FEU pushes shorthanded UST to brink of elimination

first_imgThe Tamaraws also shot 52 percent from the field and converted 11 of their 26 three-point attempts.“The team shot the ball well today, and more than that I like our unselfishness as they looked for each other,” said Racela in Filipino. “It’s a good win for us and it’s just unfortunate that UST played without its top two players.”Akomo, who’s down with the flu, averages a double-double for UST with 10.4 points and 13.4 rebounds with 2.5 blocks per outing while Sta. Ana, who injured his shoulder in practice, puts up 13.9 points and 4.4 assists per game.Ken Tuffin scored 14 points off the bench to lead FEU while Arvin Tolentino added 13 points.Wendell De Guzman led the Growling Tigers with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists while Jeepy Faundo also had his double-double of 17 points and 13 boards.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Swing and a miss: Yankees in another 0-2 playoff hole LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight FILE – FEU’s Arvin Tolentino shoots against two UST defenders during their game in the first round of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University showed no remorse in handing depleted University of Santo Tomas its ninth straight loss with a merciless 96-70 beating in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Tamarws improved to 5-4, stopping its two-game skid, to take a temporary hold of the fourth spot pending the result of the game between University of the Philippines and De La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  The Growling Tigers, who are one of the most successful collegiate basketball programs in the country with 18 UAAP titles, dropped to 0-8 and is now one loss away from getting eliminated from the Final Four race.FEU practically ended the match as early as the first half taking a 26-point lead, 53-27, against a UST side that played without forward Jordan Sta. Ana and center Steve Akomo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAxel Iñigo then capped off the Tamaraws’ 13-3 run at the start of the third quarter that gave FEU a 66-30 lead at the 7:45 mark.FEU head coach Olsen Racela praised his team’s eagerness to distribute the ball and look for the open man as the Tamaraws dished out 27 assists, more than double of UST’s 12.last_img read more

Eriksson: England Has Better Chance vs Brazil than Sweden

first_imgFormer England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson says the team would have a better chance of beating Brazil than Sweden in their World Cup quarterfinal on Saturday.Eriksson told The Mirror that England face another loss comparable to falling to Iceland at the 2016 European Championship. Iceland was short of big names but big on team, and Eriksson described Sweden as “world champions of team spirit.”“It would be easier for England to beat Brazil than to beat Sweden, in my opinion,” said the Swede, England’s first foreign-born coach.“Sweden will be more or less the same as Iceland in Euro 2016 – they don’t have the best footballers in the world, and none of our players would play in the first team of the biggest clubs in the world since Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) has left.“But, as a team, the way they work together, they are one of the best. You won’t find a better team – Sweden are world champions of team spirit.”Eriksson coached England at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, reaching the quarterfinals of both.Meanwhile, Ibrahimovic said the quarterfinal would be decided by “the team that best can handle their feelings will have an advantage.”Sweden’s all-time leading scorer told Sweden’s Expressen newspaper “it’s not just about how good you are,” adding England can be “tough and difficult to score against.”However, he believed Sweden can beat England “if they continue what they’ve done in the World Cup so far.”Ibrahimovic scored 62 goals in 116 internationals until retiring from Sweden duty after Euro 2016.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Football is heading for trouble over brain injuries caused by the ball

first_img Footballers could be at risk of dementia from blows to the head, study suggests Read more Football He is 79 now and the most famous players from his list of successes Old Trafford are still in thrall of their old coach. Yet it hasn’t been easy for anyone when they have called in to see him this year. “Eric still talks about them – Giggsy, Beckham, Scholesy, the Nevilles – but he doesn’t recognise them now,” Shirley explains. “He recognises me and his daughters, but not even the grandchildren. The players have all been to visit but it wasn’t the Eric they knew. Scholesy, in particular, found it really hard. They all did. It was upsetting for all of them.” Beckham had turned up with a carrot cake he had baked with his children and a bottle of whisky. Afterwards, he sat in his car and wept.By now, you have probably read about Harrison’s deteriorating health and the inevitable concerns that maybe he has suffered from what the coroner in Jeff Astle’s inquest described as “industrial disease”, namely dementia brought on by heading the ball.Nobody can be sure if there is a connection but, as Shirley acknowledges, it is something she and her family have to consider when there are so many stories of other former pros from bygone eras – in particular, players who were renowned for their heading ability – who have suffered the same way. Astle’s family have led the campaign for greater research, first featured in this column in March 2014, and maybe we are finally getting somewhere now the Football Association and the Professional Footballers’ Association are planning to commission a study to examine the risks and see what can be done.Yet it has been a bewilderingly slow process, to say the least, bearing in mind it was actually 2002 when the two organisations announced there would be a joint 10-year research programme and I wonder how Kevin Doyle feels about that now football has a story of a modern player who has been forced to retire, on medical advice, because heading the ball was causing persistent headaches. Doyle’s announcement follows what he describes as “numerous” concussions, including two this season, as a player who was always renowned for his aerial ability, scoring a high percentage of his goals that way at Reading, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Colorado Rapids. He is 34 and says his doctors have advised him to end a career that also features 64 caps for the Republic of Ireland to “avoid the possibility of these symptoms becoming more serious and permanent”. The risks are simply too great. Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest In happier times, there was a story Eric Harrison used to tell his players at Manchester United, as the coach who helped bring through the Class of ’92, about a piece of advice he once received from the centre-half he regarded as the hardest man he had ever seen on a football pitch.George Curtis will always be best remembered as John Sillett’s managerial partner on the day Coventry City won the 1987 FA Cup. Yet for Harrison’s generation in the 1950s and 1960s he was the kind of centre‑half who could trouble even the most granite-jawed opponent. Harrison played with him on their national service and was always fascinated how a man of 5ft 11in won so many headers against players who were well over 6ft. “No problem,” Curtis explained, “early in the game, when the first ball comes up the middle, I don’t head the ball. I head the back of the centre-forward’s head against the ball – and he doesn’t usually come back for more.”Harrison liked what he heard so much he adopted the same tactic, as you might expect for a man whose nickname during 10 years as a wing‑half at Halifax Town was “Chopper”. Harrison, by his own admission, saw every header as a personal challenge, no matter what was in the way.Yet it had its consequences. His wife, Shirley, told me a story recently about her first pregnancy and the arrival of their baby daughter, Kim. Harrison was in another part of the hospital that day, suffering one of his regular concussions, and missed the birth. That one wiped him out for three days. Share on Twitter Read more Sportblog Concussion in sportcenter_img Study finds heading a football has immediate effect on the brain Topics Share on Messenger comment Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Reuse this content Share via Email At least he has got out now, rather than subjecting himself to any more punishment, and hopefully that will mean no further problems, whereas there once would have been a time when a footballer in that position would have been encouraged to carry on regardless. Yet it always comes as a jolt when a professional sportsman is advised to quit on medical grounds and particularly in Doyle’s case when many of us, I imagine, might presume there is not a great deal to worry about from heading the ball in today’s game.It is an easy assumption to make and I must confess I was one of those who thought the dangers had largely been removed once football phased out those heavy, leather balls, often saturated in water, that have been blamed for the issues relating to previous generations. That, however, might be a common mistake because if you listen to some of the experts who have been studying these cases it is a complete red herring.The balls might be lighter these days but that just means they travel much faster. The game is getting quicker all the time and that means more crosses are being made and more headers are necessary. There might not be the same kind of physicality compared to the days, to quote Harrison, when “trying to break opponents in half” was part of your average Saturday afternoon. But the greater speed also means there is a higher risk of players taking accidental bangs to the head.Willie Stewart, the neuropathologist who examined Astle and likened what he found to the brain of an old boxer, calls it a “lazy characterisation” to think of it as merely a problem of the past. Many people still do, however, and maybe that explains why the authorities in England have chosen to look the other way for so long, never taking the trouble to confront the evidence properly.It is certainly worth recounting what happened after the FA promised the Astle family in 2002 that it would treat the issue as a high-level priority. Instead the family received two letters and did not hear from the governing body for 12 years until Greg Dyke, the then chairman, had the decency to apologise on behalf of a previous regime. The first letter was from the FA’s solicitors to advise against legal action. The next could easily be described as a sweetener – a tactic the FA used many years later with various sexual-abuse victims – by offering free tickets for the next England friendly, albeit with the rider that it would be difficult to squeeze them all in. Two seats was the limit.Thankfully, there are other countries where they have devoted time to these studies without leaving the impression they had to be pushed into seeking answers. One study in New York found that players in their 30s who headed the ball 885 to 1,550 times a year had significantly lower water movement in three areas of their brains and those who did so more than 1,800 times tended to do notably worse in memory tests. American sports have been much quicker to recognise the dangers of concussion and when it comes to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the brain disease caused by repeated blows, Boston University announced last week there had been a significant breakthrough diagnosing it in living humans rather than having to identify it posthumously, as was previously the case.The United States feels so far ahead in terms of its research, its response (heading has been outlawed for under‑10s since 2015) and its understanding that the people playing sport have a right to know the risks. It might not change the way they play, or what their coaches demand, but at least they would be in possession of the facts. Doyle moved to Major League Soccer in 2015. It doesn’t reflect well on English football that he might still be going up for headers every Saturday, come what may, if he had stayed put.Burden of proof on Ox to show worthWho did Gareth Southgate mean when he admitted being dissatisfied with his latest England squad and volunteered the information that “one or two players” did not warrant their places judging by their club performances so far this season?Southgate was too gentlemanly to say but nobody should be surprised if Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain featured prominently in the thoughts of the England manager after a run of form that has merely confirmed the view here that Arsenal did extraordinarily well to coax a transfer fee of £40m out of Liverpool.Oxlade-Chamberlain is a curious player because he certainly does not lack admirers. Arsène Wenger wanted to keep him at Arsenal and, as well as Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool, Antonio Conte had him on his wish-list for Chelsea. Roy Hodgson spoke highly of him during his time as England manager and Southgate keeps selecting him.At the same time, it is not always easy to understand the attraction and the difficult truth, looking back over his Arsenal years, is that it is trickier even still to recall a key fixture when Oxlade-Chamberlain has played the leading role. He has started only one game for Liverpool, a Carabao Cup tie, and if there are hidden layers it is time he found a way to bring them out. Oxlade-Chamberlain is 24 now and at that age no footballer should want to be talked about for mere potential.last_img read more

Tyson Fury announces June return to boxing after absence since late 2015

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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. Share on Pinterest Tyson Fury Share on Messenger Boxing Tyson Fury confirmed on Thursday he will return to the ring on 9 June at the Manchester Arena – against an opponent yet to be announced – and said he will be fighting not just for money and titles but for people such as him coping with “depression and mental problems”.The posters were already on display when, in every sense of the word, Fury entertained the media at the Four Seasons hotel in central London, and they told his simple message – “The Real Heavyweight champion of the world”.That is the ultimate goal in his journey of vindication since his last appearance in gloves, the night two years and five months ago when he ended Wladimir Klitschko’s 10-year reign as the world’s best big man since the days of Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson.Fury, 29, will have at least three or four fights, though, before he is ready to challenge either the man who subsequently stopped Klitschko, Anthony Joshua – or the other champion in the division, the American Deontay Wilder.The most encouraging aspect of his return was his demeanour: relatively relaxed, happy enough but with plenty of the familiar buzz that has made him such a compelling figure in the sport. He has a stone to go to reach his best fighting weight, he said, but would “box this weekend if Frank wanted me to”. Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on Twitter “I’m a lot lighter than I’ve been. Timing, reflexes, everything, better than ever, I kid you not. Everything is there, 29 years old, in the prime of my life. It should be relatively easy.“We’ve got two champions. Joshua, he’s a big old dosser, a belt‑carrier for me – by the time I’m ready it’s going to be a no-contest. The only way he’ll land anything on me is with a handful of rice. Wilder is dangerous until the last few seconds of a fight, only needs one punch, but he’s a bit weak around the old whiskers and he’s not the best boxer in the world.‘The fans have shown me a lot of love. Everybody loves a good comeback story. Before I was just a sportsman but through all the trials and tribulations, I’ve turned into a real person. This is a fight for depression, mental problems. I’ve been as low as any man can go, and as high as any man can go. I’ve been to the brink, I’ve overcome.“To be honest, I had no love for boxing. The fire was out, and out for a long time. It wasn’t until I went to Spain for a training camp, Working with Ben [Davison], I found it suited me. He’s been at my house for five months, seven days a week, eating right, sleeping right. I needed a young person with a passion to achieve his goals himself.“I’ve got to congratulate Joshua, he’s done very well. I gave up my belts, wasn’t stripped, to secure my own well-being. And I’m willingly to get it all back again. He’s an exciting fighter, can’t wait to get my title back. The past is in the past. Where I went yesterday is history.”Warren said: “He’s not going to be rushed. Any opponents, I’m going to pick. When he fights for the title, he’s going to be 100%. Anyone he fights will be 100%, and that’s the disadvantage he’s got, two years out.” Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Warren most certainly does not want that, but he supports the fighter in his own quest to challenge Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom – which promotes Joshua – as the leading promoter in Britain. “The [British] Boxing Board of Control has passed him medically fit to fight,” Warren said, revealing Fury is yet to be licensed as he is self-managed. “And we will announce the opponent in due course. We will also be announcing a broadcaster in due course. It’s a multi-fight deal.”It would be a major surprise if the long-term deal is not a continuation of the arrangement Warren’s BoxNation has with BT Sport.Fury said of his unusual rehab after being diagnosed with mental problems: “I had a good few nights out, having a good time after boxing since I was six years old.”He added: “It’s taken a long time to make it happen. It’s been a long, complex drawn-out situation, but the important thing is I’m back to claim what is rightfully mine. It’s going to be one of the longest comebacks in history of a heavyweight champion. People out there are claiming to be the world’s best. Given the right time, these guys aren’t a match for my speed, agility and skill. They’re sluggers and wild punchers. Topicslast_img read more

Port Kembla Gas Project Readies for Execution Phase

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Hoegh LNG Since its launch in March 2018, Australia’s Port Kembla liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal project has entered the last stage of preparation for the Final Investment Decision.According to the Australian Industrial Energy (AIE), the project is now the most advanced of the proposed LNG import projects in Australia.The site within Port Kembla has been selected, Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) has been completed, the FSRU vessel has been secured, the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been submitted and reviewed.Additionally, a number of key commercial contracts, including LNG supply, port access, shortlisted EPC contractors, and customer offtake agreements, are nearing finalization. Based on AIE’s extensive Environmental Impact Statement, the company said it is hopeful of obtaining NSW Government development consent in the coming weeks.“The project sponsors are now establishing an organisational structure to carry the project into its construction and operations phase,” AIE said.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 Local Area Office: 902-670-1727 Fax: 902-538-8288 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Lawrencetown River Bridge Lawrencetown River Bridge on Highway 207 near Lawrencetown Beach will be closed for replacement until Thursday, May 31. A one-lane bridge with traffic lights was installed until construction is completed. KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7 metre height restriction and 15 tonne weight restriction until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge, on Route 348 near Pictou Landing, is open to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and is controlled by traffic signals. The bridge width restriction is 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-543-6342 RICHMOND COUNTY: Black River Bridge Black River Bridge in Dundee will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, July 31, for repairs. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. KINGS COUNTY: West Brooklyn Road West Brooklyn Road over Highway 101 will be closed until Monday, April 30, to replace the overpass. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Area: 902-542-6342center_img Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Brooklyn Road Brooklyn Road at the intersection of Highway 101 in Yarmouth County is closed to all traffic for construction of a new underpass until Friday, Aug. 31. The public is asked to take an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge The Old Baxters Mill Bridge near Baxters Harbour is open to one lane of traffic. Vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms are restricted from using the bridge. -30- KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge located on Tannery Road in Hantsport will be reduced to one lane for repairs and replacement of the bridge abutments until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 There will be periodic highway lane closings near the West Brooklyn underpass for road repairs until Monday, April 30. Traffic control consists of signs and traffic control persons. Traffic may be stopped for short periods. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.last_img read more

Independent Review of Rehtaeh Parsons Case Released

first_imgGovernment will take additional action to strengthen policies and procedures to help victims of sexual assault and cyberbullying. Minister of Justice Diana Whalen was presented with an independent review today, Oct. 8, of the actions of police and the Public Prosecution Service in response to the Rehtaeh Parsons case. “Today’s young people are dealing with very difficult issues and too many families have experienced things that no family should have to go through,” said Ms. Whalen. “This report outlines specific recommendations as a result of one family’s tragedy. “But these changes and the ones we’ve already made, will help us better support all families and individuals who need it.” Murray Segal, a former chief prosecutor and deputy attorney general of Ontario, was asked to look specifically at the Rehtaeh Parsons case and whether the systems, policies and procedures related to cyberbullying, child pornography and sexual assault were followed and adequate. He was also asked to look at whether the time it took to conduct the police investigation was appropriate, whether advice offered by the Crown was appropriate and followed the policies and guidelines of the Public Prosecution Service, whether those guidelines and policies are appropriate, and whether the roles of the Public Prosecution Service and police were understood and respected. Mr. Segal makes 17 recommendations for government, the police, and the Public Prosecution Service. These recommendations outline improvements to policies and procedures and actions relating to cyberbullying, sexual violence, investigations, prosecutions, and the roles and responsibilities of government, schools, police and the Public Prosecution Service. “I’m taking these recommendations very seriously and I know my partners in government, law enforcement and the Public Prosecution Service will too,” said Ms. Whalen. “I am committed to working with them to address these recommendations and the issues and concerns outlined in the report.” Significant changes to start addressing the issues of cyberbullying, sexual violence and consent have been made over the last several years. Government has introduced a new sexual violence strategy, created new legislation to protect Nova Scotians being cyberbullied and successfully lobbied the federal government to change the criminal code. To read the report, visit www.novascotia.ca/segalreport .last_img read more

Families Celebrate Literacy

first_imgThe importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family are being celebrated on Nova Scotia’s 20th anniversary of Family Literacy Day. Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin, on behalf of Premier Stephen McNeil, will join community partners and families who have benefitted from literacy programs at an event today, Jan. 25, at the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre in Halifax. The event will begin with a prayer and smudging ceremony, traditional dance and drumming group, and a reading of the children’s book, George Paul and The Honour Song. “Literacy strengthens our families, our communities and our economy,” said Mr. Rankin. “Today is about celebrating the importance of literacy for the whole family by encouraging families to find fun in learning and supporting them in their personal educational goals.” Over the past year, Nova Scotian families participated in 16 literacy programs supported by the province. The programs feature special theme workshops, information sessions and learning circles offered by community-based literacy organizations. “Family literacy programs support the natural learning styles of Indigenous people and provides long-term success for our families and communities,” said Pam Glode-Desrochers, executive director of the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre. “They provide the opportunity for our families to bond and supports the ongoing development of our Indigenous communities Find more information about family literacy at http://www.abclifeliteracy.ca/family-literacy . The 20th anniversary coincides with the United Nations declaration of 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages.last_img read more

Sri Lanka says bilateral relationship with Japan strengthened

The Economic Diplomacy Programme which is being operationalized in 10 Sri Lanka Missions abroad will bring tangible benefits to Sri Lanka in emerging markets through economic promotional activities. This was followed by a technical presentation by Hiroyuki Ota, Managing Director of Bansei Group, who explained their target markets in Sri Lanka. Bansei group in Japan has business interests in Sri Lanka including the financial, hotel and trading sectors. Mr. Prasanjith Wijethilake, Executive Director of the BOI made a presentation on the investment policies in Sri Lanka.Coinciding with the BOI delegation visit, the Embassy arranged for the signing of obtaining Honorary Membership of The Japan Institute for Overseas Investment (JOI). The JOI collects and analyzes a wide range of information beneficial foreign direct investment (FDI), aims to facilitate sound and smooth FDI from Japan and to contribute to the expansion of international economic cooperation with many countries around the world.The Embassy also arranged bilateral meetings with MUFG bank, with whom BOI had entered into an MOU to promote investments between the two countries. The BOI team also met with Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting, one of the largest accounting and professional service networks in Japan and discussed matters pertaining to FDI promotion. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka says its bilateral relationship with Japan has strengthened, particularly after high level political and business interactions that had taken place earlier in the year.A series of Investment Promotion events organized by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Japan concluded earlier this month. The events included a business forum in Osaka, Kansai, on 5th November supported by Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industries and around sixty (60) Kansai based companies attended the event. These promotional events held were co-organized by the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) and the Sri Lanka Embassy in Tokyo under the Economic Diplomacy Programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  The Board of Investment team additionally conducted business seminars in Nagoya and Tokyo and held a number of follow-up bilateral discussions in Tokyo with the Japanese counterparts.The event commenced with introductory remarks by Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Japan Prof. Dammika Ganganath Disanayake where he highlighted the strengthening bilateral relationship between Sri Lanka and Japan, particularly referring to the high level political and business interactions that had taken place earlier in the year. read more

Bombardier and Gulfstream fighting for worlds top business jet maker

Bombardier and Gulfstream fighting for world’s top business jet maker by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 1, 2013 3:51 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Bombardier and Gulfstream are in a dogfight that could decide which plane maker flies highest this year in terms of business jet sales.At the end of the third quarter, Gulfstream was ahead of Montreal-based Bombardier, which has been the global leader each year since 2005.Bombardier delivered 36 aircraft valued at US$1.38 billion in the quarter, compared with Gulfstream’s 38 planes valued at US$1.96 billion, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association says.After nine months, Bombardier trailed Gulfstream in terms of sales value (US$4.48 billion vs US$5.3 billion) although Bombardier was ahead in terms of units sold (120 planes vs. 103).The introduction of the Gulfstream 650 helped the U.S. manufacturer more than double both the number of planes it sold and the value of shipments recorded in the third quarter.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) said it expects a stronger fourth quarter after enduring some challenges in registering and delivering business jets due to the U.S. government shutdown.The company has forecast that it will deliver 245 planes, including 190 business jets this year. That means it has to deliver 90 aircraft, including 20 business jets in the fourth quarter.“We do believe that top spot is still within our reach,” spokeswoman Annie Cossette said in an interview.She said the company had anticipated variations in revenues and market share once Gulfstream began G650 deliveries. Deliveries of its Learjet 70/75 recently started to move and interest is growing for ultra-long-range planes.The Global 7000 is slated to enter into service in 2016 followed a year later by the Global 8000. Also, its new Learjet 85 is expected to have its first flight this year and enter into service by next summer.“Of course everybody wants to be No. 1… For us, the most important thing is to see our product portfolio being well-received and well-positioned in the market.”David Tyerman of Canaccord Genuity said he doesn’t care which company ultimately claims top billing in terms of annual sales.“An investor should really care about profit. Sales figures mean nothing if you don’t make any money on it and clearly Bombardier didn’t make enough profit in the third quarter,” he said.He expects many more aircraft deliveries in the fourth quarter that should boost full-year profits.“Although it won’t be a great year for aerospace and the business jet business, it will probably look a lot better than where it is right now.”Overall industry shipments of business jets were relatively flat in the quarter at 138 planes, but were down 2.1 per cent to 421 planes over nine months.Since the economic downturn, larger business jets such as Bombardier’s Global 5000/6000 and Challenger 300 have performed better than smaller aircraft such as Bombardier’s Learjets.On Thursday, Bombardier’s company’s stock fell by more than 10 per cent after it reported weaker-than-anticipated third-quarter results in its aerospace and railway divisions amid low aircraft deliveries and “execution” issues for new large rail contracts.Analysts said the magnitude of the stock selloff was “unwarranted” but Bombardier’s shares closed down another 3.38 per cent or 16 cents to C$4.58 in Friday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

Fullfledged UN peacekeeping mission in Somalia would be highrisk undertaking Security Council

“Progress would not have been possible without the continuing sacrifices of AMISOM troops and the Somali National Army. Their heroism deserves our collective tribute,” said Edmond Mulet, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, attributing the significant gains made against Al Shabaab to a surge of AMISOM military personnel and to the logistical support package for the Somali National Army.“However, in the face of these advances, A1 Shabaab continued to adapt, launching asymmetric attacks and blocking access to some of the newly recovered areas. It also expanded its presence in Puntland and became a more significant threat within the sub-region,” warned Mr. Mulet. Underlining the importance of the extension of State authority throughout the Somali territory, the Assistant Secretary-General said that the international community should engage in Somalia in accordance with the new federal map. The recommended strategy was designed to create an enabling environment for the political process to unfold in Mogadishu and the regions during the next critical 18 months, and would be guided by three interlocking objectives: enabling the political process at all levels; reinitiating offensive operations against Al-Shabaab strongholds as soon as possible; and enabling consolidation efforts.Those objectives, he said, required strong commitments from all partners, including the Somali Federal Government, the African Union, troop-contributing countries and the United Nations.While improving AMISOM’s efficiency and effectiveness, the surge in uniformed personnel should be maintained until the end of 2016, as recommended by the Secretary-General, he said, welcoming the African Union Peace and Security Council’s decision to reconfigure the Mission within the authorized ceiling. Ultimately, “the proposed security strategy would only succeed if Somali security institutions were supported and able to progressively assume greater responsibility for their own security,” Mr. Mulet said. To that end, it is important to devise an enhanced and more coherent architecture for international partners to deliver capacity-building support to the national army and the country’s defence sector. In that regard, he highlighted, the adoption of the “Guulwade” Plan for the development of the army on 23 April was a critical step forward.A gradual shift of efforts towards establishing and capacitating the Somali police force is equally critical, he said, noting that the development of effective and accountable forces, particularly in the regions, should be accelerated.Adding that the security of Puntland should not be forgotten, the Assistant Secretary-General recommended extending the non-lethal support package to 3,000 Puntland forces on an exceptional basis until the end of 2016, but only upon completion of their integration into the Army, as well as their formal inclusion in the “Guulwade” Plan. read more

UN Security Council strongly condemns deadly AlShabaab attack on Mogadishu hotel

The United Nations Security Council has “condemned in the strongest terms” a recent deadly attack by Al-Shabaab on a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu that killed several people, including a serving government minister.“Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” the Council members added in a statement today on the 25 June attack on the Nasa Hablod Hotel that resulted in a number of injuries and deaths, including that of Bur’i Mohamed Hamza, the country’s Minister for Environment Affairs and former Foreign Minister.In the statement, the Council members underlined “the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice.”In addition, the Council members expressed their deep condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims as well as to the people and Government of Somalia, and wished a speedy recovery to those injured, while also reiterating their determination to support the peace and reconciliation process in Somalia. read more

NASA releases first video taken of the far side of the moon

first_imgAs part of the ongoing effort to keep NASA relevant and in the news, the space agency has released the first video ever captured of the far side of the moon. Not to be confused with the dark side of the moon (although I did cue up my copy of the album while writing this), the region in question is the area of the moon that is permanently turned away from the Earth due to tidal forces creating what is known as “tidal-lock.” The above video is footage of the moon that has never been seen by terrestrial bound humans and creatures, existing pictures from previous missions not-withstanding. Captured by a camera aboard NASA’s Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) that is in orbit around the moon, the video shows a landscape that has undergone a large amount of celestial abuse. Because the moon doesn’t rotate on its axis, the far side receives no relief from meteors and other space debris travelling in its direction. The result is the cratered surface you see below. In fact, the second-largest impact crater in the solar system is located on the far side. Called the South Pole–Aitken basin, it’s a 1600-mile wide impact feature that highlights the kind of pummeling the far side of the moon is subject to.The purpose of the GRAIL project is to explore new areas of the moon as well as “understanding its interior and thermal history”. As part of the ongoing research, NASA has teamed with over 2,500 schools around the country in an effort to get kids excited about science again. Classes are allowed to make requests of GRAIL to take images and video of certain regions to allow in-depth study. This kind of interaction is smart on NASA’s part, giving students a sense of ownership in the project. In addition, scientists are hoping GRAIL will shed some light on how the Earth and other rock-based planets formed.Read more at NASA via Wiredlast_img read more

FYROM applauds ratification of Prespes Agreement

first_imgCongratulations my friend @tsipras_eu, together with our peoples we reached a historical victory. Long live the Prespa Agreement! For eternal peace and progress of the Balkans and in Europe! pic.twitter.com/f9aIpMa4Xz— Зоран Заев (@Zoran_Zaev) January 25, 2019Western countries are celebrating the agreement that will now pave the way for FYROM to join the EU and NATO.  The ratification of the Prespes Agreement by Greek Parliament was applauded by the newly-named Republic of North Macedonia. Just hours after the bill was passed, a statement was released by the government of the neighbouring country welcoming the decision.FYROM’s government stated that the “Republic of ‘Macedonia’ warmly welcomes the decision of Greek Parliament to ratify the historic Prespes Agreement, ending a three-decade conflict that hampers the develpoment in the region.”FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev congratulated Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras for his efforts in ensuring that the agreement came to pass on Friday afternoon. He uploaded a photo of himself and Mr Tsipras on his Twitter account, and wrote: “Congratulations my friend @tsipras_eu, together with our peoples we reached a historical victory. Long live the Prespa Agreement! For eternal peace and progress of the Balkans and in Europe!” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Calvitie précoce moins de risque de développer un cancer de la prostate

first_imgCalvitie précoce : moins de risque de développer un cancer de la prostate ?États-Unis – Les hommes souffrant de calvitie dès la trentaine auraient 29 à 45% de risques en moins de développer un cancer de la prostate.C’est le constat qu’ont établi les chercheurs de l’université de Washington lors d’une étude menée sur 2.000 hommes âgés de 40 à 47 ans. Publiée dans le journal Cancer Epidemiology, elle montre qu’un taux élevé de testostérone chez les jeunes hommes favoriserait la perte des cheveux mais protègerait également contre l’apparition du cancer de la prostate. Or, la testostérone était auparavant accusée d’accélérer le développement des tumeurs. C’est pourquoi on traitait les patients atteints du cancer avec des médicaments dont l’action consistait à diminuer le taux de testostérone dans le corps.Les experts ont estimé qu’étant donné la contradiction, il était préférable d’entreprendre de nouvelles recherches afin de confirmer ou d’infirmer cette hypothèse. Ces analyses complémentaires pourraient permettre de mieux comprendre l’action de la testostérone sur le développement du cancer de la prostate.Le 20 mars 2010 à 12:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Kevin Tsujihara in sex scandal Shocked Warner Bros shows him door

first_imgWarnerMedia CEO John Stankey stated that “It is in the best interest of WarnerMedia, Warner Bros., our employees, and our partners for Kevin to step down as Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros.”In addition to this, Stankey further stated that Kevin Tsujihara has contributed a lot to the studio in the last 25 years and for that, everyone is grateful. But at the same time, his mistakes are inconsistent with the company’s leadership and would impact the ability going forward.”Kevin has contributed greatly to the studio’s success over the past 25 years and for that we thank him. Kevin acknowledges that his mistakes are inconsistent with the Company’s leadership expectations and could impact the Company’s ability to execute going forward.”Even Kevin Tsujihara explained his decision for leaving in a memo that was issued to staff in which he stated that over the last week, he has reflected how his previous actions would affect the company and its future. After a lot of discussion with CEO John Stankey, they have decided that it would be in Warner Bros.’s best interest that he steps down as CEO and chairman. Charlotte Kirk moviesCharlotte Kirk (@charlottekirkofficial/Instagram)Amid the ongoing sexual misconduct allegations made by actress Charlotte Kirk, Warner Bros. has officially decided that its chairman and CEO, Kevin Tsujihara, should step down from his position.It was earlier reported that Kevin Tsujihara and Charlotte Kirk allegedly had an inappropriate relationship. As per the report by The Hollywood Reporter, back in 2013, Tsujihara and Kirk were introduced to each other by James Packer, an Australian billionaire, at Hotel Bel-Air.James Packer allegedly told Charlotte Kirk to come to the hotel as the night is going to change her life forever. Following which, an alleged sexual relationship was formed between Kirk and Tsujihara in which she reportedly believed she was promised favorable treatment in Hollywood.However, Charlotte Kirk was not happy after learning that she was not getting good roles and made it clear in text messages that she was going to hold these three men responsible for everything.As per The Hollywood Reporter, in March 2015, Charlotte Kirk texted Kevin Tsujihara the following message:”You’re very busy I know but when we were in that motel having sex u said u would help me and when u just ignore me like you’re doing now it makes me feel used. Are u going to help me like u said u would?”For this, Tsujihara responded, “Sorry you feel that way. Richard will be reaching out to u tonight.”Kirk, however, denies any inappropriate behavior in her defense. She has also stressed that her relationship with Tsujihara was consensual and it ended many years ago. But it looks like WarnerMedia is not taking these allegations lightly.In a released statement, WarnerMedia announced that Kevin Tsujihara will no longer continue with the company after it was revealed through multiple text messages that he allegedly promised actress Charlotte Kirk several acting auditions and roles in exchange for a sexual relationship.last_img read more

Sensex Nifty close day with losses FIIs turn net sellers for 15

first_imgThe S&P BSE Sensex closed at 26,117.85 on Wednesday, down 51 points, or 0.20%, after opening the day at 26,217.Lupin, Tata Steel and Bajaj Auto were the biggest gainers, while State Bank of India, Infosys, BHEL and ICICI Bank lost on a lacklustre day of trading.Godfrey Phillips, Jet Airways, Crompton Greaves and Bajaj Holdings were some of the stocks that hit a new 52-week high on Wednesday on the BSE. ABG Shipyard, Rallis India, Adani Ports and BHEL touched a new 52-week low.The Nifty was down 23.55, or 0.30%, and closed at 7,931.Financial institutional investors (FIIs) are on a selling spree on the stock exchanges since 9 November, selling more equities than they are buying.The net sell-off spiked on 16 and 30 November, when the net values were Rs 1,051 crore and Rs 1,043 crore, respectively. On 30 November, the FIIs bought and sold shares worth Rs 13,538.84 crore and Rs 14,582.68 crore, respectively, marking the highest trade over the 15-day period.On 1 December, the first trading day of the month, they bought shares worth Rs 4,097.82 crore and sold equities worth Rs 4,204.60, marking a net sale position of Rs 106.78 crore.Domestic institutional investors were net buyers on 1 December, purchasing shares worth Rs 1,337.74 crore and selling shares worth Rs 1,142.99 crore.November was the fifth month since January this year that FIIs turned net sellers.Analysts are of the view that the sell-off is in anticipation of an imminent US Fed rate hike this month.last_img read more

Sensex Nifty turn choppy as IT pharma stocks fall

first_imgA man ties a balloon to the horns of a bull statue at the entrance of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) while celebrating the Sensex index rising to over 30,000, in Mumbai, India April 26, 2017.Reuters file [Representational Image]The BSE benchmark Sensex pared early gains and turned choppy after opening over 200 points higher Monday, led by fall in IT and pharma stocks amid strengthening rupee.The 30-share Sensex pared early gains and was trading 4.38 points or 0.01 per cent, higher at 34,985.40.The NSE Nifty too witnessed similar movement and was trading 10.15 points or 0.09 per cent, higher at 10,536.75.Infosys, TCS and Sun Pharma were the biggest contributors to the losses on bourses in early trade, falling up to 2.13 per cent.Yes Bank, Adani Ports, ONGC, Vedanta and Kotak Bank were among other top losers, dropping up to 5.55 per cent.On the other hand, Bharti Airtel, Axis Bank, Asian Paints, HDFC and PowerGrid rose up to 1.77 per cent.Investors also booked profits at higher levels after indices opened on a strong note.Rising for the eighth straight day, the rupee climbed 39 paise to 70.30 against the US dollar in early trade Monday, as global crude prices slipped below the USD 60 per barrel mark and were trading at USD 59.47 per barrel.On a net basis, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought Rs 446 crore worth of domestic stocks on Thursday and domestic institutional investors (DIIs) were net buyers to the tune of Rs 49.68 crore, provisional data available with BSE suggested.Elsewhere in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei rose 0.65 per cent, Taiwan’s benchmark index was up 0.83 per cent, and the Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.29 per cent.Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 178.74 points, or 0.73 per cent, to 24,285.95 on Friday as the US energy sector tumbled on continued weakness in oil prices.last_img read more