Muhammad Ali dies: Manny Pacquiao, Mike Tyson lead tributes

first_imgIndian boxing sensation Vijender Singh and former World Champion pro boxer Manny Pacquiao were among the millions who paid their tributes to legendary pugilist Muhammad Ali.Ali, 74, breathed his last on Saturday at Phoenix after failing to recover from a respiratory ailment. The champion boxer had suffered for years from Parkinson’s disease,which ravaged his body.Ali was a giant of his time – a furious and loud fighter whose influence was felt far beyond the ring. He engaged in some of the world’s most iconic fights even though his career was interrupted for more than three years when he refused to be drafted for military service during the Vietnam War.Ali’s prolific 61-fight career featured bouts that are considered the greatest in history: a trilogy with Joe Frazier that produced “The Fight of the Century” and the “Thrilla in Manila,” and the “The Rumble in the Jungle” with George Foreman, among many others.It’s not surprising to see Foreman leading the tributes today. Ralph Ali, Frazier & Foreman we were 1 guy. A part of me slipped away, “The greatest piece” George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) June 4, 2016God came for his champion. So long great one. @MuhammadAli #TheGreatest #RIP Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) June 4, 2016@MuhammadAli sir u always be a legend ???? #RIP we always miss u Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) June 4, 2016@MuhammadAli #LegendNeverDie Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) June 4, 2016Please keep @MuhammadAli in your thoughts and prayers. With God, all things are possible. Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) June 4, 2016Greatest sportsman of all time! May his soul rest in peace #MuhammadAli Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) June 4, 2016The Greatest is no More. RIP Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) June 4, 2016No sportsman has made as great an impact as Ali. You will always float like a butterfly , sting like a bee! RIP Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) June 4, 2016My heart is deeply saddened yet both appreciative and relieved that the greatest is now resting in the greatest place. Roy Jones Jr. (@RealRoyJonesJr) June 4, 2016last_img read more

Messi the ‘cherry on top’ of Barcelona – Spalletti

first_imgInter boss Luciano Spalletti believes Lionel Messi is “the best” and is looking forward to the challenge of facing Barcelona’s star man in the Champions League.The Italian outfit were beaten 2-0 at the Camp Nou by a Barca side missing Messi through injury, with Rafinha and Jordi Alba the scorers in a comfortable win for the Blaugrana.However, the Argentine superstar has seemingly made a miraculous recovery from a broken arm to be in contention for Tuesday’s return date and has travelled with Ernesto Valverde’s squad to Milan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And Spalletti feels that the prospect of facing the Catalan giants and Messi is a great test for his side, who sit second in the group – just three points off Barcelona at the top – and has called on his players to show their quality against a top-class opponent.”We can play against anyone and perform the same way,” he told reporters at a pre-match press conference.”The team is doing well, and this is truly the chance to see if we can play evenly against anyone. When we talk about Barcelona, we are talking about the highest calibre of opponent in this game. They have a team mentality and Messi is the cherry on top. All the kids ask for his jersey when they dream of being a footballer. He’s the best.”The 59-year-old also discussed a potential starting berth for Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan, signed from Roma in the summer, as he returns from injury.Spalletti added: “He’s a complete player, he needs to be evaluated carefully because he’s had injuries, he can also be a defensive midfielder, that is where he started. When we moved him further up at Roma there was a lot of criticism from the media, but then all the criticism disappeared.”last_img read more

DATA MODUL: automotive level 7” TFT for portable, mobile outdoor use

first_img Continue Reading Previous Socionext develops AI accelerator engine optimized for edge computingNext Mouser: global distribution partnership with Advanced Energy Industries At Ortustech, it’s not just the TFT portfolio which is continuing to grow, but the panels themselves which are also growing in size. As of now, the high-resolution (800 x 480 dots) COM70H7M24ULC, a 7” TFT panel in landscape mode, is available as part of the product line. The display is equipped with Blanview 2 technology, which particularly proves its worth in sunlight-intensive outdoor use. Even at 7”, the readability remains unabatedly good, even in critical environmental conditions. The temperature range has been significantly expanded from its standard value of -20 to 70°C, to -30 to 85°C.Thanks to VA technology, the displays offer high contrast values, a natural, brilliant color reproduction without color value shifting, with excellent whiteness and an 80° viewing angle from all sides.  The backlight is specified with a service life of 100,000 hours, saves approx. 30% electricity in comparison with conventional TFT LCDs, and makes the panels of interest for portable, mobile applications and battery-operated applications in particular due to its flat, light and compact design. Additionally, the LVDS interface enables simple integration with quick transfer rates.Many large TFT manufacturers develop no, or only a few models with touch panels. For standard sizes such as the 7” display from Ortustech, DATA MODUL offers the opportunity of assembling a touch panel from the easyTouch family, or of directly developing a customer-specific touch panel which will then be applied in-house in the clean room. Optimized touch versions are available from entry to advanced levels by means of AirGap, LOCA or Gel bonding. Alternatively, resistive touch panels can also be implemented. Upon request, these are also delivered by the Munich-based display specialist with additional features, e.g. in designs with many options, e.g. anti-reflection film, anti-fingerprint film, smooth touch film, privacy filter, etc., and as part of a kit, equipped with eMotion LCD control, developed in-house.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Saudi World Cup team’s plane suffers engine fire

first_img\R Rostov-On-Don, Jun 19 (AFP) The plane carrying Saudi Arabia’s World Cup team suffered a fire in one of its engines as the players flew to Rostov-on-Don for their next match, the Saudi football federation said today. The aircraft landed safely after what one of the Saudi players called a “simple malfunction”.”It was a small fire in one of the engines, the right engine, but the plane landed safely,” association president Ahmad Al Harbi told Saudi sports TV channel KSA.One of the Saudi players, Hatan Bahbir, said in a video on the federation’s Twitter account: “We arrived safely and we are all fine… it was a simple malfunction’.” In the video, someone off-camera asks him if he was scared. He replies: “No, no. Well, of course we were scared a bit, but thank God.” The Saudi Arabian Football Federation said in a statement it “would like to reassure everyone that all the Saudi national team players are safe, after a technical failure in one of the airplane engines that has just landed in Rostov-on-Don airport, and now they’re heading to their residence safely”.The team were flying to Rostov-on-Don for their second match, against Uruguay on Wednesday, after they were thrashed 5-0 by Russia in the opening game of the tournament. (AFP) AQSAQSlast_img read more

Emmanuel Ogbah Solid in NFL Debut

first_imgCongrats to @EmanOgbah for his NFL preseason debut with 6 solo tackles and a trademark sack. #eman@lambeaufield— Robert Allen (@RAllenGoPokes) August 13, 2016Ogbah’s lone sack would prove to be his biggest highlight of the night. His motor was on display with this hit on the quarterback outside the pocket:You’ll have to view this at least 3 times to drink how surreal this pursuit was by Emmanuel Ogbah. Wow.— R.C. Fischer (@FFMetrics) August 13, 2016Ogbah recently made the change from a 3-4 outside linebacker back to a defensive end. With defensive lineman Desmond Bryant’s injury and Armonty Bryant’s four-game suspension, Ogbah will likely see more playing time than expected in his new-but-not-really-new position.The Browns will play in their preseason home opener Thursday, Aug. 18 against the Atlanta Falcons. Browns second-round pass-rusher Emmanuel Ogbah has been a bright spot tonight.— Marc Sessler (@MarcSesslerNFL) August 13, 2016 Former Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah played in his first NFL game last night in the Cleveland Browns’ 17-11 loss to the Green Bay Packers.Ogbah had a solid performance, racking up six tackles, including two tackles for loss and a sack.Plenty of people on Twitter only had good things to say about the second-round pick:Emmanuel Ogbah looking surprisingly stout at 5-tech despite being vastly undersized.— Tim A. Miller (@Bumblyjack) August 13, 2016center_img If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Aguero strikes late against Russia

first_imgRussia 0 Argentina 1: Aguero ends drought in first start under Sampaoli Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 23:03 11/11/17 SergioAguero - cropped Getty Images Argentina left it late but managed to get past Russia thanks to Sergio Aguero’s first goal for his country since June 2016. Sergio Aguero ended his long wait for an Argentina goal in his first start under Jorge Sampaoli as the South American giants left it late to beat Russia 1-0 at the Luzhniki Stadium.Aguero found the net for his country for the first time since June 2016 in the 86th minute on Saturday, continuing the form that saw him become Manchester City’s all-time leading goalscorer this month.The 29-year-old, benefitting from Mauro Icardi’s withdrawal from the squad due to injury, proved Argentina’s most dangerous player and was twice denied by impressive saves from Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Aguero fed star Lionel Messi for an opening that was thwarted by a goal-line clearance early in the second half, while Denis Glushakov went close with a pair of rare opportunities for the hosts of next year’s World Cup.The breakthrough finally came when Aguero headed home with four minutes remaining, though there will remain concerns about Argentina’s difficulties in breaking down a resilient Russia side, who were playing at the Luzhniki for the first time since its redevelopment.First match in refurbished Luzhniki StadiumFirst match with adidas Telstar 18Competitive friendly between #WorldCup hostsLate winner from @aguerosergiokunGreat day in Moscow!— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 11, 2017Stanislav Cherchesov’s side made it difficult for Argentina, who handed debuts to Giovani Lo Celso and German Pezzella from the start, by pressing high in the opening stages, with Messi unable to get on the end of a bright exchange with Eduardo Salvio following a surge down the right.The first real opening came when Angel Di Maria’s cross-goal shot from Messi’s lay-off was kept out by Akinfeev, and Aguero was unable to turn home the loose ball from an acute angle.Akinfeev produced an impressive one-handed stop to keep Aguero’s low effort from 20 yards out of the bottom-right corner midway through the half.Sampaoli’s side dominated possession but were unable to break through, another excellent stop from Akinfeev low to his right denying Aguero on the stroke of half-time.Messi almost opened the scoring within three minutes of the restart but his chip over Akinfeev after a lovely throughball from Aguero was cleared by Konstantin Rausch with Salvio lurking behind.Glushakov arrowed an effort wide and saw a thumping strike after a scramble in the box blocked by Sergio Romero, the goalkeeper making his first save just before the hour mark.Nicolas Otamendi’s overhead kick was pushed over the top by Akinfeev and Di Maria shot wide in the 68th minute, with the visitors unable to make their dominance in possession count.Diego Perotti made his first Argentina appearance in over six years and Cristian Pavon was handed a first cap as Sampaoli sought a winner.And, after Romero backpedalled to stop Rausch scoring directly from, Boca Juniors forward Pavon played a role in the winner.He latched onto Messi’s pass and found Aguero with a cut-back from the right side of the box. Giorgi Jikia blocked the City striker’s initial effort but his follow-up header denied Russia a creditable draw in front of their own fans.Cherchesov’s men will continue their World Cup preparations against Spain in St Petersburg on Tuesday, while Argentina travel to Krasnodar to take on Nigeria on the same day. read morelast_img read more

De Ligt decides when future call will be made

first_imgThere will be no quick decision on the future of Matthijs de Ligt, with the Netherlands defender claiming he will go on holiday before finalising his next move.The Ajax captain has been heavily linked with the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and Juventus in this transfer window and is one of the most coveted young players on the planet.Having led his club to a league and cup double, as well as starring for his national team as they reached the first-ever UEFA Nations League final, the centre-back is a man in demand. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Nonetheless, following the Oranje’s defeat to Portugal at the Estadio do Dragao, De Ligt claimed that the priority for him was some rest and recuperation in the off-season.“I don’t know,” De Ligt replied when asked what colour shirt he might be wearing next season, adding that a break will give him the space he needs to decide his future.”Now I am going on vacation and I just take a rest, relax and then I will see.”When you rest, you have enough time to think so that’s good.”The Netherlands were beaten 1-0 courtesy of a Goncalo Guedes goal, bringing a disappointing end to De Ligt’s season, which saw him earmarked as a future world-class talent.”I think in the beginning we didn’t expect to reach the final but we did, and if it is a final you want to win it,” he said.”I am not happy that we lost but proud that we came here.”The 19-year-old defender helped guide Ajax to the Champions League semi-final, scoring three goals in 17 games while topping Real Madrid and Juventus before falling to Tottenham in the penultimate round.He also made 33 appearances in Eredivisie play for Ajax, as the club won the league and the KNVB Cup.De Ligt has earned 16 caps for the Netherlands, scoring two goals during his senior international career.The most recent of those came in the Nations League semi-finals, when he recovered from conceding a penalty to help restore parity against England and pave the way for Ronald Koeman’s side to side a 3-1 extra-time success.last_img read more

Neymar: I’m no superhero or perfect model

first_imgParis Saint-Germain star Neymar acknowledged he is not a “perfect role model” nor a “superhero”.The Brazil international has spent almost two years with Paris Saint-Germain, but rumours of unhappiness, rocky relationships with team-mates and a lack of commitment have rarely been far away.More recently, the 27-year-old failed to report back for pre-season training earlier this month amid speculation he wants to return to Barcelona, while PSG sporting director Leonardo confirmed the forward was available for a transfer if the price is right. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Neymar further risked the wrath of PSG supporters on Saturday when highlighting Barca’s remarkable 2016-17 Champions League turnaround against his current employers as one of his two favourite football memories, though he showed a more vulnerable side at the Red Bull Neymar Jr’s Five football tournament in Sao Paulo on Sunday.The former Barca man said: “I’m no superhero nor a perfect role model. I also have my bad moments, when I want to go home and hide, to stay with my friends and family.”I’m no superhero that handles all the pressure in the world, but I make an effort because I know what I’ve become, not only to my family and son, but for most of the children that are here.”I know I have a huge responsibility and I want to act in the best way possible. Always being honest, that is the most important thing.”Neymar missed Brazil’s successful Copa America campaign due to an ankle injury and he was especially gutted to be absent as that tournament had been his big goal for the year.”Being out of Copa America was so bad, I didn’t like it,” he added. “I don’t even like to stay out of training, so you can imagine [what it was like missing] Copa America.”That was so important to me and was my focus this year, but I cheered a lot for my colleagues and friends.”I was really happy to see them win, even more than if I was playing. Their happiness is mine also.”last_img read more

How to Score the Best Flight Deals to Europe This Summer

first_img Score an RV Rental for $1 Per Day With Secret Repositioning Deals Editors’ Recommendations Visit the Only Hotel in the World With a Working In-Room Flight Simulator What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul How to Pack a Dopp Kit (aka Toiletry Bag) for When You Won’t be Sleeping at Home Finding bargain airfare during the summer travel season is difficult, but, thanks to an increasingly competitive market, it’s not quite the challenge it once was. In 2018, airfare to Europe will be the cheapest it’s been in years. Here are five tips for booking the best flight deals to Europe this summer.Be FlexibleFlexibility is the single most crucial factor in saving big on airfare and travel in general. If your dates are flexible, you open yourself up to things like flash sales and last-minute deals. Every major travel search engine like Kayak or Google Flights now offers a “flexible” option. The difference between the lowest and highest fares over the course of the summer season is often in the hundreds of dollars. On a typical USD $700 round-trip ticket to Europe, you could save 40 percent or more off the total airfare.Book (Not Too) Well In AdvanceWhile waiting until the last minute can sometimes pay off, it’s a serious gamble. Booking as far in advance as possible used to be a surefire way to find the cheapest airfares. This is no longer the case. The folks at farecasting app Hopper have concluded the best time to book ahead of the most popular American holidays this summer — Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day — is about three weeks out. Peak holiday travel aside, the prime booking window for all other travel to Europe is around 47 days in advance.Fly At Odd TimesWe’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: traveling when no one else wants to can save you big. Most workaday stiffs like to maximize their vacation time by leaving for vacation on, say, Friday night after work, then returning on a Sunday night. If you can, choose instead to fly on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Hopper predicts savings of as much as USD $75 per person per ticket on these less popular days. It goes without saying that flying during shoulder season (that’s May or August) can also help you save big.Opt for a Less Popular CityAir travel within Europe can be incredibly affordable. If you’re planning to spend a week or more on the continent, that’s plenty of time to move around between countries on ultra-low cost carrier (ULCC) airlines like Ryanair and WOW air. Book your overall trip to fly into and out of a less popular destination. Instead of Paris and Rome, think Reykjavik and Dublin. Once there, it’s easy to fly between, say, Dublin and Paris for next to nothing.Bart Kowski/Getty ImagesBecome an InsiderMost budget airlines, especially the ULCCs, offer their cheapest fares via “flash sales.” These are typically 24-hour deals announced via social media or through email newsletters to frequent flyer members. If saving a boatload on travel matters to you, it can pay handsomely to sign up. Ryanair, for example, sometimes offers one-way sales within Europe for as low as USD $20. The best sales are announced without warning and offer a very short buying window, so you often need to be ready to pull the trigger the same day.While you’re gaming the system, check out our primer on how to score a first-class upgrade for next to nothing. Could You Handle a Marathon, 20-Hour Nonstop Flight?last_img read more

Manual to Help Journalists Report on Local Government Issues

first_imgThe Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), have collaborated to launch a manual for reporting on Local Government issues. The 88-page manual, ‘Reporting Local Government Issues – A Manual for Jamaican Journalists’,  was developed by noted Communication Specialist and Adjunct Lecturer at CARIMAC, Claude Robinson. It is intended for Jamaican journalists to use as a key resource as they focus more of their reporting on issues of accountability and transparency as well as other areas relating to local government reform. The document was done with the support of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development.  Speaking at the launch, held at CARIMAC, today (December 7), State Minister in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan, said the manual is a timely addition to the Local Government Reform process, as well as a critical means of strengthening relationships with civil society partners and the media, in the pursuit of more effective governance. He said that the administration welcomes any partnership that proves beneficial to the people, especially when the standards defend openness, accountability, transparency and probity as well as provide the necessary tool that will allow the media to garner full and balanced material and content on which to report. Mr. Fagan pointed out that the Ministry is working to fast track the entrenchment of Local Government in the Constitution, as well as continuing to work with the Ministry of Justice to see the promulgation of three critical laws – the New Local Governance Act; the Unified Services Act and Local Government Financing & Financial Management Act. “The critical upgrade of our laws and regulations will significantly streamline the local governance process and ensure greater efficiency and service delivery to our clients,” he said. The manual was created as part of a larger UNDP-funded Jamaica project on ‘Building Civil Society Capacity to Support Good Governance by Local Authorities’, which was implemented between 2010-12. It had as one of its objectives, the improvement of media’s capacity to report on local authorities’ use of public funds. New UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Dr. Elsie Laurence-Chounoune, said the project supported the GOJ in the Local Government Reform Process. “In giving more autonomy to local authorities, there was a greater need to ensure that the authorities were able to handle their expanded powers competently and responsibly. The project worked at strengthening the capacity of civil society and public institutions to provide oversight of public expenditure at the local level,” Dr. Laurence-Chounoune said. She noted too, that the UNDP’s initiative through this project fits into the wider efforts to rid Jamaica of corruption. The manual was awarded first place in the Knowledge Fair of the 5th UNDP Global Anti-corruption Community of Practice in Brazil, last month.last_img read more

Government Supports Sustainable Transportation in Mahone Bay and Lunenburg

first_imgGovernment is supporting three new sustainable transportation projects in the Lunenburg and Mahone Bay areas that help connect residents to community hubs and promote active living. Lunenburg MLA Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, on behalf of Energy Minister Michel Samson, announced today, Aug. 19, that local sustainable transportation projects will receive funding from the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2. “I am thrilled to see these projects that enhance sustainable transportation in our region moving forward,” said Ms. Lohnes-Croft. “The project teams have shown great dedication and worked hard to promote active living by using our beautiful landscape.” With a $4,500 grant from Connect2 and additional funding from the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, the Dynamite Trail Association will upgrade the Dynamite Trail. “The Dynamite Trail runs from Martins River to Mahone Bay. The trail needs a higher level of maintenance to give cyclists a better experience,” said Sandy Hamilton, chair of the Dynamite Trail Association. “This trail is used by residents as an alternate route to Mahone Bay for work or shopping and as an exercise trail for runners, hikers and cyclists. We are very excited to improve this busy trail.” Queen’s Rails to Trails Association is receiving $5,000 from Connect2 and additional funding from the Department of Communities Culture and Heritage to help with the Summerville Trail project. The project will create a new rail to trail to allow residents to safely and actively commute in an area where a narrow roadway and road shoulders make it dangerous for active transportation. The project will link the villages of Hunts Point, Summerville Center, White Point, and the Summerville Beach Provincial Park. “With Highway 3 being narrow and winding, it’s unsafe to walk on the shoulder of the highway,” said Kevin Traynor, vice president of Rails to Trails. “Along the highway is an abandoned rail bed giving both ocean and woods views, and we are looking forward to creating a safe connection for the residents using this route.” The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is receiving $50,000 to widen the shoulders and resurface Pine Grove Road to create an active transportation route. This will connect residents to community facilities and schools, with connector points to Bridgewater. “An active transportation route is essential for this growing community,” said deputy mayor of Lunenburg Claudette Garland. “This will provide residents and visitors a way to connect with the business and employment district of Osprey Village, and with the neighbouring school, Centre Scolaire de la Rive Sud, the Pinegrove Outdoor Play Association Park, as well as local connectors such as the LaHave River Trail, the Arthur Young Trail and the Centennial Trail.” Connect2 aims to create and promote active transportation options for trips of two kilometres or less between community hubs in rural and urban parts of the province. More projects will be announced in the coming weeks, and all will be completed by March 10, 2017. For more information, visit read more

Canada does not treat us right says Trump as he threatens new

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is complaining about Canadian trade practices while threatening some as-yet-undefined international tax that has revived fears he might be contemplating new American import penalties.The U.S. president made the remarks at the White House on Monday while unveiling a long-awaited infrastructure plan. During a lengthy session with reporters, he complained about countries considered allies of the U.S.He mentioned one directly to America’s north.”Canada does not treat us right in terms of the farming and the crossing the borders,” Trump said.”We cannot continue to be taken advantage of by other countries.”It’s unclear what he was referring to. In the past, he has complained about Canada’s dairy controls and softwood lumber. Administration officials have also expressed anger over Canada’s wide-ranging attack at the World Trade Organization on the U.S. system for imposing duties.Meanwhile, the White House downplayed the tax threat Monday and various U.S. media outlets said there was nothing imminent.Trump did promise more clarity on a new tax. More details could be coming this week, he suggested.”We are going to charge countries outside of our country — countries that take advantage of the United States,” Trump said. ”Some of them are so-called allies but they are not allies on trade. … So we’re going to be doing very much a reciprocal tax and you’ll be hearing about that during the week and the coming months.”It’s unclear what type of tax he’s referring to. Earlier this year, the administration dropped the idea of a border-adjustment tax in its since-passed fiscal reform, because of widespread opposition on Capitol Hill.The confusion was compounded by several factors:—In the U.S., Congress sets tax rates — not the president. And the Congress, which just completed a major tax reform, has shown little inclination to hike taxes.—Tariff rates, meanwhile, are negotiated at the WTO.—The idea wasn’t even mentioned in the White House’s 2018 budget proposal — which was released Monday.The most specific clue Trump offered involved motorycles.He complained that the U.S. brings in products tariff-free and other countries sometimes charge more than 50 per cent tariffs on the same product: ”Harley-Davidson. They’re treated very unfairly in various countries. You know the countries I’m talking about,” Trump said. ”So we’re going to be doing very much a reciprocal tax.”Those motorcycle tariffs are highest in Asia — they don’t exist in North America.Several trade experts contacted Monday confessed to some confusion about what the president was threatening. Dan Ikenson of the Cato Institute said the only action he could think of might violate international trade law.It involves a rarely used retaliatory measure from a 1974 U.S. trade law.”Could be anything, but nothing he could do, while remaining true to the trade rules,” Ikenson said.”Presumably, he could invoke Section 301 (of the 1974 U.S. Trade Act) and threaten to impose taxes to mitigate, countervail, reverse foreign practices that he finds unfair. (That) could pass muster with U.S. law, but not WTO rules.”last_img read more

Two arrested for printing fake Indian currency

Gunasekera said that one suspect, from Wattala, had in his possession 25 fake Indian 1000 rupee notes and the other suspect, a resident of Muttur, had in his possession 156 fake 1000 Indian rupee notes.Further investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette) The police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has arrested two people for printing fake Indian currency notes.Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said that the two suspects were arrested in Ja-Ela based on information received by the police. read more

Scores arrested in Chennai during protest on Sri Lanka war

Scores of pro-Tamil activists were detained at the Marina in Chennai when they tried to hold a memorial for Tamil victims of the last leg of the Sri Lankan ethnic strife as the famed seashore is out of bounds to hold protests, the Press Trust of India reported. According to the Chennai City Police provisions, which is in force, Marina beach is not a designated place to stage protests and hold demonstrations.Police had already warned that anyone trying to stage protests or hold demonstrations in violation of this order would be arrested. The activists of pro-Tamil outfits such as ‘May 17 Movement’ and Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi (TVK) were detained, Police said. They had earlier assembled at the Marina to hold the memorial event, with many of them turning up in black shirts, a symbol of mourning. The city has other designated spots for these purposes, police added.A heavy posse of policemen under senior officials was posted along the Marina, where traffic was regulated. read more

Canada needs LNG export options to avoid decline in natural gas production

Canada needs LNG export options to avoid decline in natural gas production: CAPP CALGARY – Canada’s natural gas production will decline by about 10 per cent from current levels unless new export routes to Asia are opened, says a report released Wednesday by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.The oil and gas industry group says Canada needs options for exporting liquefied natural gas by ship if the country is to avoid a decline in production over the coming years.Greg Stringham, the association’s vice-president of markets and oilsands, said Canada needs to find new markets for its gas because the traditional markets of Central Canada, the U.S. Midwest and U.S. Northeast are being supplied by new, abundant sources of shale gas.He said Canada needs to act fast to build export capacity because countries like Australia and the United States are also rushing to build capacity to supply global markets.“There’s this window for Canada to be able to step into, but it is a fiercely competitive window,” said Stringham. “It’s barely open, and the lucky part is we have several projects that are advancing. For somebody starting brand new, that window is almost closed.”The report estimates that projects being developed on Canada’s West Coast could add about 3.5 billion cubic feet per day of production and help turn around Canada’s declining production.If those LNG export routes open up, CAPP says Canadian production could recover to current levels of 14.5 billion cubic feet per day by the end of the decade and then climb to 17 billion cubic feet per day by 2030.But if no export routes are opened, CAPP’s latest outlook estimates natural gas production would decline by about 1.5 billion cubic feet per day over the next 10 years to a low of 13 billion cubic feet per day, and then remain flat until the end of the report’s forecast period in 2030.Stringham said provincial and federal governments have been timely in their political and regulatory decisions to encourage natural gas exports, but they need to maintain that commitment.“They have been doing it, we just need to know that in this window over the next five years that needs to continue,” said Stringham.“Probably the last key elements for some of these projects is just getting a final approval from the Canadian government on their Canadian environmental impact assessment.” by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 15, 2015 11:29 am MDT Last Updated Jul 15, 2015 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Obama blocks new oil gas drilling in Arctic Ocean

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is blocking new oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean, handing a victory to environmentalists who say industrial activity in the icy waters will harm whales, walruses and other wildlife and exacerbate global warming.A five-year offshore drilling plan announced on Friday blocks the planned sale of new oil and gas drilling rights in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas north of Alaska. The plan allows drilling to go forward in Alaska’s Cook Inlet southwest of Anchorage.The blueprint for drilling from 2017 to 2022 can be rewritten by President-elect Donald Trump, in a process that could take months or years.Besides Cook Inlet, the plan also allows drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, long the centre of U.S. offshore oil production. Ten of the 11 lease sales proposed in the five-year plan are in the Gulf, mostly off the coasts of Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Alabama.Confirming a decision announced this spring, the five-year plan also bars drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.“The plan focuses lease sales in the best places – those with the highest resource potential, lowest conflict and established infrastructure – and removes regions that are simply not right to lease,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.“Given the unique and challenging Arctic environment and industry’s declining interest in the area, forgoing lease sales in the Arctic is the right path forward,” Jewell said.The decision follows an announcement last year by Royal Dutch Shell PLC that it would cease exploration in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas after spending nearly $7 billion. The company cited disappointing results from a well drilled in the Chukchi and the unpredictable federal regulatory environment.Despite that, industry representatives reacted bitterly to the latest announcement, calling the decision blatantly political.“The arrogance of the decision is unfathomable, but unfortunately not surprising,” said Randall Luthi, president of the National Ocean Industries Association, an industry group.“Once again, we see the attitude that Washington knows best — an attitude that contributed to last week’s election results,” Luthi said, referring to Trump’s victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.More than 70 per cent of Alaskans, including a majority of Alaska Natives, support offshore drilling, Luthi said.The state’s three Republican members of Congress also blasted the decision.Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said she was “infuriated” that Obama “has once again ignored our voices to side with the factions who oppose” offshore drilling in Alaska.“Arctic development is one of the best ways to create jobs, generate revenues and refill the Trans-Alaska Pipeline,” said Murkowski, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “Why the president is willing to send all of those benefits overseas is beyond explanation.”As he prepares to leave office in two months, Obama has worked to build an environmental legacy that includes a global agreement to curb climate change and an ambitious plan to reduce carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. He also has imposed stricter limits on smog-causing pollution linked to asthma and rejected the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.All of those accomplishments and others are at risk from Trump’s presidency. Trump loathes regulation and wants to increase oil and gas drilling and the use of coal.Trump has said he believes climate change is a hoax and has vowed to “cancel” U.S. involvement in the landmark Paris Agreement on global warming. While he has been vague about precise policies, Trump is likely to seek to weaken or kill the Clean Power Plan, a cornerstone Obama policy meant to reduce carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants as part of an effort to combat climate change.The decision to block Arctic drilling follows a decision this spring to block drilling in the Atlantic. Republican governors in North and South Carolina back drilling off their states’ coasts, as does the Democratic governor of Virginia.Jacqueline Savitz, senior vice-president of Oceana, an environmental group, hailed the Arctic announcement and praised Obama and Jewell for “protecting our coasts from dirty and dangerous offshore drilling.”Rejection of drilling in the Artic and Atlantic “demonstrates a commitment to prioritizing common sense, economics and science ahead of industry favouritism and politics as usual,” Savitz said.Nearly 400 scientists signed a letter this summer urging Obama to eliminate the possibility of Arctic offshore drilling.___Follow Matthew Daly: Obama blocks new oil, gas drilling in Arctic Ocean by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press Posted Nov 18, 2016 11:18 am MDT Last Updated Nov 18, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The real Nessie Skeleton of Jurassic predator known as the Storr Lochs

first_imgSkye is one of the few places in the world where fossils from the middle Jurassic period can be found and it has been referred to as “Scotland’s dinosaur island”.Dr Nick Fraser, keeper of natural sciences at National Museums Scotland, said: “The Storrs Loch monster highlights the rich fossil heritage of Skye.”Collaborations between scientists at National Museums Scotland, the University of Edinburgh and elsewhere in the UK are beginning to shed new light on the middle Jurassic of Skye – a time when dinosaurs were dominant on land but mammals were also diversifying.”The fossil was discovered on a beach near the SSE Storrs Loch power station by the facility’s manager Norrie Gillies, who died in 2011 aged 93.Once analysis of the fossil is complete, it will go on display at a number of locations, including SSE’s new visitor centre at the Pitlochry dam.Martin Pibworth, managing director wholesale SSE, said: “The fossil was found 50 years ago by Norrie Gillies who, like his son Allan, are both proud SSE company men and were determined it should receive the public attention it deserves.”SSE hopes this fossil will indeed prove to be a ‘crown jewel’ in Scotland’s Jurassic history and thanks to the foresight of the Gillies family, enjoyed by generations to come.” The fossilised skeleton of a Jurassic sea creature from the Ichthyosaurs family found on Skye in 1966 has been unveiled The fossilised skeleton of a Jurassic sea creature from the Ichthyosaurs family found on Skye in 1966 has been unveiledCredit:Rich Dyson Ichthyosaurs like the Storr Lochs monster ruled the waves while dinosaurs thundered across the land.Dr Steve Brusatte Experts say the fossil is from the ichthyosaurs group and the reptile would have been around four metres in length with a pointed head and hundreds of cone-shaped teeth used to feed on fish and squid.It is said to be the most complete skeleton of a sea-living reptile from the age of the dinosaurs that has ever been found in Scotland.Palaeontologists hope it will help to reveal how ichthyosaurs evolved during the middle Jurassic period.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A predator that ruled the seas 170 million years ago has finally been unveiled by scientists half a century after it was discovered.The fossilised skeleton of the dolphin-like animal – named the Storr Lochs monster – was found on the Isle of Skye in 1966 by a local power station manager.It had been preserved in National Museums Scotland’s storage facility for 50 years but a partnership between the museum, the University of Edinburgh and energy company SSE has now enabled the fossil to be extracted from the rock, creating a clearer picture of the dinosaur. Dr Steve Brusatte, from the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences, said: “Ichthyosaurs like the Storr Lochs monster ruled the waves while dinosaurs thundered across the land.”Their bones are exceptionally rare in Scotland, which makes this specimen one of the crown jewels of Scottish fossils.”It’s all thanks to the keen eye of an amateur collector that this remarkable fossil was ever found in the first place, which goes to show that you don’t need an advanced degree to make huge scientific discoveries.”last_img read more

Emergent and Yamana using blockchain tech to trace gold from mine to

first_imgEmergent Technology Holdings LP is pleased to announce its first industry partnership with Yamana Gold Inc. Yamana, a global precious metals mining company, is the first to license Emergent’s blockchain technology supply chain solution, which traces the provenance of Conflict-Free Gold from mines to refineries, and through to vaults. The solution uses blockchain technology to administer smart contracts among the parties involved in the delivery of gold-bearing material, including miners, refineries, logistics providers and insurance companies.Yamana, Emergent and leading industry and blockchain technology partners developed the solution in an effort to simplify and automate supply chain traceability of the conflict-free gold it delivers to refineries. This new platform will provide refiners with a transparent and irrefutable system by digitally collecting and maintaining information for each lot of gold-bearing material that is refined. In addition, the platform consolidates existing high standards of diligence among supply chain participants.“Yamana is committed to mining metals ethically and responsibly. One element of this is our commitment that all of our gold can be verified as conflict free,” said Peter Marrone, Yamana’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “While our conformance with the Conflict-free Gold Standard is independently attested to each year, we see significant efficiencies, value and potential for greater assurance by tracking title and provenance of gold on a blockchain data network throughout the gold value-chain. We began working with Emergent in early 2016 and the platform they have developed proves provenance, assuring buyers and investors that the gold they buy is from responsible sources. A digitized supply chain process will improve efficiency and transparency.”Emergent’s Responsible Gold™ platform is the only permissioned blockchain that tracks responsibly sourced gold from its origin to vault. Miners, including Yamana, and other supply chain participants will use Emergent’s mobile application that scans smart chips in tamper-proof seals and records transfer of custody and other data on the Responsible Gold blockchain.“We are delighted to be working with Yamana on this initiative,” said Emergent’s Chief Administrative Officer, Andrew Parsons. “We have created a connected record across each stage of the supply chain that is immutable, irrefutable, auditable and transparent.“Our platform was developed by the world’s top minds in blockchain technology and delivers absolute confidence that all the gold in our ecosystem is 100% responsibly sourced. Financial institutions, corporations, jewelers and individual investors are all set to gain as we drive demand for conflict-free gold,” said Parsons.Emergent Technology is also launching G-Coin™, a digital token backed by physical gold sourced from the Responsible Gold supply chain platform. Yamana has also made an investment and is a founding partner in Emergent. Yamana expects G-Coin will enhance and expand the benefits of the Responsible Gold platform by providing a credible investment product to investors and individuals.G-Coins will be available as a means of exchange and a new investment class in the second quarter of 2018. “A digital gold currency – G-Coin – that is 100% backed by responsible gold is both economically and socially responsible. Our decision to invest in Emergent was heavily influenced by the responsible gold supply chain ecosystem backing G-Coin,” Marrone also stated. “Promoting the use of or investment in responsible gold is important to Yamana. It reinforces our commitment to respect human rights and discourage unlawful armed conflict in areas where precious metals are mined. Responsible gold is emerging as a new asset class, which we are proud to support and advocate to buyers of and investors in gold alike.”last_img read more

RECORD 56 teams at Beach Handball EURO 2017 in Croatia

SerbiaSlovakiaRomaniaRomaniaSwitzerland Group AGroup BGroup CGroup AGroup B HungaryUkraineNetherlandsPolandSpain GermanyNorwayGermanySwedenSwitzerland RussiaSerbiaRussiaUkraineCroatia Exactly 56 teams have registered for the Beach Handball EURO 2017, turning the event into the biggest EURO since the first championship took place in 2000.29 teams, 14 men’s and 15 women’s squads, will be part of the senior event, while 27 teams, 15 men’s and 12 women’s, will participate in the under 17 EURO.The juniors take to the court from 16 to 18 June 2017, followed by the seniors from 20 to 25 June. Event location is the popular Jarun Lake in the south of Croatia’s capital Zagreb.The senior championship will be played with two groups of seven teams each in the men’s event and three groups of five teams each in the women’s event. MenWomen In both events the first four teams of each group qualify for the main round, meaning that this stage of the men’s competition will be played with two groups of four teams, while it will be two groups with six teams each in the women’s event.The first four teams of each group qualify for the quarter-finals. The group distribution for the juniors event is as follows. GermanyPolandRussiaHungaryPortugal MenWomen SpainPortugalItalyNetherlandsSpain NetherlandsFrance Spain CroatiaHungaryNorwayItaly SwitzerlandHungaryNetherlandsGermanyCroatia DenmarkSwitzerland PolandSwedenDenmarkFranceGreece UkraineBulgariaCroatiaPolandRussia Group AGroup BGroup AGroup BGroup C UkraineLithuania ← Previous Story BALKAN CLASSICO FOR LAST 16: RK PPD Zagreb or RK Celje Pivovarna Laško? Next Story → The 5th tournament “Handball is my future” in Bugojno read more

The Evening Fix now with added ways to get sacked

first_img(Ando22RE/YouTube)THINGS WE SHAREDIt’s Glenn Close’s birthday today so here are 11 reasons we think she’s awesome and you should too.This incredibly insightful 9-year-old on the meaning of life: (Zia Hassan/YouTube) Crowds gather in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican today for Pope Francis’ inauguration mass (Dmitry Lovetsky/AP).HERE ARE THE things you need to know as we round off the day in three easy steps…THINGS WE LEARNED#CYPRUS: Members of Parliament in Cyprus have voted overwhelmingly to reject  a draft bill that would have helped the country qualify for an EU bailout with 36 votes against and 19 abstentions. The controversial bill would have seized part of people’s bank deposits and now the government must come up with an alternative plan to raise money.#NICOLA FURLONG: Richard Hinds has been found guilty of the murder of Irish student Nicola Furlong in Japan. The 19-year-old will spend a minimum of five years in prison. Responding to the sentencing, Furlong’s parents said that Nicola’s life “was worth more than that”and they were “not really” satisfied with the verdict.#POPE FRANCIS: Huge crowds of nearly 200,000 pilgrims gathered today for the inauguration mass of Pope Francis. In his address, the newly elected pope promised to embrace the “poorest, the weakest” of humanity and said that his would be a “lowly, concrete and faithful” papacy.#SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Labour has published legislation that would allow civil marriage for same-sex couples ahead of the examination of the issue at the Constitutional Convention next month.#KILKENNY: A man in his 40s has been arrested in connection with the death of Anthony Barrett at a house in Fatima Place in Kilkenny on 7 March. The man was arrested in Kilkenny City at around 11am.A monkey walks past Indian soldiers waiting for the start of a ceremonial reception of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi, India (Saurabh Das/AP).THINGS WE LOVEDHas your first day back in work after the long weekend made you dream about the many ways you could get yourself the sack so you can sit around in your pants all day reading Well Buzzfeed have some ideas on how you can do just that… We still haven’t recovered from number 9.These images taken by photographer Mike Brody during the years he spent travelling on freight trains.This video of a bridge implosion. It’s particularly impressive in super slow motion:last_img read more