Vijender to defend title against African Champion Ernest Amuzu

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 4 (PTI) Indian boxing star Vijender Singh is set to defend his WBO Oriental and Asia Pacific Super middleweight titles against Ghanas Ernest Amuzu in Jaipur on December 23.Unbeaten in nine fights so far Vijender was last seen in action in August when he defeated Chinas No.1 boxer Zulpikar Maimaitiali to claim the WBO Oriental title.”I am really excited on having my 10th fight in India in the Pink City of Jaipur. I am training hard in the ring for the last two months and still have three weeks to go for my next fight, so looking forward to winning the third title fight in a row,” the Olympic bronze medallist said.Announcing the launch of his new promotional company — Vijender Singh Promotions, he said, “the company will encourage the new talents and provide them a chance to be a part of a big show.Ghanas Ernest Amuzu will also be looking to win the 26th pro fight of his career. He has won 23 fights, 21 of them Konckouts, and lost only two in his pro career.”So far Vijender has not faced any tough and experienced opponent like me, I am sure that after facing me in the ring he will realise how tough pro boxing is,” the 34-year-old boxer said.”I am ready and fully prepared to defeat Vijender Singh in the early 3-4 rounds Knockout win,” he added.It will be a change of venue for the boxer given that his previous bouts have took place in the metro cities of Mumbai and Delhi.advertisement”I do not want to fight in the metros, I want to take the sport to small towns, so middle-class families can to also see the matches,” he said.”I am sure it will be an exciting fight night for the people of Jaipur and I am confident that sports fans will come out in large number to support me when I compete for my third title fight,” he added. PTI APA PM PMlast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 4 (PTI) Indian boxing star Vijender Singh is set to defend his WBO Oriental and Asia Pacific Super middleweight titles against Ghanas Ernest Amuzu in Jaipur on December 23.Unbeaten in nine fights so far Vijender was last seen in action in August when he defeated Chinas No.1 boxer Zulpikar Maimaitiali to claim the WBO Oriental title.”I am really excited on having my 10th fight in India in the Pink City of Jaipur. I am training hard in the ring for the last two months and still have three weeks to go for my next fight, so looking forward to winning the third title fight in a row,” the Olympic bronze medallist said.Announcing the launch of his new promotional company — Vijender Singh Promotions, he said, “the company will encourage the new talents and provide them a chance to be a part of a big show.Ghanas Ernest Amuzu will also be looking to win the 26th pro fight of his career. He has won 23 fights, 21 of them Konckouts, and lost only two in his pro career.”So far Vijender has not faced any tough and experienced opponent like me, I am sure that after facing me in the ring he will realise how tough pro boxing is,” the 34-year-old boxer said.”I am ready and fully prepared to defeat Vijender Singh in the early 3-4 rounds Knockout win,” he added.It will be a change of venue for the boxer given that his previous bouts have took place in the metro cities of Mumbai and Delhi.advertisement”I do not want to fight in the metros, I want to take the sport to small towns, so middle-class families can to also see the matches,” he said.”I am sure it will be an exciting fight night for the people of Jaipur and I am confident that sports fans will come out in large number to support me when I compete for my third title fight,” he added. PTI APA PM PMlast_img read more

Premier League: Nervy Manchester United edge past West Bromwich Albion

first_imgManchester United held on for some neyvy dying moments to edge past West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at the Hawthorns in the Premier League on Sunday.With the win, United solidified their second spot in the league table, still 11 points adrift of leaders and local rivals Manchester City.Lukaku and Lingard were the goalscorers for United and both scored in the first half of the match as United guarded their goal and held on to their dear life in the second half of the match.FT: West Brom 1 #MUFC 2.Despite the hosts’ second-half goal, the Reds hold on for victory after earlier strikes from @RomeluLukaku9 and @JesseLingard. #WBAMUN pic.twitter.com/j3y387unvE- Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 17, 2017United’s former West Brom striker Lukaku scored his 15th goal of the season in the 27th minute by heading home Marcus Rashford’s left-wing cross.Third goal in four games.Red Rom ??? #MUFC pic.twitter.com/Qm6xxZYhUg- Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 17, 2017Midfielder Jesse Lingard doubled the lead with a deflected shot from the edge of the penalty area eight minutes later.The #MUFC forward’s effort from the edge of the area goes in via Hegazi to double our advantage. Get in! ??? pic.twitter.com/65NoXYf9k0- Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 17, 2017United appeared to be on course for a comfortable win, but West Brom set up a nervous finish for Jose Mourinho’s side when substitute Gareth Barry poked home from close range following a corner in the 77th minute.United hung on, however, to restore their three-point advantage over third-placed Chelsea.advertisementWest Brom have now gone 16 league matches without a win and remained second bottom, two points from safety.”I think we deserved the win,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “We were the best team. We controlled the game for a long, long time.”United spurned opportunities to kill the game off when Rashford slashed a right-footed shot wide in the 57th minute and Lingard fired straight at West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster.They then switched off at a set-piece to allow Barry to score and were lucky not to concede an equaliser when Jay Rodriguez headed wide from point-blank range with five minutes remaining.”We had a few chances to kill the game but I knew they would react,” Mourinho added. “The intensity in the first half maybe we didn’t have in the second half.”West Brom manager Alan Pardew, who was appointed last month after Tony Pulis was sacked, made one change to the side who drew 0-0 against Liverpool on Wednesday.”The team I picked, in hindsight, was not the right team,” Pardew said. “I should have put some fresh legs in there but they did so well at Liverpool that, I’m a new manager, I wanted to show some faith in those players.”But I should have maybe made two or three changes. We looked leggy.”(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

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first_imgManchester United held on for some neyvy dying moments to edge past West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at the Hawthorns in the Premier League on Sunday.With the win, United solidified their second spot in the league table, still 11 points adrift of leaders and local rivals Manchester City.Lukaku and Lingard were the goalscorers for United and both scored in the first half of the match as United guarded their goal and held on to their dear life in the second half of the match.FT: West Brom 1 #MUFC 2.Despite the hosts’ second-half goal, the Reds hold on for victory after earlier strikes from @RomeluLukaku9 and @JesseLingard. #WBAMUN pic.twitter.com/j3y387unvE- Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 17, 2017United’s former West Brom striker Lukaku scored his 15th goal of the season in the 27th minute by heading home Marcus Rashford’s left-wing cross.Third goal in four games.Red Rom ??? #MUFC pic.twitter.com/Qm6xxZYhUg- Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 17, 2017Midfielder Jesse Lingard doubled the lead with a deflected shot from the edge of the penalty area eight minutes later.The #MUFC forward’s effort from the edge of the area goes in via Hegazi to double our advantage. Get in! ??? pic.twitter.com/65NoXYf9k0- Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 17, 2017United appeared to be on course for a comfortable win, but West Brom set up a nervous finish for Jose Mourinho’s side when substitute Gareth Barry poked home from close range following a corner in the 77th minute.United hung on, however, to restore their three-point advantage over third-placed Chelsea.advertisementWest Brom have now gone 16 league matches without a win and remained second bottom, two points from safety.”I think we deserved the win,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “We were the best team. We controlled the game for a long, long time.”United spurned opportunities to kill the game off when Rashford slashed a right-footed shot wide in the 57th minute and Lingard fired straight at West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster.They then switched off at a set-piece to allow Barry to score and were lucky not to concede an equaliser when Jay Rodriguez headed wide from point-blank range with five minutes remaining.”We had a few chances to kill the game but I knew they would react,” Mourinho added. “The intensity in the first half maybe we didn’t have in the second half.”West Brom manager Alan Pardew, who was appointed last month after Tony Pulis was sacked, made one change to the side who drew 0-0 against Liverpool on Wednesday.”The team I picked, in hindsight, was not the right team,” Pardew said. “I should have put some fresh legs in there but they did so well at Liverpool that, I’m a new manager, I wanted to show some faith in those players.”But I should have maybe made two or three changes. We looked leggy.”(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

I-League: Gokulam Kerala FC beat Minerva Punjab to go 2nd on points table

first_imgGokulam Kerala FC edged out defending champions Minerva Punjab FC 1-0, courtesy a goal from Rajesh S, in I-League in Kozhikode on Sunday.This was Gokulam’s second win of the campaign but took them to the second spot in the points table.With eight points from five games, Gokulam are now second, five points behind table toppers Chennai City FC and two ahead of East Bengal on third.On the other hand, Minerva dropped to the eighth spot in the table with only four points from four matches.The Indian Super League is currently on an international break as India played Jordan in Amman in a friendly as part of the preparations for the AFC Asian Cup 2019. However, I-League continued its action and did not go for a break according to the FIFA calendar.It was Minerva who had the first shot at goal with Bala Dahir in the third minute but the hosts soon responded with a couple of quick attacks. However, considering a package, it was a half which lacked creativity in the attacking third.The best chance of the first half came to Minerva’s Nigerian winger Donatus Edafe in the 44th minute when a wonderful cross from Souvik Das from the right flank found him with a free-header but he missed the mark.Apart from that and the two yellow cards that Akashdeep and Philip Njoku picked up for the visitors, there was hardly anything of note as the half ended goalless.There was also a 21-minute break in between of the match because of a malfunctioning floodlight, which ended up neutralising the humidity of Kozhikode.advertisementThe second half was as insipid as the first and it was the visitors who looked more intent at finding a goal and were dominating the attacking play.Quietly against the run of play, it was the home side who took the lead in the 60th minute through Rajesh.Suhair who started the move playing on Gani Nigam inside the box on the right. The youngster surged ahead and floated in a cross which beat Bhaskar Roy in the Minerva goal on the near post and Rajesh was there to meet it with a compact header.The goal brought some life into the game and both the coaches also started making their moves.Gani was taken off two minutes later and Pritam Singh was brought in by Bino George for Gokulam.Paul Munster also did not lose any time to get in Ivorian forward Alexander Kouassi in place of Nigerian defensive midfielder Dahir and later in the 83rd minute, Sabeeth in place of defender Souvik Das.Minerva did try desperately for an equaliser towards the end but to no avail.Kouassi’s powerful shot in the 86th minute was kept out of danger by Shibinraj in the Gokulam goal and Arashpreet’s effort from a William Opoku corner also missed the target.Gokulam also had some gilt-edged opportunities to increase their lead but Antonio German and Abhishek Das were guilty of misses.(With PTI inputs)Also watch –last_img read more

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first_imgGokulam Kerala FC edged out defending champions Minerva Punjab FC 1-0, courtesy a goal from Rajesh S, in I-League in Kozhikode on Sunday.This was Gokulam’s second win of the campaign but took them to the second spot in the points table.With eight points from five games, Gokulam are now second, five points behind table toppers Chennai City FC and two ahead of East Bengal on third.On the other hand, Minerva dropped to the eighth spot in the table with only four points from four matches.The Indian Super League is currently on an international break as India played Jordan in Amman in a friendly as part of the preparations for the AFC Asian Cup 2019. However, I-League continued its action and did not go for a break according to the FIFA calendar.It was Minerva who had the first shot at goal with Bala Dahir in the third minute but the hosts soon responded with a couple of quick attacks. However, considering a package, it was a half which lacked creativity in the attacking third.The best chance of the first half came to Minerva’s Nigerian winger Donatus Edafe in the 44th minute when a wonderful cross from Souvik Das from the right flank found him with a free-header but he missed the mark.Apart from that and the two yellow cards that Akashdeep and Philip Njoku picked up for the visitors, there was hardly anything of note as the half ended goalless.There was also a 21-minute break in between of the match because of a malfunctioning floodlight, which ended up neutralising the humidity of Kozhikode.advertisementThe second half was as insipid as the first and it was the visitors who looked more intent at finding a goal and were dominating the attacking play.Quietly against the run of play, it was the home side who took the lead in the 60th minute through Rajesh.Suhair who started the move playing on Gani Nigam inside the box on the right. The youngster surged ahead and floated in a cross which beat Bhaskar Roy in the Minerva goal on the near post and Rajesh was there to meet it with a compact header.The goal brought some life into the game and both the coaches also started making their moves.Gani was taken off two minutes later and Pritam Singh was brought in by Bino George for Gokulam.Paul Munster also did not lose any time to get in Ivorian forward Alexander Kouassi in place of Nigerian defensive midfielder Dahir and later in the 83rd minute, Sabeeth in place of defender Souvik Das.Minerva did try desperately for an equaliser towards the end but to no avail.Kouassi’s powerful shot in the 86th minute was kept out of danger by Shibinraj in the Gokulam goal and Arashpreet’s effort from a William Opoku corner also missed the target.Gokulam also had some gilt-edged opportunities to increase their lead but Antonio German and Abhishek Das were guilty of misses.(With PTI inputs)Also watch –last_img read more

Manika becomes first Indian to win Breakthrough Star award

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 12 (PTI) India’s Manika Batra on Wednesday became the first Indian Table Tennis player to be decorated with the ‘Breakthrough Table Tennis Star’ award at the prestigious International Table Tennis Federation Star Awards in Incheon. “I am really honoured and happy to have received the award. I feel, 2018 has been the best year of my career so far and I am happy for what I have achieved,” Manika said at the ceremony. “I would like to thank the Government, the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) and most importantly, my family, who has been there for me and motivated me along this journey,” she added. Manika started the year on a high at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, guiding India to it’s first-ever gold medal in the Women’s Team category as they defeated four-time gold medallists and defending champions Singapore 3-1. She bagged another gold in the women’s singles category, defeating former World No. 4 Feng Tianwei. She added two more medals to her kitty by winning a silver in the women’s doubles’ and a bronze in the mixed doubles categories. The 23-year-old Arjuna awardee then partnered India’s legendary Sharath Kamal to clinch a bronze in the mixed doubles category of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. Manika also reached her career-best ranking of 52 in 2018 and became India’s highest ranked female player. TTFI’s General Secretary MP Singh congratulated the Indian star. “The year has been great for Indian Table Tennis and this award for Manika perfectly caps it well for the sport. We are proud of Manika and all the others,” he said. PTI ATKATKadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 12 (PTI) India’s Manika Batra on Wednesday became the first Indian Table Tennis player to be decorated with the ‘Breakthrough Table Tennis Star’ award at the prestigious International Table Tennis Federation Star Awards in Incheon. “I am really honoured and happy to have received the award. I feel, 2018 has been the best year of my career so far and I am happy for what I have achieved,” Manika said at the ceremony. “I would like to thank the Government, the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) and most importantly, my family, who has been there for me and motivated me along this journey,” she added. Manika started the year on a high at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, guiding India to it’s first-ever gold medal in the Women’s Team category as they defeated four-time gold medallists and defending champions Singapore 3-1. She bagged another gold in the women’s singles category, defeating former World No. 4 Feng Tianwei. She added two more medals to her kitty by winning a silver in the women’s doubles’ and a bronze in the mixed doubles categories. The 23-year-old Arjuna awardee then partnered India’s legendary Sharath Kamal to clinch a bronze in the mixed doubles category of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. Manika also reached her career-best ranking of 52 in 2018 and became India’s highest ranked female player. TTFI’s General Secretary MP Singh congratulated the Indian star. “The year has been great for Indian Table Tennis and this award for Manika perfectly caps it well for the sport. We are proud of Manika and all the others,” he said. PTI ATKATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Wilshere coming ‘back to his best’ – Wenger

first_imgJack Wilshere Wilshere coming ‘back to his best’ – Wenger Rob Lancaster Last updated 2 years ago 16:39 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) jackwilshere-cropped Getty Images Arsenal BATE BATE v Arsenal UEFA Europa League Premier League The manager is praying that the England international does not suffer more injury setbacks and can finally reach his potential Arsene Wenger believes Jack Wilshere is “on his way back to his best” after the midfielder impressed in Arsenal’s 4-2 Europa League victory over BATE.Wilshere 3/1 to score v BrightonThe England international played the entire game in Belarus on Thursday, as the Premier League club made it two wins from two in the group stages of the competition. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Wilshere is in the final year of his contract with Arsenal, having spent last season on loan with Bournemouth after a series of injuries stalled his career at the Emirates Stadium.However, Wenger believes the future remains bright for the talented 25-year-old – provided he can stay healthy.Our #BATEvAFC man of the match?That’s this guy #SuperJack pic.twitter.com/aooxBwTwLO— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 29, 2017″He had an outstanding first half,” said the Gunners boss.”He fights until the end. He’s on his way back to his best and showed that.”He’s at an age where a player normally gets to the best of his career. He’s on the way up. He’s only been stopped by a series of injuries.”Hopefully, I just pray, he is not hampered by any more problems and that will see him getting stronger and stronger. He’s shown again that he’s not lost his football.”Wilshere has not made a Premier League appearance this season, but was an unused substitute for Monday’s 2-0 home win over West Brom.last_img read more

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first_imgJack Wilshere Wilshere coming ‘back to his best’ – Wenger Rob Lancaster Last updated 2 years ago 16:39 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) jackwilshere-cropped Getty Images Arsenal BATE BATE v Arsenal UEFA Europa League Premier League The manager is praying that the England international does not suffer more injury setbacks and can finally reach his potential Arsene Wenger believes Jack Wilshere is “on his way back to his best” after the midfielder impressed in Arsenal’s 4-2 Europa League victory over BATE.Wilshere 3/1 to score v BrightonThe England international played the entire game in Belarus on Thursday, as the Premier League club made it two wins from two in the group stages of the competition. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Wilshere is in the final year of his contract with Arsenal, having spent last season on loan with Bournemouth after a series of injuries stalled his career at the Emirates Stadium.However, Wenger believes the future remains bright for the talented 25-year-old – provided he can stay healthy.Our #BATEvAFC man of the match?That’s this guy #SuperJack pic.twitter.com/aooxBwTwLO— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 29, 2017″He had an outstanding first half,” said the Gunners boss.”He fights until the end. He’s on his way back to his best and showed that.”He’s at an age where a player normally gets to the best of his career. He’s on the way up. He’s only been stopped by a series of injuries.”Hopefully, I just pray, he is not hampered by any more problems and that will see him getting stronger and stronger. He’s shown again that he’s not lost his football.”Wilshere has not made a Premier League appearance this season, but was an unused substitute for Monday’s 2-0 home win over West Brom.last_img read more

Michigan State Is Going To Win The National Title, According To Jimmy Fallon’s Puppies

first_imgIt’s official – the Michigan State Spartans are going to win the NCAA title next Monday. Well, at least according to a bunch of ridiculously cute puppies. Tuesday night, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon renewed one of its more popular clips, airing a March Madness version of its “Puppies Predict” segment. Kentucky and Wisconsin each had one puppy eating from their bowl, while MSU eventually had three. Easy winner.After watching the clip, we’re not quite convinced that Fallon realizes that there’s a difference between Michigan and Michigan State, but that’s not really the point. The puppies have spoken. Head to the casino immediately.last_img read more

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first_imgIt’s official – the Michigan State Spartans are going to win the NCAA title next Monday. Well, at least according to a bunch of ridiculously cute puppies. Tuesday night, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon renewed one of its more popular clips, airing a March Madness version of its “Puppies Predict” segment. Kentucky and Wisconsin each had one puppy eating from their bowl, while MSU eventually had three. Easy winner.After watching the clip, we’re not quite convinced that Fallon realizes that there’s a difference between Michigan and Michigan State, but that’s not really the point. The puppies have spoken. Head to the casino immediately.last_img read more

US Investment Funds Eyeing Italian Shipping Loans

first_imgzoom U.S. investment funds have set their sights on USD 13 billion worth of shipping loan portfolios held by Italian banks, following the changes of Italy’s laws and regulations which lower the risk of them being dragged into long bankruptcy proceedings, Reuters reports.Davidson Kempner, King Street Capital, York Capital and Z Capital, a private equity firm, have reportedly expressed interest in these shipping loans, including the ones labelled as bad debts.The shipping loans include Premuda’s USD 406 million debt, which forced the Genoa-based shipping company to announce a series of asset divestments back in June, as part of debt restructuring.The so-called ”vulture funds” are also looking to buy out the debts of Gestioni Armatoriali, Perseveranza SpA, D’Alesio, and Rizzo-Bottiglieri-De Carlini (RBD), an operator of a fleet of bulk carriers and tankers who filed for insolvency in the U.S.A. in April this year.Angelo D’Amato, co-Chief Executive at Perservanza, confirmed to Reuters that the company has been approached by U.S. investment funds looking to buy the company’s debt several times, also saying that they have no interest in further negotiations as ”vulture funds are unable to grant business continuity.” “Their plan is to make a quick profit by buying loans at the cheapest possible price, securing vessels as collateral and selling them (the ships) as soon as they see a window of opportunity,” D’Amato told Reuters.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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first_imgzoom U.S. investment funds have set their sights on USD 13 billion worth of shipping loan portfolios held by Italian banks, following the changes of Italy’s laws and regulations which lower the risk of them being dragged into long bankruptcy proceedings, Reuters reports.Davidson Kempner, King Street Capital, York Capital and Z Capital, a private equity firm, have reportedly expressed interest in these shipping loans, including the ones labelled as bad debts.The shipping loans include Premuda’s USD 406 million debt, which forced the Genoa-based shipping company to announce a series of asset divestments back in June, as part of debt restructuring.The so-called ”vulture funds” are also looking to buy out the debts of Gestioni Armatoriali, Perseveranza SpA, D’Alesio, and Rizzo-Bottiglieri-De Carlini (RBD), an operator of a fleet of bulk carriers and tankers who filed for insolvency in the U.S.A. in April this year.Angelo D’Amato, co-Chief Executive at Perservanza, confirmed to Reuters that the company has been approached by U.S. investment funds looking to buy the company’s debt several times, also saying that they have no interest in further negotiations as ”vulture funds are unable to grant business continuity.” “Their plan is to make a quick profit by buying loans at the cheapest possible price, securing vessels as collateral and selling them (the ships) as soon as they see a window of opportunity,” D’Amato told Reuters.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Two newest astronauts moonstruck as Canada looks beyond space station

first_imgMONTREAL – It’s a far-out dream that Canada’s two newest astronauts are hoping will come true: orbiting the moon within the next decade or so.In fact, Joshua Kutryk and Jennifer Sidey are already looking beyond the International Space Station as they begin two years of intense basic training.In an interview from Houston on Tuesday, Kutryk pointed out that Canada is committed to the space station until 2024 along with its international partners.But the 35-year-old Albertan said the plan for what will happen after is already starting to be defined.“We don’t have the details ironed out but we know that it’s going to involve new destinations, probably the moon and then Mars,” said Kutryk, adding he expects Canada to seek out and play a large role.“I think that we’re living in a lifetime now when we see humans, including Canadian humans, potentially going back to the moon and that’s just a super exciting thing for me to think about.”Kutryk told The Canadian Press he would like to be selected for a mission on the space station or a moon exploration mission.“That’s to be determined but I do feel a lot of excitement for the Canadian space program in general,” he said.Sidey, who will be training alongside Kutryk, said travelling around the moon, in so-called cislunar orbit, is on her agenda.“Certainly, I’m definitely in for the idea of deep space (and) longer space flights, kind of pushing what we can do,” she said.“Cislunar for us is going to be incredibly important as a gateway to put people in orbit and eventually go back to the moon.”The 29-year-old Calgary-born astronaut was asked about her chances of orbiting the moon in the coming decades.Her response was: “Who knows, who knows, but I’d love that… who wouldn’t, huh.”But the focus over the next two years will be on understanding various things, including systems on the space station, human behaviour, robotics and survival training.They will also learn Russian.“We’re going to be juggling all sorts of subjects and they’re all very different and they’re all very important (and) keeping all those balls in the air at once is going to be tough,” Sidey said.Kutryk, a test pilot, admitted that learning Russian will be a tough test, noting it took him about 25 years to be comfortable in French.“Based on that experience, and when I look at the idea of learning a third language in two years, that’s something that’s definitely going to be challenging,” he said.On Tuesday, Kutryk and Sidey also joined a dozen American trainees in a link-up with three astronauts now on board the International Space Station.Flight engineer Peggy Whitson, 57, who is on her third long-duration space station mission, had some advice for the group: know how to fix things.“You need to get good at using tools,” Whitson said as she floated inside the space station. “That’ll be an important part of your training, so pay attention to that part of it.“So you can’t be hesitant about taking something apart and putting it back together, because that’s a lot of our job.”last_img read more

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first_imgMONTREAL – It’s a far-out dream that Canada’s two newest astronauts are hoping will come true: orbiting the moon within the next decade or so.In fact, Joshua Kutryk and Jennifer Sidey are already looking beyond the International Space Station as they begin two years of intense basic training.In an interview from Houston on Tuesday, Kutryk pointed out that Canada is committed to the space station until 2024 along with its international partners.But the 35-year-old Albertan said the plan for what will happen after is already starting to be defined.“We don’t have the details ironed out but we know that it’s going to involve new destinations, probably the moon and then Mars,” said Kutryk, adding he expects Canada to seek out and play a large role.“I think that we’re living in a lifetime now when we see humans, including Canadian humans, potentially going back to the moon and that’s just a super exciting thing for me to think about.”Kutryk told The Canadian Press he would like to be selected for a mission on the space station or a moon exploration mission.“That’s to be determined but I do feel a lot of excitement for the Canadian space program in general,” he said.Sidey, who will be training alongside Kutryk, said travelling around the moon, in so-called cislunar orbit, is on her agenda.“Certainly, I’m definitely in for the idea of deep space (and) longer space flights, kind of pushing what we can do,” she said.“Cislunar for us is going to be incredibly important as a gateway to put people in orbit and eventually go back to the moon.”The 29-year-old Calgary-born astronaut was asked about her chances of orbiting the moon in the coming decades.Her response was: “Who knows, who knows, but I’d love that… who wouldn’t, huh.”But the focus over the next two years will be on understanding various things, including systems on the space station, human behaviour, robotics and survival training.They will also learn Russian.“We’re going to be juggling all sorts of subjects and they’re all very different and they’re all very important (and) keeping all those balls in the air at once is going to be tough,” Sidey said.Kutryk, a test pilot, admitted that learning Russian will be a tough test, noting it took him about 25 years to be comfortable in French.“Based on that experience, and when I look at the idea of learning a third language in two years, that’s something that’s definitely going to be challenging,” he said.On Tuesday, Kutryk and Sidey also joined a dozen American trainees in a link-up with three astronauts now on board the International Space Station.Flight engineer Peggy Whitson, 57, who is on her third long-duration space station mission, had some advice for the group: know how to fix things.“You need to get good at using tools,” Whitson said as she floated inside the space station. “That’ll be an important part of your training, so pay attention to that part of it.“So you can’t be hesitant about taking something apart and putting it back together, because that’s a lot of our job.”last_img read more

Canadian mayors take Trump to task over very difficult NAFTA talks tweet

first_imgQuebec Premier Philippe Couillard brushed aside Trump’s comment.“I think what we have to recognize is that the negotiations are going forward. You will not hear me react to his daily tweets or statements. I don’t think that would be very productive,” Couillard said as he arrived in Charlottetown for the annual meeting of New England governors and eastern premiers.Couillard says the American governors he’s meeting with are eager to modernize and improve NAFTA.“When we talk to governors, when business people talk to each other, the feeling is quite good and quite positive. Everybody recognizes that trade is beneficial for both Canada and the U.S.A.”Trump has already threatened earlier this year to end NAFTA. At the time Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s office said “heated rhetoric” is common in trade negotiations, her officials had little to add in response to Trump’s Sunday tweet.Sunday’s tweet was the first time though that Trump has complained about Canada’s role in the talks, which began earlier this month between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.Sui Sui, an economics professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, said she doesn’t take Trump’s comments too seriously either, because these kind of talks “should be hard.”“This is a pretty normal trade negotiation: each party fights (for) the best interests of their own country,” she said. “The Canadian government is just doing their job, same as the Mexican government.”Robert Holleyman, former deputy trade czar under Barack Obama, also doesn’t expect Trump to follow through with his threat to withdraw the U.S. from the trade deal. In a Twitter post on Sunday morning, Holleyman cited agricultural interests and dissent from Congress as barriers to the president’s plan.“Mark my words. He will not pull out of NAFTA,” he wrote.Trade economist Dan Trefler, professor at the University of Toronto and senior research fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, agrees that Trump’s Twitter rhetoric is unlikely to translate to action. For one thing, the president is unlikely to receive the congressional approval he would need to act on a major trade agreement. “Congress has been more involved in these trade negotiations than it’s ever been involved in any previous trade negotiation,” Trefler says.And while withdrawing from NAFTA would appeal to parts of Trump’s base – people who work in manufacturing jobs in states like Michigan and Wisconsin, for instance _ Trefler says it would alienate Trump’s many supporters in the farm belt.Echoing Couillard, Trefler said that focusing on Trump’s inflammatory Twitter posts can detract from the things his administration is doing. “It’s easy for him to make these kinds of statements, because they play to the image,” he says.“Trump has only one audience, and that’s the electorate.” U.S. President Donald Trump again suggested the North American Free Trade Agreement be terminated, tweeting Sunday that both Canada and Mexico are being “very difficult,” but observers and political leaders didn’t appear to take the threat too seriously.Hamilton mayor Fred Eisenberger and Windsor mayor Drew Dilkens both took Trump to task by issuing their own TWitter responses.We are in the NAFTA (worst trade deal ever made) renegotiation process with Mexico & Canada.Both being very difficult,may have to terminate?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017last_img read more

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first_imgQuebec Premier Philippe Couillard brushed aside Trump’s comment.“I think what we have to recognize is that the negotiations are going forward. You will not hear me react to his daily tweets or statements. I don’t think that would be very productive,” Couillard said as he arrived in Charlottetown for the annual meeting of New England governors and eastern premiers.Couillard says the American governors he’s meeting with are eager to modernize and improve NAFTA.“When we talk to governors, when business people talk to each other, the feeling is quite good and quite positive. Everybody recognizes that trade is beneficial for both Canada and the U.S.A.”Trump has already threatened earlier this year to end NAFTA. At the time Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s office said “heated rhetoric” is common in trade negotiations, her officials had little to add in response to Trump’s Sunday tweet.Sunday’s tweet was the first time though that Trump has complained about Canada’s role in the talks, which began earlier this month between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.Sui Sui, an economics professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, said she doesn’t take Trump’s comments too seriously either, because these kind of talks “should be hard.”“This is a pretty normal trade negotiation: each party fights (for) the best interests of their own country,” she said. “The Canadian government is just doing their job, same as the Mexican government.”Robert Holleyman, former deputy trade czar under Barack Obama, also doesn’t expect Trump to follow through with his threat to withdraw the U.S. from the trade deal. In a Twitter post on Sunday morning, Holleyman cited agricultural interests and dissent from Congress as barriers to the president’s plan.“Mark my words. He will not pull out of NAFTA,” he wrote.Trade economist Dan Trefler, professor at the University of Toronto and senior research fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, agrees that Trump’s Twitter rhetoric is unlikely to translate to action. For one thing, the president is unlikely to receive the congressional approval he would need to act on a major trade agreement. “Congress has been more involved in these trade negotiations than it’s ever been involved in any previous trade negotiation,” Trefler says.And while withdrawing from NAFTA would appeal to parts of Trump’s base – people who work in manufacturing jobs in states like Michigan and Wisconsin, for instance _ Trefler says it would alienate Trump’s many supporters in the farm belt.Echoing Couillard, Trefler said that focusing on Trump’s inflammatory Twitter posts can detract from the things his administration is doing. “It’s easy for him to make these kinds of statements, because they play to the image,” he says.“Trump has only one audience, and that’s the electorate.” U.S. President Donald Trump again suggested the North American Free Trade Agreement be terminated, tweeting Sunday that both Canada and Mexico are being “very difficult,” but observers and political leaders didn’t appear to take the threat too seriously.Hamilton mayor Fred Eisenberger and Windsor mayor Drew Dilkens both took Trump to task by issuing their own TWitter responses.We are in the NAFTA (worst trade deal ever made) renegotiation process with Mexico & Canada.Both being very difficult,may have to terminate?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017last_img read more

UN says its OK with Trudeau governments piecemeal peacekeeping plans

first_imgVANCOUVER – The UN is sending early signals that it approves of Canada’s forthcoming plans for peacekeeping, which are expected to involve several smaller contributions rather than a single specific mission that gets all of the government’s available resources.The Trudeau government is poised to finally open the curtains — at least partly — Wednesday on what sort of military personnel and equipment it is willing to offer to help with the UN’s peacekeeping efforts.The long-awaited decision comes more than a year after the Liberals first promised to make up to 600 Canadian troops and 150 police officers available to the UN, and as Canada plays host to a major peacekeeping summit in Vancouver.Sources have said that rather than focusing on one mission, Canada is offering the UN a veritable grab bag of goodies in the form of helicopters, trainers and other assets for a variety of different missions.While such an approach might seem scattershot, it’s actually preferable when it comes to developed countries like Canada, the UN’s undersecretary general for field support told The Canadian Press in an interview.That’s because many missions are short on the type of high-end equipment and personnel that Canada can offer, said Atul Khare, who oversees the day-to-day operations of peacekeeping missions in the field.“It is precisely in these high-technology areas — engineers, hospitals and doctors, strategic airlift and tactical airlift — that developed countries have the largest contribution to make simply because they have the capacity,” Khare said.“And I do see a great advantage of distributing that capacity because through distribution of that capacity, the gaps are better filled globally.“Rather than only making one mission 100 per cent, you improve many missions from, say, 70 per cent to 80 per cent, which is a better way of improving the situation globally.”Speaking in the Philippines, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday that Canada’s contribution would ensure “maximum positive impact, not just for Canadian contributions but for all peacekeepers.”Sources say the government has put several offers on the table for the UN’s consideration, including the deployment of helicopters to help in Mali, and a transport plane in Uganda to assist different missions in Africa.Canada is also reportedly ready to provide a rapid-reaction force in the Golan Heights between Israel and Syria; contribute to the UN’s new police mission in Haiti; and send trainers to help other countries become better at peacekeeping.But UN and Canadian officials are said to still be hammering out many of the details, such as when and how those offers would be employed, suggesting the government’s announcement Wednesday will be light on specifics.Khare would not talk about Canada’s offer, but he did say such discussions between the UN and contributing countries are commonplace as both sides work to ensure promised troops and equipment are used to the best effect.“It is for the individual countries to decide and give us their specific options, and then for the secretariat to examine those specific options and work with the countries to find what best capabilities they are offering are best suited where,” he said.“That means instead of fixing a caveat, that we will only go to Lebanon or we will only go to Mali, this is the capacity which we have and are willing to put on offer. If you have some use of it, come back and discuss with us on where it can be best deployed as a joint decision.”last_img read more

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first_imgVANCOUVER – The UN is sending early signals that it approves of Canada’s forthcoming plans for peacekeeping, which are expected to involve several smaller contributions rather than a single specific mission that gets all of the government’s available resources.The Trudeau government is poised to finally open the curtains — at least partly — Wednesday on what sort of military personnel and equipment it is willing to offer to help with the UN’s peacekeeping efforts.The long-awaited decision comes more than a year after the Liberals first promised to make up to 600 Canadian troops and 150 police officers available to the UN, and as Canada plays host to a major peacekeeping summit in Vancouver.Sources have said that rather than focusing on one mission, Canada is offering the UN a veritable grab bag of goodies in the form of helicopters, trainers and other assets for a variety of different missions.While such an approach might seem scattershot, it’s actually preferable when it comes to developed countries like Canada, the UN’s undersecretary general for field support told The Canadian Press in an interview.That’s because many missions are short on the type of high-end equipment and personnel that Canada can offer, said Atul Khare, who oversees the day-to-day operations of peacekeeping missions in the field.“It is precisely in these high-technology areas — engineers, hospitals and doctors, strategic airlift and tactical airlift — that developed countries have the largest contribution to make simply because they have the capacity,” Khare said.“And I do see a great advantage of distributing that capacity because through distribution of that capacity, the gaps are better filled globally.“Rather than only making one mission 100 per cent, you improve many missions from, say, 70 per cent to 80 per cent, which is a better way of improving the situation globally.”Speaking in the Philippines, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday that Canada’s contribution would ensure “maximum positive impact, not just for Canadian contributions but for all peacekeepers.”Sources say the government has put several offers on the table for the UN’s consideration, including the deployment of helicopters to help in Mali, and a transport plane in Uganda to assist different missions in Africa.Canada is also reportedly ready to provide a rapid-reaction force in the Golan Heights between Israel and Syria; contribute to the UN’s new police mission in Haiti; and send trainers to help other countries become better at peacekeeping.But UN and Canadian officials are said to still be hammering out many of the details, such as when and how those offers would be employed, suggesting the government’s announcement Wednesday will be light on specifics.Khare would not talk about Canada’s offer, but he did say such discussions between the UN and contributing countries are commonplace as both sides work to ensure promised troops and equipment are used to the best effect.“It is for the individual countries to decide and give us their specific options, and then for the secretariat to examine those specific options and work with the countries to find what best capabilities they are offering are best suited where,” he said.“That means instead of fixing a caveat, that we will only go to Lebanon or we will only go to Mali, this is the capacity which we have and are willing to put on offer. If you have some use of it, come back and discuss with us on where it can be best deployed as a joint decision.”last_img read more

CBC GEM STREAMING SERVICE TO LAUNCH EXCLUSIVE CONTENT PARTNERS WITH WATTPAD NFB

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement The CBC has launched a new streaming service featuring live and on-demand programming for free as well as an option to upgrade to a premium membership for a monthly fee.The public broadcaster says CBC Gem has more than 4,000 hours of content and will offer original programming, including the upcoming drama series Northern Rescue. William Baldwin and Kathleen Robertson star in the family drama, which will launch exclusively on CBC Gem in Canada starting March 1.The CBC has also announced a partnership with Wattpad for emerging Canadian writers to create exclusive content for the streaming service. Facebook Tait said Gem is not trying to compete with Netflix. ‘They kind of have that one nailed,’ she told Tom Power, CBC Radio’s q host. (Eli Glasner/CBC) Meanwhile, a partnership with Telefilm Canada allows CBC Gem to offer more than 100 Canadian feature films. All the Canadian films are available ad-free, with additional titles from the National Film Board of Canada to be added in the coming year.All children’s programming is also provided ad-free within CBC Gem.Announced in September and launched Tuesday, CBC Gem replaces the public broadcaster’s previous app and offers the full programming slate, from drama to documentaries and sports. It’s available for free as an app for iOS and Android devices and online at cbcgem.ca, and on television via Apple TV and Google Chromecast. Twitter Included are current and past seasons of favourite shows. Canadian titles on the service include Kim’s Convenience, Baroness von Sketch Show, Schitt’s Creek, Murdoch Mysteries, Anne with an E, The Kids in the Hall and Being Erica.International titles include Fortitude, The Great British Baking Show, Luther, Portlandia and Top of the Lake. Films include Barney’s Version, Cairo Time, Mommy and Midnight’s Children.The free version also has the ability to live stream CBC TV at any time, with access to 14 of the public broadcaster’s local channels and their newscasts. CBC Gem, which is exclusive to Canada, also offers French-language programming from ICI Radio-Canada.The premium membership, available for $4.99 per month (with the first month free of charge), will offer all on-demand content ad-free and access to a live stream of CBC News Network 24/7. All content on CBC Gem is available with closed captioning, and described video is available for most on-demand content.Plan to expand with new partnersThe CBC said it plans to collaborate with new partners in order to expand the streaming library and offer additional Canadian and international content.center_img Acclaimed series Luther is among the international programs on offer at the moment. Some CBC originals currently on Netflix, such as Schitt’s Creek, will remain there dependent on the prior deals.(CBC) Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Current and past seasons of favourite shows, like Kim’s Convenience, are among the TV offerings. (CBC) CBC original titles that are currently on Netflix, such as Schitt’s Creek, will remain there dependent on the deals that are negotiated with each production individually, said the public broadcaster.In addition, CBC/Netflix co-productions — including Anne with an E — have separate agreements in which they are available exclusively on CBC and CBC Gem in Canada for a specific window (and internationally on Netflix), before also becoming available on Netflix Canada.last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement The CBC has launched a new streaming service featuring live and on-demand programming for free as well as an option to upgrade to a premium membership for a monthly fee.The public broadcaster says CBC Gem has more than 4,000 hours of content and will offer original programming, including the upcoming drama series Northern Rescue. William Baldwin and Kathleen Robertson star in the family drama, which will launch exclusively on CBC Gem in Canada starting March 1.The CBC has also announced a partnership with Wattpad for emerging Canadian writers to create exclusive content for the streaming service. Facebook Tait said Gem is not trying to compete with Netflix. ‘They kind of have that one nailed,’ she told Tom Power, CBC Radio’s q host. (Eli Glasner/CBC) Meanwhile, a partnership with Telefilm Canada allows CBC Gem to offer more than 100 Canadian feature films. All the Canadian films are available ad-free, with additional titles from the National Film Board of Canada to be added in the coming year.All children’s programming is also provided ad-free within CBC Gem.Announced in September and launched Tuesday, CBC Gem replaces the public broadcaster’s previous app and offers the full programming slate, from drama to documentaries and sports. It’s available for free as an app for iOS and Android devices and online at cbcgem.ca, and on television via Apple TV and Google Chromecast. Twitter Included are current and past seasons of favourite shows. Canadian titles on the service include Kim’s Convenience, Baroness von Sketch Show, Schitt’s Creek, Murdoch Mysteries, Anne with an E, The Kids in the Hall and Being Erica.International titles include Fortitude, The Great British Baking Show, Luther, Portlandia and Top of the Lake. Films include Barney’s Version, Cairo Time, Mommy and Midnight’s Children.The free version also has the ability to live stream CBC TV at any time, with access to 14 of the public broadcaster’s local channels and their newscasts. CBC Gem, which is exclusive to Canada, also offers French-language programming from ICI Radio-Canada.The premium membership, available for $4.99 per month (with the first month free of charge), will offer all on-demand content ad-free and access to a live stream of CBC News Network 24/7. All content on CBC Gem is available with closed captioning, and described video is available for most on-demand content.Plan to expand with new partnersThe CBC said it plans to collaborate with new partners in order to expand the streaming library and offer additional Canadian and international content.center_img Acclaimed series Luther is among the international programs on offer at the moment. Some CBC originals currently on Netflix, such as Schitt’s Creek, will remain there dependent on the prior deals.(CBC) Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Current and past seasons of favourite shows, like Kim’s Convenience, are among the TV offerings. (CBC) CBC original titles that are currently on Netflix, such as Schitt’s Creek, will remain there dependent on the deals that are negotiated with each production individually, said the public broadcaster.In addition, CBC/Netflix co-productions — including Anne with an E — have separate agreements in which they are available exclusively on CBC and CBC Gem in Canada for a specific window (and internationally on Netflix), before also becoming available on Netflix Canada.last_img read more

United Nations has key role to play in ending Gaza conflict says

4 January 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the United Nations has an important role to play in halting the violence in Gaza, expressing regret that the Security Council did not reach agreement yesterday evening on how to end the conflict. Despite the 15-member body’s lack of concurrence during its emergency session which took place hours after Israel launched a ground offensive into Gaza, Mr. Ban – who is scheduled to meet with Arab leaders tomorrow at UN Headquarters – said that he is pressing ahead with diplomatic efforts. “Given the crucial juncture at which we have arrived in the search for a ceasefire, I appeal to all members of the international community to display the unity and commitment required to bring this escalating crisis to an end,” he said in a statement issued by his spokesperson. The Secretary-General said that he has recalled Robert Serry, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, to New York to brief him on the situation on the ground as well as political efforts to bring an end to the clashes. “Meanwhile I remain extremely concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation on the ground,” he said. “We are in close contact with the Israeli authorities to press them to open not only the Kerem Shalom crossing, but also Karni and Nahd Oz, to allow in, particularly, wheat grain and fuel for the power plant, as well as other essential supplies.” Israel has cited rocket and other attacks by militants in Gaza against Israeli civilians as the reason for its military offensive and closing crossings into Gaza for much of the previous two months. Following last evening’s closed Council meeting, Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert of France, which holds the Council Presidency this month, said that while there was “no formal agreement” among the 15 members, he witnessed “strong convergences” to express concern over the stepped up violence and the humanitarian situation in Gaza. “There was also strong convergence to express full support to the regional and international diplomatic efforts which are underway to resolve the crisis and to call all parties to resume peace talks,” he told reporters. read more

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4 January 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the United Nations has an important role to play in halting the violence in Gaza, expressing regret that the Security Council did not reach agreement yesterday evening on how to end the conflict. Despite the 15-member body’s lack of concurrence during its emergency session which took place hours after Israel launched a ground offensive into Gaza, Mr. Ban – who is scheduled to meet with Arab leaders tomorrow at UN Headquarters – said that he is pressing ahead with diplomatic efforts. “Given the crucial juncture at which we have arrived in the search for a ceasefire, I appeal to all members of the international community to display the unity and commitment required to bring this escalating crisis to an end,” he said in a statement issued by his spokesperson. The Secretary-General said that he has recalled Robert Serry, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, to New York to brief him on the situation on the ground as well as political efforts to bring an end to the clashes. “Meanwhile I remain extremely concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation on the ground,” he said. “We are in close contact with the Israeli authorities to press them to open not only the Kerem Shalom crossing, but also Karni and Nahd Oz, to allow in, particularly, wheat grain and fuel for the power plant, as well as other essential supplies.” Israel has cited rocket and other attacks by militants in Gaza against Israeli civilians as the reason for its military offensive and closing crossings into Gaza for much of the previous two months. Following last evening’s closed Council meeting, Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert of France, which holds the Council Presidency this month, said that while there was “no formal agreement” among the 15 members, he witnessed “strong convergences” to express concern over the stepped up violence and the humanitarian situation in Gaza. “There was also strong convergence to express full support to the regional and international diplomatic efforts which are underway to resolve the crisis and to call all parties to resume peace talks,” he told reporters. read more

Australian High Court backs Sri Lankan refugee

He applied for a protection visa in June 2010 with immigration officials finding he had a well-founded fear of persecution in Sri Lanka and was therefore a refugee.But a protection visa was refused after ASIO assessed him as a security risk.His lawyers challenged both the refusal to grant a protection visa and his ongoing detention, arguing he was denied procedural fairness. The decision has important implications for a group of about 50 people, mostly Sri Lankans, given adverse ASIO security assessments and who are in indefinite detention in Australia. But the judges also held that migration regulations could not validly prescribe public interest as a condition for the grant of a protection visa, as that was inconsistent with the Migration Act.That meant the refusal to grant a visa was not made according to law.However his continued detention for the purpose of determining his application for a protection visa was valid, the judges said. (AAP) The High Court has ruled an asylum seeker deemed a security risk can still be granted a refugee visa.In a decision on Friday, a majority of High Court judges overturned a regulation which specifies that an asylum seeker deemed a security risk by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) can’t be granted a protection visa. The ruling: http://www.hcourt.gov.au/assets/publications/judgment-summaries/2012/hca46-2012-10-05.pdf In overturning the regulation made under the Migration Act, the judges held that the decision to refuse to grant a protection visa to the Sri Lankan man, identified only as M47, was illegal.M47, a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, arrived in Australian in December 2009 and has been in immigration detention since then. The High Court found he was not denied procedural fairness with regard to the ASIO assessment as he was given the opportunity to address concerns raised by ASIO. Because they have been deemed security risks, they can’t be sent back to their home country and neither can they go to any third country. read more

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He applied for a protection visa in June 2010 with immigration officials finding he had a well-founded fear of persecution in Sri Lanka and was therefore a refugee.But a protection visa was refused after ASIO assessed him as a security risk.His lawyers challenged both the refusal to grant a protection visa and his ongoing detention, arguing he was denied procedural fairness. The decision has important implications for a group of about 50 people, mostly Sri Lankans, given adverse ASIO security assessments and who are in indefinite detention in Australia. But the judges also held that migration regulations could not validly prescribe public interest as a condition for the grant of a protection visa, as that was inconsistent with the Migration Act.That meant the refusal to grant a visa was not made according to law.However his continued detention for the purpose of determining his application for a protection visa was valid, the judges said. (AAP) The High Court has ruled an asylum seeker deemed a security risk can still be granted a refugee visa.In a decision on Friday, a majority of High Court judges overturned a regulation which specifies that an asylum seeker deemed a security risk by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) can’t be granted a protection visa. The ruling: http://www.hcourt.gov.au/assets/publications/judgment-summaries/2012/hca46-2012-10-05.pdf In overturning the regulation made under the Migration Act, the judges held that the decision to refuse to grant a protection visa to the Sri Lankan man, identified only as M47, was illegal.M47, a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, arrived in Australian in December 2009 and has been in immigration detention since then. The High Court found he was not denied procedural fairness with regard to the ASIO assessment as he was given the opportunity to address concerns raised by ASIO. Because they have been deemed security risks, they can’t be sent back to their home country and neither can they go to any third country. read more

UN announces new measures to boost safety in trade of genetically modified

Under the new system adopted by the 87 member States of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety at a weeklong meeting in Malaysia attended by more than 1,000 delegates and observers, all bulk shipments of living or genetically modified organisms (known as LMOs, or GMOs) intended for food, feed or processing (such as soybeans and maize) are to be identified as “may contain LMOs.” The accompanying documentation should also indicate the contact details of the importer, exporter or other appropriate authority.Although the new system is binding on countries that are party to the Protocol, many key agricultural producers, such as the United States, have not endorsed that pact. “Now that a system for identifying and labelling GMO exports has become operational, countries can enjoy the benefits of biotechnology with greater confidence while avoiding the potential risks,” the Protocol’s Executive Secretary, Hamdallah Zedan, said. “This rigorous system for handling, transporting, packaging and identifying GMOs is in the best interests of everyone – developed and developing countries, consumers and industry, and all those who care deeply about our natural environment,” he added. The Cartagena Protocol, which entered into force last September, is designed to ensure the safe transfer, handling and use of GMOs that may adversely effect the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, taking also into account risks to human health. It forms part of the Convention on Biological Diversity negotiated under the auspices of the UNEP and signed by over 150 Governments at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Over the next year an expert group will further elaborate the documentation and handling requirements for bulk agricultural shipments. Key issues still to be resolved include the percentage of modified material that these shipments may contain and still be considered GMO-free and the inclusion of any additional detailed information. A decision on these matters will be considered at the next meeting of the treaty’s Parties, to be held in 2005. read more

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Under the new system adopted by the 87 member States of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety at a weeklong meeting in Malaysia attended by more than 1,000 delegates and observers, all bulk shipments of living or genetically modified organisms (known as LMOs, or GMOs) intended for food, feed or processing (such as soybeans and maize) are to be identified as “may contain LMOs.” The accompanying documentation should also indicate the contact details of the importer, exporter or other appropriate authority.Although the new system is binding on countries that are party to the Protocol, many key agricultural producers, such as the United States, have not endorsed that pact. “Now that a system for identifying and labelling GMO exports has become operational, countries can enjoy the benefits of biotechnology with greater confidence while avoiding the potential risks,” the Protocol’s Executive Secretary, Hamdallah Zedan, said. “This rigorous system for handling, transporting, packaging and identifying GMOs is in the best interests of everyone – developed and developing countries, consumers and industry, and all those who care deeply about our natural environment,” he added. The Cartagena Protocol, which entered into force last September, is designed to ensure the safe transfer, handling and use of GMOs that may adversely effect the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, taking also into account risks to human health. It forms part of the Convention on Biological Diversity negotiated under the auspices of the UNEP and signed by over 150 Governments at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Over the next year an expert group will further elaborate the documentation and handling requirements for bulk agricultural shipments. Key issues still to be resolved include the percentage of modified material that these shipments may contain and still be considered GMO-free and the inclusion of any additional detailed information. A decision on these matters will be considered at the next meeting of the treaty’s Parties, to be held in 2005. read more

Family Dollar Opens in Helper

Family Dollar’s newest Castle Country branch has opened in Helper, giving locals and travelers alike a location right off Highway 6. The location is not the first in the area, but it offers the same greats deals customers have come to know and love from Family Dollar for over 60 years.“In 1958, a 21-year-old entrepreneur with an interest in merchandising became intrigued with the idea of operating a low-overhead, self-service retail store,” the company shared. “Leon Levine believed he could offer his customers a variety of high-quality, good value merchandise for under $2. Because he had grown up in his family’s retail store, he understood value, quality and customer satisfaction. In November 1959, Leon Levine opened the first Family Dollar store in Charlotte, North Carolina, and was on his way to becoming a retailing legend.”The concept has grown throughout the years with the chain now boasts thousands of stores throughout the United States. Customers can find the Helper location at 617 Highway 6. read more

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Family Dollar’s newest Castle Country branch has opened in Helper, giving locals and travelers alike a location right off Highway 6. The location is not the first in the area, but it offers the same greats deals customers have come to know and love from Family Dollar for over 60 years.“In 1958, a 21-year-old entrepreneur with an interest in merchandising became intrigued with the idea of operating a low-overhead, self-service retail store,” the company shared. “Leon Levine believed he could offer his customers a variety of high-quality, good value merchandise for under $2. Because he had grown up in his family’s retail store, he understood value, quality and customer satisfaction. In November 1959, Leon Levine opened the first Family Dollar store in Charlotte, North Carolina, and was on his way to becoming a retailing legend.”The concept has grown throughout the years with the chain now boasts thousands of stores throughout the United States. Customers can find the Helper location at 617 Highway 6. read more

Rivers Harris knock Inslees education plan

first_imgWhile unveiling the state budget on Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee noted it would require a heavy political lift to pass some of his proposals.If reaction from local Republicans resonates throughout the party, he’s right.“I was hoping to see new thinking from the governor on K-12 funding — like a proposal that is rooted in the actual cost of educating a child in our state, because that might start to gain some traction across the Legislature,” Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, said in a statement.Rivers sits on the governor’s McCleary task force and on the Senate’s Early Learning and K-12 Committee. “What we got instead is a plan that would pull a truly massive amount of money out of the economy, through tax increases that can’t be dedicated to education the way he suggests, without showing how it would improve outcomes at the classroom level,” she said.Inslee proposed spending $2.7 billion in the next two-year budget cycle to fully fund the state’s education system. The Legislature is being held in contempt of court by the state’s top court for not adequately funding education, a constitutional duty.Inslee’s budget included some familiar proposals, including a capital gains tax and a carbon tax. He has championed both a capital gains tax and a carbon cap-and-trade proposal in previous legislative sessions without much success. He is seeking more than $4 billion in new revenue.last_img read more

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first_imgWhile unveiling the state budget on Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee noted it would require a heavy political lift to pass some of his proposals.If reaction from local Republicans resonates throughout the party, he’s right.“I was hoping to see new thinking from the governor on K-12 funding — like a proposal that is rooted in the actual cost of educating a child in our state, because that might start to gain some traction across the Legislature,” Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, said in a statement.Rivers sits on the governor’s McCleary task force and on the Senate’s Early Learning and K-12 Committee. “What we got instead is a plan that would pull a truly massive amount of money out of the economy, through tax increases that can’t be dedicated to education the way he suggests, without showing how it would improve outcomes at the classroom level,” she said.Inslee proposed spending $2.7 billion in the next two-year budget cycle to fully fund the state’s education system. The Legislature is being held in contempt of court by the state’s top court for not adequately funding education, a constitutional duty.Inslee’s budget included some familiar proposals, including a capital gains tax and a carbon tax. He has championed both a capital gains tax and a carbon cap-and-trade proposal in previous legislative sessions without much success. He is seeking more than $4 billion in new revenue.last_img read more

Crucial Brexit debate opens with defeats for May

first_imgBritain`s prime minister Theresa May makes a statement in the House of Commons, London, Britain on 26 November 2018. Photo: ReutersImpassioned UK MPs debated Brexit late into Tuesday night after delivering two stinging defeats to Prime Minister Theresa May that exposed her lack of support in parliament.It marked a tumultuous start to a momentous week that will conclude next Tuesday with a vote on May’s plan for unwinding Britain’s 46-year participation in the grand European project.The House of Commons first voted 311-293 to censure the government for not publishing the full legal advice it received about May’s divorce deal with the European Union.May’s critics believe the attorney general’s report is full of embarrassing details about Britain being forced to follow EU rules for years to come while having no say in its decisions.The government argued that May had a right to get private counsel and refused to publish the entire text despite a resolution from parliament.The embarrassing loss saw it reverse course and promise to release the full tome on Wednesday.”This house has now spoken and it’s of huge constitutional and political significance,” said opposition Labour Party member Keir Starmer.Lawmakers also backed an amendment that will give them a bigger say in what happens if May’s deal is voted down — an outcome that looks likely.It would let MPs draft a “Plan B” that May will face intense political pressure to follow.The government’s defeat next week could also trigger a no-confidence vote that forces early elections and leaves Brexit in chaos just three months before the 29 March deadline.May faced these challenges and the ominous rumblings from disgruntled pro-Brexit members of her own party as she stepped before a packed session of parliament to kick off five days of intense debates.”The only solution that will endure is one that addresses the concerns of those who voted ‘Leave’ while reassuring those who voted ‘Remain’,” May said.”This argument has gone on long enough. It is corrosive to our politics and life depends on compromise.”De facto colony’Her message of unity was interrupted repeatedly by heckling from both pro-EU and Brexit-backing MPs.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called May’s plan “a huge and damaging failure for Britain” that came from “two years of botched negotiations”.”To vote for this deal would be to damage our economy, to make our constituents poorer and to take a leap in the dark for the future of this country,” said Corbyn.And former foreign minister Boris Johnson — an ardent Brexit supporter with an eye on May’s job — warned that Britain threatened to become the EU’s “de facto colony”.”It is a paint and plaster pseudo-Brexit and beneath the camouflage we find the same old EU institutions,” Johnson said.Brexit shamblesThe pro-EU camp’s longstanding bid to secure a second referendum on staying in the bloc received a sudden boost from an opinion issued by a legal adviser to the European Court of Justice (ECJ).Advocate General Campos Sanchez-Bordona said London had the right to halt the entire Brexit process without the agreement of other EU states.”That possibility continues to exist until the withdrawal agreement is formally concluded,” he said.The EU supporting Scottish National Party’s MP Alyn Smith proclaimed: “We now have a roadmap out of the Brexit shambles.”But May warned that another Brexit vote “would take us back to square one” and do nothing to settle bitter debates about Britain’s place in Europe.”We cannot afford to spend the next decade as a country going round in circles on the question of our relationship with the European Union,” she argued.Misjudged mood of countryMay is charging ahead in the face of resistance from MPs who represent various political camps and who all hate her plan for their own reasons.Left-wing Labour wants to use to prime minister’s Brexit vote defeat to trigger a confidence vote to bring down her government.She has also been constantly challenged by hardline eurosceptics in her own party and might face an internal leadership contest as well.The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) — the Northern Ireland party propping up May’s government — also objects to special provisions for the British province.DUP formalised its rupture with May’s Conservative Party by voting against the government on Tuesday.”We’re sad about this, I deeply regret it,” the party’s parliamentary leader Nigel Dodds said.”I admire the prime minister, her stamina, her resilience, the work that she’s doing — but on this I think she has misjudged the mood of the country and the mood of the House.”last_img
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first_imgBritain`s prime minister Theresa May makes a statement in the House of Commons, London, Britain on 26 November 2018. Photo: ReutersImpassioned UK MPs debated Brexit late into Tuesday night after delivering two stinging defeats to Prime Minister Theresa May that exposed her lack of support in parliament.It marked a tumultuous start to a momentous week that will conclude next Tuesday with a vote on May’s plan for unwinding Britain’s 46-year participation in the grand European project.The House of Commons first voted 311-293 to censure the government for not publishing the full legal advice it received about May’s divorce deal with the European Union.May’s critics believe the attorney general’s report is full of embarrassing details about Britain being forced to follow EU rules for years to come while having no say in its decisions.The government argued that May had a right to get private counsel and refused to publish the entire text despite a resolution from parliament.The embarrassing loss saw it reverse course and promise to release the full tome on Wednesday.”This house has now spoken and it’s of huge constitutional and political significance,” said opposition Labour Party member Keir Starmer.Lawmakers also backed an amendment that will give them a bigger say in what happens if May’s deal is voted down — an outcome that looks likely.It would let MPs draft a “Plan B” that May will face intense political pressure to follow.The government’s defeat next week could also trigger a no-confidence vote that forces early elections and leaves Brexit in chaos just three months before the 29 March deadline.May faced these challenges and the ominous rumblings from disgruntled pro-Brexit members of her own party as she stepped before a packed session of parliament to kick off five days of intense debates.”The only solution that will endure is one that addresses the concerns of those who voted ‘Leave’ while reassuring those who voted ‘Remain’,” May said.”This argument has gone on long enough. It is corrosive to our politics and life depends on compromise.”De facto colony’Her message of unity was interrupted repeatedly by heckling from both pro-EU and Brexit-backing MPs.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called May’s plan “a huge and damaging failure for Britain” that came from “two years of botched negotiations”.”To vote for this deal would be to damage our economy, to make our constituents poorer and to take a leap in the dark for the future of this country,” said Corbyn.And former foreign minister Boris Johnson — an ardent Brexit supporter with an eye on May’s job — warned that Britain threatened to become the EU’s “de facto colony”.”It is a paint and plaster pseudo-Brexit and beneath the camouflage we find the same old EU institutions,” Johnson said.Brexit shamblesThe pro-EU camp’s longstanding bid to secure a second referendum on staying in the bloc received a sudden boost from an opinion issued by a legal adviser to the European Court of Justice (ECJ).Advocate General Campos Sanchez-Bordona said London had the right to halt the entire Brexit process without the agreement of other EU states.”That possibility continues to exist until the withdrawal agreement is formally concluded,” he said.The EU supporting Scottish National Party’s MP Alyn Smith proclaimed: “We now have a roadmap out of the Brexit shambles.”But May warned that another Brexit vote “would take us back to square one” and do nothing to settle bitter debates about Britain’s place in Europe.”We cannot afford to spend the next decade as a country going round in circles on the question of our relationship with the European Union,” she argued.Misjudged mood of countryMay is charging ahead in the face of resistance from MPs who represent various political camps and who all hate her plan for their own reasons.Left-wing Labour wants to use to prime minister’s Brexit vote defeat to trigger a confidence vote to bring down her government.She has also been constantly challenged by hardline eurosceptics in her own party and might face an internal leadership contest as well.The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) — the Northern Ireland party propping up May’s government — also objects to special provisions for the British province.DUP formalised its rupture with May’s Conservative Party by voting against the government on Tuesday.”We’re sad about this, I deeply regret it,” the party’s parliamentary leader Nigel Dodds said.”I admire the prime minister, her stamina, her resilience, the work that she’s doing — but on this I think she has misjudged the mood of the country and the mood of the House.”last_img

El Salvador moves 400 jailed gang members as part of plan to

first_img Facebook Comments SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Some 400 gang members were transferred on Friday from prisons in northern and eastern El Salvador to one with higher security in Izalco, 66 kilometers west of the capital, in order to cut off communication with their gangs and prevent new crimes, an official source reported.The country’s prison administration announced via its Twitter account “the transfer of 400 inmates from the prisons in Ciudad Barrios and Chalatenango (respectively, 153 kilometers east and 80 kilometers north of San Salvador) to the prison in Izalco.”According to the country’s prison administration, the transferred prisoners are “more dangerous criminals,” who will be in Izalco in “a higher security regime.”The prison administration did not specify which of the gangs operating in the country the inmates belong to. Another 1,100 prisoners were relocated early this week in different prison facilities.Prison administration head Rodil Hernández recently said the transfers are taking place “to cut off all channels of communication” allowing jailed leaders to order their gangs, or maras, to commit crimes outside the prisons.The relocations had been announced a couple of weeks ago by President Salvador Sánchez Cerén, among a series of measures aimed at fighting off criminal violence, which has increased over the past months, particularly against state security forces.According to the authorities, 23 policemen and six members of the military have been killed by gangs this year. A total of 1,194 people were killed in El Salvador between January 1 to April 5, according to official estimates.The President has also ordered the creation of “immediate reaction” battalions, one in the police and three in the army, to combat gangs.Local media published a communiqué on Friday in which gangs commit to respecting the lives of policemen, soldiers, prison guards, judges, public officials and politicians, and reducing murders in general.“As of now we are instructing our units to remain garrisoned, and to store the weapons,” the dangerous Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18 gangs said in their communiqué, according to El Diario de Hoy.Authorities estimate there are some 70,000 gang members in the country, 10,000 of whom are in prison. Related posts:In San Salvador everyone has to pay the gangs As gang violence surges, El Salvador fears bloody war From ‘America’s Mayor’ to international security guru: Rudy Giuliani sends experts to El Salvador ‘I feel like they cut me down to the roots’: A Salvadoran refugee’s storylast_img read more

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first_img Facebook Comments SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Some 400 gang members were transferred on Friday from prisons in northern and eastern El Salvador to one with higher security in Izalco, 66 kilometers west of the capital, in order to cut off communication with their gangs and prevent new crimes, an official source reported.The country’s prison administration announced via its Twitter account “the transfer of 400 inmates from the prisons in Ciudad Barrios and Chalatenango (respectively, 153 kilometers east and 80 kilometers north of San Salvador) to the prison in Izalco.”According to the country’s prison administration, the transferred prisoners are “more dangerous criminals,” who will be in Izalco in “a higher security regime.”The prison administration did not specify which of the gangs operating in the country the inmates belong to. Another 1,100 prisoners were relocated early this week in different prison facilities.Prison administration head Rodil Hernández recently said the transfers are taking place “to cut off all channels of communication” allowing jailed leaders to order their gangs, or maras, to commit crimes outside the prisons.The relocations had been announced a couple of weeks ago by President Salvador Sánchez Cerén, among a series of measures aimed at fighting off criminal violence, which has increased over the past months, particularly against state security forces.According to the authorities, 23 policemen and six members of the military have been killed by gangs this year. A total of 1,194 people were killed in El Salvador between January 1 to April 5, according to official estimates.The President has also ordered the creation of “immediate reaction” battalions, one in the police and three in the army, to combat gangs.Local media published a communiqué on Friday in which gangs commit to respecting the lives of policemen, soldiers, prison guards, judges, public officials and politicians, and reducing murders in general.“As of now we are instructing our units to remain garrisoned, and to store the weapons,” the dangerous Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18 gangs said in their communiqué, according to El Diario de Hoy.Authorities estimate there are some 70,000 gang members in the country, 10,000 of whom are in prison. Related posts:In San Salvador everyone has to pay the gangs As gang violence surges, El Salvador fears bloody war From ‘America’s Mayor’ to international security guru: Rudy Giuliani sends experts to El Salvador ‘I feel like they cut me down to the roots’: A Salvadoran refugee’s storylast_img read more

Greece Breaking Records in tourist arrivals informs PM Alexis Tsipras

first_imgPrime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras has informed World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General Taleb Rifai that “year by year Greece is breaking records” in terms of the number of visitors from abroad.The PM’s statement was made during a meeting he had with Rifai at the Maximos Mansion in Athens, which was also attended by Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura.Tsipras stated that 27.5 million tourists had arrived in Greece in 2016, with the country aiming to welcome over 30 million visitors in 2017.Following his meeting, Tsipras had said, “We are working so 2017 will be the third record year for Greek tourism.”Rifai was on an official visit to Athens to be the keynote speaker at a conference held to promote Greece as 365 days a year tourism destination. The conference, organised by the Tourism Ministry and the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO), also focused on sustainable tourism development.Rifai expressed confidence in Greek tourism, referring to Greece as “one of the most popular and attractive global destinations.”last_img read more

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first_imgPrime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras has informed World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General Taleb Rifai that “year by year Greece is breaking records” in terms of the number of visitors from abroad.The PM’s statement was made during a meeting he had with Rifai at the Maximos Mansion in Athens, which was also attended by Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura.Tsipras stated that 27.5 million tourists had arrived in Greece in 2016, with the country aiming to welcome over 30 million visitors in 2017.Following his meeting, Tsipras had said, “We are working so 2017 will be the third record year for Greek tourism.”Rifai was on an official visit to Athens to be the keynote speaker at a conference held to promote Greece as 365 days a year tourism destination. The conference, organised by the Tourism Ministry and the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO), also focused on sustainable tourism development.Rifai expressed confidence in Greek tourism, referring to Greece as “one of the most popular and attractive global destinations.”last_img read more