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first_imgJammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik was arrested by police here on Saturday.A spokesman of the JKLF said Malik was arrested from his residence in Maisuma area.Malik along with Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has been spearheading the separatist resistance in the Kashmir Valley for over one year.last_img

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first_imgCharlotte Hornets guard Nicolas Batum, center, prepares to take a shot against Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APMIAMI — Wayne Ellington was not the first, second or probably even the third option on Miami’s final possession.He was the right option.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “They play really hard,” said Hornets guard Kemba Walker, who led all scorers with 30 points. “They are really disciplined and have a lot of heart. That’s why they’re so good.”Dwight Howard finished with 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Hornets.“I don’t think we executed in the fourth quarter,” Howard said. “They got some good stops and they were able on their end to make some buckets. We just have to do better.”Walker had a chance to tie the game when he went to the line down by two with 30 seconds remaining, but made only the first. James Johnson corralled the rebound for Miami, the Heat called time and set up a play to run down the clock.Charlotte gambled and didn’t foul, hoping Miami wouldn’t make a 3-pointer. The plan backfired when Ellington connected from the top of the arc as the shot clock was expiring.ADVERTISEMENT Pacers use late-game magic to slip past Orlando Charlotte was without Michael Carter-Williams, sidelined with a strained left shoulder. His absence provided an opportunity for rookie Malik Monk to get back into the rotation, after playing a total of 10 minutes in the Hornets’ last six games. But Monk missed all four of his shots in seven scoreless first-half minutes. Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:46Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Josh Richardson scored 19 points, Ellington capped his 17-point effort with a 3-pointer that sealed the outcome with 4 seconds left, and the Heat beat the Charlotte Hornets 95-91 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time) to snap a two-game slide.The Heat rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit and atoned for letting a close game slip away against Sacramento on Thursday by holding Charlotte to 13 points in the final quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The great thing about this league is you have opportunities to learn. You either win or you learn,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “The other night, that was a tough lesson but we really wanted to make amends for how we finish games defensively.”Kelly Olynyk scored 16 points and James Johnson added 10 for Miami. The Heat went 4-0 against the Hornets this season, winning by five, six, one and four points. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “Their depth is one of their great strengths,” Charlotte coach Steve Clifford said.Miami led by as many as 10 late in the first half, but the third quarter brought huge trouble.Charlotte outscored Miami 27-4 over an eight-minute stretch of that period, the Hornets shooting 10 for 18 from the field in that span while Miami shot 2 for 16.Charlotte led by 15 twice in the third, only to see that trimmed down to seven by the end of the quarter. Miami clawed within one point on four occasions in the fourth, couldn’t get over the hump on the first three, then finally got the lead back at 92-90 on a three-point play by Richardson with 1:21 left.“We wanted to make sure we got some stops,” Ellington said. “We dug in and made sure we didn’t have any regrets.”Hornets: Howard blocked four shots, the last of those giving him 2,000 in his career. … Charlotte scored 13 points in the fourth, and missed its final five shots. … The Hornets were 28 for 35 from the foul line, compared to Miami’s 11 for 18.Heat: Ellington now has 150 3s this season, a career-high with 33 games left. … Miami has had a different starting lineup in three consecutive games. … The Heat love weekends — they’re 17-8 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and 11-13 on all other days of the week. … It was the eighth time the Heat won a game this season when it did not hold a lead going into the fourth quarter.IN MEMORYThe Heat held a pregame moment of silence for longtime agent Henry Thomas, who died a day prior. Thomas represented several Heat players over the years, including Udonis Haslem, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Tim Hardaway. “I feel like I lost a dad,” said Haslem, who missed Thursday’s Heat game so he could be at Thomas’ bedside. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Thomas was part of the team’s extended family.LATE SCRATCH View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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first_imgPromising wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha was on Saturday named skipper of the India A squad for the two four-day matches against Australia A and the quadrangular series involving South Africa A, Australia A and Cricket Australia’s National Performance Squad (NPS). (Latest Cricket stories)The senior selection committee, which met earlier in the day, picked as many as nine players out of 16 from the victorious squad which recently mauled Zimbabwe both in the One-Day International (ODI) and T20 International series.The Rahul Dravid-coached side will play both the four-day ties against the hosts at the Allan Border field in Brisbane from September 8 to 11 and 15 to 18 while the Harrup Park will host the finals of the one-day leg of the tournament at Mackay.The quadrangular series kicks off with South Africa A taking on NPS on August 13 at Tony Ireland stadium in Townsville, while India A will open its campaign against Australia A on August 14 at the same venue.India A will then take on the Proteas on August 17 before locking horns with NPS on August 21 in Townsville.The action will then shift to Mackay where the Indians face South Africa A on August 25 before taking on NPS and Australia A on August 27 and 30 respectively. The finals are slated for September 3 and 4, which will be played between the third and fourth-placed teams while the top two clash with each other in the other game.Team:India A: Naman Ojha (captain and wk), Faiz Fazal, Akhil Herwadkar, Shreyas Iyer, Karun Nair, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav (wk), Vijay Shankar, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Varun Aaron, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Barinder Sran, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sanju Samson. Coach – Rahul Dravidadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgMOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical KJ McDaniels explodes for 47 as TNT ends Terrific 12 stint with win Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next While Suzara is away, Jojit Alcazar has been appointed officer-in-charge of Phisgoc.“To date, the current organizational chart remains the same,’’ said Alcazar, who issued the memo to the across the entire Phisgoc organization.“As we draw closer to the Games, all officials of the top management and the respective officials and members of all functional areas should perform their regular duties and functions,’’ added Alcazar.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’center_img Becoming his own man “I’ll be back on Oct. 1,’’ was the brief reply of Suzara through a text message to the Inquirer.READ: Cayetano eyes minor shake-up in Phisgoc as 2019 SEA Games nearsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Suzara, the chief architect of the country’s SEA Games hosting blueprint on Nov. 30-Dec. 11, went to Japan for the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup from Sept. 14-30 and possible engagement with organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Suzara is also one of the eight original incorporators of the Phisgoc chaired by House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers View comments Phisgoc COO Tats Suzara.MANILA, Philippines–Ramon “Tats” Suzara will stay on as chief operating officer of the Philippines Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee.Suzara confirmed late Wednesday that he would report back to work on Oct. 1 as pointman of the organizing committee after Phisgoc released a memo saying he was just on official leave.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ This jewelry designer is also an architectlast_img read more

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first_imgIndian shuttler Ajay Jayaram reached the quarter-finals of the Korea Open Superseries, while B. Sai Praneeth faltered against local favourite Wan Ho Son in Seoul on Thursday.Jayaram moved past Chinese Huang Yuxiang 21-15, 21-18 in the second round match that ended in 40 minutes.On Friday, the Indian will meet Lee Hyun of South Korea, who stunned world No.3 Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark 18-21, 21-18, 21-13 in an hour and four minutes. (Kidambi Srikanth, Ajay Jayaram and H.S. Prannoy advance at Japan Open)Jayaram’s teammate Praneeth, however, had a tough outing against sixth seed Wan, stumbling to a 9-21, 15-21 defeat in 34 minutes.Wan will face Dane Hans-Kristian Vittinghus who eased past Chinese Taipei’s Wei Tzu Wang 21-13, 21-11.In other quarter-finals, Chinese fourth seed Tian Houwei will have to overcome Hong Kong’s Wing Ki Vincent Wong, while Bin Qiao of China will be up against Kwang Hee Heo. (Shuttler Ajay Jayaram crashes out of US Open )In the most surprising result in the women’s singles competition, China’s Chen Yufei delivered a shocking verdict against Thailand’s former world champion Ratchanok Intanon with a 21-17, 21-17 triumph.Big names Tai Tzu Ying and Sung Ji Hyun will pit against each other in the quarter-finals, while Japanese Minatsu Mitani also advanced to the last eight stage. Mitani will face Yufei.Kim Hyo Min and Kim Ga Eun will face-off in an all South Korean battle for a place in the semi-finals.last_img read more

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first_imgVirat Kohli is celebrating his 30th birthday today and wishes are starting to pour in from all quarters for the Indian cricket team captain.Kohli is a leader, on the field and off it. The youth icon does not only push and inspire his teammates but millions of others who consider him to be their hero.Kohli has been in phenomenal form for the last few years now and has been on a record-breaking spree since taking over the captain’s role from MS Dhoni in all formats.Kohli’s exploits on the field have been well documented as well as the multitudes of records he has broken and set over the course of his now-illustrious career.But what about the man beneath the helmet, the son who shoulders the dreams of a billion, the leader of India’s rise to the top of the cricketing ladder?The journey started way back in December 2006, when a young 18-year-old boy from Uttam Nagar walked out to bat for his Ranji Trophy team, Delhi, hours after his father passed away.Delhi were playing Karnataka and he was batting on 40 overnight. Most of his teammates did not expect him to come to the ground after the loss of his father, but Kohli has always been a thorough professional. He walked out and scored 90 to save Delhi from a follow-on.Kohli scores runs for fun these days. He recently became the first Indian batsman to smash three successive hundred in one day internationals when he hit 107 against West Indies in the recently concluded series.advertisementDuring the series, he also broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record of becoming the fastest to complete 10,000 runs in the format. The India skipper blazed his way to 10,000 runs from only 205 innings.Kohli became the 13th overall and fifth Indian after Sachin Tendulkar (18426), Sourav Ganguly (11221) and Rahul Dravid (10768) to join the elite club.In fact, the modern great completed 1000 runs in a calendar year six times (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017 and 2018). This year, he became the quickest to score 1000 ODI runs in a calendar year as he managed the feat in just 11 innings and surpassed the record held jointly by him and Hashim Amla with 15.Kohli now also has 150-plus scores in ODIs four times.In Tests too, Kohli broke a plethora of records in 2018. He scored 286 in three Tests in South Africa, he then amassed 593 runs in England and signed off with 184 in the two-match series against West Indies at home.Kohli, in only 10 matches in 2018, aggregated 1063 runs and will play three most Tests in Australia in December.King Kohli also completed 2000 runs in Twenty20 Internationals this year becoming the fastest to achieve the feat.Kohli has come a long way now — from leading the country’s U-19 team to World Cup glory back in 2008 to leading India’s charge in dominating the world of cricket in all forms of the game.As the captain of the team, he leads by example and his obsession with fitness is no secret. He spends hours at the gym, watches what he eats and expects his men to do the same.He has a huge following on social media with most of his posts showing him sweating it out at the gym, which strikes a chord with the youth of the country. He is well aware of his influence on the youth of the country and that he is closely followed not only by the media but millions who profess him their hero.last_img read more

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first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn The poker player Phil Ivey has lost his court bid to recover £7.7m ( $10.2m) of winnings from a London casino.The 40-year-old American has been fighting to recover the sum since successfully playing a version of baccarat known as Punto Banco at Crockfords Club in Mayfair in 2012.The hearing at the supreme court considered whether dishonesty was a necessary element of the offence of cheating.Ivey had challenged a 2016 majority decision in the court of appeal dismissing his case against Genting Casinos UK, which owns Crockfords. Genting said a technique he used, called edge-sorting, was not a legitimate strategy, while Ivey maintained that he won fairly.Five justices unanimously upheld the majority decision of the court of appeal, which dismissed his case on the basis that being knowingly dishonest was not a necessary element of “cheating”.After the game in question, Ivey was told the money would be wired to him in Las Vegas, but it never arrived, although his stake of £1m was returned.Genting said the technique of edge-sorting used by Ivey, which involves identifying small differences in the pattern on the reverse of playing cards and exploiting that information to increase the chances of winning, was not a legitimate strategy.Ivey did not personally touch any cards, but persuaded the croupier to rotate the most valuable cards by intimating that he was superstitious.In the court of appeal, Lady Justice Arden said the Gambling Act 2005 provided that someone may cheat “without dishonesty or intention to deceive: depending on the circumstances it may be enough that he simply interferes with the process of the game”.There was no doubt, she added, that the actions of Ivey and another gambler, Cheung Yin Sun, interfered with the process by which Crockfords played the game of Punto Banco with Ivey. Stephen Parkinson, head of criminal litigation at Kingsley Napley, the law firm that represented Crockfords, said: “This is one of the most significant decisions in criminal law in a generation. The concept of dishonesty is central to a whole range of offences, including fraud.“For 35 years, juries have been told that defendants will only be guilty if the conduct complained of was dishonest by the standards of ordinary, reasonable and honest people, and also that they must have realised that ordinary, honest people would regard their behaviour as dishonest. “The supreme court has now said that this second limb of the test does not represent the law and that directions based upon it ought no longer to be given by the courts.” Law (US) Share on Pinterest Share via Email Reuse this content Gambling Share on Messenger Since you’re here…center_img Share on Facebook Share on Twitter UK supreme court Topics news Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Pokerlast_img read more

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first_imgWell, gents, 2017 is finally coming to an end — and we hope some of these trends will too. Below are the worst trends we saw this year, as well as our suggestions for replacements in 2018.Goodbye, Scraggly Beards > Hello, Well-Kept BeardsLook, we love beards here at The Manual. Like, really love beards. And while we enjoy a rugged outdoorsman look, not everyone can pull that off. Beards deserve to be taken care of, which means proper grooming and products. If you need some help, we can point out the best beard oils and ways to shape your scruff.No Socks > Colorful SocksSocks were invented for a reason: to keep your feet dry. Lately, we’ve seen a lot of men forgoing socks for naked, sweaty feet, which we’re not fans of. Please, just wear socks. You don’t have to be bulk-buy white crew socks (unless that’s your thing). You can pair colorful, thoughtful socks with just about any kind of shoe: sneakers, oxfords, even boots. Here is some inspiration to get you thinking.Selfies > Photos of Your FriendsIt’s okay, we can admit it. We’ve all taken a selfie before. But your entire photo gallery does not need to be of your mug. Take photos of your friends instead. You’ll enjoy looking back on those pics more, and when a lovely self-portrait eventually pops up in our social feeds, we’ll be more inclined to smash that like button.Pastels > Light NeutralsWith the resurgence of the ’90s in popular culture, it was inevitable that it dredged up a few trends that we don’t like. We can get behind the light wash denim, the floral prints, and the athleisure wear (although we’re pretty sure we just called ’em track suits back in the day), but the pastels? Those should stay back in the ’90s. If you want to keep it fair, opt for lighter neutrals instead. You can still get the same overall look without the overwhelming doctor’s office feel.Romphim > Golidlocks Shorts Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts We all had a good laugh at the idea of Romphims — rompers for him — but the joke has gone too far. There’s a reason that you don’t see women everywhere wearing rompers! Because they are difficult to get in and out of, and they are perpetual wedgie makers. If you need to show a little knee, just snag some Goldilocks shorts: not too long, not too short (and you can still find some funky colors to boot).Logos > BasicsThe all-Gucci or all-Supreme ensemble is just too much. We appreciate brand loyalty, but we also don’t believe in flaunting it all at the same time. Quality basics will give you a sophisticated feel without the in-your-face level of large logos. Some of our favorite brands include American Giant, Marine Layer, and Taylor Stitch. The holiday season is over, but you can these basics from our gift guide.Oversized Sweaters > Chunky SweatersInstead of using an extra ball of yarn to hold together that massive, oversized sweater, opt for something a little more fitting instead. Yes, we like the feel of wearing a blanket in public. Yes, we understand that, in this current political climate, we’re all seeking a little more comfort and protection, so we may wear larger clothing in case we need to retreat inside like a turtle and his shell. But you don’t need to so much material that you can literally cocoon your entire body. A thick, chunky sweater (like this one) will give you the same sense of coziness while also showing off your frame.Boxy and Wide-leg > Slim-Cut and TailoredLeft: Catwalking/Getty Images | Right: Kirstin Sinclair/Getty ImagesThis plays into the oversized sweater trends. More is not always better, and that is the case with the amount of fabrics used to make your suits and pants. The square, boxy look popped back up in 2017, and we’d like it to stay there. A tailored style is always the way to go, and getting bespoke suits, shirts, pants, and other accessories has never been easier.Featured image courtesy of Romphim. Editors’ Recommendations How Often Should You Wash Your Hair? We Asked the Experts center_img Do You Want Your Home to Smell Like Scotch Country? Airbnb Wants to Send You to Antarctica on Sabbatical The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expectedlast_img read more

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first_imgPrime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller departed the island on Tuesday, July 2, for Trinidad and Tobago for the Thirty-fourth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, which will be held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, from July 3-6, 2013.The CARICOM Heads Meeting will be convened under the chairmanship of that country’s Prime Minister the Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar.Prime Minister Simpson Miller will head Jamaica’s delegation to the meeting. She will be accompanied by Hon. Anthony Hylton, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce; Miss Onika Miller, Permanent Secretary, OPM; Ambassador Paul Robotham, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade; Dr. Deborah Hickling, Director of Operations, OPM and Mrs. Angella V. Comfort, Director, Caribbean and Americas Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. Jamaican High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago Ambassador Sharon Saunders will join the delegation.The Meeting of the Conference of Heads will coincide with the commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the establishment of CARICOM on July 4, while Prime Minister Simpson Miller will participate in the official Opening Ceremony on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.Given the significance of this year’s 40th Anniversary, Prime Minister Simpson Miller and other CARICOM Heads of Government will have an exchange of views with three Special Guests at the Meeting. They are His Excellency Danilo Medina, President of the Dominican Republic; His Excellency Nicolás Maduro, President of the Republic of Venezuela and His Excellency S.E. Vicente Ehate Tomi, Prime Minister of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.The Conference of Heads will consider a range of issues including The Economic Situation facing Member States and the Region; Transportation in the Region; the Reform Process in CARICOM and Advancing the Regional Agenda for ICT. Prime Minister Simpson Miller, in her capacity as Chairman of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on External Negotiations, will provide an update on external trade issues affecting the Region.Prime Minister Simpson Miller will also represent Jamaica in a symbolic signing ceremony with the Heads of Government from the nations that signed the original Treaty of Chaguaramas.The Prime Minister will return to the Island on July 7, 2013. In her absence, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, Minister of Transport, Works and Housing will be in charge of the Government.Contact: Communications Unit-OPMTel: 926-0244Fax: 920-4684Email: opm.news@opm.gov.jmlast_img read more

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first_imgStory Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says that come November, an additional 250 young people will be recruited by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) under the Jamaica National Service Corps (JNSC). Mr. Holness said the 13-week training exercise represented the first of five phases comprising a year-long programme for the initial recruits. The Jamaica National Service Corps will facilitate an intake of 1,000 persons to the JDF annually, representing an increase of more than 700 individuals, for 12 months of training in military, vocational and broader life skills. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says that come November, an additional 250 young people will be recruited by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) under the Jamaica National Service Corps (JNSC).He said the new recruits will represent the second cohort drafted under the JNSC, which is the JDF’s new intake mechanism, following an initial 234 young people who graduated on September 23 following 13 weeks of training.The Prime Minister advised that unlike the first cohort, which had no females, “we certainly have women in the next intake”.He was providing an update on the JNSC in a statement delivered during Tuesday’s (September 26) sitting of the House of Representatives.Mr. Holness said the 13-week training exercise represented the first of five phases comprising a year-long programme for the initial recruits.He pointed out that areas covered in the curriculum under phase one included discipline, military service knowledge, barracks room procedures, physical fitness and conditioning, foot and arms drills, basic field craft/adventure training, map reading, basic first aid, and basic signals.The Prime Minister reiterated that the JNSC, established following an amendment to the Defence Act, which he tabled in Parliament in March, is a critical component of the JDF’s employment and engagement strategy.Additionally, he said it is integral to the Government’s Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) initiative, “which is an apt acronym for Help Our People Excel”.Mr. Holness noted that the newly minted soldiers will embody the JNSC’s underpinning principle to Learn, Earn, Give (back) and Save (LEGS). He said they would do so by applying the JDF’s core values of commitment, courage, honour, integrity, loyalty and discipline.“In order to have a safe, secure and progressive nation, we must uphold these values and make them a way of life by spreading them throughout Jamaica. This augurs well for Jamaica’s development and engagement of its young people, particularly our unattached youth,” he added.The Jamaica National Service Corps will facilitate an intake of 1,000 persons to the JDF annually, representing an increase of more than 700 individuals, for 12 months of training in military, vocational and broader life skills.These skills will equip them for either an extended career in the JDF or engagement in other professional areas of interest.last_img read more

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first_imgzoom Saudi Arabia’s state oil company Saudi Aramco, and its partners Lamprell, the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), have chosen Posidonia 2018 for the global unveiling of their International Maritime Industries (IMI) joint venture.When the yard is fully operational in 2022, IMI will offer new build and maintenance, repair and overhaul of vessels, including very large crude carriers (VLCCs) and offshore rigs.The nearly 12 million-square-meter facility to be situated in Ras Al Khair in eastern Saudi Arabia will be the largest in the region in terms of production capacity and scale, and will be able to manufacture over 40 vessels, as indicated by Saudi Aramco.This scope is expected to enable Saudi Aramco and its supply chain partners to meet their manufacturing and MRO requirements for offshore oil and gas rigs, offshore support vessels, and commercial vessels, including crude carriers.The yard already has orders for more than 20 rigs and 52 ships over the next decade.“We have chosen to participate at Posidonia 2018 to showcase International Maritime Industries’ position as a global competitor and regional hub for maritime industries and services. Given our geographic location and our proximity to strategic shipping routes, IMI is well positioned to be the partner of choice for newbuild ships and rigs, as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul services,” Fathi K. Al-Saleem, CEO of IMI, said.IMI will be joining over 1,850 companies from a wide range of maritime industry sectors currently preparing and planning their participation at the June 4-8 event to be held at the Athens Metropolitan Expo across an exhibitor floor space spanning 40,000 sqm.Organisers expect to welcome over 22,000 shipping executives and government delegation members during the five days of the event, including a strong presence of the Greek shipowning community.last_img read more

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first_imgNova Scotia continues to be a leader in protecting the environment, becoming the first province in Canada to offer a mandatory training course for septic professionals. “Septic professionals in Nova Scotia have an important role to play in helping to protect our environment,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour. “This course will help them gain valuable knowledge about our regulations and how they help preserve and manage our water resources.” Septic professionals who take the course will learn about safety procedures for handling and transporting liquid waste, equipment use, emergency-spill response and measures that will improve public and environmental health. “We understand our role in environmental protection and we take our responsibilities seriously,” said Darrell MacKenzie, owner MacKenzie’s Septic Tank Services in Pictou County. “Our industry is looking forward to enhancing our skills and knowledge, while promoting the quality of our services.” Government required all septic tank professionals to be certified in April 2007 when the On-Site Sewage Disposal Systems Regulations took effect. They must take this training course within their the first year of certification. About 160 people will take courses from March 10-14 in Sydney, Truro, Halifax, Bridgewater and Yarmouth. For more information on Nova Scotia’s On-Site Sewage Disposal Systems Regulations, visit the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla .last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: India exported goods worth $6.3 billion to the US in 2018 under their export incentive programme, Parliament was informed Friday. The US has rolled back incentives under its Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) programme from June 5. “The total duty concessions accruing on account of the GSP were $240 million in 2018 which was about 3.8 per cent of the value of India’s exports to the US availing GSP benefits in 2018,” Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThese concessions will no longer be available, he said. He added that the impact of the withdrawal of the incentives will vary across products. In a separate reply, he said some developed countries including the European Union (EU) provide unilateral tariff preferences on exports from developing countries/least developing country under their GSP Scheme. India is a beneficiary of the GSP provided by Armenia, Australia, the European Union, Japan, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Switzerland and Turkey. “USA has terminated preferential tariff benefits being granted to India under its GSP,” he said.last_img read more

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first_imgNEW DELHI: The Supreme Court asked the Delhi government to give its response to the Environment Pollution Control Authority’s report on parking area management plan in the national capital. The Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA), in its report, commended the work done by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on parking area management in the Lajpat Nagar area.A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta granted a week’s time to the counsel appearing for the Delhi government to file a reply to the report.The apex court appointed panel EPCA, in its report, said the SDMC has initiated a pilot project in Lajpat Nagar that encompasses both commercial area of Central Market and adjacent residential colonies of the area. Senior advocate Aparajita Singh, who is assisting the top court as an amicus curiae in pollution matters, said the SDMC had done a commendable job in devising a parking area management plan for the crowded Lajpat Nagar area market and adjacent colonies.last_img read more

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first_imgVICTORIA – Melting ice caused by climate change has given ships more access to Arctic waters, which researchers say could have serious consequences for the survival of bowhead and beluga whales.Lauren McWhinnie is the lead author on a study that says there is a window of opportunity to address the harmful effects of increased shipping on the whales’ environment before they become more threatened.“In most situations we kind of employ this fire fighting technique when it comes to conservation with animals,” said McWhinnie, who is a researcher at the University of Victoria.In most cases animal populations need to be visibly declining before protection against human impacts are carried out, she said in an interview.“But up there, this is our chance to learn for once, and hopefully be proactive.”McWhinnie’s research group looked at different vessel management schemes that might be adapted for Arctic waters. The group studied over 1,000 marine protected areas and identified 14 different tools across four categories that would be suitable for the Arctic.“We have spatial tools, vessel tools, and monitoring and outreach tools, and what the study suggests is you should look at employing a suite of tools, one from each one of these tool boxes to be effective” she said.The study reviewed satellite data on shipping traffic between 2012 and 2016 in the eastern Beaufort Sea at the entrance to the Northwest Passage, one of the major shipping routes through the Canadian Arctic.The size of the passage allows for larger ships to enter the Arctic, a distinct problem for bowhead whales.“With the longer season that’s ice-free there’s more time for those types of those vessels to go through, and we know they’re the kind of vessels, particularly for ship strikes, that pose a danger to bowheads” she said.The study, which will be published in the journal of Ocean and Coastal Management next month, says warming weather conditions in the Arctic are already changing the amount and thickness of the Arctic ice.“The resulting extended ‘open water’ season has many implications for vessel traffic and marine life,” the study says.“There’s a spatial and temporal overlap to the shipping season up there and the whales’ season,” McWhinnie said.The proposed whale protection measures would only significantly affect very large, fast vessels travelling further away from the shoreline, rather than smaller community boats operating closer to the shore, the study says.McWhinnie added the noise problem is not species-specific and affects all creatures in the icy Arctic waters that use echolocation to communicate and hunt for food.“It’s a whole ecosystem that’s potentially going to be facing these changes, because of the sea ice there are other conditions, the warming of the water as well they’re already contending with, the vessel traffic is a low-hanging fruit.”When asked about the length of time left to protect the Arctic marine wildlife, McWhinnie said predictions are difficult because of the increased ice floe melt and data provided by different models.“Unfortunately that’s the $36-million question.”The study was co-authored with experts at Wildlife Conservation Society Canada.last_img read more

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A crash in Milton early this morning sent two people to hospital with serious injuries.OPP say it happened around 1:30 a.m. in the westbound lanes of the 401 near James Snow Parkway.A minivan drove into a construction zone and crashed into a parked vehicle. Both people in the minivan were trapped and had to be extricated by paramedics.Police say it is unclear what led to the crash.The OPP collision reconstruction unit is investigating.

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MONTREAL — Canada won’t back down in its defence of Canadians against an increasingly assertive China, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday following another round of sharp criticism from the Asian country.The federal government is closely monitoring the protest movement in Hong Kong, where there are 300,000 Canadian citizens, Trudeau said in a speech in Montreal. The prime minister added his government has been “working tirelessly” to secure the release of two Canadians detained in China.“As a global community, we must recognize that China is a growing power and increasingly assertive towards its place in the international order,” Trudeau told the audience at the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations event.“But make no mistake: We will always defend Canadians and Canadian interests.”The prime minister said Canada will continue to engage in dialogue with the Asian power, but it won’t stop standing up for fundamental freedoms, including the right to peaceful assembly.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“We do not escalate, but we do not back down,” he said.Trudeau’s speech came a day after Geng Shuang, a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry, told reporters Canada needs to “stop its wrongdoing before it’s too late.”Canada’s relationship with China is fraught with tension over Canada’s arrest of Chinese telecom executive Meng Wanzhou, and China’s subsequent detention of two Canadians, businessman Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig, allegedly for national security reasons.Trudeau said the government is working to obtain the release of Spavor and Kovrig, who were detained in China in December shortly after Meng was arrested at the Vancouver airport to face possible extradition to the United States.In a transcript published on China’s Foreign Ministry website, Geng said “China-Canada relations have encountered serious difficulties due to Canada’s arrest of Meng Wanzhou without cause.”He said Canada needs to “deeply reflect upon its mistakes, put itself in a right position, stop its wrongdoing before it’s too late, and exercise prudence in words and deeds on Hong Kong-related issues. Otherwise, it will cause greater damage to our bilateral relations.”The comments were just the latest rebuke from China. Liberals block hearings into scathing ethics report on SNC-Lavalin affair Liberals unhurt, Tories not helped by scathing SNC-Lavalin report: Poll Trudeau under pressure after Britain revokes citizenship of ‘Jihadi Jack’ On the weekend, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, in a joint statement with her counterpart in the European Union, Federica Mogherini, urged Chinese restraint in Honk Kong amid “a rising number of unacceptable violent incidents.”The next day Chinese officials accused Freeland of “meddling” in the country’s internal affairs.Trudeau’s foreign policy speech Wednesday was wide-ranging and detailed his government’s support for a “rules-based international order,” where countries co-operate by taking part in global institutions such as the United Nations, NATO and the G7.He boasted about his government’s success in signing trade deals with the United States and Mexico and with Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Under his Liberal government, he said, Canada has become a world leader on advocacy for climate change as well as the rights of women, girls and LGBTQ people.Trudeau also made sure to take shots at the Conservatives, who he said envision a world where Canada “hectors from the sidelines” and “flirts with the forces of populism, whipping up fear and spreading misinformation.”Canada can punch above its weight on the international stage, he said, adding that its national interests are intertwined with its international commitments to “preserve peace and security.” read more

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A Brock University scientist says wine grapes are a “canary in the coal mine” for climate change’s impact on agriculture.New data from NASA shows Earth has just experienced the second-hottest March in the 137 years records have been kept. As climate change slowly moves the temperature higher, the agriculture sector is keeping a close watch.Gary Pickering says the vineyards sprawling across Niagara can serve as an early warning system for how increasing warmth is affecting agriculture. Wine grapes are good monitors of climate change impacts because of the “narrow geographic and climatic range required by most wine grape varieties,” Pickering says.Gary Pickering“Within these bands, baseline changes to any one of the key weather factors — such as heat units during the ripening season, absolute temperatures or rainfall patterns — can significantly affect grape and wine quality and sustainability,” says Pickering, a Biological Sciences professor who is also a researcher at Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) and member of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre at Brock.Extreme weather events and dramatic temperature swings during the growing season can harm fruit quality, while extreme cold snaps during warmer-than-normal winters threaten the very survival of grapevines. Increased levels of CO2 in the air have the capacity to attract new strains of disease-carrying insects.By working closely with the research community, innovative Canadian grape growers and wine makers are identifying and working on solutions to these challenges.CCOVI researchers are pleased the federal government has allotted $70 million in its 2017 budget for discovery science aimed at tackling climate change challenges. That builds on the $30 million that was earmarked for similar research in 2016.“I’m very excited by the news,” said Pickering, who has been part of a diverse team of experts that researches early warning systems to combat damaging cold weather events, off-vine grape ripening to overcome variability in growing seasons, new types of wine and production methods, and better clone and rootstock combinations of varieties that will thrive in future conditions.“Increased frequency of extreme weather events looks to be one of the biggest challenges to the industry and it’s important that this fund be used to help support, maintain and even grow our grape and wine industry.”CCOVI director Debbie Inglis said the institute’s team of scientists are well-suited to lead and partner on projects that mitigate the effects of climate change on local vineyards and capitalize on new opportunities through innovate grape growing and wine making strategies.“CCOVI has long established itself as an innovator in the grape and wine industry, including research into climate change adaptiveness,” she said. “Our VineAlert program is a key example of this innovation, saving growers millions of dollars a year from the damaging impact of extreme cold weather events, and helping to ensure a stable grape supply.”CCOVI’s senior staff viticulturist Jim Willwerth, whose research focuses predominantly on freeze protection and improving grapevine cold hardiness, is one of the primary investigators, along with Inglis and CCOVI Professional Affiliate Kevin Ker, from the Institute’s innovative VineAlert program.It operates like an early warning system for grape growers, offering real-time temperature information about their grape buds’ ability to survive cold temperatures over the dormant season from October to April. This crucial information helps growers determine when protective actions such as wind machines are needed to prevent cold injury to the grapevines.The system was lauded by the Council of Ontario University’s Research Matters campaign as one of the top 50 most ‘game-changing’ research partnerships across the province.CCOVI also had climate change opportunities and challenges at front of mind in its annual lecture series, where fellows such as climatologist Tony Shaw discussed the evolution of Canada’s wine appellations as we undergo significant shifts in climate patterns.With more than 18,000 acres of planted grapes across the province and an economic impact of more than $4 billion, Willwerth said it makes sense to funnel research dollars into projects that help the grape and wine industry tackle challenges associated with a warming planet.“Environmental changes are going to impact not only grapevines, but winemaking production — the style, quality and everything that goes into that,” he said. “Understanding short-term weather events’ impact on plants will lead to innovative solutions for the future.” read more

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Ivan Rodriguez.14997.8.235127.7+.086 PLAYERISOWRC+ISOWRC+ISO DIFF. THROUGH AGE 25AGE 26-29 Late-blooming power hittersLargest difference in isolated power (ISO) between appearances through age 25 and age 26-29, 1901-2017 George Sisler.096136.7.192160.0+.096 Rogers Hornsby.162162.6.300203.5+.138 Albert Belle.222118.0.323159.9+.100 Martinez isn’t the only recent player to go on an out-of-nowhere power spree — Jose Bautista, for instance, went from a light-hitting utility man early in his career to a fearsome, bat-flipping homer machine as he approached his 30s. Nor is Martinez the only exemplar of the fly-ball phenomenon sweeping across the game; from Daniel Murphy to Yonder Alonso, plenty of players have given their careers new life by way of an uppercut swing.But Martinez might be the best of the bunch.Because of his newfound affinity for fly balls, Martinez — who landed in Arizona via a midseason trade — has remade himself into one of the game’s most dangerous hitters. Over the past four seasons, Martinez ranks as the eighth-best batter in all of baseball according to Weighted Runs Created Plus, which measures how many runs a player generates per plate appearance.Early in his career, it would have been a pleasant surprise if Martinez had hit four home runs in a month. But after Martinez modified his approach, Monday’s accomplishment is just the latest signpost along his road to stardom. And with the red-hot Diamondbacks practically assured of making the playoffs, a national audience will have a chance to get acquainted with Martinez’s power stroke this fall.Check out our latest MLB predictions. Kirby Puckett.07186.0.182138.3+.111 Ken Griffey Jr..234141.9.321146.0+.087 Sammy Sosa.18396.7.273123.5+.090 In becoming the 18th major-league player to hit four homers in a game (and the second player this season), Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder J.D. Martinez did something rarer than a perfect game. But in accomplishing the feat, Martinez has also become the poster boy of one baseball’s biggest trends: the overnight fly ball-smashing sensation.Martinez began his career as a slap-hitting prospect for the Houston Astros — and to be charitable, he was not successful at it. Over his first three MLB seasons, Martinez had an adjusted on-base plus slugging that was 12 percent worse than average, accumulated negative 1.3 wins above replacement1Taking the average of Baseball-Reference.com’s and FanGraphs’s versions of WAR. and hit for very little power, belting just 24 home runs in 252 games. By 2014, Martinez was struggling so much that Houston released him.“I’m doing everything the coaches tell me,” Martinez told Travis Sawchik of FanGraphs in March about that period of his career. “I’m swinging down on the ball. In BP, I’m hitting low line drives everywhere. In games, it doesn’t play.”But the Detroit Tigers saw potential in Martinez, snapping him up a few days after his release. And Martinez repaid their faith by turning his career around, with the help of a new philosophy at the plate. He became one of baseball’s earliest fly-ball revolutionaries, reducing his ratio of ground balls to fly balls from 0.87 in his first three seasons to 0.64 in the seasons since. And the results were striking. Since 1901,2The first season of MLB’s modern two-league era. only Hall of Fame second baseman Rogers Hornsby increased his isolated power — which is slugging percentage minus batting average — more from his career average through age 25 to his average between the ages of 26 and 29 (Martinez was coming off his age-25 season when the Astros waived him): Jeff Bagwell.170138.4.284169.1+.115 Andy Pafko.114111.7.203132.2+.089 Tony Armas.12773.6.219105.1+.092 Damion Easley.09272.9.190105.5+.098 J.D. Martinez.13687.3.265145.8+.129 Gorman Thomas.16281.8.264129.5+.101 Todd Hundley.13667.0.251128.1+.115 David Ortiz.182101.5.288143.9+.106 Joe Adcock.15297.5.246138.5+.094 Gil Hodges.14796.4.244135.9+.098 For players with at least 750 plate appearances through age 25 and at least 1,500 from age 26 to 29.Sources: FanGraphs, Baseball-Reference.com Duke Snider.203124.0.306163.8+.103 George Foster.14898.0.258151.3+.110 Harry Heilmann.125118.3.216165.4+.092 read more

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first_imgThere is limited understanding of the role played by the Salonika campaign in allied war strategy or the behaviour of Greece and its army in the conduct of the campaign. Over four hundred and fifty Australian men and women served in a variety of capacities in northern Greece between 1914 to 1918, yet little is known about their experiences in the Macedonian theatre of war.Australian women in particular played a significant part in the conflict with over 360 serving in British army hospitals near Salonika and on the island of Lemnos.As Australian troops were embedded in British units, nothing has been written thus far about their war experience in the malaria infested marshes of northern Greece.In this lecture, Dr Maria Hill will be discussing what my research in Australia, Britain and Greece, has revealed about the nature of the campaign.BioDr Maria Hill – President of the Society of Women Writers NSW, is a professional historian with expertise in military history, particularly the Greek and Crete campaigns of 1941.She has an Honours, Masters and PhD in History from the University of New South Wales and is the first Australian historian of Greek descent to write about these campaigns. Her book, Diggers and Greeks: The Australian Campaigns in Greece and Crete was shortlisted in 2010 for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards.She is the author of an award winning history teaching publication, Federation: Inclusion and Exclusion for the NSW Department of Education and training that earned her a State and a National Discovery Democracy Award as well as a Commonwealth Centenary Medal for her contribution to education.Formerly, a Visiting fellow at ADFA, a judge of the NSW Premier’s History Prize, Guest speaker and Workshop presenter at the Brisbane Writers Festival and Managing Editor of the Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism at Macquarie University. Currently she is conducting research for a new book on the Anzacs in Salonika 1915-1918.NOTE: This lecture will take place back at the Greek CentreLocation: Greek Centre, Level M, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne Date: Thursday, 23 April 2015, 7:00pm Lecturer: Dr Maria Hill Entry: Free Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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