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‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Davis’ attorney Brandon Mead says prosecutors will dismiss the charges after the 33-year-old pays the fine. Mead says nothing indicates Davis was selling drugs.Davis was a star player at Louisiana State University who also played for the Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Clippers. His NBA career ended in 2015.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesDavis was also charged with felony assault in an April altercation outside a West Hollywood, California, club. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine football chief PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES MOST READ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Players like Anthony Davis have value and hold power Davis was also charged with felony assault in an April altercation outside a West Hollywood, California, club.ABERDEEN, Md. — Former NBA player Glen “Big Baby” Davis has agreed to pay $15,000 to avoid jail time on drug charges.News outlets report the forward had faced up to five years in jail. He was arrested at a Maryland hotel with 126 grams (4 ounces) of marijuana and a briefcase containing $92,000 last February, and indicted on seven counts of drug possession and distribution.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Switzerland’s Roger Federer reacts after winning a point against Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka during their men’s singles quarter-final match on day ten of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 4, 2019. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP)Roger Federer faces Roland Garros’ mission impossible on Friday when he tries to become just the third man to beat 11-time champion Rafael Nadal on the Paris clay.The great Spaniard has only been defeated twice on the red brick dust in the French capital in 93 matches since his 2005 debut.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:37Drug-free Philippines almost impossible now — Sotto00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Philippines upsets Netherlands at buzzer, boosts playoff chances in Fiba 3×3 U18 World Cup ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “I didn’t want to give him too much comfort and opportunities where he can dictate the play,” said Djokovic of his 7-5, 6-3, 6-1 win in 2015.“I tried to mix up the pace, get into the net. Dropshots, high balls, fast balls, always something different.“He made some unforced errors that are not characteristic for him maybe from the forehand side.“But that’s what happens when you don’t feel comfortable on the court. I think because I play fast to his forehand and moved him around the court, he was a bit uncomfortable in his footing. That’s where I want him.”Federer, playing his first French Open since 2015, has lost all five meetings he has had with Nadal in Paris.The pair haven’t met at the tournament since the 2011 final which Nadal won in four sets.Overall, Nadal leads their head-to-head 23-15 and is 13-2 on clay.Their last meeting on clay was in the Rome final in 2013 when Federer managed just four games.‘Might be 10 rain delays!’Furthermore, it’s been 10 years since Federer beat Nadal on the surface, in the final in Madrid where the higher altitude keeps the ball moving faster through the air, playing perfectly into the Swiss star’s game plan.If Federer is to have any hope of a shock victory on Friday, then he needs to significantly improve his break point statistics. LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Currently he stands at 20 out of 55 for the tournament (36%) compared to Nadal’s 31/54 (57% conversion rate).In his four-set quarter-final win over Stan Wawrinka on Tuesday, Federer converted just two of 18.Despite the weight of history counting against the 20-time major winner, Federer insists Friday’s outcome is not a foregone conclusion.“Like against any player, there is always a chance. Otherwise nobody will be in the stadium to watch because everybody already knows the result in advance,” said the 37-year-old who at least has the comfort of knowing he has won their last five meetings, albeit on hard courts.“That’s exactly what everybody believes by facing Rafa. But you never know. He might have a problem. He might be sick.“You might be playing great or for some reason he’s struggling. Maybe there’s incredible wind, rain, 10 rain delays.”The Swiss had taken a two-year break from clay altogether in an attempt to focus on Wimbledon, but returned to the red dirt last month, reaching the quarter-finals in Madrid and Rome.He has built on that form in the French capital, losing just one set — the same as Nadal — en route to the last four.“I’m very happy to play Rafa, because if you want to achieve something on the clay, inevitably, at some stage, you will go through Rafa.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Nadal was far from his best that day in 2009.He was to eventually pull out of Wimbledon with a knee injury, ending his hopes of defending the title he had so thrillingly won against Federer 12 months earlier.‘Mix it up’Nadal, however, was to get his revenge over Soderling in the Roland Garros final in 2010 as he captured his fifth title.He was to win the next four as well, a run which ended in 2015 when Novak Djokovic stunned him in straight sets in the quarter-finals.That was the last time 33-year-old Nadal lost in Paris although he was forced to withdraw before the third round in 2016 due to a wrist injury.ADVERTISEMENT Ten years ago Robin Soderling hit winner after winner as the unheralded Swede ended Nadal’s 31-match win streak at the tournament.“I think to beat him on clay is challenging. But to beat him in five sets on clay is even more difficult,” said Soderling who crushed 63 winners in that last-16 landmark win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“You have to play extremely well. To beat him on clay, the only chance for any player is to be really aggressive.“Take some risks. Many, many players, even good players, top players… you can almost see that they don’t really believe 100 per cent that they can win.” View comments
ATHENS (AP) — After a government-ordered three-week suspension of the Greek league, PAOK beat Atromitos 2-0 and returned to first place on Saturday.Also, defending champion Olympiakos came from behind to draw at Levadiakos 1-1.AEK, a point behind PAOK, hosts Panathinaikos on Sunday.The league was suspended after a violent end to the PAOK-AEK derby in which PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis stormed the pitch carrying a holstered pistol.With disciplinary cases pending and appeals to be heard, the final league standings could yet be very different. For example, PAOK is appealing a decision that docked the team three points for incidents in the AEK game.Savvidis has received a three-year ban.Elsewhere, Panetolikos beat Giannena 1-0.TweetPinShare0 Shares
India are one of the “stand-out” teams of this World Cup but Virat Kohli and Co will have to strengthen their lower order batting going into the knockout stage of the tournament, feels West Indies legend Clive Lloyd.India are poised to enter the semi-finals as they are currently in the second spot in the 10-team standings with 11 points from seven matches. The table is led by five-time champions Australia, who already through with 14 points.The two-time former champions have been over-reliant on opener Rohit Sharma and skipper Kohli after the middle-order, which includes Mahendra Singh Dhoni, have struggled so far in the tournament.In fact, India needed 71 from the last five overs to win against England but they could only manage 39, despite the presence of Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav at the crease.India Tuesday dropped Kedar and Kuldeep Yadav, bringing in Dinesh Karthik and Bhuvneshwar Kumar against Bangladesh.”India have a selection dilemma. England played the right kind of game against them by attacking the spinners and they need to strengthen their batting lower down the order,” Lloyd, who led West Indies to two World Cup triumphs in 1975 and 1979, wrote in his column for the ICC.The 74-year-old former captain praised India and Australia for being ahead of the other teams in reading the conditions.”Australia are already assured of a place in the semi-finals and India are likely to join them,” he wrote.”They have been the two stand-out teams for me at this World Cup. They have understood the conditions better than any of the others and have strolled through. That is the key here.advertisement”The wickets in this tournament have been excellent Australia and India are at home on them and that will be so important when it comes to the knock-out games.”West Indies had a disastrous World Cup campaign as they lost six matches out of eight games to crash out of the event, despite good performances from some individuals, including centurions Nicholas Pooran and Carlos Brathwaite.”It’s been a tournament of ‘what ifs’ for my team and their defeat to Sri Lanka was another example. Nicholas Pooran was outstanding in the run-chase but lost his wicket at just the wrong time,” Lloyd wrote, referring to West Indies’ 23-run loss to Sri Lanka Monday night.”When you look at it, we have the talent with the bat. It’far from doom and gloom. Sure, we have to learn from the mistakes and rectify them but I am very optimistic. We have had two centurions at the tournament and it really could, and should, have been four or five.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: This elderly fan cheering for Team India is becoming an internet sensationAlso Read | India vs Bangladesh: Drop Rohit Sharma and he will make you payAlso See:
AMES, IA – NOVEMBER 19: Head coach Matt Campbell of the Iowa State Cyclones tips his hat as he leave the field after defeating the Texas Tech Red Raiders 66-10 at Jack Trice Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 66-10 over the Texas Tech Red Raiders. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell has turned the Cyclones around in the last two seasons, and coming off consecutive eight-win campaigns, the 39-year-old Ohio native drew some NFL attention.Campbell’s name was mentioned in connection with the Cleveland Browns’ job and there was a report that six teams reached out to him. Still another report indicated Campbell declined an interview request from the New York Jets.As long as Campbell keeps winning in Ames, he will continue to pique the interest of NFL franchises. However, he tried to downplay any speculation about his future at Tuesday’s Big 12 Media Days.Campbell was asked about the possibility of him moving on to the NFL at some point. “Haven’t really put a lot of thought into it,” Campbell said, via the Des Moines Register. “My goal and dream was to be like my father: to be a head high school coach.”Standard coach speak from Campbell, who clearly is going to be as coy as possible about any desire he may have to try his hand at the next level.In the meantime, the Cyclones are pegged to finish third in the Big 12 this season, behind only Oklahoma and Texas.They came in at No. 18 in The Spun’s preseason Top 25, which you can view here.
Print Close My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 Wartsila, February 17, 2014 zoom Siem Offshore has again contracted Wärtsilä to supply the design and integrated solutions for four new platform supply vessels (PSVs). The ships will be built at the Remontowa Shipbuilding yard in Poland. The contract was signed in January 2014.The four new vessels, like the two currently under construction, will utilise the Wärtsilä VS 4411 DF ship design and will have Wärtsilä dual-fuel propulsion allowing them to operate primarily on liquefied natural gas (LNG). With the various Wärtsilä systems having been integrated into a total solution, and with an optimised hull design, the vessels will feature lower fuel consumption, reduced fuel costs, and fewer exhaust emissions compared to vessels running on conventional marine fuel.Wärtsilä will also supply the complete diesel electric system, the Wärtsilä LNGPac gas storage and handling system, and the complete electrical and automation system, including a four-split Wärtsilä LLC (Low Loss Concept) solution. The Wärtsilä LLC will enable the vessels to fulfill the highest possible Environmental Regularity Number (ERN) of 99.99.99. The ERN rating represents the capability of a vessel to maintain its position and normal operations under certain weather conditions. Wärtsilä is the first supplier capable of providing such a high ERN.“This repeat order emphasises again the efficiency and customer benefits of Wärtsilä’s unique position as a total solutions provider. These PSVs will often be working in challenging sea conditions, and in areas where strict emissions regulations are in place. Our integrated systems solution and dual-fuel technology that allows the ships to run on clean LNG fuel, enable such challenges to be met and overcome,” says Magnus Miemois, Vice President, Wärtsilä Solutions.The four new PSVs will be built to the highest requirements for operations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. They will have an overall length of 89 metres, a beam of 19 metres, a deck area of 970 m2, and a capacity of 5,500 dwt. They are scheduled for delivery between third quarter 2015 and second quarter 2016.Siem Offshore is based in Norway and is a leading provider of marine services to the oil and gas industry.
zoom Depending on the ship size, speed and fuel price, containership operators saw an increase of some USD 500 million in 2015 annual costs due to new sulphur requirements which are forcing owners to use higher cost fuel, considering all containerised trade in Emissions Control Areas, according to the latest report by International Transport Forum OECD.In order to fight marine pollution, ships entering Emissions Control Areas from the Baltics to the North American coast had to switch to ship fuels with less than 0.1 percent sulphur content from 1 percent, starting from January 2015.The report shows that the increase in costs for container ship operators on the Asia-North Europe route was fairly marginal in 2015, but could be substantial in 2020, with increases possibly up by 85%.Furthermore, the impacts for individual shipping companies can be substantial, as Maersk Group estimated the additional costs for its total fleet, as a result of the 2015 ECA requirements, was in the order of USD 200 million.As the global sulphur cap could go even lower to 0.50% in 2020, the reports shows a further rise in costs for container ship operators, between 20% and 85%, thus, in this most extreme case, the cost per TEU would be approximately USD 400 higher.“Considering these effects, one could calculate the total costs for the container shipping industry related to the 2020 requirements to be in the order of USD 5-30 billion per year,” the report notes.Maersk Group estimated that its increased costs due to the global sulphur cap in 2020 could be USD 0.5 – 3.5 billion for its entire fleet.However, should the global sulphur cap only be introduced in 2025, costs for container ship operators could increase between 4% and 13%, mainly attributed to the sulphur cap of 0.50% that would be introduced in EU waters.“In such a case, the demand for low sulphur fuels would be much smaller and the transition period for building up more low sulphur fuel refinery capacity longer, so the price differential is likely to be much smaller than in 2020,” OECD added.
OTTAWA – A Liberal MP is under fire for presenting a “certificate of appreciation” to a man one Jewish advocacy group labels a purveyor of anti-Semitism.B’nai Brith Canada has started a petition demanding that Mississauga-Erin Mills MP Iqra Khalid apologize and rescind the federal certificate she presented last week to Amin El-Maoued, the public relations chief of Palestine House.The Jewish group accuses El-Maoued of leading a July 2017 rally “laden with hate-filled and anti-Semitic slogans,” including chants of “Israel and Hitler are the same.”Palestine House, which describes itself as “an educational, social and cultural centre of the Palestinian-Canadian Community,” lost all federal funding in 2012. The Conservative government at the time cited what it called a “pattern of support for extremism.”The B’nai Brith Canada petition asserts that “anti-Semites, racists and bigots of all sorts do not merit recognition from the Canadian government or its elected officials.”It demands that Khalid, who could not immediately be reached for comment on Wednesday, rescind the certificate and apologize to Canadians for what it calls her “insensitive and dangerous actions.”B’nai Brith CEO Michael Mostyn made the same demand Tuesday in a letter to Khalid, to which the group says the MP has not responded.“It is not only disappointing, but frightening that you would see fit to reward his dalliances with anti-Semitic discourse and incitement, while simultaneously ostensibly working to eliminate all forms of discrimination in Canada,” Mostyn wrote.“There is simply no reconciling these two worlds. Presenting El-Maoued with official recognition on behalf of the Canadian government both sanitizes and normalizes the anti-Semitic rhetoric and attitudes that he has purveyed and facilitated.”Khalid received hate mail and death threats last year after initiating a motion calling on the House of Commons to condemn Islamophobia and all other forms of discrimination. Conservatives and other critics argued that the non-binding motion would limit free speech.Khalid was criticized last April for giving El-Maoued another award on behalf of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, at an event that featured a Palestinian archbishop who had purportedly defended terrorists and suicide bombings.
Advertisement Ben Mulroney and Anne-Marie Mediwake are talking animatedly in a small office at CTV’s headquarters on Queen St. W. The banter is non-stop and effortless, a preview of things to come for their new flagship morning show, launching Aug. 22 to replace the venerable Canada AM.Mulroney: “I do all the Harry Potter voices for my kids. Here’s one. (Deep voice) ‘You’re a wizard Harry.’”Mediwake with a puzzled look: “Who’s that?” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “Look, he’s got like seven jobs; I only have two. It’s scheduling,” says Mulroney in his first sit-down interview, along with Mediwake, since the show was announced.A lot is riding on the success of Your Morning. Fans didn’t appreciate that Canada AM, which would have celebrated 44 years this September, was yanked unceremoniously from the schedule two months ago with a mere 24 hours notice. Advertisement Twitter Mulroney: “It’s Hagrid. I didn’t say I was good at impressions.”Mulroney so far is doing a pretty good Canadian take on American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, who seems to be everywhere in the entertainment landscape south of the border. As well as hosting Your Morning, Mulroney will continue to work for entertainment show eTalk. Login/Register With: Facebook
Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: James Cameron Hopes Everyone Will Be As Tired Of ‘Avengers’ As He Is: ‘There Are Other Stories To Tell’Enough is enough, says legendary director James Cameron. The “Avatar” and “Titanic” filmmaker turned his famously critical gaze to Marvel’s upcoming superhero epic “Avengers: Infinity War”.Cameron, 63, told reporters on Saturday he respects what Marvel Studios has done for the superhero genre, but that he is burnt out by the sheer number of movies. READ MOREJames Cameron Hopes for ‘Avengers’ Fatigue: ‘There Are Other Stories To Tell’ In Sci-FiAs it appears that this chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is coming to an end with “Avengers: Infinity War,” sci-fi aficionado James Cameron says that’s probably for the best.The man behind legendary sci-fi franchises such as “Terminator” and “Avatar” told reporters on Saturday that he’s a fan of the “Avengers” movies, but he fears that they have dominated too much of the genre as of late. READ MORE Advertisement James Cameron compares Avatar sequels to The GodfatherJames Cameron told journalists Saturday that his four planned Avatar sequels are at heart a “generational family saga” and compared the films to The Godfather. The writer-director was speaking at his production company in Manhattan Beach, California in the course of a press event to promote the filmmaker’s new AMC documentary show, AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, which premieres April 30. READ MOREJames Cameron Speaks Out On New AMC Sci Fi Series, Oscar Snubs, A Return To ‘Terminator’, And The Effect Of Fox/Disney Merger On ‘Avatar’ SequelsDuring a press opportunity this morning for his new six-part TV series, AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story Of Science Fiction (4/30) director James Cameron let loose on the current “politicizing of science”, his commitment to four Avatar sequels and the effect of the Fox/Disney proposed merger on them, the need for rethinking the themes in his upcoming return to Terminator, and why Oscar may have a prejudice against sci-fi films. READ MOREJames Cameron Is Tired of Avengers MoviesWhile promoting his new documentary series AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction on Saturday morning, James Cameron expressed that he hopes people will finally get tired of Avengers movies so they can start getting tired of Avatar sequels. “I’m hoping we’re going to start getting Avenger fatigue,” the Academy Award winning director said. “Not that I don’t love the movies. It’s just, come on, guys, there are other stories to tell besides, you know, hypogonadal males without families doing death-defying things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process.” Yikes, I kind of think he might actually not love the movies. READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement
Todd LamirandeAPTN NewsIt failed to be a week of high level meetings for a Manitoba First Nations man.He has been in the Ottawa region for a week trying to talk to politicians and bureaucrats over allegations of vote buying in his community.His message mostly fell on deaf ears – except back home.Read More: Manitoba man drives to Ottawa with allegations of vote buying in Manitoba email@example.com@toddlamirande
TORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:The House is backThe House of Commons resumes sitting on Monday. The Trudeau government is expected to face pointed questions from the opposition on a number of fronts including its purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline and the ongoing trade talks with the United States and Mexico.Communications reformThe Senate’s transport and communications committee hears from experts on Tuesday about how federal legislation can be modernized to account for the evolution of the broadcasting and telecommunications sectors in the last decades. The CRTC recently reversed a decision that would have decreased the amount private-sector television groups are required to spend on Canadian programming.Back to school for Bay streetRestaurant Brands International Inc. presents at Scotiabank Back to School conference on Tuesday. The Toronto conference will also feature speakers from other retail and consumer-oriented companies such as Canadian Tire, Empire Co., Saputo, Loblaw and Hudson’s Bay.National real estate updateThe Canadian Real Estate Association releases its monthly numbers for August and quarterly outlook on the housing market on Monday. CREA’s report for July found that the Canadian housing market was finding its footing after a prolonged stumble in the first half of the year, shaking off the impact of stricter mortgage rules and rising interest rates.InflationStatistics Canada reports the consumer price index data for August on Friday as well as the retail sales data for July. The annual rate of inflation hit 3.0 per cent in July, the highest level since September 2011 and the top end of the Bank of Canada’s target range of one to three per cent.
Biratnagar (Nepal): The Indian women’s football team sealed its place in the semifinals of the SAFF Championship with a resounding 5-0 win over Sri Lanka at the Sahid Rangashala Stadium here on Sunday. This result has extended India’s unbeaten run in the competition’s history to 21 games and secured the top spot in Group B. In the semifinals, India will take on Group A runners-up Bangladesh on Wednesday while hosts Nepal will face Sri Lanka in the other fixture. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenIndia’s five goals were scored by different players on Sunday. The four-time defending champions scored their first goal as early as in the fourth minute through winger Grace Dangmei. The goal was created through some fine work from Sanju down the left wing as she cut inside to unleash a shot that rattled the woodwork and fell to Grace, who headed in the rebound. Three minutes later, India doubled its lead, thanks to Sanju’s wing-play again. She broke down the left, past the defensive line and put in an inch-perfect cross, which was tapped in by an onrushing Sandhiya. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryIndia got another chance in the 17th minute, but Ratanbala’s effort was denied for offside. The opposition defence seemed to have regained its composure by then, with goalkeeper Wijerathna pulling off a couple of good saves and the Indians hitting the woodwork twice from distance. Led by Sanju, the Indians continued the good work and by the end of the first 45 minutes, added two more goals. In the 36th minute, Sanju ran past her marker yet again and put in a cross that caused havoc in the Sri Lankan defence. The ball eventually fell to Indumathi, who slammed it past the keeper into the goal. The fourth goal came on the stroke of half-time, this time from 12 yards out. Sanju’s cross struck the hand of a Sri Lankan defender and as the referee pointed straight to the spot and Sangita made no mistake. India went into the break with a four-goal cushion. The second period began in the same vein and Ratanbala, whose goal was cancelled earlier, got her name in the scoresheet with a powerful effort from inside the box. India continued to dominate possession and could have added another to its tally through Jabamani Tudu, who latched on to the ball from a free-kick and placed her effort just past the post. Dalima Chhibber and Ratanbala came close with long-range shots as well but were denied by the Sri Lankan custodian. The Indian women continued to create chances and control the tempo, and at the end picked up three points comfortably.
Brisbane: Australia coach Justin Langer has said that Steve Smith is in the “best physical condition of his life.” Smith showed ominous form in Australia’s practice matches against New Zealand scoring an unbeaten 91 on Friday to lead Australia to victory. This was after he had scored an unbeaten 89 off 77 balls in the previous match. Langer said one of Smith’s goals when he started serving his one-year ban following the 2018 Newlands ball tampering scandal was to return to the squad in better physical shape. The 48-year-old former opener said that Smith has certainly done that in his time out. “I think his skin folds are the lowest they’ve ever been and they’re talking elite level,” Langer told SEN. “I certainly slept a lot better last night. It warmed my heart to be honest. I actually watched him on the weekend, he had a nets session on Sunday night and I was sitting with a couple of coaches and I just said ‘How good is this kid’.” Langer said that Smith’s innings in the second practice match was a “tutorial in batting.” He also stated that David Warner, who is also returning to the squad after a one-year ban has done the same. Both players had recently undergone elbow surgery with Smith’s being a more serious case than Warner’s. “They’re in pretty good shape, they’re not throwing like Nathan Coulter-Nile or Jason Behrendorff at the moment or Glenn Maxwell, but they’re certainly working their way up to it and that’s good for us,” said Langer. While Warner was his typical ballistic self while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, he was not able to translate that form into the practice matches. In the three games he scored 39, 0 and 2 with the first score coming when he went in one down.
Montreal – The 6th edition of Moroccan real estate show “Morocco Property Expo” kicked off on Saturday at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal, with the participation of many real-estate developers, departments, and Moroccan banking institutions, showcasing a variety of real estate projects in several cities and regions of the Kingdom. The show, which was inaugurated by Ambassador of Morocco in Canada, Nouzha Chekrouni, managed to emerge as an essential platform for real estate development and a privileged meeting space between housing professionals and prospective Moroccan or foreign home buyers or those wishing to invest in real estate in the Kingdom, a market that is in full expansion.The two-day event will allow visitors to inquire about the offer proposed by a number of real estate development companies, which include luxury, middle-class and social housing projects. The 6th edition of the show also seeks to showcase the architectural heritage of the Kingdom, and meet the needs and expectations of Canadian customers through a wide range of products and prices.
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council is challenging post-secondary students to show Canadians how social sciences and humanities research is affecting our lives, our world and our future prosperity.The council is looking for storytellers and data journalists, social media masters and aspiring filmmakers for its communications challenge Research for a Better Life: The Storytellers.Canadian post-secondary students can submit a creative story pitch about SSHRC-funded research — their own or a professor’s — at their institution, how it is making an impact in our everyday lives, and why it matters.Podcasts, op-eds, vlogs or infographics are welcome but audio and visual entries must be no longer than three minutes.Up to 25 first-round winners will receive a cash prize of $3,000 and an invitation to participate in a specialized research communications workshop at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Victoria in June.Five final winners will have the chance to deliver a featured presentation at the World Social Science Forum in Montreal, in October.Submissions will be accepted from Feb. 16 to March 1. Visit the SSHRC online for more details.
Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown made his remarks to donors at an international aid conference for Lebanon in Sweden, at which Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora appealed for assistance to help rebuild the country after the 34 days of fighting that caused around $3.6 billion in physical damage.“Our challenge is now two-fold: to respond to Lebanon’s immediate needs, and to get the Government-led recovery off to a determined start in the weeks ahead, even as we prepare for an international conference on the country’s longer-term needs,” Mr. Malloch Brown said.“Yet it is the immediate recovery process that demands our most urgent attention. We must act quickly to build on what the Lebanese people are already doing to restore some normalcy to their lives after the conflict,” he stressed, warning: “We remain in a race against time.”Mr. Malloch Brown said these immediate needs include providing resources and materials to repair houses, rehabilitate schools, reopen roads to traffic as well as an “emergency environmental cleanup,” especially to address the devastating oil spill threatening the coast.He highlighted that the cessation of hostilities, which went into effect on 14 August, had allowed a strong and effective response that had now helped stabilize the humanitarian situation, but warned that the continuing Israeli air and sea blockade “severely hinders relief efforts.”“Aid when there is a blockade is like putting someone on life support when there is a foot on their wind pipe. We need an immediate end to the blockade and a political solution to the underlying causes of the conflict,” he said.The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which last week estimated that Lebanon suffered $3.6 billion in physical damage during the conflict, said that it will launch a revised Flash Appeal at today’s conference, expected to total around $96.5 million. UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland is also expected to speak at the meeting. Some 60 Governments and organizations are attending the one-day conference in Stockholm, which has been arranged by the Swedish Government, and it hopes to raise $500 million to assist in Lebanon’s reconstruction.“The clear message of this conference is about showing solidarity with the Government of Lebanon,” said Stephane Jaquemet, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative in Lebanon, who is attending the conference. “The Government is in the driving seat.”In the latest humanitarian developments on the ground in Lebanon, assistance continues to get through to those most in need and today municipal workers handed out food rations from the World Food Programme (WFP) to vulnerable families in Beirut’s southern suburbs, a UN spokesman told reporters in New York.The rations included packets of vegetable oil, lentils, canned vegetables and high-energy biscuits, Stephane Dujarric said, adding that authorities in all four municipalities in the south of the capital say they will hand out WFP rations to more than 100,000 people over the coming weeks.
In a statement issued to the press, the 15-member body emphasized the need for a peaceful, orderly, inclusive and Yemeni-led transition process, and reiterated its call on all parties to “resume and accelerate” UN-brokered inclusive political consultations. The talks will be convened in the region next week by the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, who yesterday welcomed the commitment of the Government, the Houthis and the General People’s Congress to participate. “The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their call on Yemeni parties to attend the announced talks and any such future talks and engage without preconditions and in good faith, including by resolving their differences through dialogue and consultations, rejecting acts of violence to achieve political goals, and refraining from provocation and all unilateral actions to undermine the political transition,” said today’s statement. They also expressed their support and appreciation for the efforts of the Special Envoy, who will continue to engage with all Yemeni stakeholders to take steps towards a durable ceasefire and a mechanism for the withdrawal of forces, release of political prisoners and the resumption of an inclusive political transition process.In addition, the Council expressed deep concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen, including the food insecurity already facing millions of Yemenis across the country and the increasing risk of famine. They encouraged the international community to contribute to the $1.6 billion UN humanitarian appeal, which was currently only around 24 per cent funded.