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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. A win by the Pirates will give them a perfect elimination round record (18-0) and seed them straight to the Finals. It will also deprive the Lions of a twice-to-beat edge.Instead, San Beda will be the waiting team in a stepladder semifinal. The survivor of the grueling semifinal climb will face Lyceum in a best-of-three title showdown. Under a new league rule, the Pirates will no longer own a thrice-to-beat advantage in the Finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSan Beda can claim the No. 1 seed with at least a six-point victory. A victory by the Lions regardless of the margin will put the traditional Final Four format in play, with the Top 2 teams having a twice-to-beat edge. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Malaysia leads Philippine Sr golfers by 2 MOST READ LATEST STORIES San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9303:13San Beda, Lyceum still title favorites for NCAA Season 9402:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLyceum shoots for a finals berth against a San Beda team looking to preserve its own seven-year-old record on the final day of the elimination round of NCAA Season 93 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“It just another opportunity for us to inspire,” said Lyceum coach Topex Robinson, choosing to downplay the much-awaited rematch of their thrilling 96-91 win last July 14.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgFrom Seema Hakhu KachruHouston, Mar 17 (PTI) Innovation gets personal as the worlds biggest sportswear firm Nike unveiled its first shoe that ties itself and will go on sale at the end of 2016.Sports lovers are in for an amazing and innovative self- lacing sneakers this holiday season with the HyperAdapt 1.0, confirmed the US sportswear giant at its Innovation 2016 event yesterday.According to Beers, the laces tighten when your feet hit a sensor built into the shoe. There are two buttons on the side to loosen and tighten them for the perfect fit.”Weve entered a new era of personalised performance,” said Mark Parker, Nikes president and CEO. “Today, athletes want more than just a dash board. They want a relationship.”The self-lacing shoes have been designed by legendary sneaker designer Tinker Hatfield and Tiffany Beers, Nikes senior innovator, whos worked on theNike Air Magand Nike Air Yeezy.HyperAdapt 1.0 is the first performance vehicle for Nikes latest platform breakthrough – adaptive lacing. The shoe translates deep research in digital, electrical and mechanical engineering into a product designed for movement.It challenges traditional understanding of fit, proposing an ultimate solution to individual idiosyncrasies in lacing and tension preference.Beers was tasked with figuring out how to engineer self-lacing sneakers to meet”Back to the Futures”fictional release day last year.Nikemade one pairof the self-lacing Nike Mag kicks for Michael J Fox – the actor who played Marty McFly in the film – which they are planning to auction to support his non-profit organisation for Parkinsons.advertisementThe potential of adaptive lacing for the athlete is huge, Hatfield said, adding that it would provide tailored-to-the- moment custom fit.”It is amazing to consider a shoe that senses what the body needs in real-time. That eliminates a multitude of distractions, including mental attrition, and thus truly benefits performance,” Hatfield said.”Could it take you even tighter than youd normally go if it senses you really need extra snugness in a quick maneuver? Thats where were headed. In the future, product will come alive,” he added.HyperAdapt 1.0 is the first step into the future of adaptive performance. Its currently manual (i.e athlete controlled) but it makes feasible the once-fantastic concept of an automated, nearly symbiotic relationship between the foot and shoe.It will be available only to members of Nike+ beginning Holiday 2016 in three colours. PTI SHK AJR SAI AJRlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, May 3 (PTI) The Indian Cricket Board has recommended Test captain Virat Kohli for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the countrys highest sporting honour, and Ajinkya Rahane for the Arjuna award this year. If Kohli wins, he would become only the third cricketer after the iconic Sachin Tendulkar and the countrys most successful captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to win Indias highest sporting honour. BCCI sources confirmed the development. It is after a gap of four years that a cricketer has been recommended for the Khel Ratna. The prestigious Khel Ratna award carries a cash award of Rs. 7.5 lakh in addition to a citation, while the Arjuna awardee receives a cash prize of Rs. five lakh and a citation. Kohli is enjoying a fine run of form in the ongoing Indian Premier League. He was also at the top of his game in the preceding ICC World T20, singlehandedly guiding India to wins over Australia, Pakistan and Bangladesh. For his exploits, Kohli was named the World T20 Player of the Tournament and skipper of the World T20 team. Rahane equalled the record of holding the highest number of catches in a Test innings during Indias series win against Sri Lanka last year under Kohlis leadership. According to sources, Kohli is facing competition from squash champion Deepika Pallikal, golfer Anirban Lahiri, Asian Games gold medallist shooter Jitu Rai and runner Tintu Luka. PTI KHS AH ATlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 15 (PTI) Stars from the Indian cricketing world like Kapil Dev, Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh were in attendance at a special screening of megastar Amitabh Bachchans upcoming thriller “Pink”, in the capital.The screening was organised by former Indian cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi, whose son Angad stars in the Shoojit Sircar-produced film.Sehwag came with wife Aarti, while Yuvraj attended the show with fiancee Hazel Keech and mother Shabnam Singh.Also present at the star-studded screening, last evening, were actor Irrfan Khan, who worked with Shoojit in “Piku”, former Indian bowler Murali Kartik and Minister of state for information & broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore.Angad, along with his father, welcomed the guests.The films team, including Bachchan, Shoojit, director Anirudhha Roy Chowdhury, was also present at the show.There was also a separate screening held for the family and friends of the cast.The leading ladies of the movie– Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Andrea Tariang– shuffled between the two venues and Shoojit met the families of the cast post the show.Shoojit celebrated his birthday with the cast, post the screening.He thanked everyone for praising the effort. Bachchan, 73, could not make it to the screening for family members as he had to leave because of a foot injury, Shoojit was seen informing them.While Taapsee and Kirti were seen mingling around with their family members and clicking selfies with them,Bachchan, 73, also got clicked with his fans from the arena of sports. Post the screening the celebrities took to Twitter to praise the film.advertisement”Pink”, which is shot in Delhi, revolves around three independent working girls and their fight with power.The film will hit the theatres tomorrow. PTI SHD PSH PSHlast_img read more

first_imgLiverpool must improve quickly or risk getting badly beaten by their Premier League rivals, skipper Jordan Henderson has said after the team’s 4-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.Tottenham brutally exposed Liverpool’s defensive frailties as in-form striker Harry Kane scored a brace while Son Heung-min and Dele Alli were also on target at Wembley.Mohamed Salah pulled a goal back in between but it was not enough to inspire a comeback as Liverpool dropped to ninth in the table on 13 points and have conceded 16 goals so far — their most after nine games since 1964.”I’m sure a lot of criticism will come our way and deservedly so… we’ve got to change it quickly, otherwise you lose games and you lose them badly like we did today,” Henderson told the BBC.”So we need a reaction quickly, we need to bounce back on the training field and in games, but like I say, I believe we can.”We know there are things to improve and things to change quickly. I’ve got every faith that we can because we’ve got a fantastic team. But we need to work on a few things and change it quickly.”Henderson sprung to the defence of Dejan Lovren after the hapless Croatian centre-back was hauled off the pitch on the 31st minute by manager Juergen Klopp.”I think we didn’t start well at all, so it’s about being ready for the game – everybody, I know Dejan (Lovren) got took off early in the game but it could’ve been anyone of us that came off because it wasn’t good enough,” he said.advertisementLiverpool will look to bounce back from their loss when they host Huddersfield Town at Anfield on Saturday. Tottenham, who moved level with second-placed Manchester United on 20 points, travel to Old Trafford.last_img read more

first_imgArgentina Even U2 stop for Messi and Argentina! Concert delayed for crucial World Cup qualifier Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 23:13 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) U2 Lionel Messi Argentina Getty Argentina World Cup Lionel Messi Ecuador v Argentina Ecuador WC Qualification South America The Irish band are due to play in La Plata on Tuesday, but their arrival on stage has been pushed back so that the locals can watch the football So important is Argentina’s World Cup qualifier with Ecuador on Tuesday that a U2 concert in La Plata has been pushed back to accommodate it.Lionel Messi and Co are set to take in a crunch clash in Quito with their involvement at next summer’s showpiece in Russia still hanging in the balance.Ecuador double chance – 9/5 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A positive result is required to secure at least a play-off spot, with an automatic passage to the global gathering still up for grabs.With the football-loving public in Argentina set to be engrossed by goings on at Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa, the decision has been taken to delay any possible distractions.That includes a visit from Irish band U2, who are in South America as part of their The Joshua Tree Tour.Bono and The Edge were due to take to the stage at Estadio Unico de La Plata at 9pm local time, but that would have meant performing while Argentina’s make-or-break contest is taking place.As a result, the decision has been taken to keep them waiting until 10.20pm, once the final whistle blows in Ecuador.Those in attendance at the venue will get to see some live music prior to the football taking place, with former Oasis star Noel Gallagher due to play at 7pm.Once his set has finished, four giants screens will turn their attention to sporting matters.”I proposed that after Noel Gallagher, who leaves at 7, we will televise the game of Argentina and then play U2,” Daniel Grinbank, the organiser of the event, told La Nacion.“We have put up four screens, one in each corner, and that’s it.”While Argentina are taking on Ecuador, elsewhere in the final round of CONMEBOL fixtures Brazil will be facing Chile, Paraguay playing Venezuela, Peru taking on Colombia and Uruguay hosting Bolivia. HOW ARGENTINA & MESSI CAN STILL QUALIFYHD Lionel Messi ArgentinaAutomatic qualificationThe best-case scenario for Argentina. is that they win their game against Ecuador and Colombia draw with Peru. That pair of results would see them finish in the automatic qualification spots regardless of results elsewhere.If Colombia beat Peru and Chile fail to beat Brazil in Sao Paulo, an Argentina win would see them finish in the top four and thus they would qualify for the World Cup.Inter-confederation play-offHowever, if both Colombia and Chile win, even if Argentina won, they would likely finish in the play-off spot due to the fact that their goal-difference and goals scored pales in comparison to the other teams.If Colombia beat Peru and Argentina draw with Ecuador, Jorge Sampaoli’s side could qualify for the inter-confederation play-off, but that would depend on seventh-place Paraguay either drawing or losing at home to Venezuela.If Peru manage to beat Colombia in Lima (which would avenge their 2-0 loss in Barranquilla), Argentina will need to win in Quito in order to ensure they qualify for the play-off. A draw against Ecuador in that scenario would leave the Albiceleste at the mercy of other results and their current complexion in terms of goal difference, as well as goals scored is relatively unhealthy.last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool tackle Chelsea on Wednesday at Istanbul’s BJK Vodafone Park for the right to lift the European Super Cup.The Reds approach the fixture as Champions League winners and having come off an impressive start to their Premier League season with an easy 4-1 win over Norwich on Friday.Europa League champions Chelsea, meanwhile, had a rather harder time of it 48 hours later against Manchester United at Old Trafford, with Frank Lampard’s top-flight managerial debut ending in 4-0 rout. 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? Will Liverpool enjoy another glorious night in Turkey where they famously won the Champions League in 2005, or can the Blues bounce back? Game Liverpool vs Chelsea Date Wednesday, August 14 Time 8:00pm BST / 3:00pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched  live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream TNT USA / TUDN USA fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the UK, the match will be shown on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport Ultimate. It can be streamed via BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2 / BT Sport Ultimate BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Liverpool squad Goalkeepers Adrian, Kelleher, Lonergan Defenders Van Dijk, Matip, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Gomez, Hoever, Matip Midfielders Henderson, Milner, Keita, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Elliott Forwards  Salah, Firmino, Mane, Shaqiri, Origi, Brewster Alisson will be out “for the next few weeks” after sustaining an injury in Friday’s Norwich clash, while Naby Keita looks unlikely to play after limping out of Tuesday training.Long-term absentee Nathaniel Clyne is also missing.Jurgen Klopp is liable to make changes, with Sadio Mane expected to receive game time after only returning to training at the beginning of last week.Dejan Lovren has not travelled amid rumours of a move to Roma.Possible Liverpool starting XI: Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Mane, Firmino Position Chelsea squad Goalkeepers Kepa, Caballero, Cumming Defenders Alonso, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Emerson, Zouma, Christensen, Zappacost, Tomori, Kenedy Midfielders Kovacic, Kante, Jorginho, Gilmour, Barkley, Mount, Pedro, Willian, Pulisic Forwards Batshuayi, Giroud, Abraham Frank Lampard is set to be boosted by the return of Willian to fitness following a knee injury sustained at the Copa America.N’Golo Kante is a doubt after picking up an injury in the defeat to Man Utd.Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are both fighting back from long-term Achilles problems, while Antonio Rudiger has stepped up his return and is now back in full training. He will be on the bench.Possible Chelsea starting XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Christensen, Emerson; Kovacic, Jorginho; Pedro, Mount, Barkley; AbrahamBetting & Match Odds Liverpool are 13/20 favourites to win the game in regulation play with bet365. Chelsea can be supported at 9/2 while the draw is 16/5.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Champions League 2018-19Liverpool start Wednesday’s European Super Cup final against Chelsea as strong favourites to lift the title for a fourth time.Jurgen Klopp’s side have made a positive start to the season, pushing Manchester City close in the Community Shield then easing to a simple win over Norwich as their Premier League campaign got underway on Friday.The Reds did not miss a beat, despite a string of players having spent much of the summer away on international duty, curtailing their pre-season preparations. Nevertheless, Klopp believes his team have returned close to their physical peak.“The players had a break,” he said on Friday. “For the body it was long enough, nobody asked for longer, so they didn’t lose a lot of their physical standards. We have to be a bit smart for the next two games, we have to make a few decisions and try to win both of those games, which will be difficult.”Rotation is inevitable for the Reds, who know from bitter experience last season that dropping even one point in the Premier League can be costly when facing a foe as tough and consistent as reigning champions Manchester City.“It’s not too cool to think about the next game really before you play the first one, but you can’t ignore it,” the German lamented. “We have to see but it’s more about that we are early in the season, a lot of players made a good impression in pre-season and some came back late, so that’s all good.“We have opportunities and I think we will use a few of them just to bring fresh legs, to show immediately that we can play good football in different line-ups and stuff like this. So yes, there will be a few changes I think.”Chelsea, meanwhile, have a point to prove for an altogether different reason. Outclassed against Manchester United at the weekend, rookie Premier League boss Frank Lampard will now be under no illusions of the test that faces him as he tries to negotiate a season in which the club are shackled by a transfer ban and hampered by the loss of star player Eden Hazard.“It’s a cup that the club desperately wants to win. I’ve never won it, a lot of players in there have never won it, so we have to give it everything,” he told UEFA’s official website.“Every player in there needs to be aware of the importance of the game to this club and we have to give everything, because it’s going to be tough.”Last time the sides met, Liverpool ran out 2-0 winners at Anfield, with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah on target – and they would love a repeat. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_img Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn J. Crew and Nike Drop the Killshot 2 Sneaker and It’s Already Sold Out Editors’ Recommendations In 1989, Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to October 21, 2015 and 26 years later we finally have something to hold from their trip. Nike is celebrating Back to the Future Day by releasing the illusive self-lacing Nike Mag sneakers for charity in Spring 2016.The official Twitter account for tweeted out a picture of Michael J Fox wearing a pair of the illusive sneakers. The proceeds will go towards The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research:This is real. This is today. Coming spring 2016. cc: @RealMikeFox @Nike— (@MichaelJFoxOrg) October 21, 2015Nike has teased the release of the Nike Mag for years, propelling the hype to near mythological levels. The same man who created the most legendary Air Jordan sneakers, Tinker Hatfield, created the sneakers as a prop for Back To The Future II in 1989, featuring self-lacing and lights. Nike auctioned 1,500 pairs of the sneaker on eBay for charity in September 2011 and raised $4.7 million for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Initially a Nike spokesman had no further details on the release other than the fact the self-lacing sneakers other than the fact the company has set the sneakers loose in New York City. However, Michael J Fox sent a picture of a letter from Hatfield detailing the significance of the Nike Air Mag and their release.  The letter I received from Tinker today. Thanks @Nike — Michael J. Fox (@realmikefox) October 21, 2015Those 2011 Nike Air Mag sneakers are cool and have worked their way through the sneaker resale market for an average of over $6,000, according to resale analytic site, Campless. But, they did not have one key feature: self-lacing technology. Nearly two years to the day of the 2011 Nike Air Mag release, Hatfield and Nike were granted the patent for self-tying shoe technology.A Nike spokesperson was mum on the details of price, availability, and technical details of the self-lacing technology, but if we need any proof of their tangible existence we only need to go to one place: Twitter. Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie sent what seems to be the first photo of someone wearing a pair since Nike’s announcement, on his Twitter account. Then again, those could very well just be the 2011 Nike Air Mag as it does not show off the self-lacing technology:Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.— Jeremy Guthrie (@TheRealJGuts) October 21, 2015With Lexus making hoverboards and everyone from Google to Ford designing cars to drive themselves, we may be headed back to the future sooner than we expected.Here’s Michael J Fox speaking with David Letterman about the 2011 Nike Air Mag sneakers around the time of the sneaker’s release:This was originally a post on our brother site, Digital Trends. The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workoutcenter_img You Won’t Believe the Price Tags on 10 of the Most Expensive Shoes For Men 1. Nike Mag sneakers 2. Nike Mag sneakers 3. Nike Mag sneakers 4. Nike Mag sneakers The 100% Biodegradable Vollebak T-Shirt Is Made From Plants and Algae last_img read more

first_imgSouth Sea Cruises is delighted to announce that it scooped up two awards at the 2018 ANZ Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards on Saturday, which celebrated ‘Tourism Benefiting all Fijians’. The awards, which were held at a black and gold-themed gala dinner at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa in Denarau, were attended by industry professionals and Fiji’s Prime Minister the Hon. Frank Bainimarama. South Sea Cruises was among more than 200 entrants and 70 finalists vying for awards across 13 categories on Saturday night. The company took out the title for Best Tour and Transport Operator for its South Sea Cruises brand, the second time it has won the award in three years. CEO Brad Rutherford attributed the repeat success to the professionalism of his staff and the high levels of investment into the brand over the past year and a half. “This accolade is once again a recognition of the hard work of our professional team of 300-plus staff who do an amazing job day in and day out right across the business to deliver the most efficient, safe and modern transport services and truly memorable day cruise experiences throughout the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands,” he said. “There’s no doubt the significant level of investment and new equipment introduced by South Sea Cruises over the past 18 months has contributed to winning this award as well.” The company was also awarded Best Destination Marketing for Malamala Beach Club, the world’s first island beach club, which celebrated its first birthday in August. “Malamala Beach Club’s award for Best Destination Marketing is a suitable reflection of the tremendous amount of work that’s gone into establishing and building the Malamala Beach Club brand and product,” Mr Rutherford said. “For a product that’s only 18 months old to win an award such as Destination Marketing is a truly outstanding achievement, and further signals what a great brand and product Malamala Beach Club is and how well it has been both delivered and received domestically and internationally by consumers, media and the trade alike.” South Sea Cruises was also named as a finalist in the following categories: • Tourism Leader — Elenoa Nimacere, Loretta St Julian-Ooms • Accommodation Budget — South Sea Island • Culinary Services — Malamala Beach Club • Tour and Transport Operator — Blue Lagoon Cruises For any further information and imagery, please contact read more

first_imgThe Trudeau government is formally offering helicopters, transport aircraft and a 200-strong rapid-response team of soldiers for UN peacekeeping – though it will be months before Canadians know when and where they will go.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is unveiling the planned contributions at a high-level summit Wednesday in Vancouver, including millions of dollars to increase the role of women in peacekeeping.The moment will mark Canada’s most tangible step back into peacekeeping – long the country’s traditional military role – since the Liberals promised last year to provide the UN with up to 600 troops and 150 police officers.But government officials who briefed reporters on background prior to the announcement say Canada and the UN have only just started what could be six to nine months of discussions about when and where those capabilities are needed.That’s because Canada is offering the troops and equipment without dictating where they must go – an approach a senior UN official praised this week for giving the organization more flexibility in filling critical gaps in different missions.“We’re currently in discussions with the United Nations to work out the details. We have to talk to host nations and identify locations where our capabilities can best fill UN critical capability gaps,” one Canadian official said.“So the exact where and when is going to take a little bit of time to work out.”Added another, speaking on background since the official announcement had yet to take place: “The traditional approach to peacekeeping has focused on where. The emphasis now is on how we’re engaged, not where we’re engaged.”Related stories:Trudeau: Peacekeeping plan will satisfy UN and Canadian valuesUN says it’s OK with Trudeau government’s piecemeal peacekeeping plansCanadian contribution to peacekeeping reaches new low under LiberalsOfficials would not speak to what specific countries are under consideration.But sources have previously said the talks include possibly sending helicopters to Mali and a rapid response force to provide additional security to the UN mission in the Golan Heights, between Israel and Syria.The government has also reportedly eyed a contribution to the UN’s new police mission in Haiti, and basing a transport plane in Uganda to help ferry troops and equipment to different parts of Africa.Ironically, Trudeau’s announcement comes with number of Canadian blue helmets and blue berets in the field having dropped to just 62 last month, a new low from 68 in September. There were 112 Canadian peacekeepers deployed when the Liberals made their original promise in August 2016.Canada is also offering a total of $21 million to help increase the number of women in peacekeeping, including $6 million to help with reforms at the UN and $15 million for a new trust fund.The fund is intended to help partner together countries with good female representation in the ranks with those that want to have more women in uniform, but are facing challenges.The officials emphasized that such partnerships would only involve countries that are genuinely interested and willing to having more women in their militaries.The new emphasis on women in peacekeeping and military operations comes amid growing international recognition of the real operational benefits that come from female soldiers in the field.Canada will also make dozens of trainers available to the UN and other countries to help professionalize militaries from developing countries that are often involved in peacekeeping.Some of those trainers will be deployed to UN centres in Africa, such as Kenya, Ghana and Uganda. But officials say up to 50 could also be sent to other countries, and may even deploy on missions with their students.That would only occur, however, when the safety of Canadian troops can be ensured, officials said.last_img read more

first_imgThe Canadian Press LANGLEY, B.C. — A Metro Vancouver dairy farmer is at a loss to explain why someone would shoot several arrows into a five-day-old calf, ensure it was dead and then make off with the carcass.Erin Anderson, who co-owns Eagle Acres Dairy with her husband in Langley, B.C., says they came out to “a bloody scene” in the early morning of Aug. 1 and believed a coyote may have taken the calf. But the couple had recently installed closed circuit video cameras and instead of seeing an animal, they watched a man and woman enter the barn and shoot the calf with four to six arrows.Anderson says the calf didn’t die and the video shows the man pulling out one of the arrows and using it to stab the animal repeatedly, then putting the dead calf in the trunk of a BMW and driving away.RCMP Cpl. Holly Largy says investigators are reviewing the surveillance video showing a man and woman drive up to the barn, enter the enclosure and attack a calf.Anderson says the calf’s mother was out of the barn during the violent attack on an animal that had no fear of humans.“We’re the caretakers of these animals. From Day 1 when they are born every human that they see and is working around them is there to help them and protect them,” Anderson says.“This calf went to him, it had no fear of him because it has learned already in five days not to fear humans because they’re either going to feed me or be nice to me or love me or whatever.”A group of children from an out-of-school care program had been at the farm the day before the death to feed the calf, Anderson says.Largy says in an email statement that the investigation is active and police are hopeful they can enhance photos clipped from the barn’s surveillance video, but she says there are few other clues.last_img read more

first_imgLONDON — Drugmakers GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer are merging their healthcare divisions, creating a business with combined sales of 9.8 billion pounds ($12.7 billion).British-based Glaxo will own 68 per cent of the joint venture, while U.S.-based Pfizer will own the remaining 32 per cent stake.The joint venture will bring together Glaxo’s brands such as Sensodyne, Voltaren and Panadol with Pfizer’s Advil and Centrum.Shareholders have long pressured Glaxo to break itself in two companies — with one focused on pharmaceuticals and vaccines, and the other on consumer healthcare. Glaxo aims to do this within three years.Emma Walmsley, CEO of Glaxo, says that with the “future intention to separate, the transaction also presents a clear pathway forward for GSK to create a new global pharmaceuticals/vaccines company, with an R&D (research and development) approach.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

by Zakaria wadghiriRabat – A man who attacked Strasbourg’s Christmas market is on the run after he opened fire and “spread terror” Tuesday evening, in the words of French interior minister Christophe Castaner.On Wednesday, police made an initial announcement that three people were dead and 13 injured after the attack. However, the toll was later revised to two dead and 14 injured, nine of them seriously.The Paris Public Prosecutor’s Office has opened an investigation into “murders, attempted murders involving a terrorist enterprise and terrorist criminal conspiracy,” Castaner said.Castaner identified the shooter, who was already known to law enforcement. The prefecture of Bas-Rhin indicated that the suspect was registered as “S,” short for “State security.” According to the Guardian, French police had already tried to arrest the suspect earlier Tuesday for armed robbery. Read Also: Morocco’s BCIJ Has Dismantled 57 Terrorist Cells Since 2015Anonymous police officials told the AP news agency Wednesday that the man was identified as 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt.German police said the suspect was in prison in Germany in 2016 and 2017 for theft and then deported to France.The French intelligence services knew the suspect, who was born in Strasbourg in February 1989, as a potential security risk.The French interior minister said, “The government has decided to move the security level to the emergency attack level with stricter border controls and increased controls at all Christmas markets in France to avoid the risk of copycat attacks.”The French military spokesman, Colonel Patrik Steiger, said that the shooter did not seem to be targeting soldiers patrolling in and around the market, but rather civilians.Soldiers guarding the Christmas market shot the suspect. Not fatally wounded, he escaped in a taxi, said BFM TV.No one immediately claimed responsibility, but the US-based Site Intelligence Group, which monitors radical websites, said that ISIS supporters were celebrating.In recent years, several extremist attacks have hit France, including coordinated attacks on several Paris sites that killed 130 people and injured hundreds in November 2015, and a truck attack in Nice in 2016 that killed 86 people and injured hundreds. read more

Lotus has announced new graduate opportunities across its Lotus Cars and Lotus Engineering divisions following recent investment of a £10 million Regional Growth Fund grant.The Lotus Graduate Training Scheme will comprise of a two-year rotation programme that will see successful candidates moving throughout the Lotus Cars and Lotus Engineering divisions. The rotation process will offer a comprehensive view of all divisions and disciplines before trainees choose to specialise.Once the two-year rotation has been completed, trainees will be enrolled onto the Institution of Mechanical Engineers MPDS scheme and will work towards becoming chartered engineers.Aslam Farikullah, Group Lotus Plc Chief Operating Officer, said, “Lotus stands for performance, excellence and passion; being part of this iconic brand is something of which our people are proud and we are delighted to welcome the next generation of Lotus experts. We have a flexible, agile business culture, great facilities and tremendous support from our shareholders so our new starters are nurtured and flourish quickly.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

first_imgNew feesSo how will the new fees introduced compare to other countries around the world?Most countries request fees for printing or photocopying costs or when a decision is appealed, but just three require upfront fees.IrelandThe number of requests declined by 50 per cent when fees were first introduced in Ireland. An application fee of €15 applies, or €10 for medical card holders, after which a number of extra charges can apply. These include “€20.95 per hour of search and retrieval”, and just over €10 if a CD is used to store documents.Under the new amendment to the Bill, if a request is consists of more than one piece of question seeking “separate and distinct information”, each part will count as a separate request and thus encounter the €15 fee.This means that a request which contained five requests will now cost €75 instead of just €15.IsraelCurrently a fee of NIS 77 (around €16) applies to all requests.  Handling and production fees also apply up to NIS 204 (around €43), which includes NIS 40 (€8.45) per hour. The cost of the request can be more than NIS 204, but the applicant must be informed of this first.However, this is now set to be cut, as reported by the blog New Israel Fund. Some believe this could be as much as 80%, bringing the cost well below what is paid in Ireland.CanadaA fee of $5 (around €3.50) applies to each request. Further fees will then apply if the requests takes longer than three hours to process. These are charged at $30 per hour, and $0.25 per photocopy. 50 per cent of the total estimated free must be paid upfront.Read: Brendan Howlin “had to fight a battle” for new Freedom of Information law >More: Department’s FOI amendments ‘run entirely contrary to spirit’ of bill > THE LATEST AMENDMENT to the Freedom of Information Act is due is beginning its passage through government.This raft of changes will see all public bodies and those “in receipt of significant funding from the Exchequer” be subject to the legislation, but has come under fire due to a change in the process which will increase fees.If multiple pieces of information are requested, each will be treated as a separate application, and so an individual fee will be required for each.A previous criticism of the bill has been amended since it was first announced in August following concerns from government.Section 17 (4) (b) would have required officials to handle electronic database queries in the same way in which they would deal with queries related to printed files, something which Solicitor Simon McGarr called an effort by the government to “uninvent computers”.‘Filleted’Speaking at the Department of Education yesterday, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said that it was part of the government’s plan to restore “provisions of the Freedom of Information Act which had been filleted”, and that the changes introduced were necessary to address the amount of time the requests take to process.last_img read more

first_imgHIGHER DOSES OF pain killers can increase the risk of non-fatal heart attacks, strokes, and death by about a third.That’s according to new research published in Online First in The Lancet.For decades, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have been the cornerstone in managing pain for people with inflammatory disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, and are some of the most commonly used drugs in the world. However, earlier research linked the drugs with gastrointestinal complications. A new generation of pain killers were developed to reduce the side-effects of stomach issues but they were found to have increased the risk of heart attacks and death.This new study now shows that older types of NSAIDs, such as diclofenac and ibuprofen, are associated with similar risks of heart disease.Hearth diseaseResearch found that for every 1,000 people – with a moderate risk of heart disease – given a high-dose pain killer for a year, about three would experience heart attack, of which one would be fatal.Also, all NSAIDs double the risk of heart failure and produce a two to four times increased risk of serious upper gastrointestinal complications such as bleeding ulcers.The research combined data on outcomes of over 353,000 patients comparing one NSAID with another NSAID or placebo.The analysis of patient data also shows that the size of these risks can be predicted, which may help physicians decide which types of patient are best suited to which NSAID regimen.Read: Rise in ‘designer drugs’ poses serious health risk: UN report>More: NCA survey finds wide variations in drug pricing in pharmacies nationwide>last_img read more

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 13, 2017 – Providenciales – Customers in Discovery Bay and Plantation Hills up to the Blue Hills roundabout are receiving Digicel Play services again.  They join those in Leeward Palms, Leeward Landing, Grace Bay, Juba Sound, Long Bay, Leeward Highway, The Bight, Glass Shack, Cherokee Road, Abundant Life Ministry Road and Walter Cox Drive in Kew Town, Providenciales, where Play services were re-established last week.Please be advised that in same area where services has resumed, there may still be a lapse in service for some customers in that same location who may be connected to a grid outside of that area.   We encourage those affected customers to  check the status of their services and for assistance please call 339-4866, or visit our bill pay centre, Leeward Highway, Providenciales for help from our staff.The Digicel Turks and Caicsos technical team continues to work tirelessly on full network restoration.Press Release: Digicel Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_img Posted: March 9, 2018 Mike McKinnon III Local authorities rescue crashed paraglider Lifeguards are working to rescue a paraglider who made a hard landing on the face of a sea bluff above Black’s Beach in the Torrey Pines area.It’s unclear if the stranded person has suffered any injuries. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Mike McKinnon III, March 9, 2018last_img

first_imgThe city of Camas has begun improvements to its wastewater treatment facility that will make the plant more environmentally friendly and allow it to produce fertilizer to be used locally.The $12 million project will increase solids capacity to meet the projected needs of the city for the next 20 years, convert the digester process to produce high-quality biosolids and upgrade technology and software, said Eric Levison, Camas public works director.Construction of the improvements has begun and is expected to wrap up in early 2012, Levison said. The facility was built in the 1970s. The city was recently named the recipient of a $3.5 million loan from the Washington Department of Ecology. About $1.77 million of the loan is forgiven principal, meaning the city does not need to repay the money, City Administrator Lloyd Halverson said. The remainder of the 20-year loan has an interest rate of 2.8 percent, he said.The majority of the project is funded by a $10 million loan from the Washington State Public Works Board to be repaid at 0.5 of a percent interest over the next 20 years. The city will use reserve funds and bonds to cover any remaining costs, Levison said.The improved plant will use an anaerobic process, which does not require oxygen, as opposed to an aerobic process that uses oxygen. The change means the new facility will produce class A biosolids, which are safe to use as fertilizer for nearly all applications, Levison said. Anaerobic microorganisms will decompose the organic pollutants. The remaining material will then be moved to a belt dryer, which will produce small pellets.last_img read more

first_img The scientists, P. Panagiotopoulos, D.G. Papazoglou, A. Couairon and S. Tzortzakis, from institutions in Greece and France, have published a paper in a recent issue of Nature Communications in which they show theoretically and experimentally how ring-Airy beams transform into light bullets.An airy beam is a type of light beam that has the distinct feature of forming a parabolic arc as it propagates through space. In fact, it gets its name from the Airy integral, developed in the 1830s by Sir George Biddell Airy to describe the way light bends in a rainbow. In 2011, scientists (including some of the authors of the current paper) experimentally demonstrated an Airy beam in the shape of a ring. In the linear regime, this ring-Airy beam can focus itself into a sharp focal point, which could make it an ideal candidate for precise laser ablation applications in hard-to-reach environments.In the new study, the scientists have investigated the properties of ring-Airy beams in the non-linear regime, and found them to be even more impressive than in the linear regime. The scientists found that the ring-Airy wavepacket reshapes itself into a propagating high intensity light bullet that spreads neither in space nor in time over significantly longer distances than Gaussian beams, which are often used in conventional lasers.The researchers also found that, when the input power is increased, the ring-Airy beam’s focus position is not shifted nearly as much as it is for Gaussian beams. The researchers could mathematically predict the position of the ring-Airy beam’s focus for a given input power, which they confirmed through experiments.These highly focused, high-intensity ring-Airy beam light bullets offer a very high level of control that cannot be achieved with equivalent Gaussian beams, making them ideal for a variety of optical applications ranging from precision materials processing to attosecond drivers. Citation: Scientists create light bullets for high-intensity optical applications (2013, November 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Nature Communications More information: P. Panagiotopoulos, et al. “Sharply autofocused ring-Airy beams transforming into non-linear intense light bullets.” Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms3622 © 2013 All rights reserved. ( —Controlling the propagation of high-intensity light beams as they travel through air (or other transparent media) is a challenging task, but scientists have now shown that a relatively new type of light beam called a ring-Airy beam can self-focus into intense light bullets that propagate over extended distances. These well-defined, high-intensity optical wavepackets could have applications in a variety of areas, such as laser micromachining and harmonic generation.center_img Explore further Researchers discover a way to generate an electron Airy beam Compared to two types of Gaussian beams (EEGB and ECGB), the ring-Airy wavepacket has a more precisely focused shape, appearing as a ‘light bullet.’ The wavepacket shapes are shown at different distances as the beams propagate from left to right. Credit: P. Panagiotopoulos, et al. ©2013 Macmillan Publishers Limited This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more