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Canada’s excitement builds as Raptors on brink of NBA crown

first_img(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 7, 2019, Toronto Raptors fans cheers as they gather to watch Game 4 of the NBA Finals series outside Scotiabank Arena at ‘Jurassic Park’ in Toronto, Canada. – An NBA crown for the Toronto Raptors would bring basketball’s legacy full circle for Canada, celebrating its deep roots as birthplace of the sport’s inventor, James Naismith, and site of the first NBA game in Toronto in 1946, with the New York Knicks beating the Toronto Huskies 68-66. (Photo by Cole Burston / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)With the Toronto Raptors on the brink of a historic NBA title, excitement is building across Canada ahead of Monday’s potentially decisive fifth game of the NBA Finals.Two road victories gave the Raptors a 3-1 edge in the best-of-seven series against the defending champion Golden State Warriors and they can become the first NBA champions from outside the United States with a triumph Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew A team whose motto is “We The North” might need a change to “We The Champs” if the Raptors win the first crown in their 24-year history and dethrone a dynasty seeking a third consecutive crown and a fourth in five seasons.Some Raptors supporters have been lining up and camping out all weekend to get into the “Jurassic Park” outdoor watch party area over three blocks on the west side of Scotiabank Arena.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“We’ve been embracing it this whole time,” Raptors star Kawhi Leonard said. “Just enjoying the support and the energy they’re bringing to the team.”Similar outdoor big screen viewing parties on the Atlantic Coast in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the western plains in Regina, Saskatchewan, were featured on NBA telecasts. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH 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 LATEST STORIES Streets around the arena will be closed early Monday as security tightens around the event.Cheers of “Let’s Go Raptors” echoed across the course at the PGA Canadian Open, where winner Rory McIlroy could not even get to his trophy before a fan had thrown him a Raptors jersey.It’s the biggest sporting excitement for a Toronto team since the 1992 and 1993 World Series champion Toronto Blue Jays.And while nothing will overtake the love of ice hockey as an iconic part of Canadian culture, there hasn’t been a Canadian winner of the Stanley Cup since the 1993 Montreal Canadiens.The passionate support for the Raptors, signs in windows and people in jerseys across Toronto, is a stark contrast to the level keel and matter-of-fact attitude the players have kept as they refuse to celebrate before reaching the goal of a title.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Locals to the rescue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We know it’s a big deal and we know that it means a lot to the country,” said Raptors forward Pascal Siakam of Cameroon. “What helped us is just staying together and understanding our goal and just focusing on the game. The rest, you can’t control that.“We got to focus on the game. We can’t think about the big picture of everything, so that’s what we’re going to try to do every time we’re out there on the floor.”Still, Raptors center Marc Gasol, a Spaniard, says the team is able to get a boost from the emotional energy supporters have been sending for months.“It’s a good feeling. That kind of excitement, it’s a positive energy,” Gasol said. “Everyone has bumps and bruises and has some active issue physically, so that encouragement and that passion makes you feel a little better.”‘Still got work to do’Raptors guard Kyle Lowry is thrilled the team can evoke such emotion and devotion, but it’s not something the Raptors can let themselves enjoy yet.“I understand where they’re coming from,” Lowry said. “We want them to be excited. We want them to be happy. We want them to be energetic. But we still got work to do.”Raptors guard Danny Green says a healthy respect for the Warriors, who are the first team in more than half a century to play in a fifth consecutive final, keeps players from losing their cool.“It comes with experience. It comes with IQ,” Green said. “It comes with knowing that we haven’t accomplished anything yet.“It comes with appropriate fear of knowing what that team is capable of.” Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

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‘Conte to blame for Barkley’s Chelsea snub’

first_imgTransfers Conte to blame for Barkley’s Chelsea snub… for turning phone off Last updated 2 years ago 17:41 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Antonio Conte, Chelsea Getty Transfers Chelsea Antonio Conte Premier League The midfielder’s representatives were said to be unable to get hold of the Blues boss and in turn decided to pull the plug on the transfer Ross Barkley’s £35 million transfer to Chelsea collapsed because Antonio Conte had turned his phone off on deadline day, according to Joey Barton.Everton had accepted a bid for the 23-year-old before the midfielder travelled to London to complete a medical in the late stages of the window.Conte’s men 4/5 to beat Leicester Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina A deal fell through, however, and Barton believes the reason is because of the Blues boss.”I heard a really interesting thing about what happened with the Ross Barkley transfer. Conte turned his phone off and Barkley’s representatives were trying to contact him,” Barton said on TalkSport.”He wanted to say ‘look, where am I going to play’, and Conte turned his phone off. That is why Barkley got cold feet and never signed.”He thought, ‘well, if the manager isn’t answering the phone to me he clearly doesn’t want me’, and that is why he went back to Everton.”Barkley’s current Everton deal expires at the end of the 2017-18 campaign and a January exit from Goodison Park for a cheaper amount remains a possibility.The England international had also been linked with Tottenham in the off season with reports Everton boss Ronald Koeman didn’t have him in his first-team plans.last_img read more

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Melbourne Cup 2017: an idiot’s guide to picking a winner

first_img None features Pink Share on Twitter Submit answers Share via Email You got… Which is the most common silk colour of a Melbourne Cup winner? 19 & 20 When was the last time a horse with a name like a proper person won? Titles (like Prince of Penzance) or one word names do not count. This is strictly first and last names only. Who is more successful – favourites or outsiders? 2009 Outsiders, of course Pre-race favourites have only won the Cup 34 times out of 156, a rate of 21%. The last favourite to win was 2013’s Fiorente. WHO TO PICK THIS YEAR: Back an outsider and avoid the quince-flavoured Marmelo, or the returning champ Almadin. Challenge your friends 1976 $4 million 30 32 Share on Twitter Share via Email 7 Green 10 Water! The last fire-related winner was Red Handed (1967) and even then that’s a stretch. Before that we only have Rimfire (1948) and Lantern (1864). Water-based names are much more successful, with six wins from horses like Subzero (1992), Rain Lover (1968-69) and Poseidon (1906). WHO TO PICK THIS YEAR: Back the watery winners, like Ventura Storm, Bondi Beach and Humidor. Avoid Wall of Fire, Rekindling and Red Cardinal. $10 million Bay Bay (i.e: reddish-brown) horses have won the Cup 68 times, vastly more than brown horses on 37. Black horses have only won three times. WHO TO PICK THIS YEAR: Every horse running is a bay, except Libran who can be classed “bay or brown”, and Single Gaze, who is chestnut. Pick any others. Australia sport Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Grey What’s better? A fire-related name, or water? How many horses named after adjectives have won? Red Fire! Rogan Josh center_img Four Only four horses have won the Melbourne Cup in consecutive years: Makybe Diva (2003-5), Think Big (1974-5), Rain Lover (1968-9) and Archer (1861-2). WHO TO PICK THIS YEAR: Steer clear of last year’s returning champion, Almandin, as history suggests he is unlikely to repeat the trick. $14.5 million This was of course, three-time winner Makybe Diva. WHO TO PICK THIS YEAR: Hartnell is the richest horse running, having earned $4.4m. Share on Pinterest How many horses have won the Melbourne Cup back-to-back? Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Kiwi 1 & 3 11 Nouns and noun phrases (ie: Green Moon) have dominated the Melbourne Cup’s history. The last adjectival winner was 2014’s Protectionist. But let us not forget the mid-2000s hat-trick of adjectival winners between 2007 and 2009: Efficient, Viewed and Shocking. WHO TO PICK THIS YEAR: There’s only one adjectival horse running this year. So steer clear of Tiberian. Double Brie Rogan Josh (1999), Brew (2000) and Kiwi (1983) are all winners. WHO TO PICK THIS YEAR: Marmelo is named after the Portuguese word for quince. Share on LinkedIn Brew Which is the most common coat colour of a Melbourne Cup winner? 50 Black 1932 Real names fare poorly in horse racing. Peter Pan in 1932 was the earliest winner that could qualify for this category (just). WHO TO PICK THIS YEAR: Avoid Max Dynamite, Thomas Hobson and the weirdly specific Johannes Vermeer. Since you’re here… Brown Blue Blue dominates, both among past winners and in most horses generally. WHO TO PICK THIS YEAR: The field is full of blue. Pick from Hartnell, Almandin, Johannes Vermeer, Bondi Beach, US Army Ranger, Gallante, Single Gaze and Rekindling. Which of these food or drink-based horses has NOT won the Melbourne Cup? Which saddlecloth number(s) have won the most Melbourne Cups? Horse racing 22 A horse with a name like a person has never won, for that would be absurd 4 & 12 These two numbers have 11 wins each. WHO TO PICK THIS YEAR: Tiberian (4) and Wicklow Brave (12) have the lucky(ish) numbers. How much career prizemoney has the richest Cup-winning horse won? Topics $32.5 million Melbourne Cup Favourites, duh Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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ICC rules out complacency on World Cup security after Christchurch mosque shootings

first_img Reuters WellingtonMarch 18, 2019UPDATED: March 18, 2019 18:36 IST CEO Dave Richardson says security at the World Cup in England and Wales will be the ICC’s top priority (AP Photo)There is no question of being complacent with security at this year’s World Cup in England and Wales following a mass shooting at two Christchurch mosques last week, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said.Members of the Bangladesh cricket team narrowly avoided being caught up in the shooting, which killed 49 people, by a suspected white supremacist last Friday.Their third Test against New Zealand that had been scheduled to start on Saturday at nearby Hagley Oval was subsequently cancelled and it also prompted calls from Asian cricket officials and politicians to step up security for touring teams.ICC chief executive David Richardson said security was always an issue for his organisation and ensuring the May 30-July 14 World Cup in England and Wales was safe would be a priority.”It has always been the case that we’ve had to make sure that we keep security absolutely priority, not only for the players but also for the visiting media, fans, spectators and everyone who attends the event,” Richardson was quoted as saying by cricket website Cricinfo.”Something happening in New Zealand probably took a lot of people by surprise and it emphasised the need not to be complacent, especially going into the World Cup.”I know the work done already by the security director together with all the security agencies in the UK, they are leaving no stone unturned, and if the threat level should rise in any way we will (further upgrade) the plans in place.”Cricket teams have previously abandoned tours because of security fears but most had been in South Asia, including Bangladesh which Australia decided against touring in 2015.advertisementSri Lanka’s team bus was attacked by gunmen in Lahore during their tour of Pakistan in 2009. Six members of the team were wounded, while six security personnel and two civilians were killed.Pakistan still host nearly all of their international matches in the United Arab Emirates due to ongoing security concerns.New Zealand abandoned their 1987 tour of Sri Lanka following a bombing near their hotel in Colombo in which more than 100 people were killed.They also abandoned a tour of Pakistan in May 2002 following a suicide bombing outside their hotel in Karachi.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow ICCFollow Dave RichardsonFollow christchurch mosque shootingsFollow New Zealand mosque shooting ICC rules out complacency on World Cup security after Christchurch mosque shootingsICC chief executive David Richardson said security was always an issue for his organisation and ensuring the May 30-July 14 World Cup in England and Wales was safe would be a priority.advertisementlast_img read more

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First Drive: 2015 McLaren 650S

first_imgStanding in the courtyard of the hotel in Málaga, Spain, leaning against the fastest car I’ve ever driven, I glance over at my co-pilot.Slightly out of breath, he looks hypnotized by the orange supercar sitting before us. His eyes slowly wander from the car and onto my face.“Was I really going 275 kilometers per hour?” he asks.“It was actually 273 … but who’s counting?” I reply with a chuckle.“You could’ve slowed me down,” he says. “We could’ve been arrested. Then again, that would’ve been such good press for both of us. We would’ve looked so cool …”“I know, Patrick, I know.” I reply, with a slow nod, tapping on carbon fiber wing.As an automotive journalist, wild adventures in far-off places are commonplace for me. Except this one is different.Today my driving partner is renowned actor Sir Patrick Stewart and the car that left us speechless is the 2015 McLaren 650S.Before we climb behind the wheel with Sir Stewart, let me tell you a bit about McLaren’s latest supercar.Hyperbole“Better than the 12C,” said the McLaren representative during our briefing.That’s hard to imagine, considering that just three years ago McLaren Automotive relaunched itself into the world of street-legal supercars. Although it hadn’t launched a car in 19 years, the brand was immediately accepted amongst the likes of Lamborghini, Aston Martin, and Ferrari.However, the folks at McLaren didn’t accept a one-hit wonder and call it a day, as they had with the F1. Instead, they sought to calibrate and recalibrate the tuning on the MP4-12C.Accordingly, they’ll tell you that the 2014 and 2011 models drive completely differently, all thanks to software adjustments. And the best part? Owners of early models need only visit the dealer to have their cars modernized with a quick update to the ECU.McLaren is a brand focused on space-aged technology – speed through science – above all else, and it shows.At its core, the 650S borrows nearly 70 percent of its components from the 12C, and the rest comes from lessons learned in developing McLaren’s P1 hypercar.From a visual standpoint, the nose of the 650 is shared with the P1, while the rest of the car is mostly 12C. The twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 engine has been tuned up to 641 horsepower (650 PS, hence its name), and 500 pound-feet of torque. The suspension has been stiffened. The sport and track modes adjusted. And the aero work produces more downforce, front and rear.Hell, it’ll even crack 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds.Equal parts road and trackOur hotel overlooked the Mediterranean, about an hour and a half from Ascari Race Resort in Ronda. The drive to and around the track zigzagged upward into the mountains, into the rolling farmlands of Andalusia.After a quick breakfast on the terrace, I walked out to the courtyard to meet my Tarocco Orange 650S.The doors get you, every time. They don’t open directly forward like a Ferrari, or upward like a Mercedes SLS, but rather like an open-armed sun salutation in yoga – stretching up and out to welcome the day. Open both and take a photo; it’s dramatic from every angle.Swing open the doors and pop inside and you’ll find a customizable cabin. You can have the interior in nearly any color you’d like, with choices between the sportier Alcantara finish with carbon fiber sport seats sourced from the P1 or leather seats that feel little more relaxed and significantly more luxurious.For the driving we’d do on this trip, I preferred the sports seats. However, the car feels more upscale with the full leather dash. Ladies in skirts will prefer entry and exit with the width of the traditional – and adjustable – bucket seats.A word to the wise: You may want to build your car according to how you’ll spend most of the time in your 650S. But, the car is more comfortable for long hauls than the comparable 458 Italia, regardless of your seating preference, so there’s no way to lose. NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Where there isn’t Alcantara or leather on the interior, you’ll only find carbon fiber – and plenty of it. The car is made almost entirely of the lightweight woven element, with exception to a bit of magnesium behind the dash and the aluminum extrusions that mount the front and rear bumpers.Sitting in the 650S feels like sitting in something from the future, as if we’ve utilized some alien technology to build a rocket with tires. Even the infotainment system’s interface looks like it was pulled right out of Tron, with its portrait orientation and simple black and white screens. It’s gorgeous, it’s responsive, and it’s easy to use. The only downside is that you can’t skip audio tracks unless you’re using the media screen, which requires backing out of the phone and navigation features first.AscariOn the Ascari track, Euan Hankey – one of McLaren’s factory GT drivers – guided me through the Normal, Sport and Track modes, pushing me harder and harder with each lap.We sped through each of Ascari’s three loops, faster and faster with each consecutive lap. I was blown away by the car’s traction and power delivery. Honestly, there was no way that I could push the car to the edge of its limits; the 650S is built to appease even a professional racer.Pumped full of adrenaline and eager for more, I asked Euan to show me what the car could really do with a racer behind the wheel. I’ll freely admit that he’s the first driver to ever legitimately scare me. Between the 650S’ mind-boggling handing and his tremendous driving, I walked away a little shaky, but completely impressed.Until this day, my personal favorite car has been the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black, an exotic muscle car with a completely different kind of personality, but similar levels of power and performance. Even other cars, like the Nissan GT-R and Lexus LFA have absolutely dazzled me, but my time in the McLaren casts a long shadow over each of these cars.Maybe it’s the novelty of a brand many people don’t know. Maybe it’s the glove-like fit of the cabin. Maybe it’s just the doors. Either way, a dozen laps around Ascari with a professional racer have changed my tune, and I’m not sure what I could possibly drive – save maybe the P1 – that I’d enjoy even more.Crème de la CrèmeThe next morning, after a full nights’ rest full of track-day dreams, I went down to the hotel café for breakfast in the garden.As I settled in and sipped my cappuccino in silence, I glanced around the patio. As I surveyed the place and the other patrons, I suddenly did a double take.Sitting at the adjacent table was Sir Patrick Stewart, captain of the Enterprise, leader of the X-Men, and my childhood hero.Maybe I’m the obnoxious American that Europeans curse. But I don’t really care. But without hesitation, I walked over to Sir Stewart’s table, squatted down next to him and asked the question that no one can refuse: “How would you feel about taking a spin in a McLaren?”Eyebrows rise. A smile is cracked. Waivers are signed. A friend made.Warp speedI told Sir Patrick that I would take us out of the town we were staying in, to warm up the engine. Then the keys were his to bring us home again.As I sped through the Spanish countryside, we talked about the McLaren’s active aerodynamics system, which functions as an air brake when you slow down quickly enough. We talked about his adventures with Stirling Moss and Jeremy Clarkson, too.Eventually, I pulled off to swap seats. That’s when I realized that Sir Patrick’s story about “only liking to drive up to a certain speed … a comfortable one,” and his long list of driving practice didn’t necessarily sync.Sir Patrick is more adept behind the wheel than he lead on. In fact, he took us all the way to 170 mph – through a tunnel – before lifting off the accelerator. There’s a warp speed joke in there somewhere, but I’ll let it rest.We could’ve been killed. We could’ve been arrested. Instead, we were left rolling in laughter and excitement.We returned back to the hotel and took a selfie in the main drive, which he tweeted out to his followers. That gave the folks at McLaren the chance to tell him everything that I hadn’t already, as well as plan a visit to the factory to see where the magic happens in Woking, England.ConclusionThe 2015 McLaren 650S is priced from $265,000, just north of the MP4-12C it replaces. It’s an aesthetic masterpiece, and a brilliant work of machinery and science-fiction/fact, absolutely worthy of its position in the realm of supercars.Better, though, is that while it may offer similar levels of thrill found by some of its competitors, it does so more comfortably than most. Ipso facto, it’s one of the best ultra-performance daily drivers available on the market today.It’s fast – very fast – with a top speed of 207 mph, and that’s not even the fastest car McLaren builds. 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Ex LTTE cadres arrested over ATM fraud

The police said they seized a total of 162 electronic cards and 18,000 baht cash.Pol Maj Gen Phisit said the suspects confessed that they obtained blank electronic cards in Malaysia. The blanks were then encoded with information, obtained by using skimmers, off cards of people from countries such as Canada, the UK and Germany. A gang of foreigners, four Malaysians and two Sri Lankans, have been arrested and charged with the fraudulent use of over 100 ATM cards to withdraw around 10 million baht cash in Thailand, the Economic and Cyber Crime Division announced on Wednesday.According to the Bangkok Post, police division chief Pol Maj Gen Phisit Pao-in said the police were informed by Siam Commercial Bank that the bank has been requested to investigate theft of users’ information and fraudulent use of electronic cards to withdraw cash in Thailand. They would go separately to withdraw up to  60,000 baht each time from ATMs in Pratunam and Sukhumvit areas, and later hand the money over to an Indian they knew only as Asok. They were paid 10% of the money.The suspects said they had been withdrawing the money for over a month, with the total combined value  approximately 10 million baht.Police said the two Sri Lankan suspects are former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam who fled to Thailand. They were investigating whether terrorism funding is involved or not. The other gang members are Suthsrsan Nadarajah, 34, from Sri Lanka,  and four Malaysians, Dasikumar Anthonisamy, 32, Eswarn Kumarn, 20, Jothi Shanhar S Thiagu, 19 and Pravin M.Dorasamy, 19. The investigators found out that the cards were used in the Pratunam area. Police sent to patrol the area discovered S.Saseelan, 43, withdrawing cash at an ATM. They asked to search hm and found 10 fake ATM  cards. The police searched his accommodation and later apprehend the five other suspects. The six suspects have been charged with illegal access to a computer system, holding and using fake electronic cards and illegal entry to Thailand. Asok is still at large. read more

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Security Council to aim for action on Angola before Annans trip there

Following a private meeting, Ambassador John Negroponte of the United States, which currently holds the Council’s rotating presidency, told reporters that all of the members had welcomed the fact that the ceasefire of 4 April had been holding. He said the Council had engaged in a “lengthy discussion about the military and humanitarian and other challenges” ahead. Members also reviewed the “nature and scope of the United Nations presence in Angola going forward in light of the new challenges which are faced in that country.”Asked when Council action could be expected, Ambassador Negroponte said, “we are talking about the possibility of reaching some resolution of this question in the not-too-distant future, if possible prior to [the] Secretary-General’s trip to Angola,” scheduled for 25 to 27 August.Such an outcome would require “further discussions within the Security Council itself and with the Government of Angola,” he stressed.During its closed-door talks, Ibrahim Gambari, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Africa, presented Mr. Annan’s latest report on Angola. The report proposes the creation of a new UN Mission in Angola, to be known by the acronym UNMA, which would be divided into two components, one dealing with political, military and human rights work and the other devoted to humanitarian concerns, economic recovery and development.”It is now in [Council members’] hands as to the next steps that they propose to take in terms of carrying forward the recommendations of the Secretary-General,” said Under-Secretary-General Gambari.Asked about the UN-Angola relationship, he said it was “very positive, because there is a recognition that the UN has a very important role to play, not on the humanitarian side, which as you know is very serious, but also, under the Lusaka Protocol, the UN has special responsibility to mediate between the Government and UNITA [National Union for the Total Independence of Angola.]””There is no alternative to cooperation and new partnership between the Government of Angola and the UN and international community based on burden-sharing so that everybody does what they are supposed to do to help consolidate peace in Angola,” he stressed. read more

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Lockheed Martin unit to hire 100 with purchase of Aveos engine repair

Lockheed Martin unit to hire 100 with purchase of Aveos engine repair business AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 7, 2013 7:16 pm MDT MONTREAL – A Canadian subsidiary of U.S. defence giant Lockheed Martin Corp. expects to hire up to 100 former Aveos Fleet Performance employees after purchasing a number of the Montreal-areas assets of the insolvent company.The first of the employees are expected to be on the job when Lockheed Martin Canada reopens the shuttered engine maintenance, repair and overhaul operation in April. The rest of the hiring is expected to be completed by the end of the year.Lockheed Martin Canada purchased tools and equipment at auction for two lines of aircraft engines, along with the Aveos building near Trudeau International Airport.The CF34 and CFM56 engines will join the eight other engines that are repaired by business unit Kelly Aviation Center based in San Antonio, Tex.“We’re very excited about the venture, we’re looking forward to working with the Canadian expertise and bringing our experience to bear,” Kelly Aviation vice-president Amy Gowder said in a telephone interview.The sale of the business still requires approval from the Quebec Superior Court, but the monitor for Aveos is recommending approval.Gowder said Lockheed only learned of the opportunity in September but is eager to begin hiring managers to plan for the phased start to the business.“We expect to be making offers literally within the next couple of days,” she said.About 100 workers should be hired by the end of the year. Former Aveos employees won’t be automatically hired but have a good chance because of their skills.Their union was also optimistic about their chances.“This means that some of our people who lost their jobs when Aveos closed will get their jobs back,” said Fred Hospes, president and general chairman of District Lodge 140, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.“This is great news for our members, the province of Quebec and the aviation industry in Canada because we retain this vital component in Canada and the jobs that go with it,” Hospes said.Gowder said the company, which has been negotiating a new collective agreement with the union, said workers would not receive lower wages or benefits than they did at Aveos and will gain the security of having one of the world’s largest aerospace companies as an employer.“Lockheed brings a lot to bear. We have a lot of experience and have very good union partnerships and we know how to have a collaborative relationship that we intend to bring that to the table.”Terms of the purchase agreement were not disclosed but Lockheed Martin said they are “not material” to the defence company.“This acquisition is consistent with our strategy of acquiring capabilities that enhance our ability to expand into attractive adjacent market opportunities,” added Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson.Lockheed (NYSE:LMT) said it will use the acquired assets to work on CF34 and CFM56 engines that power Embraer and Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) regional jets, along with the Airbus A320 family of planes.The new facility will be named the Kelly Aviation Center Montreal and be affiliated with the aviation centre based at the former Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, Tex.A Kelly spokeswoman, Cheryl Kahn, said the company didn’t receive any government financial support to stay in Montreal.“We wanted to stay in Montreal, if at all possible, and with the co-operation of the officials there, Transport Canada and the union, they all made it possible for us to be able to do it,” Kahn said.Lockheed Martin Canada has more than 700 employees at facilities in Ottawa, Montreal, Dartmouth and Calgary, as well as Department of National Defence sites across the country.This transaction is the latest effort by Aveos’ creditors to sell off the failed aircraft business, which closed last March, terminating about 2,600 jobs across the country, including some 1,800 in Montreal.Earlier, the court approved the sale of an unrelated part of Aveos’ engine repair business to Lufthansa Technik over the objections of rival bidder MTU Aero Engines.Technik tripled its original bid for the Aveos engine repair business during negotiations.The move enabled the German company to best MTU Aero Engines with an offer that was more than twice what the Vancouver-based company offered to pay.The value of the winning bid wasn’t been disclosed but MTU offered $5.2 million including $4 million plus specialized tools.MTU valued the tools at $1.2 million, but the chief restructuring officer testified the amount was less than the liquidation price.The company had been Air Canada’s main provider of aircraft overhauls and heavy maintenance.The court also approved the sale of the component repair business to British-based firm A J Walter Aviation for an undisclosed sum. The company plans to create about 200 jobs.Earlier, its airframe business and other assets were sold for $10.8 million to three Canadian firms, two U.S.-based companies and one liquidator.The buyers of the airframe business include Avianor Inc. based in Mirabel, Que., Avmax Aviation Services Inc. of Calgary and Discovery Air Technical, a subsidiary of Yellowknife-based Discovery Air (TSX:DA.A).Premier Aviation Overhaul Center of New York, which has an operation in Trois-Rivieres, Que., and Illinois-based Aircraft Services Inc. also acquired parts of the business.Liquidator Maynards Industries Ltd. also bought several lots of equipment that are being sold at auction. read more

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YouTube acknowledges new music service as it prepares to block some indie

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – YouTube will launch a new subscription music service, the company acknowledged Tuesday after being dragged into a public dispute over royalties that will result in the blockade of some independent artists’ music videos.The Google Inc.-owned video site said in a statement that it is “adding subscription-based features for music on YouTube” and that “hundreds of major label and independent artists” have signed on.The paid service — to be launched within a few months — will likely allow playback of videos without ads and allow for offline playback on mobile devices. That’s according to two people familiar with the matter.The people weren’t authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.The people also confirmed that a small number of independent artists who had not agreed to new deal terms will have their videos blocked in some countries starting in a few days, even on the free version of YouTube.YouTube will block the music videos so users of the test version won’t be confused about which content they can access for free and which features require payment, the people said. Allowing free streams of music by certain artists while not offering them on the paid service would erode the value of the paid plan, one person said.The move also adds pressure on those labels to sign, because not being on YouTube altogether will result in less advertising revenue and exposure.YouTube has reached deals with all three major music labels — Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group — and many independent labels as a whole representing about 95 per cent of all labels, the people said.Determining which artists are blocked —and where— could be confusing because some indie artists have their music distributed in certain countries by the major labels. Singer Adele, for instance, is signed with Beggars Group’s XL Recordings in the U.K., but Sony Music’s Columbia label distributes her music in the U.S.Rich Bengloff, president of the American Association of Independent Music, an industry group representing independent labels, said he disagrees with the characterization that only a few labels haven’t signed. He argued that independent artists are being treated unfairly simply because they lack market power.“I’m not very happy, obviously,” he said. “We’re asking to be treated equitably and fairly.”One person familiar with the terms said that independent labels are being offered the same per-stream royalty payment as the major labels, but are not offered the same guarantees or advances for the first year.Alison Wenham, CEO of the Worldwide Independent Network, another trade group representing indie labels, said in a statement that YouTube’s decision to blockade some labels was a “grave error of commercial judgment.” She said services like Spotify and Deezer have done a better job representing independent music on their platforms. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press Posted Jun 17, 2014 3:21 pm MDT YouTube acknowledges new music service as it prepares to block some indie artists read more

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Brexit blamed for holdup in case of woman imprisoned by Saudi father

first_imgA delay in resolving a High Court case about a young woman who claimed she was being imprisoned by her father has been attributed to Brexit.Amina Al-Jeffery, 21, who grew up in Swansea and has dual British and Saudi Arabian nationality, has complained that her father locked her up in his flat in Jeddah because she had “kissed a guy”.Her father, Mohammed Al-Jeffery, a Saudi academic, has disputed her allegations and said he was trying to protect her.In August, Mr Justice Holman said her father had to “permit and facilitate” his daughter’s return to England or Wales by September 11, but she has not returned. Amina_Al-Jeffery shown in a school yearbook photo Amina_Al-Jeffery shown in a school yearbook photoCredit:PA 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. The case was adjourned until Friday in the hope that a private face-to-face meeting between Miss Al-Jeffery and her solicitor, Anne-Marie Hutchinson, would get to the bottom of the matter and allow it to be resolved “once and for all”.But the judge was told that the meeting in Jeddah had not taken place because of travel difficulties encountered by Ms Hutchinson.Her bid to get a visa was thwarted because her Irish passport did not have the required two clear pages side by side and, when she applied for a fresh passport, she was told there was a backlog because of Brexit.Adjourning the case until February 13, the judge said: “There you have it. The reach of Brexit has even impacted on progress in this case. Who would have foreseen it?”She needed two pages side by side, an Irish passport and there was a backlog because of Brexit.”But these things happen and we have to accommodate them.”At a previous hearing, the judge said he had heard that Miss Al-Jeffery’s relationship with her father was much improved and some of the restrictions placed upon her had been relaxed.Miss Al-Jeffery said she now had a mobile phone, a computer and her passports – although her British passport was said to have expired – and she was working as an intern.She had repeatedly said she wanted the legal proceedings to come to an end as they were hampering the restoration of family relationships.Lawyers for her father said he had agreed that she could travel in and out of Saudi Arabia at any time although, as a formality, he would require her to ask permission which would always be given.The judge said he remained concerned about the true scope of Miss Al-Jeffery’s freedoms and had not found it easy to decide whether to bring an end to the proceedings – hence the need for the meeting.last_img read more

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Inbound arrivals drop 16 percent

first_imgAthens International Airport (AIA) has suffered a 16 percent drop in the number of international arrivals in comparison with February 2008. March 2009 also saw a 12 percent decrease in international arrivals. Figures released by the AIA showed that 639,852 international passengers passed through the airport in March, down from 763,853 in 2008. Domestic passengers declined 3.4 percent. Industry officials expect a drop of up to 20 percent in international tourism arrivals this year from 2008 levels. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Goodys coming to Oakleigh

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The first store hasn’t even opened yet, but Greek fast food burger chain Goody’s has secured another location in Melbourne, this time in the Greek Mecca of Oakleigh. Restaurant proprietor Con Tangalakis says he’s signed the lease to bring Goody’s to Oakleigh’s Eaton Mall, setting up shop next to his own restaurant, No Name.Work is still underway with the flagship store in the city, that is running behind schedule.Work was supposed to be finished by April this year, but the shop is still at permit stage.“We have fallen a bit behind schedule because of internal structural and building work,” Mr Tangalakis tells Neos Kosmos. Mr Tagalakis is estimating a July launch, saying that all the shop fit out plans and architectural designs are complete.The shop will take up the whole ground floor of the Cultural Centre, bringing the Greek chain to the Lonsdale Street Greek precinct.Ten stores have been green lit to be built in five years, according to the Australian licence given to Mr Tangalakis and business partner George Iliopoulos by Goody’s.The group is open to franchisee interest, and say two sized shops are available.Goody’s is Greece’s biggest fast food company, with 150 stores in Greece, Cyprus, Albania, Belarus and FYROM.last_img read more

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Le mystère de la disparition des taches solaires enfin élucidé

first_imgLe mystère de la disparition des taches solaires enfin élucidéDes astrophysiciens américains ont annoncé qu’ils avaient résolu l’énigme de la disparition des taches solaires. Un phénomène connu depuis longtemps mais dont on ignorait encore l’origine. Après plus de deux siècles de mystère, il semblerait que des astrophysiciens soient enfin parvenus à expliquer la disparition des taches solaires, au cours d’une étude publiée aujourd’hui dans la revue Nature. En effet, ces régions particulières du Soleil se manifestent normalement par des “points noirs” visibles à sa surface. Mais à plusieurs reprises, les scientifiques se sont aperçus que ces taches disparaissaient et ce, pendant de longues périodes. Un étrange phénomène rapporté pour la première fois en 1810 et qui semble se reproduire régulièrement. Entre 2008 et 2010, la surface du Soleil comptait ainsi très peu de taches voire aucune.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESASi l’on savait déjà que le Soleil connaissait des cycles réguliers d’environ 11 ans alternant faible et forte activité, ceci ne suffisait pas à justifier la disparition des taches sur des durées prolongées. Pour en savoir davantage, les astrophysiciens de l’Université du Montana aux Etats-Unis ont donc multiplié les observations et collecté diverses informations sur la surface du Soleil, les taches solaires, les éruptions et la force des champs magnétiques aux pôles nord et sud de l’astre. En modélisant sur ordinateur la surface du Soleil sur une durée de 2.000 ans, ils se sont ainsi aperçus que l’absence de taches coïncidait avec des champs magnétiques faibles. Associés à une activité solaire peu intense, ceux-ci expliqueraient alors la modulation du nombre de taches visibles à la surface. “Comprendre ces structures est important car les activités solaires influencent la météo spatiale capable d’affecter les technologies dans l’espace et sur Terre”, a expliqué à Reuters, Piet Martens, l’un des astrophysiciens qui a conduit l’étude. En 2009, par exemple, l’absence de taches solaires avait provoqué une montée en flèche des radiations cosmiques. Des rayons de haute énergie dangereux pour les astronautes. De même, une faible activité solaire pourrait affecter les systèmes de communication fonctionnant par satellite. Pouvoir prédire la météo spatiale en examinant les champs magnétiques du Soleil permettrait alors de limiter l’impact de ces phénomènes.Découvrez d’impressionnantes images de taches solaires sur Maxisciences.Le 3 mars 2011 à 17:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Illinois Soybean Summit Events Kickoff Tomorrow

first_imgThe Soybean Summits bring valuable management resources to farmers this winter. The first Soybean Summit event begins tomorrow, Feb. 3, in Effingham, Ill. at the Thelma Keller Convention Center. A second Soybean Summit event will be held on Feb. 16, at the Peoria Civic Center, in Peoria, Ill.The agendas for each event are packed with valuable learning and networking opportunities, including a trade show enabling participants to visit and exchange ideas with producers, consultants and other industry leaders. Seating at each location is limited, so register online today at or call 888-826-4011.last_img read more

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8YearOld Killed By Rock On The Sterling Highway

first_imgThe rock went through the windshield of the Hatchback and struck the middle backseat passenger, Noah Schwebach, 8 of Eagle River. Life saving measures were rendered but he succumbed to his injuries on scene. No one else in the Hatchback was injured. According to Troopers, a Volkswagen GTI Hatchback, occupied by a driver and four passengers, was traveling northbound when a volleyball-sized rock fell off the back of a rock truck traveling southbound. The incident occurred in a construction zone that has many large vehicles moving in and out of the area. The vehicle the rock fell off of has not been positively identified. According to Troopers the investigation is still ongoing.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This afternoon, around 1:23 p.m., the Alaska State Troopers received a report that a rock went thru a windshield and struck an 8-year-old passenger, near mile 58.7 of the Sterling Highway.last_img read more

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PM Narendra Modi invites suggestions for his Independence Day

first_imgNEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday invited inputs for his Independence Day speech on August 15 — and received over 850 suggestions within two hours. For the past four years, Modi has directly invited ideas and suggestions from people for his Independence Day speech which is made from the ramparts of Red Fort. “I am delighted to invite you all to share your valuable inputs for my speech on 15th August,” he tweeted. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us An ‘open forum’ has been created on the NaMo App to receive suggestions. “Let your thoughts be heard by 130 crore Indians from the ramparts of the Red Fort,” he said. The tweet was sent out at 11.15 a.m. By 2.15 p.m., Modi got over 850 inputs. These included steps to ensure compulsory mass education to providing clean and potable drinking water for all citizens. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us An initiative on the lines of the Swachh Bharat campaign to motivate people to shift to renewable energy sources was suggested by one. Another called for a clampdown on burgeoning population to ensure fast economic growth. This will be Modi’s first Independence Day speech after he returned to power with a massive majority in the Lok Sabha elections held a few months ago.last_img read more

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Caught for growing marijuana near Mumbai 81yearold says he didnt know it

first_img(Representational image)PixabayAn 81-year-old man in Palghar district near Mumbai was arrested for growing marijuana on a large patch of land. When he was arrested he said that he did not know that cultivating the drug was illegal.The police worked on an anonymous tip-off that the accused, Indradev Bajgovind was growing marijuana, a narcotic which is banned in the country. According to the Times of India, the police accused Bajgovind of growing the drug for personal use.905 grams of marijuana was recovered from Bajgovind when the police searched a farmyard near his house. An ashram was commissioned to be built on the land and the construction was underway when the raid took place.”The owner of the land had commissioned the construction of an ashram there and had given the task of running it to Bajgovind. The construction is underway and the accused began growing marijuana,” an investigating officer told TOI. The police will question the landowner too.Even though Bajgovind tried proving his innocence by saying he did not know marijuana was illegal, a case was booked against him by the Boisar police under sections 20(a) (cultivating cannabis plants), 8(a) (cultivate any coca plant or gather any portion of coca plant) (b) (cultivate the opium poppy or any cannabis plant) of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.Bajgovind is now in police custody.According to the law in Maharashtra, the growing and recreational use of marijuana is banned under Section 66(1) (b) of the Bombay Prohibition (BP) Act, 1949. Under this section, the manufacture, possession and the consumption of bhang and bhang-like items are banned in the state. While marijuana is banned across India, it is considered legal in the state of Odisha and many consume it through chillums.last_img read more

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