crucial time and has scored in nine Champions League games in a row, matching Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record.This was a huge test for a PSG side desperate to prove it belongs among Europe’s elite, especially after spectacularly failing last year — becoming the first team eliminated after winning the first leg 4-0. Barcelona won the return 6-1.“Maybe tonight they weren’t so good, but it’s also because we played very well,” Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “Obviously it became harder for them when we scored the second goal.”In the night’s other match, five-time champion Liverpool eased into the last eight, drawing 0-0 at home to two-time winner Porto after winning the away leg 5-0.Real Madrid’s players wave to their fans after the round of 16, 2nd leg Champions League soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris, Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Real Madrid won 2-1. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)The atmosphere was electric at Parc des Princes in Paris, with thick smoke engulfing the stadium a pre-match pyrotechnics were set off. PSG’s exuberant fans were asked to “stop letting off flares” over the stadium loud speaker just after the interval.This was all part of a concerted effort to motivate the players. The club’s communications department had released a video, urging fans to rally behind the team seemingly as a matter of urgency for the city itself. Neymar also posted a video on Twitter, with the words “Vous allez le Faire” (You will do it).Banners around the ground encouraged the team and some fans had already taken matters into their own hands. Late into the night before the game, a small group of PSG Ultras let off bangers, chanted “Paris” and banged a drum outside the Real Madrid team hotel.But all this bluster seemed more like bluff.After a fairly even first half, Ronaldo headed wide early in the second half — a warning sign.Moments later he headed home Vazquez’s pinpoint cross from the left after a quick break down the left from the impressive Marco Asensio, astutely selected ahead of Gareth Bale by Zidane.“Tactically we played the right way, we believe in what we’re doing,” Zidane said. “We closed them down high up the pitch.”Madrid could have had further goals breaking forward on counterattacks, with Asensio and Ronaldo hitting the post.—By JEROME PUGMIRE , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

India Super League: FC Goa hammer Mumbai City FC 5-0 to go top of the table

first_imgFC Goa defeated Mumbai City FC 5-0 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Wednesday to climb to the top of the ISL 2018-19 table.Star striker Ferran Corominas converted an early penalty (6th minute) to hand the hosts the lead before second-half strikes from Jackichand Singh (55th), Edu Bedia (61st) made it 3-0. A late brace from Miguel Palanca (84th, 90th) condemned Mumbai City to a heavy defeat.The game got off to an end-to-end start and Mumbai should have taken the lead when Arnold Issoko scuffed his effort from a corner. From the ensuing counter, Souvik Chakrabarti brought down Coro with a horrendous challenge which left the referee no option but to point to the spot. The former Espanyol striker pulled off a Panenka which bewildered Amrinder Singh and handed Goa the lead..@FCGoaOfficial dominated proceedings from the get-go in their first match on home soil this season, hammering five past visitors @MumbaiCityFC.More videos: https://t.co/8jtqJIjojH#ISLRecap #HeroISL #LetsFootball #GOAMUM #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/YNPE3y8wLrIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 24, 2018The visitors had several opportunities to score the equalizer as they won several free headers inside the Goa box but just could not test Nawaz. Goa threatened themselves but Amrinder came to Mumbai’s rescue on occasions.The floodgates opened in the second session when Seriton Fernandes’ cross into the box was turned into the net by Jackichand who got ahead of Souvik Chakrabarti to make it 2-0.”It’s just the beginning. We are doing well. I’m happy.”@FCGoaOfficial’s Chinglensana Singh spoke about his team’s performance after their match against @MumbaiCityFC!#HeroISL #LetsFootball #GOAMUM #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/fUDHBZCkrEadvertisementIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 24, 2018The Gaurs then added one more to the tally through Bedia’s stunning outside of the foot shot which sailed into the back of the net.Goa were in cruise control by this time. Miguel Palanca, who came on in the 82nd minute, hammered the final nails in Mumbai City’s coffin with a well-taken brace. First, Palanca took Manvir Singh’s cross in his stride and lifted a finish over substitute goalkeeper Ravi Kumar before sending a left-footed finish past the goalkeeper in the 90th minute after bringing Ahmed Jahouh’s cross from the right wing.”We have to follow our style and the results will come”Check out what @FCGoaOfficial’s goalscorer Miguel Fernandez had to say after their win against @MumbaiCityFC!#HeroISL #LetsFootball #GOAMUM #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/6YAT581nuHIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 24, 2018The victory would be proof for Sergio Lobera that his tiki taka ways were producing results. Goa have now scored 10 goals in their first three matches and will next face FC Pune City in the next home game on Sunday.The win sees Goa climb above Bengaluru FC and NorthEast United on goal difference at the top of the table while Mumbai drop to the seventh spot.last_img read more

DJ Tanner is a Mike Yurcich fan

first_imgScreen Shot 2013-08-26 at 7.47.53 AMJust an all-time photo here.DJ Tanner from Full House in a Shippensburg U sweatshirt.A few questions:1. Was there any worse fashion trend than girls wearing these baggy sweatshirts that we now make blankets out of? And concurrently, is there anything worse than a sweatshirt without a hood? You might as well give me a No. 1 at Chick-Fil-A without the chicken.2. DJ lived in San Francisco, yes? Why in the world was she rocking the sweatshirt of a tiny school 4,000 miles from her home?[1. According to the depths of the Internet her boyfriend Steve either attended or thought about attending Shippensburg. Also I found these.]3. Obviously Yurcich has to name a play after her now, right?Via Ryan SharpIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Krushelnitsky denies drugs charge after Winter Olympics test failure

first_imgWinter Olympics 2018 Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp “I’m very sorry that the historical victory of Russian curling has now become the subject of a doping scandal, which is doing immense harm to our sport and to all Russian sports in general. At the same time, I am ready to openly state that I have never, never during the time that I practice sport, used forbidden drugs and any other dishonest ways of competing.“I am absolutely against doping and I have always tried to follow all anti-doping rules as closely as possible. My positive test for meldonium in this regard was for me and for Nastia not just a shock. This is a huge blow both to our reputation and career.”The Olympic Athletes from Russia team said on Tuesday that “the circumstances of the case, do not provide any answers to the questions as to how and when meldonium could have gotten into the athlete’s body”.For meldonium, which increases blood flow, to be performance-enhancing it must be used on a regular basis and over a prolonged period of time, the OAR statement added. The OAR said Krushelnitsky provided a clear drug sample on 22 January.The statement added: “According to the unbiased results of laboratory analysis of Alexander Krushelnitsky’s samples detected concentration of the substance can be indicative of taking it once, which is not applied in medical practice and is absolutely useless and ineffective in the context of enhancing physical performance or sports results. No evidence of the systematic usage of meldonium is available in this particular case.“Therefore the Russian Olympic Committee has initiated a comprehensive investigation of the circumstances which also includes the criminal investigation under the RF [Russian Federation] criminal law to establish the facts of the case in detail.”Meldonium was found to be used by more than 100 Russian athletes in 2016. The former world No 1 Maria Sharapova served a 15-month ban for using the substance after it was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited list.The positive test will ignite further debate about the involvement of Russian athletes at the Games. The ROC is under suspension by the International Olympic Committee following the systemic doping at the Sochi 2014 Olympics. Read more Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter IOC responds after Russian athlete charged with doping offence – video Support The Guardian Topics Curling Share on Messenger The IOC in December determined that Russian athletes who proved they were clean would be allowed to compete as neutrals in the Games, in a team named the Olympic Athletes of Russia.The OAR are competing under the Olympic flag and the Olympic anthem is being played at medal ceremonies in which they feature.There are 168 athletes competing in the OAR team, who have so far won 11 medals, three silvers and eight bronzes – one of them won by Krushelnitsky and Bryzgalova in the first Olympic mixed doubles curling tournament. Russian curler banished from Winter Olympics after failed drug test Drugs in sport Play Video news Reuse this content Since you’re here… Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. 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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. Winter Olympics 0:50 The medal-winning Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky has denied using banned drugs after testing positive for meldonium at the Winter Olympics as Russia announced a criminal investigation had been opened into the circumstances.On Monday the court of arbitration for sport’s anti-doping division opened proceedings against Krushelnitsky, who won the mixed doubles bronze medal with his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova.Krushelnitsky said: “First of all, I want to apologise to my partners on the Olympic team, our delegation and all the fans for not being able to protect ourselves from the problems that we faced today.last_img read more

IPL 2019: Shane Watson in heated war of words with Ishant and Rabada

first_imgadvertisement scorecard commentary view more view less IPL 2019: Shane Watson in heated war of words with Ishant and RabadaIndian Premier League 2019: Shane Watson was seen riling up Delhi Capitals’ pacers Ishant Sharma and Kagiso Rabada during Chennai Super Kings’ win at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Monday.center_img Abreshmina S Quadri DelhiMarch 27, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 08:46 IST IPL 2019, DC vs CSK: Ishant Sharma and Shane Watson were involved in a heated exchange.HIGHLIGHTSShane Watson was seen having animated exchanges with Ishant Sharma and Kagiso RabadaWatson smacked 44 off 26 deliveries against Delhi Capitals at the Feroz Shah KotlaChennai Super Kings beat Delhi Capitals by six wickets to go top of the IPL 2019 tableShane Watson loves getting fired up and the same was at display once again during Chennai Super Kings’ Indian Premier League 2019 match against the Delhi Capitals at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on Tuesday. Watson was having a heated chat with two of DC’s pacers Ishant Sharma and Kagiso Rabada early in his innings.Watson smashed a brilliant 44 off 26 deliveries to set the base for CSK in their six-wicket win over the DC as the defending champions went on top of the table after two matches of IPL 2019.While Watson’s innings were a delightful watch, it did not come without some heat between him and the Capitals’ pacers. After Ishant picked up the wicket of Ambati Rayudu (5) in the third over, Ishant was seen pointing out at Watson extremely angrily and celebrating animatedly.DC vs CSK, IPL 2019: HIGHLIGHTS | REPORTEven after that Ishant and Watson had a little duel where Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer stepped in and pulled Ishant away. All this while, as Ishant was seen getting angry, Watson laughed at the Delhi pacer.Ishant was not the only one, however, who took up a little heat with Watson. Even Kagiso Rabada and Shane Watson had a bit of an exchange that even led to Rabada sarcastically clapping at Watson.In the 4th over of the innings, Rabada had bowled four straight cracking deliveries to shake up Watson. The Australian however smacked Rabada for a four and a six in the last two deliveries in reply.When Rabada came on to bowl next, Watson took a single off the first delivery and with Rabada standing in the centre, Watson also ran to the other end through the centre of the pitch.advertisementThat make Rabada point at Watson suggesting he ran straight at the bowler and he even clapped at Watson as the Chennai opener just indicated that he was simply running.In the end, Watson did a good enough job for Chennai and while the Delhi bowlers tried hard, the match was always in CSK’s court after Watson-Suresh Raina partnership and MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and Dwayne Bravo safely took CSK over the line.Also Read | Go Papa: Ziva Dhoni leads the cheer for MS Dhoni as CSK battle Delhi CapitalsAlso Read | Lost at Feroz Shah Kotla: Shane Watson hits a six and bye bye ballAlso Read | CSK well covered in all areas: MS Dhoni after Chennai crush Delhi at KotlaFor 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 Tags :Follow Shane WatsonFollow Ishant SharmaFollow Kagiso RabadaFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow DC vs CSKFollow IPL 2019 No data available! graphslast_img read more

Trump Proposes Massive Hike on Chinese Tariffs

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: The White House under public domain license The U.S. President, Donald Trump, is increasing the pressure on China to reach a trade agreement with his plan to increase existing tariffs and targeting billions of additional goods.The move has increased tensions in trade talks between the world’s two largest economies. Just last week, the U.S. President said the officials were making progress on the deal, only to now reveal that discussions with China continue, “but too slowly, as they attempt to renegotiate”.According to a social media update on May 5, Trump would increase the earlier set 10% tariffs on USD 200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25% as of Friday. This would reverse the decision to deep the tariffs at 10% made in February 2019 after the two sides made progress on the deal.Additionally, Trump would target a further USD 325 billion of Chinese goods “shortly” with 25% tariffs.After their meeting in Beijing last week, Chinese and U.S. officials are scheduled to meet again in Washington on May 8, Reuters said, adding that the new tariffs would depend on these talks.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Revolve NSLC Campaign Wins Gold at Canadian Marketing Awards

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation’s Lots of Ways social responsibility campaign, created by Revolve, was honoured with two prestigious Canadian Marketing Association Awards at the 37th annual CMA Awards Gala in Toronto recently. The bold and edgy campaign, featuring oddball transportation providers Wheelbarrow Willie, Donnie’s Donkey, and Burly Joe’s Piggyback Rides, won gold in the Traditional Retailing category and silver in the Integrated Multimedia under $1 Million category. A detailed news release on the awards can be found by following the News Releases link on the NSLC website at www.thenslc.com . -30-last_img


first_imgAdvertisement The Sheepdogs arrive on the red carpet at the 2019 Juno Awards in London, Ont. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn) Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With:center_img The Saskatoon band also performed at the festival in 2016. The Sheepdogs have been added to this year’s Riverfest Elora after the opening night headliner had to cancel due to a leg injury.Organizers said that after receiving news this week that Toronto singer Jessie Reyez was unable to perform, they called in a “huge favour.”“It’s hard to find the right headliner for a festival under normal circumstances, let alone to find one with just over two weeks to go,” artistic director Spencer Shewen said.“Our good friends, The Sheepdogs, are willing to help us out and jump in at the last minute.” Facebook Advertisementlast_img

Morocco Best Destination For Spaniards to Spend Christmas Holiday

Rabat – Morocco is the best travel destination for Spaniards who preferred “warmth and the beach” for the coming Christmas and New Year holidays, according to a report released Monday by the online travel agency “Rumbo”.As the holidays get closer, many Spaniards “have planned Christmas holidays well in advance” the study said.While others are likely to reserve their flights at the last moment, “it is clear that Spaniards are among those who prefer the heat of the sun and the beach rather than snow and sub-zero temperatures in this time of year,” the report added. The report compared the reservations made between December 22 and 31, 2017 with the same period last year.According to this report, the reservations made to warm destinations have increased by 20% this year.More than 30% of Spanish holiday bookings have chosen Morocco as their destination, followed by Thailand with 20%, Mexico at 14%, and Indonesia at 9%.The same source revealed that the majority of Spaniards that travel abroad this time of the year are young couples or those without children, representing 40% of Spanish tourists. New York is the most popular destination for families with children.While some renowned world destinations may be freezing and busy this time of the year, most world tourists are opting for Morocco as an amazing destination thanks to its varied climate and its vigilance in countering terrorist threats.In a recent ranking made by Fodor’s Travel Guide in November, Marrakech ranked on the top of its “Travel Go List for 2018.”Thanks to its romantic charm, reflecting both authenticity and modernity, Marrakech made it to the top of the list ahead of 51 other renowned tourist destinations all over the world. read more

SecretaryGeneral saddened by deaths of peacekeepers in Sinai

7 May 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was ‘saddened’ to learn of the deaths of nine members of the independent peacekeeping force in the Sinai, a United Nations spokesperson said today. Eight French and one Canadian members of the Multinational Force and Observers, deployed as part of the 1978 Camp David peace accords between Egypt and Israel, died in an airplane crash yesterday in the desert peninsula.Mr. Ban expressed his sincere condolences to the bereaved families and to the governments of the victims of the accident, spokesperson Michele Montas said.

Recent Libya fighting unprecedented in gravity warns outgoing UN envoy

In his final address as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Tarek Mitri said that the Libyan people bear the brunt of the conflict. The number of people displaced is estimated to be over 100,000, with at least another 150,000 seeking refuge abroad. “There is a general deterioration of living conditions [in Libya]. Food, fuel, water and electricity are in short supply. The departure of foreign medical staff and shortages in medical supplies has rendered the plight of civilians more critical,” said Mr. Mitri. The use by all sides of heavy weapons in densely populated areas has spread terror and contributed to a rising toll of innocent lives lost, including children. In addition, Mr. Mitri said there has been a rise in kidnappings, burning houses, looting and other acts of revenge. While UNSMIL had evacuated its international staff due to the escalating conflict, it remains engaged. On 7 August, a delegation travelled to Tripoli to meet with a range of political and military actors to explore options for an unconditional ceasefire. Despite many efforts made at the inaugural session of the newly elected House of Representatives in Tobruk, parties failed to arrive at an agreement over procedural and related issues to ensure full participation of all elected members. A number of representatives decided to boycott the sessions. Mr. Mitri reaffirmed that every effort must be made to enable parliamentarians, who boycott the House of Representatives, to join their colleagues. “We need to remind Libyan political leaders and brigade commanders that dialogue remains the only alternative to a prolonged armed confrontation,” Mr. Mitri emphasized, reiterating that “no military solution is possible” and that the present impasse will only deepen by the use of force.The Mission, he said, must contribute in more effectively protecting the civilian population and institution building. He also urged the Libyan General Prosecutor to initiate impartial investigations into crimes committed during recent fighting in Tripoli. The threat of derailing the democratic transition initiated by the revolution is mounting, the envoy warned. Libya’s progress is conditional on upholding the principles of pluralism, inclusivity, separation of powers and adherence to agreed democratic values. Many Libyans, however, remain “sceptical of the political process in their country and frustrated with their political elites,” he said. Low participation in two recent elections is an indication of the “erosion of credibility.” “The threat from the spread of terrorist groups has become real. Their presence and activity in a number of Libyan cities are known to all,” he said. Succeeding Mr. Mitri will be Bernardino León of Spain who will assume the role of Special Representative and head of UNSMIL on 1 September.Also today, the Security Council adopted a resolution calling on all parties in Libya to agree to an immediate ceasefire and an end to fighting. The 15-member body also condemned the use of violence against civilians and called on those responsible to be held accountable. The text also modifies the Libya sanctions regime and strengthens the exemption procedure with respect to the arms embargo currently in place. read more

WATCH Grounded cargo ship stays put in Louth

first_img Arklow Raider Source: mobrien142Attempts at re-floating the The Arklow Ruler were unsuccessful yesterday.The Irish Coastguard said no pollution has been sighted as a result of the ship and that the ship is no danger.Watch this video of the ship in its new setting: Source: mythicalireland/YouTubeRead: High tide hasn’t freed cargo ship run aground in Louth> Source: mythicalirelandTHE SECOND SHIP to run aground in a week remains stuck in Drogheda. The ‘Arklow Ruler’ is an 80 metre long ship with a non hazardous cargo and eight people on board.The Arklow Raider, a sister ship of the Arklow Ruler. The Arklow Raider ran aground in October 2012.last_img

Greek politicians get on board for Sept election

first_imgThe date’s been set. Australians will be going to the polls on September 14. It’s become the earliest announcement of the election date in history, prompting speculation that voters will be bombarded with campaign messages much earlier than expected. Prime Minister Julia Gillard has pushed aside the issue of timing and said the announcement was to help put things in perspective.“The benefit of fixing the date now is not just the end of speculation about election timing. It gives shape and order to year,” she said.She denied that the announcement will prematurely start campaigns, telling politicians they should not neglect their governing jobs.“It should be clear to all which are the days of governing, and which are the days of campaigning,” she said.For Greek Australian politicians, the election date announcement has come at a good time.Most expected the election to be called in September and have welcomed the transparency.“I think it is a good for democracy,” Independent Senator Nick Xenaphon said. “We all know now when we’ll be put out of our misery.”MP Steve Georganas believes that in an election year, the campaign will always start early. “When you’re leading into an election year, the campaigning starts anyway,” he told Neos Kosmos.“In my case my campaigning started the day after the last election,” he says.For many politicians, it’s too early to start campaigning, with many of them going on with their work as normal. MP Maria Vamvakinou says the election doesn’t serve as a distraction for her work in representing her electorate. “It’s still early days although I don’t expect major distractions. I will continue to work in the same manner I intended before the election date was called,” she told Neos Kosmos.Political apathyFor many voters, the thought of another election campaign is daunting. After petty bickering, multiple scandals and politicians that wont say anything without a PR team behind them, many have lost faith and interest in their leaders. Political apathy is at its highest it’s ever been and both parties will need to find new ways of campaigning, rather than resting on tired tactics.Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella says the election is a time to give people a chance to chose a new political platform and move away from the bickering.“The unusually dysfunctional nature of a minority government and the scandals, it really has dragged down the respect of politics and the tolerance of politics,” she told Neos Kosmos.“They want to know that those in government have got the national interest, not their own interest at heart”.Opposition leader Tony Abbott has labeled this election as one of “trust”. His new tagline for the Liberal campaign has changed slightly to “hope, reward, opportunity”, calling for a positive future for Australia by channeling the catchphrases of the popular Howard era.”Who do you trust to reduce cost of living pressures?” Mr Abbott asked in response to the election announcement. ”Who do you trust to boost small business and to boost job security? And who do you trust to secure our borders?”Bookies have already started to take punts and it seems the odds are in the coalition’s favour. Just as Julia Gillard announced the date, Labor’s odds drifted from $3.75 to $4.15, while the Liberal’s odds shot up to $1.22, from $1.26.No safe seatThe national political fatigue many voters are feeling means no seat can be considered safe.A poll released this week by the Financial Review indicates Mr Georganas’ seat in the South Australian electorate of Hindmarsh might be in trouble with the swing every increasing. Mr Georganas has brushed off the speculation as nothing new.“Polls come and go,” he says.“All I can say is Hindmarsh has always been a battle ground, I’ve fought some very tight elections, it’s no different this time. You just can’t take anything for granted; you have to work your but off.”The last sitting in Parliament is in June. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sony lance son service de musique en ligne en France

first_imgSony lance son service de musique en ligne en FranceSony a ouvert les portes de Qriocity dans l’Hexagone. Le service de musique en ligne a pour objectif de concurrencer Deezer et Spotify, les deux géants du secteur. Depuis le week-end dernier, Qriocity est accessible depuis la France. Le service de musique en ligne de Sony propose un catalogue de six millions de titres parmi les principaux labels de l’industrie du disque. Deux formules d’abonnement sont disponibles à 3,99 euros et 9,99 euros par mois permettant d’accéder à des chaînes musicales et à l’ensemble des titres de Sony sur Internet. Il est possible de synchroniser les morceaux à condition de s’abonner, de posséder iTunes et de bien vérifier que les fichiers sélectionnés ne soient pas protégés par DRM. Qriocity est accessible depuis un ordinateur ou bien la gamme de produits Sony connectés à Internet comme la Playstation 3, lecteur Blu-ray et bientôt par smartphone. Le 25 janvier 2011 à 13:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

More taxes coming for TCI restaurants

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 15, 2016 – A proposal to broaden the base of who is taxed for giving dining services in the country will mean more revenue and a more leveled playing field believes the Finance Minister, Hon Washington Misick who presented the amendment to the 2014 ordinance.Minister Misick, yesterday during House of Assembly debate admitted there is push-back on the move to make more restaurants subject to the 12% tax.  Magnetic Media in checking the pulse of the marketplace found that while there is support for equity in who has to deliver on this tax to government, there is also the view that if there will be more paying the Hotel & Restaurant tax – which earned the second highest revenue for TCIG last fiscal year – then the tax could and should be lowered.Perhaps this suggestion holds merit, as Government recorded a surplus of $68.6 million last financial year and in that Ministry of Finance report, it said,  “Favorable results from the Hospitality sector, recording $58. 2 million at year end for Hotel & Restaurant Tax.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Search called off for 3 missing in Colorado slide

first_imgCOLLBRAN, Colo. — Authorities on Tuesday called off the search for three ranchers who disappeared after a huge mudslide in a remote part of western Colorado.Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey said the slide remained too unstable to continue looking for the men.The three men were checking on problems with an irrigation ditch caused by an initial slide Sunday when a second, much larger slide hit. Authorities say the slide is a half-mile long and about 3 miles long.Hilkey said another slide is still possible.“We’re not able to do what we would like to do,” the sheriff said. “What we would like to do is have every inch of this covered with people if we could. But we don’t want to create any more of a tragedy than we already have.”The three men — a county road worker, his son and another man — were all from the close-knit town of Collbran. They volunteered to investigate when a rancher noticed his irrigation ditch stopped running.The smaller mudslide was found to be to blame for the water cutoff.When the men went to check on the damage, a huge chunk of the ridge sheared off, likely overwhelming them.Hilkey has said the slide was most likely triggered by runoff from Grand Mesa following two days of strong rain.No structures or roads were affected in the remote area, about an hour east of Grand Junction. A drone was used to try to detect heat sources from the missing near the edge of Grand Mesa, one of the world’s highest flat topped mountains.last_img read more