first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Philippine Sports Commission President Butch Ramirez led the ceremonies held at the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions in Pasay.“You athletes are the heart and souls of this country,” said Ramirez.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 shutout“When you go there, don’t just go there for yourselves. Every single Filipino is cheering for you. The Filipinos are the pearls of the orient.”Representatives of each sport for the SEA Games come up on stage. Photo by Bong Lozada/INQUIRERThe country is sending a 493-strong team to Kuala Lumpur in the hopes of fairing better this year than in the previous editions of the games. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READcenter_img The Philippine delegation bound for 2017 Southeast Asian Games got a fitting send-off on Thursday night with 10 days to go before the opening of the regional games.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Ramirez also reminisced on past Philippine athletes who won medals in the Olympics like Teofilo Yldefonso, Jose Villanueva, Roel Velasco, Mansueto Velasco, and Hidilyn Diaz.The top sports official also prayed for the fast recovery of Olympian Ian Lariba, who is battling leukemia.Philippine Olympic Committee President Peping Cojuangco also told the athletes to always embody the Filipino fighting spirit.“Remember you’re always representing the Filipino people,” said Cojuangco. “The fighting heart and the fighting spirit is always there and the Filipino will never stop fighting. You are Filipinos, you are sportsmen, and you are full of guts.”ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cignal sinks Marinerong Pilipino for 1-0 lead in D-League semislast_img read more

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first_img arsenaleintracht frankfurtEuropa LeagueEuropa League 2019 First Published: September 19, 2019, 2:51 PM IST Last year’s runners-up Arsenal will begin their Europa League group stage campaign with an away game against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday, September 19. The upcoming UEFA Europa League’s fixture will see last season’s semi-finalist face each other. Both the sides, Arsenal and Eintracht Frankfurt, have never met before in a UEFA Europa League match. The Gunners will step into the turf without playmaker Mesut Ozil and centre back Sokratis Papastathopoulos. Confirming the news, Arsenal manager Unai Emery said that they have decided to rest Ozil and Sokratis.”Sokratis and Mesut (are) rested for that match. We’re going to play another match on Sunday,” Emery told reporters. My decision is because he (Ozil) played, I’m thinking (of) tomorrow’s first XI and after that deciding who can be the best for tomorrow,” Emery said, “The first match he played on Sunday he played good with his capacity and skills, his first minutes for us was good. Now he is going to be helping us. Sunday we are going to play another match.”Talking about their opponent, Emery said, “Last year Frankfurt played in the same semi-final as Chelsea. To start tomorrow with them is a tough match. We have good feelings for the competition in this season. We lost the final last season but this is a new challenge for us.”The predicted team line-up for Arsenal – Leno; Maitland-Niles, Luiz, Chambers, Kolasinac; Willock, Torreira, Ceballos; Willock, Nelson, Aubameyang.The predicted team line-up for Eintracht Frankfurt – Trapp – Abraham (c), Hasebe, Hinteregger – da Costa, Kohr, Rode, Kostic – Kamada – Dost, Silva.The UEFA Europa League 2019 fixture Eintracht Frankfurt vs Arsenal will commence at 22:25 pm. The Europa League 2019 game between Eintracht Frankfurt and Arsenal and will be played at Frankfurt Stadion.Where to watch Europa League 2019 Eintracht Frankfurt vs Arsenal in India?The German side, Eintracht Frankfurt will host Arsenal at 22:25 pm on Thursday. The Europa League 2019 Eintracht Frankfurt vs Arsenal match will be played at the Frankfurt Stadion. The Europa League game will be telecast live on Sony Ten 2 in India.How and where to watch online UEFA Europa League 2019Eintracht Frankfurt vs Arsenal?The Europa League 2019Eintracht Frankfurt vs Arsenal live stream will be available on Sony Liv app in India for premium users. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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first_imgFrom now on, every student in West Bengal schools will now have to study Bengali till Class 10.On Monday, the West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee announced that all the students from Class 1 to Class 10 in all West Bengal schools regardless of boards or mother tongue will now have to learn three languages i.e. Hindi, English and Bengali.Here’s what the state education minister said:”From now on, it will be compulsory for students to learn Bengali in schools. English medium schools will have to make Bengali an optional subject from Class I so that the students can study it either as a second or third language,” Chatterjee said.Reasons behind this move:This move by the Mamata Banerjee-led government comes after the centre announced the plan to make Hindi compulsory for all CBSE and ICSE students.”India is a large nation and our strength is unity in diversity,” the minister said. “We have received complaints that Bengali is not provided as an option in several schools,” he added in a recent TOI report.More on the report:Currently, all the West Bengal schools teaches students in two languages, with one being their mother tongue and the other, EnglishAs of now, from Class 7, students study a third language which could be Indian or foreignWhile commenting on this, Chatterjee further said, “If a student selects either Bengali or Hindi or English or Gurumukhi or Urdu or Nepali as his first language, he will have to select two other languages, one of which has to be Bengali. With Bengali selected as one of the languages, the student will have the freedom to choose any other languages as the remaining two languages.”advertisement”We will consult our legal team on whether we need a separate law, or just a special approval from the state cabinet will suffice in effecting this change,” added the Education minister.Read: Freedom fighter Maulana Azad’s belongings donated to AMU Read: UPSC competitive exams’ scores will soon be made available online Read: Dead baby snake found in mid-day meal in Faridabad school For information on more latest news and updates, click here.last_img read more

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first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Michael Pineda kept throwing strikes. The Royals kept taking them, trying in vain to drive his pitch count up. When Yankees catcher Brian McCann looked up in the third inning, his right-hander had still thrown just 35 pitches.He knew then that Pineda was in a groove.Pineda wound up pitching into the seventh inning Aug. 25 to win for the first time since April 16, helping New York beat the Kansas City Royals 8-1 for its fifth straight win.“He’s got so much cut on his fastball,” McCann said. “I feel like he could literally throw it every pitch and be successful. When he’s like that, he’s as good as anybody.”In the makeup of a game rained out in early June, Pineda (3-2) gave up a solo shot to Mike Moustakas leading off the third inning. But that was about it in Pineda’s third game back from the disabled list. He struck out five without a walk.Jacoby Ellsbury drove in a run in the seventh inning with the 1,000th hit of his career, then added a two-run homer in the ninth. Derek Jeter added a pair of RBIs in his final scheduled trip to Kauffman Stadium, and Stephen Drew and Martin Prado had solo home runs.“It’s nice when you have a lot of people contribute,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.James Shields (12-7) allowed six runs over 6 2-3 innings for Kansas City. “We’ve been playing really, really good baseball the last month or so. We’re definitely not going to let just one little game take care of us,” Shields said. “We’re going to move onto this next series and hopefully we’ll win it.”If you’re willing to count the makeup against New York as a true series, it was the first time in their last 11 that the Royals have dropped one. “It’s going to happen,” outfielder Alex Gordon said. “We’ll bounce back. We’ll be OK.”Jeter, who is retiring after the season, answered a standing ovation as he stepped to the plate in the third inning with a groundout to shortstop that gave New York a 1-0 lead.Moustakas tied the game with his 15th homer in the bottom half.Drew gave the Yankees the lead back in the fourth with his home run, and they piled on four more runs off Shields in the seventh to put things out of reach.The last of the runs was scored by Ellsbury, who came home on a sacrifice fly by McCann. Ellsbury initially was ruled out at the plate, but the call was overturned after a 2-minute video review showed his left leg sliding just under catcher Salvador Perez’s tag.That was plenty of support for Pineda, who had gone through the ringer since his previous win. He served a 10-game suspension for getting caught with pine tar on his neck in a game against Boston, then landed on the DL with shoulder trouble that kept him out until mid-August.Pineda was stuck with a pair of no-decisions in his first two starts back. “I feel pretty good,” he said. “I feel like I have good power in my arm.”(DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgA Moscow court has sentenced a 15-day jail term to all the four of the pitch invaders who interrupted World Cup final between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.Four individuals had come running on the pitch in fake police uniforms during the World Cup final, that irked Croatian players in particular, who were trailing at that time.It was a brazen act in front of Russian President Vladimir Putin and other high-ranked officials and a Russian punk band ‘Pussy Riot’ claimed responsibility of the act moments later.The judge also banned the four from attending sports events for three years.The four were Veronika Nikulshina, Olga Pakhtusova, Olga Kurachyova and Pyotr Verzilov, the only male.Kurachyova said their stunt, which held up the game only briefly, was meant to promote freedom of speech and condemn policies of FIFA, soccer’s global governing body.”It is a pity that we disrupted the sportsmen,” Kurachyova told reporters on Monday.”FIFA is involved in unfair games unfortunately. FIFA is a friend of heads of states who carry out repression, who violate human rights.”Verzilov said the performance was also meant to show how “the state, in the form of the police, intrudes into people’s lives”.Three of Pussy Riot’s original members were jailed in 2012 for staging a protest against Putin in a church and the group has since become a symbol of anti-Kremlin direct action.During the 53rd minute of the final, four streakers invaded the pitch at the Luzniki Stadium.advertisementSecurity personnel reacted slowly initially as the quartet, all identically dressed in white shirts, black trousers and black hats, ran on to the field from behind the French goal, trying to high-five players.Croatia defender Dejan Lovren shoved one person to the ground before security personnel carried them off.On the other hand, Kylian Mbappe shared a high-five with one of the intruders as she ran towards him for a high-five.World Cup 2018 final: Russian punk band invades pitch. Watch videoEight years ago, a man wearing an anti-racism T-shirt ran on to the pitch minutes before the start of the 2010 World Cup final in Johannesburg and came very close to grabbing the trophy which was on display.Pussy Riot member Olga Kurachyova told Reuters she was one of the pitch invaders and was being held at Luzhniki police station. She said she could not speak further because police were trying to take her mobile phone away from her. 2018 FIFA World Cup: Kylian Mbappe had a high-five moment with a pitch invader during the final at Luzhniki Stadium. (Reuters Photo)Kylian Mbappe’s high-five with Russian pitch invader goes viralCroatian defender Dejan Lovren, who pushed the male intruder aside on the pitch, told reporters the incident had interrupted the game at an important moment for his team.”We’d been playing good football and then some interruption came,” he said. “I just lost my head and I grabbed the guy and I wished I could throw him away from the stadium.”The match, which France won 4-2, was watched from the stands by Putin and the French and Croatian presidents.LIST OF DEMANDSIn its Facebook post, Pussy Riot complained of rights abuses in Russia. It alluded to Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker jailed for 20 years in 2015 for setting fire to two offices in Crimea, including one belonging to Russia’s ruling party, after Moscow annexed the region from Ukraine.Pussy Riot said its demands included freeing political prisoners in Russia, freedom of speech on the internet, freedom to protest, and allowing political competition.The group shared a video on social media recorded before the incident featuring three female activists, at least two of whom were among those detained. They wore police uniforms and one of them wore a pink balaclava.”The World Cup has shown wonderfully what the police can be like in Russia, but what will happen afterwards?” one of the activists asked in the video, an apparent allusion to lenient policing noted by Russians during the tournament.A separate video posted on social media appeared to show the moments after the pitch invaders had been detained.Two of them, a man and a woman, could be seen standing in a room, dressed in dishevelled police uniforms, while a voice off camera demanded handcuffs be brought.”Do you know that Russia will pay for this to FIFA through sanctions?” the off-camera voice said, in an angry tone. “You wanted to shit on Russia, didn’t you?””We are for Russia,” the male detainee replied.advertisement”Sometimes I regret that it’s not 1937,” the person off- camera in the video said. That year was the height of political repressions carried out by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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first_imgzoom Another shipbreaking worker died following an accident which occurred at Bangladesh’s shipbreaking yard K.R Ship Yard, located on the sea coast of Sitakunda, NGO Shipbreaking Platform’s Executive Director, Patrizia Heidegger, confirmed to World Maritime News.The 30-year-old Mohammed Raju died after he was struck by a falling steel plate on August 29 while he was working under a large iron plate in the yard, which is owned by BBC Steel.NGO Shipbreaking Platform’s local member organisation OSHE reported that the iron plate fell down on Raju, and that his was recovered from underneath the plate nearly two hours later.According to Bangladesh Labour Law, the victim’s family is entitled to a compensation, which in this case amounts to BDT 100,000 (around EUR 1000).The tragic event comes a month after the NGO Shipbreaking Platform released a report which showed that there was a surge in fatal accidents at beaching yards in Bangladesh as at least five shipbreaking workers had been killed and five more severely injured in only a month.“We have counted 17 dead shipbreaking workers in Bangladesh this year, with 10 more men severely injured. And that is only the tip of the iceberg,” Heidegger said, adding that the yard owners “grossly neglect occupational health and safety measures for the sake of profit.”“Everyone who claims that the Bangladesh shipbreaking industry is improving quickly and is becoming a ‘green’ and ‘worker-friendly’ environment is just ignorant of the everyday reality in the yards, a reality that the industry and its global business partners seek to conceal behind empty promises,” Heidegger said.The ships currently being scrapped at the K.R Ship Yard are the AN FU STAR and the ELLA, owned by China’s Hong Da International Group Holdings Company Limited and Japan-based Kumiai Senpaku Company Limited.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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first_imgNova Scotians can now safely connect to trails in the Digby area with the completion of a new, multi-use trail bridge in Conway. The multi-use bridge is part of the Rails to Trails network that provides outdoor enthusiasts a safe connection over Highway 101 to the trails. “Multi-trail users including cyclists, walkers, and ATV riders are now able to travel over Highway 101,” said Gordon Wilson, MLA for Clare-Digby, on behalf of Lloyd Hines, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “This will encourage more people to walk, cycle and explore our beautiful trails.” The 105-metre bridge crosses over Highway 101 near Exit 26 and the new section of Highway 101 which is under construction, and is expected to be completed later this year. The project cost was $2.01 million.last_img read more

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first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s Progressive Conservative party, fending off criticisms about the system put in place to help select its new leader, has given members more time both to register for the right to vote and actually cast their ballots.A senior party source confirmed on Saturday that the organization has extended the voting deadline, pushing it back from March 8 to noon on March 9.Earlier in the day, the party also announced it was extending the voter registration deadline for the second time in one week. Party members originally had to register to cast their online ballots by March 2, but the party extended that deadline to March 5 before ultimately setting it at noon on March 7.Some of the four candidates currently vying to take the party reins have criticized the complexity of the voting system put in place for the leadership contest, which had to be organized after former leader Patrick Brown abruptly resigned in late January amid sexual misconduct allegations.Brown, who vehemently denies all allegations against him, briefly tried to reclaim his old job by entering the leadership contest himself. He withdrew from the field earlier this week, however, saying his bid was taking a toll on his family and friends.Four candidates remain in the race for the party leadership — former provincial legislator Christine Elliott, former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford, Toronto lawyer and business woman Caroline Mulroney and social conservative advocate Tanya Granic Allen.The Tories, whose membership management system was hacked in November, implemented a two-step process to verify the identity of voters, which requires party members to submit photo ID and wait to receive a special code in the mail.At least one of the campaigns previously said that scores of members were still waiting for that document even as the voting period began.“We’re urging the party to make sure that people get their PINs so that they can vote because it’s important that everyone, all members, have a chance to vote in this leadership,” Mulroney said at a Toronto event on Friday. “I am concerned about it.”Concerns have also been raised about the possibility of membership fraud through the use of prepaid credit cards. Some candidates argue payments made through them cannot be tracked, which makes it impossible to verify that the person buying a membership is the person who casts a ballot.Hartley Lefton, chair of the leadership organizing committee, previously stated that the party was aware of and working to resolve concerns around the mailing of voting documents.Despite the changes to both the registration and voting windows, the party source said the date the new leader is announced has not changed. The results of the leadership contest are still slated to be revealed on March 10.Each party member gets one vote, which will be converted into electoral votes, the party said. There are up to 100 electoral votes per riding, to be allocated to each candidate in proportion to the votes they received in the riding.The leadership will be determined using a ranked ballot, in which voters pick their preferred candidates and have the option to select a second, third and fourth choice.The winner is whoever receives more than half the total electoral votes. If no one crosses that threshold on the first round, whoever has the fewest votes or less than 10 per cent gets eliminated and those votes get redistributed to whoever was marked as the second choice. This continues until a winner emerges.last_img read more

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first_imgPrince, one of the most prolific and groundbreaking artists of our time, has announceed his return to Chicago, at the United Center beginning September 24th and his support of Rebuild the Dream.Rebuild the Dream, founded by Van Jones, is a mobilization of hundreds of thousands of everyday people—from seniors to students, moms, dads, brothers and sisters—who come together to build strong vibrant communities and to fix our economy from the ground up.Tickets go on sale to the public on Thursday, September 6th at 10am Central at LiveNation.com.On site at the United Center, Prince and Rebuild the Dream will offer opportunities to learn about, support, and take part in rebuilding vibrant and sustainable communities. Socially-conscious businesses, tech start-ups, entrepreneurs, and other innovators will offer specific tools that individuals and communities can use to improve their economic situation in the short- as well as long-term.The collaboration is part of ongoing efforts of Rebuild the Dream to engage artists and the creative community in telling the stories of real people affected by our broken economy and lifting up new, innovative solutions to rebuild our communities and create a better and fairer economic future.“We couldn’t be more excited about partnering with a legend like Prince,” said Van Jones, Co-founder and President of Rebuild the Dream. “Our economic system is broken. Rebuild the Dream exists to unite arts and organize into a potent force to support the Dreams of Our Communities. There are few artists who have Prince’s unwavering commitment to a vision of a sustainable, fair economic future.”Rebuild the Dream is a platform for bottom-up, people-powered innovations to help fix the economy not just here in the U.S. but globally as well. Using 21st-century digital technology, they advance highly inventive solutions that are designed to protect and expand our communities, while creating pathways to prosperity for those who are locked out of it. Their goal is to put people back to work—and pull our communities back together. For additional information visit RebuildTheDream.com.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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first_imgRuth Kelly was a publisher and editor-in-chief of Alberta Venture and Alberta Oil magazines. (John Ulan) The company’s CEO and editor-in-chief Kelly died in June. She was 60 years old.No one at the magazine was available to comment, but an answering machine message at Venture’s now-vacant offices confirms that Kelly’s death was the catalyst for the magazine’s sudden closure.“Due to the tragic passing of our CEO, Ruth Kelly, we are closing the business,” says a recording on the Venture office phone.“We appreciate your support at this difficult time.”The Edmonton-based publishing house was founded in 1997, when Kelly purchased the magazine from the provincial government for $100.From a single publication, Venture would go on to employ hundreds of photographers and writers; its glossy publications earning Kelly acclaim as an editorial leader with a fierce ambition to succeed.Despite its success, the downturn in the Alberta economy on the heels of plummeting oil prices — and a continued decline in readership — took its toll on Venture.The magazine empire struggled for months.According to the Canadian Media Guild freelance branch, the magazine often failed to pay its contributors and owed thousands of dollars in outstanding contracts.In early November 2016, the guild sent a letter to Venture Publishing, demanding that Ruth pay 14 contributors nearly $40,000 in outstanding pay.‘To us she was Ruth’Kelly’s influence went far beyond the publishing world. She was known for her charitable work and willingness to mentor others.Kelly was recognized as a Global Woman of Vision in 1998, and a YWCA Woman of Distinction in the entrepreneur category in 2003. She was named the Allard chair of business at MacEwan School of Business in 2005, the same year she chaired the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce.She earned an honorary business degree from NAIT and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.In a statement issued shortly after Kelly’s death, her family asked for privacy as they grieved a “profound loss.”“To us she was Ruth, a woman we loved, but to Albertans she was a distinguished business woman, a community leader, a philanthropist, and a role model,” read the statement.“We ask the media and public for privacy at this time, as we mourn the loss of this extraordinary woman.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement An Alberta publishing empire is folding following the death of its founder, Ruth Kelly.Venture Publishing was responsible for publications including Alberta Innovators, Open Mind, Alberta Oil, and its flagship business publication, Venture Magazine.Other publications included Tracks & Treads, Grip, Leap, Signature, WE, PSAC and Hard Hat. Twittercenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  A reminder the City’s Annual Christmas Tree pick up is this Saturday, January 5th, 2019.If you are looking for ways to dispose of your real Christmas Tree, Saturday, January 5, 2019, Volunteers will be out collecting trees in city limits all day. The City asks that you have your tree out at your curb in an accessible spot by 8 am.For those that wish to drop of their own tree or require more time, you can do that at the Grounds Building; 9312 – 111 St from January 5-13th, 2019.last_img read more

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first_imgKarachi: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s dream of the cash-strapped country becoming self-sufficient in oil has been dashed after no reserves were discovered in the Arabian Sea off the Karachi coast, media reports said Sunday. The drilling work at Kekra-1 well in deep sea near Karachi has been stopped after no oil or gas reservoir could be found, according to Special Assistant to Prime Minister Khan on Petroleum Nadeem Babar. Pakistan was hopeful of finding large oil and gas reserves in its territorial waters in the Arabian Sea. US oil giant Exxon Mobil, Italy’s ENI and a couple other companies were involved in drilling an ultra-deep oil well. Babar told Geo News that the process of drilling up to more than 5,500 meters was completed on Kekra-1 (Indus G-Block) off Karachi coast. Babar said the office of DG Petroleum Concessions has been apprised of the results of drilling. He said that the cost of drilling project, which has now been abandoned, remained over USD 100 million. In March, Prime Minister Khan had said Pakistan would not need to import oil after reserves were found near Karachi coast. “We are hopeful of finding large reserves of gas and oil in the sea near Karachi. The nation should pray for this and I will soon share good news regarding this,” Khan had said. “God willing the reserves will be so large that we will not need to import any oil,” he said. Khan said he believes that if big oil reserves are discovered, most of Pakistan’s economic problems will be addressed and then there will be no stopping in the country’s progress. Around four months ago, Italian firm ENI, the operator of the Kekra-1 offshore block, started drilling in a joint venture with US firm ExxonMobil, one of the world’s largest oil and gas firm, and the Pakistan state-owned Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) and Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL). Each of the four firms has a 25 per cent participating interest in the block. The drilling was carried out in ultra-deep waters some 280 kilometres away from the Karachi coast. The well was spudded on January 13 this year, targeting a carbonate reservoir with a prognosed total depth of 5,660 metres. Some surveyors had found the block Indus-G’ similar to the Indian offshore Bombay High oilfield, which produces 350,000 barrels per day of crude oil, while others described it as similar to the ones in the oil- and gas-rich Kuwait, the Express Tribune reported. At the same time, officials say, oil and gas exploration and production is described as a high risk- high reward’ business and the failures should not be taken as a loss. “India found offshore reserves from its Bombay High well’ after 40 attempts,” the officials were quoted as saying by the Dawn News. OGDCL spokesman Ahmed Lak said that Pakistan should continue its efforts to find hydrocarbon reserves because there was a large area where reserves had been predicted by experts. “US firm ExxonMobile has become a working partner in the block only because of encouraging data,” he said, adding that international researches had shown that hydrocarbon reserves were found in the sea facing the river basins. “Since Indus is an ancient river with a large basin, experts do not contest the views there is a huge pocket of hydrocarbon reserve in the Arabian Sea off Sindh,” Lak said. “Because the well remained dry, now it will be plugged and abandoned, said Lak. Currently, Pakistan meets only 15 per cent of its domestic petroleum needs with crude oil production of around 22 million tonnes; the other 85 per cent is met through imports.last_img read more

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“The Secretary-General commends the people and the Government of Morocco for the peaceful manner in which they have been conducting the national process of political reforms,” said statement released by a spokesperson. “In this regard, the Secretary-General welcomes the constitutional reforms announced by His Majesty King Mohammed VI on 17 June which will be submitted to a referendum on 1 July 2011,” it said. “The constructive role of all national stakeholders, in particular the youth is important, as it is for them to continue to engage in the ongoing process through dialogue and without violence.“The Secretary-General hopes the reform process will concretely respond to the legitimate aspirations of the people of Morocco.”Morocco’s constitutional reform plan follows months of unrest in many countries across North Africa and the Middle East. 22 June 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the constitutional reform proposals which the Moroccan Government will put to the country’s people at a referendum in July. read more

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On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 81.78 points to 15,694.52, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 23.23 points to 22,752.16. The S&P 500 index was down 6.58 points to 2,545.49 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 11.26 points to 6,574.10.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.70 cents US, up from Thursday’s average price of 79.69 cents US.The November crude contract was down $1.45 to US$49.34 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was down five cents at US$2.87 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up $2.00 to US$1,275.20 an ounce and the December copper contract was down two cents to US$3.03 a pound. read more

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“When women thrive, all of society benefits, and succeeding generations are given a better start in life. On this International Women’s Day, I call on all of us to act with renewed urgency on that understanding,” Mr. Annan said in a statement issued in conjunction with the Day, which is observed on 8 March each year.During celebrations to mark the Day this year, the UN will focus on the theme “Gender Equality and the Millennium Development Goals.” The eight Millennium Goals – including the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women – were endorsed by all UN Member States and represent a new way of doing development business, Mr. Annan said.”In our work to reach those objectives, as the Millennium Declaration made clear, gender equality is not only a goal in its own right; it is critical to our ability to reach all the others,” underscored the Secretary-General. “Study after study has shown that there is no effective development strategy in which women do not play a central role.”Noting the benefits where women are involved, Mr. Annan said “all our work for development – from agriculture to health, from environmental protection to water resource management – must focus on the needs and priorities of women.”One such pressing priority is “placing women at the centre of our fight against HIV/AIDS,” the Secretary-General stressed, pointing out that “women now account for half of those infected with HIV worldwide.” read more

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GREENVILLE, N.C. — East Carolina fired football coach Scottie Montgomery on Thursday, with the team 3-8 and assured its third straight losing season.Chancellor Cecil Staton announced the dismissal two days before the Pirates complete their season at North Carolina State. Defensive co-ordinator David Blackwell will be the interim head coach for that game and during the transition.Montgomery went just 9-26 with a 4-20 record in American Athletic Conference play. He lost six of his final seven games. It’s the least successful three-year period for the school since it won just eight games from 2003-05 under John Thompson and Skip Holtz.Montgomery is a 40-year-old former Duke and NFL receiver who came to East Carolina after a successful stint as Duke’s offensive co-ordinator.Under him, the Pirates lost 17 games by at least 20 points and were 0-5 against Top 25 opponents, losing those by an average of 40.6 points while never keeping it closer than 27.His teams lost to Championship Subdivision teams in each of the last two seasons, opening 2017 with a 34-14 loss to James Madison and losing to North Carolina A&T to start this year. Of his four wins in league play, three came against Connecticut — which went 7-29 during that span.But he did have two home victories over instate Atlantic Coast Conference schools — a 33-30 win over N.C. State in 2016 and a 41-19 rout of North Carolina in September.“As much as we would have liked the outcome to be different, the progress of a program is ultimately measured by its competitiveness, win total and championships,” Staton said in a statement.Complicating matters, East Carolina hasn’t had a full-time athletic director since March, when Jeff Compher resigned under pressure. Former Tennessee AD Dave Hart was hired as the university’s special adviser for athletics. His three-month extension in the position, designed to allow him time to evaluate the entire football season, expires Dec. 15.The school says its search for a new AD remains “ongoing in earnest” and that person will “finalize the hire” for the new coach.Montgomery was hired after the 2015 season to replace Ruffin McNeill, an ECU alumnus who was fired after a 5-7 finish followed three consecutive bowl appearances. He has since taken over the defence at No. 5 Oklahoma under coach Lincoln Riley, who was McNeill’s offensive co-ordinator at East Carolina.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more

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first_imgDespite the obvious benefits of wind power, there are still plenty of people who have one very superficial issue with it: the turbines. Many people view them as eyesores. So what if we turned trees into turbines, instead?That was the idea that one German man had. Architect Wolfgang Frey decided to attach small wind turbines to the tops of nearby trees so that they would better blend into the landscape.But while it looks good, the solution does pose a fairly significant problem, as the turbines saw a 30 percent power loss when moved to the treetops. Not exactly the most efficient solution. Still, for the small surrounding area, it’s enough to power all the nearby homes, Frey’s included. On a larger scale, though, treetop wind turbines probably aren’t the way to go.Via Inhabitatlast_img read more

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first_imgFacebook WhatsApp Google+ WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) WWE Smackdown Live takes place tonight in Omaha, Nebraska.Advertised for tonight is Team Hell No (Kane and Daniel Bryan) opening the show after reuniting last Tuesday night where they are expected to address challenging The Bludgeon Brothers for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships at Extreme Rules in two weeks.Also scheduled for the show is WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Aiden English, Jeff Hardy will be holding a special Independence Day United States Champion Open Challenge, Becky Lynch vs. Peyton Royce, Asuka vs. James Ellsworth and The New Day will be holding the First Annual Third of July Pancake Eating Contest.Wrestleview.com will have live Smackdown coverage tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 CT). Twittercenter_img WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Ric Flair threatens WWE with legal action over Becky Lynch’s “The Man” gimmicklast_img read more

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Caribbean leads in murder rate linked to drug smuggling says Bahamas Natl

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 9, 2017 – Nassau – The Caribbean, as one of the world’s leading destinations is now also the world leader as a region, in its murder according to statistics from the United Nations.   The shocking reality of the transformation of the region in recent years came during presentation by the National Security Minister, Marvin Dames in the House of Assembly last week.  CARICOM has long been advocating for help in fending off the escalation in gun crimes, and Minister Dames explained in his contribution that the Caribbean Community Regional Task Force on Crime and Security commissioned a report on the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the islands.  “The report noted that a major factor contributing to the surge in gun-related criminality in the region is the trafficking of narcotics, which has facilitated the availability of firearms.”  Dames reminded of the plan to quell crime from the Speech from the Throne which includes, for The Bahamas, the establishment of a Gun and Gangs Unit, the establishment of a DNA Lab, the detection of financial, commercial and cyber crimes and enhanced training across Law Enforcement Agencies.    The Minister said the Government is committed to deliver upon these commitments and shared that the Royal Bahamas Police has arrested over 269 people for an array of serious offenses ranging from murder to robbery between May and September 2017.  Police have seized over 125 illegal firearms and 5,316 rounds of ammunition and that during the same period, over 10,332 pounds of marijuana and 1,428 pounds of cocaine have been seized.    Search warrants for drug house number 120 within the four months, 1,186 people have been searched and of the 627 individuals arrested for drug related offenses, 528 have been charged and placed before the courts.  Minister Dames concluded in House presentation with admission that despite these efforts, there is much more work to be done to curb crime in the country.#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

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