PBA Finals: Beermen get back at Hotshots to tie series at 1-1

first_img“But I still commend my players. They still didn’t give up,” he said when asked about his charges still trying to chafe the lead late in the game.“I still loved the effort. And I think we could still bring that into the next game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lady Maroons’ Justine Dorog, Marian Buitre join Foton in PSL “He wants to win very badly but we have to remind him that that’s not the way,” he said of his young guard, who he thought was reacting to the fouls on him that were left uncalled. “Napunta sa utak niya. But I like that kid. He’s a warrior.”Cabagnot and Fajardo led all of the scorers with 16 points each, while ChrisRoss and Marcio Lassiter had 15 apiece.The critical third game of the race-to-four showdown will be held  Sunday again at the Big Dome, with the tip-off slated at 6:30 p.m.Mangolia leaned on Ian Sangalang anew for 18 points and for anchorage against Fajardo’s presence in the paint. Jio Jalalon and Mark Barroca tossed in 15 and 12 respectively.“They controlled the tempo. And like I’ve said, once they reached a hundred points, we have a slim chance of defeating them,” coach Chito Victolero said.ADVERTISEMENT The Beermen made use of a fiery performance in the middle quarters to break away from the Hotshots and take full control of the contest to breach the century mark, an indicator by which their enemies measure themselves against.“We’re trying to avoid going 0-2. I told them to step up on defense and that’s what’s happened,” coach Leo Austria said. “I think what happened tonight is we’re able to set up the plays and we’re able to not solely concentrate on June Mar (Fajardo).”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, logisticsChris Ross figured as the catalyst in the second period, while skipper Alex Cabagnot followed through in the next frame, scoring and assisting the squad’s 15 points that third quarter.Five more Beermen scored in twin digits, including Terrence Romeo who was thrown out of the game for two technicals with roughly six minutes left to play. MANILA, Philippines–San Miguel Beer didn’t bide its time on Friday, pulling out stops on both ends early to beat Magnolia 108-101, and knot their best-of-seven series in Game 2 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedcenter_img Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View commentslast_img read more

Warriors’ Klay Thompson set to return for NBA Finals Game 4

first_imgTwo-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport “We can’t fall into the trap of thinking offense alone is going to win us another championship or letting that end of the floor affect our defense,” Stephen Curry said on the heels of a postseason career-best 47-point performance in the Warriors’ Game 3 defeat.Thompson is scheduled to play Friday barring any further issues with his strained left hamstring after he sat out the 123-109 loss Wednesday, while Kevin Durant remains sidelined as he attempts to work back from a strained right calf.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, logisticsWith the way Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry and Danny Green delivered time and again for the Raptors to answer every big shot by Curry, Thompson’s defense will be a key part of the two-time defending champions’ adjustment as they try to even the series at home before another trip to Toronto.“People fall in love with his shooting and how hot he can get on the offensive end, but the way that our team plays defensively and the chemistry that we have and the experience, he’s right at the forefront of that,” Curry said. “And it’s a tough adjustment when guys who haven’t been in that position consistently and in these type of moments are thrown into his minutes. So you would love to have him out there on that end of the floor as well, especially with a team like Toronto.” Thompson, who was injured late in Golden State’s Game 2 win at Toronto, even surprised the Raptors when he didn’t take the court for tipoff.The Raptors still had him on the board to play when the team left the locker room just before game time.Not facing Thompson became a key advantage and all five Toronto starters scored in double figures — and Curry was forced to take on a greater load.“He’s a great defender. I think he’s one of the best, right up there at the top of the best wing defenders in the league,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said of Thompson. “He’s probably underrated in that department. He really puts in some awesome defensive performances for them, especially when they really need them.”Here are some things to watch for Friday night:ADVERTISEMENT Warriors investor suspendedWarriors investor Mark Stevens was banned by the NBA for a year and fined $500,000 for shoving Lowry and directing obscene language toward him early in the fourth quarter Wednesday.“He shouldn’t be a part of our league. There’s just no place for that,” said Lowry, who confirmed Thursday that there were obscenities directed at him.Support poured in for Lowry’s handling of the incident, including a text message from LeBron James.“I was furious, I’m not going to lie,” Lowry said.Warriors coach Steve Kerr personally apologized to Lowry and the Raptors, calling Stevens’ behavior “unacceptable.”Draymond Green applauded Lowry’s calm response.“You have to give Kyle a lot of credit in the way he handled it,” Green said. “You’re playing in the NBA Finals, so your emotions are running high. For him to handle it the way he did says a lot about his character, a lot about him as a man and the way he handles himself. That was great to see.”They’ve seen it allLast season, the Warriors had to win Game 7 of the Western Conference finals on the road in Houston. They triumphed with an ailing Kerr sidelined for much of the 16-1 title run in 2017. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toocenter_img 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?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:42PH 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 ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson practices his shot motion as he sits on the bench watching teammates during practice for the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. Game 3 of the NBA Finals is Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)OAKLAND, California—Everyone knows about Klay Thompson’s ability to get dangerously hot in a hurry on offense.His stingy defense might just be the thing that matters most when he returns for the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night with his team trailing Toronto 2-1.ADVERTISEMENT Danny Green excelling again on the NBA Finals stage Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue This fifth straight NBA Finals has brought on its own challenges, most notably all the injuries.“Our best basketball is usually played when our backs are against the wall,” Green said.Durant’s statusDurant wasn’t going to get on the court in a scrimmage situation Thursday as the Warriors had initially thought, but might do so as soon as Friday or Saturday with the hope he still could return before the finals are done.“There was no setback. I was hoping that today would be the day when he could get out on the floor,” Kerr said. “It’s not going to be today.”Durant, the two-time reigning Finals MVP who was averaging 34.2 points this postseason before the injury, was hurt in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Rockets on May 8. He has missed the eight games since.Farewell to OracleOracle Arena really is on its last hurrah. Friday night’s Game 4 is the only remaining guaranteed contest at the arena before Golden State moves to the new Chase Center in San Francisco next season.The Warriors might need an even more deafening response from the loyal home fan base.“We’re going to miss it here for sure,” Kerr said. “We’re looking forward to the new arena. It’s going to be amazing, but we’ll always miss Oracle.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

China holds combat drill in South China Sea

first_imgThe Chinese navy conducted combat drills near its southern island province of Hainan and the Paracel islands in the South China Sea, the Ministry of Defense said on Saturday.The drills come ahead of a July 12 ruling by the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration on a case brought by the Philippines disputing several of China’s territory claims in the South China Sea.Ships from China’s northern, eastern and southern fleets participated in Friday’s drills, which focused on air control, surface operations and anti-submarine warfare, among other training exercises, the ministry said in a website statement.China claims nearly all the South China Sea, but its claims overlap in part with those of Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.China has repeatedly said it does not consider any decision reached by the arbitration court to be legally binding.”China adheres to the position of settling disputes through negotiation and consultation with states directly concerned,” state news agency Xinhua said in a commentary on Saturday.”This has always been China’s policy, and it will never change.”Also Read:China slams South China Sea case as court set to rulelast_img read more

Xiaomi Mi A2 can be pre-booked starting today, shipping to begin on August 12

first_imgXiaomi finally launched its second Android One phone in India – the Mi A2 – on Tuesday for starting price of Rs 16,999. The smartphone is available in 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant only. The smartphone starting today will be available for pre-orders. Potential buyers can head to Mi.com or Amazon India to book Mi A2 Android One phone. The pre-orders will go live at 12PM today on both the websites. Amazon has said that the shipping of the phone will start from August 12 onwards.Xiaomi has also partnered with Jio to offer Rs 2200 to customers. The Mi A2 is the successor to last year’s Mi A1. To recollect, the Mi A2 was first launched in Europe together with the souped down version, Mi A2 Lite. In India, Xiaomi has launched only the Mi A2. The company during the global launch had said that the Mi A2 Lite will not come to India, at least for now. The highlight of the Mi A2 is its software. Just as the Mi A1, the Mi A2 also runs a stock version of Android and not Xiaomi’s custom ROM MIUI like other phones from the company.Overall, the Mi A2 is a much-upgraded version of the Mi A1. The Mi A2 comes with a fairly big display. The smartphone sports a 5.99-inch ‘full-screen’ FHD+ IPS LCD display with a 2160x1080p resolution. On the hardware front, the smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor.As already said, the Mi A2 comes in only one variant. The phone comes with 4GB of RAM memory and 64GB of internal storage which can’t be expanded further. On the software front, the Mi A2 runs a stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box.advertisementThe Mi A2 comes with a dual camera system on the back and single camera module on the front. On the rear, the Mi A2 consists of primary camera of 12-megapixel Sony IMX 486 sensor with an f/1.75 aperture and secondary camera of 20-megapixel Sony IMX 376 sensor, also with f/1.75 aperture. The dual camera setup comes paired with a dual-LED flash. On the front, the Mi A2 comes with a 20-megapixel camera paired with a soft LED flash.The smartphone is backed by a 3,000mAh battery coupled with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0 technology. Meaning, the Mi A2 can be charged quickly. The phone charges over USB Type-C.To know more about Xiaomi newly launched Mi A2 Android One phone read our review here.last_img read more

Singapore Open: PV Sindhu seals semifinal spot; Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth knocked out

first_imgPV Sindhu survived a scare before making the semifinals but Saina Nehwal was thoroughly outplayed in her straight-game quarterfinal loss on a mixed day for India at the Singapore Open badminton tournament here Friday.Sindhu, in fact, emerged as the lone survivor after India’s campaign in men’s singles was over following the ouster of Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma, and loss of mixed doubles Indian pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy later in the day.Rio Games silver-winner Sindhu defeated world No.18 and 2017 BWF World Junior Championship bronze-medallist Cai Yanyan of China 21-13 17-21 21-14 to set up a meeting with former world champion Nozomi Okuhara.It is Sindhu’s second semifinal of the season, following a last-four finish at the India Open last month.The second-seeded Okuhara, hailing from Japan, didn’t break much sweat on her way to a 21-8 21-13 win over sixth seed Saina, a bronze-medallist at the London Olympics.In men’s singles, Srikanth’s struggle against Kento Momota continued as he suffered his ninth straight loss to the Japanese top seed, going down 18-21 21-19 9-21 in 66 minutes to end his campaign with yet another quarterfinal finish.Sameer Verma, a world no 16, battled for an hour and nine minutes before losing 10-21 21-15 15-21 to second seeded Chinese Taipei Chou Tien Chen.In mixed doubles, Pranaav and Sikki suffered a 14-21 16-21 loss to third seed Thai pair of Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai to bow out of the World Tour Super 500 tournament.The experienced XD pair of @pranaav6/@sikkireddy ends their #singaporeopen2019 campaign after going down to 3seed pair of #DechapolPuavaranukhroh/ #SapsireeTaerattanachai 21-14,21-16 in the QF stage. Tough luck guys! #IndiaontheRise #badminton pic.twitter.com/T0RTbe1N6uadvertisement BAI Media (@BAI_Media) April 12, 2019Sindhu broke off at 5-5 in the opening game to earn the bragging rights but her Chinese rival came back strongly in the second game, opening up a lead of 11-6 at the break.The Indian fought back superbly to narrow the lead to 15-16 before Cai marched ahead to take the match to the decider.In the third game, Sindhu once again found her bearings and surged to a lead of 11-5 before the interval. The Indian continued to move ahead and closed out the match comfortably in the end.In contrast, Saina, who had defeated Okuhara in their last three meetings and also enjoyed a 9-4 advantage ahead of this clash, fell apart against the Japanese in a lop-sided clash.Playing her 2nd tournament after recovering from acute gastroenteritis, @NSaina fought with daunting spirit to finish at the QF stage of the #SingaporeOpenSuper500; suffered an unfortunate 21-8, 21-13 defeat to ‘s @nozomi_o11. Keep going strong, girl! #IndiaontheRise pic.twitter.com/rsLEOdAgL0 BAI Media (@BAI_Media) April 12, 2019Saina made with two unforced errors as Okuhara jumped to a 9-0 lead. The Japanese controlled the rallies to dominate the proceedings. The Indian failed to breach the gap, collecting only eight points. Okuhara eventually sealed the opening game when Saina hit the net.In the second game, Saina rose to 4-0 initially. The Indian tried to put pressure on her rival but more often she ended up missing the lines or finding the net to bled points.Okuhara clawed back at 6-6 and then turned the tables, reaching 11-8 at the breather. The Japanese then moved ahead at 12-11. In the end, a wide and a long shot from Saina handed over the match to Okuhara.Also Read | PV Sindhu seals quarter-final spot at Singapore OpenAlso Read | Singapore Open: Saina Nehwal into quarter-finals, Parupalli Kashyap oustedlast_img read more

Rob Howley: a successful player and coach who struggled to win hearts

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Wales’s Rob Howley sent home from World Cup amid betting investigation It was the same when he was a player. When he made his name as a young scrum-half with Bridgend, he resembled Brynmor Williams, the Wales and Lions scrum-half whose career unfortunately overlapped with that of Gareth Edwards, a darting menace around the fringes, all-seeing and with the pace of a wing in an age when scrum-halves had considerably more freedom than they do today. He left Bridgend for Cardiff in 1996, the year he won the first of his 59 caps, and two years later he was captaining Wales.Yet even as captain, a position he held when Graham Henry took over as the Wales coach in 1998, Howley never enjoyed public popularity, as was shown when he was summarily relieved of the position. He held court to journalists at his home, where he expressed his bewilderment, and the most contented of his playing days were at Wasps, where he spent his final two years under Gatland and Shaun Edwards, who in 2008 was to join him as part of Wales’s management team.Gatland and Edwards are leaving Wales after the World Cup with reputations enhanced, heroes in a foreign land, but there will be few tears dropping for Howley, who has taken the blame for the side’s economical style over the years even though, under him, players such as George North, Liam Williams, Jonathan Davies, Leigh Halfpenny and latterly Josh Adams have prospered. It was Ian McGeechan who first appointed Howley as a Lions assistant coach, having picked him as a player in 1997, and with the ruthlessness Gatland has shown to established and successful players once he feels they have left their best days behind them, so he did not keep Howley with him through loyalty.“The Welsh public are knowledgeable about the game and thoughtful,” said Howley in his final interview, “but we do live in a goldfish bowl.”It is one he is returning to, far earlier than he expected, and he will attract little sympathy in an age in which image counts for so much. For whatever reason, one of the most approachable and cordial figures in the game, who enjoyed considerable success as a player and as a coach, was given little credit. If it hurt, he never showed it, but he will feel it now as he battles to save first his reputation and then salvage what he can of a career that, no matter what anyone says, has until this week been coated in silver. Facebook Reuse this content Twitter Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.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 need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, 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 Howley (left) has worked under Warren Gatland (right) in recent years. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Seconds Left/REX/Shutterstock As he was flying home to consider his defence before an independent panel that will be convened if it is found he has a case to answer, Stephen Jones, who was to succeed him as attack coach after the World Cup, was setting out in the opposite direction. Warren Gatland has tried to keep his side flying under the radar as the head coach plotted making his exit after 12 years in charge with the Webb Ellis Cup in his grasp, but he has it all to do after an emergency landing six days before their opening match against Georgia.After news leaked out, the Welsh Rugby Union was quick to release a statement that pointed out that it had acted immediately after recently receiving information, which had to mean after the squad flew to Japan a week ago, and that Howley had cooperated fully in discussions. It added that a panel would be convened if required, a clear reminder of innocence before guilt is proved, but at the age of 48, Howley will not have the future in the game he envisaged whatever the outcome.In his last interview, he refused to comment on his future, saying the World Cup was all that mattered, but in recent days he had been linked with the job of Italy head coach, although he was in a long queue of names. He had the CV, part of the most successful Wales coaching team since the 1970s, assistant on three Lions tours and involved in the game in all 24 years of the professional era, yet for all his success and personal charm, he was never popular with supporters (as was shown by the early comments on social media after news of his return home leaked out), never one to sugar-coat his remarks and self-possessed.center_img features Rugby union Share on Twitter Rugby World Cup Topics “The future can wait,” were the final words Rob Howley uttered in the last interview he gave as Wales’s attack coach, the day after the World Cup squad was announced at the beginning of this month. The question now is whether a man who captained his country, toured with the Lions five times as a player and coach, scored the winning try for Wasps in a European Cup final against Toulouse and oversaw the 2013 Six Nations title campaign, which ended with a thumping victory over England, has a future in the game after the Welsh Rugby Union received information related to him betting on matches. Share via Email Wales rugby union team Rugby World Cup 2019 Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Read morelast_img read more

Ohio State Football Family Donates $1 Million To Athletics Program

first_imgOhio State's players walking onto the field.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 03: A general view as the Ohio State Buckeyes enters the field before the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on November 3, 2007 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 38-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)It’s been a great day for Ohio State as the football program kicked off its 2019 campaign. Not only did they start the season with a win, they received a $1 million donation from the Boren family.Mike Boren built a legacy in Ann Arbor with the Michigan Wolverines, but his eldest son actually made the most of his memories with the Ohio State Buckeyes.Justin Boren originally went to Michigan in 2006 to play for head coach Lloyd Carr. After his sophomore season, he decided to transfer because Rich Rodriguez took over for the program.Usually players don’t transfer from Michigan to Ohio State. However, Justin Boren did exactly that by taking his talents to Columbus.The rest of the boys from the Boren Family played for the Buckeyes, replacing their father’s roots with the Wolverines.On Saturday, the Boren family showed their appreciation for Ohio State football with a generous donation.Here is a shot of Mike Boren presenting the check for his donation:Thank you to the Boren family! Buckeyes paying forward! pic.twitter.com/umcCx21Lb4— gene smith (@OSU_AD) August 31, 2019As for the season opener, Ohio State took care of business against Florida Atlantic. Justin Fields shined in his debut by putting on an offensive clinic in the first quarter.Overall, the Buckeyes couldn’t have started the 2019 season any better than they did.last_img read more

Jamaica to Receive $200 Million More from IMF

first_imgJamaica is set to receive some US$200 million more in financial assistance under the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreement, than initially anticipated.A statement by the lending agency on Monday, April 8, noted Jamaica’s progress in the implementation of the economic programme thus far, and the Government’s efforts to complete the prior actions and structural benchmarks.“On the basis of this progress, Fund management will submit to its Executive Board a 48-month arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) in the amount of SDR 615 million (about $958 million, or 225 per cent of quota), with the recommendation that it be approved,” the statement said.This is more than the US$750 million that was previously agreed under the Staff Level Agreement in February. “Since the conclusion of a staff-level agreement with the Jamaican authorities in February on an economic programme that can be supported by the Fund, the authorities have submitted documentation to the IMF to confirm that all prior actions have been met. In addition, the Fund has engaged with the authorities and its development partners on the financing for the programme, including through important contributions from the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank,” the IMF statement said.It is expected that the IMF Board meeting will take place by the end of April, wherein the deal will be approved.By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Gov’t Committed to Expanding Irrigation Systems across the Island

first_img It was held under the theme ‘Nature for Water: Exploring Nature-Based Solutions to the Water Challenges we face in the 21st century’. Story Highlights “The farmers have demonstrated that… irrigation water will increase their production and productivity tremendously and contribute to growth, which will bring increased wealth and prosperity to rural Jamaica,” he said. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr Horace Chang, says the Government is committed to the introduction of more irrigation systems across the island for the benefit of small farmers. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr Horace Chang, says the Government is committed to the introduction of more irrigation systems across the island for the benefit of small farmers.He acknowledged that there are several such systems already in place, highlighting that the Essex Valley irrigation system is currently being expanded.“The farmers have demonstrated that… irrigation water will increase their production and productivity tremendously and contribute to growth, which will bring increased wealth and prosperity to rural Jamaica,” he said.Dr Chang was delivering the keynote address at the Ministry’s observation of World Water Day, at an event held at the Girl Guides Headquarters in St. Andrew on March 22.It was held under the theme ‘Nature for Water: Exploring Nature-Based Solutions to the Water Challenges we face in the 21st century’.On another matter, the Minister said the Government will continue with its efforts to address the issue of non-revenue water loss suffered by the National Water Commission by upgrading water metres across urban and rural centres.“The NWC signed a contract (last December) to install over 450,000 cold-water metres across the supply system to tackle the loss of billable water,” Dr. Chang said.“We have a major contract with an NGO dealing with non-revenue water. This represents the Government’s major efforts to put action behind the plans and policies concerning sustainable development,” he added.Dr. Chang also informed that the Water Resources Authority (WRA) recently instituted a volume-based fee to encourage the efficient use of the country’s water resources.“These changes, we know, will result in a better quality of service in the sector overall,” he noted.Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Audrey Sewell, said the theme for World Water Day “speaks to the need for us to recognise that our precious water resources are not infinite and that we must do our part to conserve and preserve what we have or we run the risk of a very dry future”.“The availability of water plays a significant part in the ability of people to care for their families and earn a living. As such, access to clean, safe potable water is essential if a country is to achieve economic and social development. It is critical in the fight against poverty, hunger and diseases,” she said.Mrs. Sewell informed that Jamaica’s water quality is held in high regard by locals and visitors, not only because of the generally good quality of our rivers and streams, but because of the careful treatment it undergoes before distribution.During the event, schools were recognised and awarded for their participation in the Ministry’s Poster Competition, which ran from January to March of this year.Sixty-four schools participated in the competition, with the primary department of Port Morant Primary and Junior High School in St. Thomas receiving first place in the Primary School segment of the competition. Guy’s Hill High School in St. Catherine was placed first in the Secondary School category.The NWC also awarded winners in their Photo and Essay competitions, which ended in March.In the Photo Competition: first place was awarded to Odain Doneghan, second place to Jonathan Kirkaldey, and third place to Chevanne Rhoden.In the 9-12 age group category of the essay section of the competition, Janelle Ellis of Praise Tabernacle Christian Academy was awarded first-place winner. For the 13-16 age group category, first place went to Tommelio Senior of William Knibb High School in Trelawny.last_img read more

Greece Names Highest Bidder for THPA Share

first_imgzoom Greece has selected the consortium comprising Deutsche Invest Equity Partners, Belterra Investments and Terminal Link as the highest bidder for the 67% stake in Thessaloniki Port Authority.Namely, the consortium submitted an improved financial offer for the acquisition of the stake as part of the respective international competitive process, Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) informed.The improved financial offer envisages payment of a consideration of EUR 231.9 million for the acquisition of 67% of shares in ThPA S.A.The total value of the agreement amounts to EUR 1.1 billion and includes among others the aforementioned EUR 231.9 million offer, the mandatory investments amounting to EUR 180 million over the next seven years and the expected revenues from the concession agreement for the Hellenic Republic, in an expected amount in excess of EUR 170 million.The total amount takes also into account the expected dividends receivable by the HRADF for the remaining 7.22% shareholding as well as the estimated investments until the expiration of the concession in 2051.“The above development signals a new era for the Port of Thessaloniki, the prospects of economic development of Northern Greece and the country as a whole,” HRADF said.“A file relating to the tender process will be submitted to the Court of Auditors in the coming weeks for a pre-contractual review of the legality of the process; the share purchase agreement (SPA) will be signed, following the Court of Auditors’ approval,” the fund added.The completion of the transaction is subject to the competent authorities’ approvals and the satisfaction of certain further conditions provided for the share purchase agreement (SPA).After it received three bids for the sale of a 67% stake in Thessaloniki Port Authority, Greece asked the interested companies to submit improved financial offers in early April.The earlier three binding financial offers, submitted on March 24, came from International Container Terminal Services (ICTS) from the Philippines, the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, a DP World company, and Germany’s Deutsche Invest Equity Partners GmbH together with Belterra Investments LTD and Terminal Link SAS.Thessaloniki Port Authority, the second largest port in the country, is being privatized under the same terms as its counterpart Piraeus, the majority stake of which was officially acquired by China’s port operator Cosco Group (Hong Kong) Limited in August 2016.The privatization processes of the country’s two ports were launched in 2014.last_img read more

California governor says earthquakes are a wakeup call

first_imgRidgecrest (US): The two major earthquakes that hit Southern California should alert people across the nation of the need to be prepared for natural disasters, the state’s governor said as officials expressed relief that the damages weren’t worse. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Saturday that governments must strengthen alert systems and building codes, and residents should make sure they know how to protect themselves during an earthquake. “It is a wake-up call for the rest of the state and other parts of the nation, frankly,” Newsom said at a news conference to update the public on the state’s efforts to help the region hit by earthquakes on Thursday and Friday. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingFriday’s earthquake was the largest one Southern California in nearly 20 years. Officials voiced concerns about the possibility of major aftershocks in the days and even months to come. No fatalities or major injuries were reported after the 7.1-magnitude quake, which jolted an area from Sacramento to Mexico and prompted the evacuation of the Navy’s largest single landholding, Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in the Mojave Desert. The quake struck at 8:19 p.m. Friday and was centered 11 miles (18 kilometers) from Ridgecrest, the same area of the desert where a 6.4-magnitude temblor hit on Thursday. It left behind cracked and burning buildings, broken roads, obstructed railroad tracks and leaking water and gas lines. The light damage was largely due to the remoteness of the area where the earthquake occurred, but Newsom cautioned after touring Ridgecrest that “it’s deceiving, earthquake damage. You don’t notice it at first.”last_img read more

Sydney delegation visits SDMC

first_imgNew Delhi: A high level civic and business delegation from Blacktown, Sydney, led by Mayor Stephan Bali on Friday met SDMC Mayor Sunita Kangra in her office. Discussions were held on the development of modern suburbs, parks, community centres, schools and retail areas with the expertise available here in India, especially in SDMC.According to SDMC, Blacktown is the sixth-largest civic body in the state of Sydney in Australia and is keen to transform its central business district (CBD), one of the smartest and attractive architectural wonders in the world. The delegation members discussed the issues with the SDMC officials to understand the strategy used for taking up the developmental project on fast track mode in order to dedicate the same to the citizens.last_img

WatchBank of Canada defends itself for staying silent before interest rate hike

OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada is defending itself amid questions about its public silence ahead of an interest-rate hike last week that caught many analysts by surprise.BMO chief economist Doug Porter is taking issue with the lack of public remarks by the central bank in the eight weeks before a rate increase that he says caused a fairly violent market reaction.In a note Friday to clients, Porter wrote that while he thought the case for a rate increase was strong, he felt the Bank of Canada’s silent summer created a great deal of uncertainty for markets ahead of the decision.Bank of Canada faces delicate balancing act on its next movesAfter rate hikes, housing braces for ‘biggest rule change of all time’David Rosenberg: In defence of the Bank of Canada’s rate hike volleyPorter argues that the rate hike caught many analysts off guard — and he points to one survey that found only six of 33 forecasters had anticipated the increase.But a Bank of Canada spokesman says market data before the hike showed roughly 50-50 odds of an increase — revealing that a much greater percentage of traders were correctly interpreting the bank’s most-recent messaging from early July.In response to Porter’s criticisms, Jeremy Harrison also says key figures showing surprisingly strong second-quarter growth were released less than a week before the rate announcement — during the bank’s pre-decision blackout period.He says the communications approach was not unusual because in three of the last four years the bank didn’t make any public remarks between the scheduled rate announcements in July and September. read more

Fresh appeal for Caroline Graham who went missing 23 years ago

first_imgPSNI ARE APPEALING again for urgent information about the disappearance and murder of teenager, Caroline Graham and want to speak to anyone who lived near her at the time of her disappearance 23 years ago.Police are specifically looking for people who lived in Carlton Street, Hanover Street or Church Street in Portadown in 1989 and can remember details about buildings which were either under construction or being renovated at that time.The officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Gary Crawford, said: We are making progress in terms of eliminating possible deposition sites but we need more assistance from people who lived here or worked here in 1989.I would ask anyone who thinks they can help to come and speak to search teams in Carleton Street as soon as they can or contact us on 075 85 22 82 83. Members of the public have come forward with information but we need more assistance if we are going to be able to return Caroline’s remains to her family after all these years and progress the investigation. Caroline was 19-years-old and was living with her boyfriend in nearby Hanover Street at the time of her disappearance but was originally from Newry. It’s understood she had been living in the Portadown area for around two years before her disappearance.Police search an area of waste ground in Portadown, Co Armagh, for the remains of Caroline Graham. Paul Faith/PA Wire/Press Association Images.Nobody has ever been charged in connection with her disappearance and the case was reopened in August when the PSNI said it had received new information, including a possible location of her remains.Read: 23 years on: search for Caroline Graham continues>last_img read more

Poll Should the cause of death be on every death certificate

first_img No (869) TÁNAISTE JOAN BURTON has said regulations are being drafted for a short death certificate which would omit the cause of death.She said she hoped this would give some comfort to families which could find the details upsetting, while not affecting the Register of Deaths or impacting on vital statistics as the cause of death would still be recorded.A Kerry coroner, however, has harshly criticised this move, saying that suicide should not be hidden and this would be a step backwards in terms of removing the stigma from mental health issues.We want to know what you think: Should the cause of death be on every death certificate? YesNoI’m not sureVote Poll Results:center_img Yes (4740) I’m not sure (425)last_img

Meath greatgrandparents €100k richer after two Lotto wins in three days

first_img Tuesday 2 May 2017, 3:16 PM Meath great-grandparents €100k richer after two Lotto wins in three days The couple say they “won’t be going mad”. 28,164 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email1 16 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3369017 TWO CO MEATH great-grandparents won over €100,000 from the National Lottery after they had two separate wins in three days.The lucky couple won €10,000 on a Telly Bingo ticket bought last Thursday before winning €92,652  on Saturday’s main Lotto draw.The incredible double-win comes after the retired husband matched five numbers plus the bonus number on a ticket bought in Eurospar in Duleek.Two days earlier, the man’s wife purchased a Telly Bingo ticket in the same shop that yielded the first five-figure win.Speaking at the National Lottery’s headquarters today, the couple said the Telly Bingo ticket was purchased on the anniversary of the death of their son.Saturday’s Lotto win was on the day of the anniversary of his funeral, the great-grandmother added:We really believe he was up there looking after us. It is such a coincidence that our wins came at this time. On the day of Telly Bingo I had gone to my son’s grave to clean it up and say a prayer.Due to the bank holiday weekend, the couple had to wait an extra day before they could collect their winnings. The husband said he was worried about keeping the winning ticket safe until now.“The safest place I could think of was the attic. That’s where the ticket has been for the last few days. I didn’t sleep a wink last night with excitement and worry,” he said.Asked what they will do with the money, the couple said they “won’t be going mad”.“We have a few Holy Communions in the family this month so this will certainly help towards that. And we will do a few jobs on the house also.”Read: Someone’s million euro Lotto ticket has just become a useless piece of paper >Read: Owner of €1 million lotto ticket has until 5pm tomorrow to claim their cash >center_img May 2nd 2017, 3:16 PM They win on Telly Bingo and the main draw. Image: Shutterstock/HBRH Short URL By Rónán Duffy They win on Telly Bingo and the main draw. Image: Shutterstock/HBRHlast_img read more

Russie la canicule responsable de 55000 décès

first_imgRussie : la canicule responsable de 55.000 décès Russie – Frappée cet été par une canicule historique, la Russie a enregistré près de 56.000 décès supplémentaires en juillet et août derniers, par rapport à la même période l’année précédente.Si les autorités russes n’ont encore publié aucun bilan officiel de cette canicule sans précédent, des statistiques publiées par l’institut Rosstat font état de 191.951 décès en août, soit 41.262 de plus que l’année précédente. En juillet ce sont 14.474 morts supplémentaires qui ont été recensées.À lire aussiLa tragique histoire de l’homme évacué d’un avion à cause de son odeurLa canicule qui s’est abattue sur la Russie pendant l’été peut ainsi être tenue pour responsable de plus de 55.736 morts en deux mois, durant lesquels le pays a dû lutter contre des feux de forêt et de tourbière dont les fumées ont empoisonné l’atmosphère de Moscou et ses environs.La capitale russe a été extrêmement touchée et a connu une mortalité en hausse de 68,6% en août, et de 50,7% en juillet. Mais c’est la région de Volgograd, dans le sud-ouest de la Russie, qui a enregistré la hausse la plus forte de la mortalité avec un bond de 75% en août.Le 8 octobre 2010 à 11:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les sénateurs désapprouvent les lois antipiratage Sopa et Pipa

first_imgLes sénateurs désapprouvent les lois anti-piratage Sopa et Pipa La grève numérique entreprise mercredi par de nombreux sites Internet a permis le retrait de deux textes de lois portant sur les droits d’auteur. Une première. La grève numérique réalisée par des centaines de sites web mercredi 18 janvier (dont la célèbre plateforme de blogs WordPress ou encore la version anglaise de Wikipedia) a été bénéfique. A la suite de celle-ci, une vingtaine de parlementaires américains se sont résolus à retirer leur soutien à deux propositions très médiatisées et controversées : la Sopa (Stop online piracy act), présentée devant la Chambre des représentants, et la Pipa (Protect intellectual property act), exposée au Sénat. Mercredi 18 janvier, Wikipedia a affiché un message invitant à l’abandon des deux textes de loi sur son site anglais. Le géant de l’Internet, Google avait de même instauré une page spéciale expliquant sa position face à cette loi. Enfin, le réseau social Facebook avait demandé à ses utilisateurs de contacter leurs élus afin de leur demander de s’opposer à des lois “contraires à l’intérêt de l’Internet”. Les grands acteurs du Web semblent donc avoir aujourd’hui autant de poids que les lobbys traditionnels. Tim Wu, l’auteur de L’ascension et le déclin des empires de l’information a confié au New York Times : “le fait que les acteurs de l’Internet réussissent à s’opposer à l’un des plus puissants lobby des États-Unis est vraiment une première”. Le 20 janvier 2012 à 17:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Jadon Sancho is already leading Borussia Dortmund

first_imgEngland sensation Jadon Sancho, was one of the biggest attractions in Borussia Dortmund’s 2-0 victory against Freiburg this Saturday.Maybe you still had doubts about this amazing player whom everybody is talking about, Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho is the Bundesliga’s best player at the moment and the most exciting young talent in the world alongside Kylian Mbappé.There is no escaping Sancho’s unique talents, us at Ronaldo.com, have been following his footsteps pretty much from the moment he started playing for the German club and we haven’t been able to look away ever since.When it’s not a great goal or an assist, the lad amazes all of us with an insane set of skills that get applause from the fans at Signal Iduna Park.England really does have the best talent since Wayne Rooney appeared as a youngster, Harry Kane doesn’t count in this equation because the Tottenham Hotspur’s player is a late bloomer and Sancho is already on that level while still a teenager.The man was the biggest headache for Freiburg’s defense this Saturday, he was taken down inside the box as he completed another one of his already famous dribbles and the awarded penalty was transformed into a goal by Marco Reus.Jadon Sancho 🔝 pic.twitter.com/jNA1uVn3mI— Hassan khalife (@khalifehassan) December 1, 2018After the break with Borussia Dortmund clearly dominating the match, we were still in for a treat that came straight from Jadon Sancho’s feet.The English lad took a ball behind midfield and charged against three defenders, he pulled off a set of skill that was very reminiscent of Zinedine Zidane.The characteristic ‘roulette’ was performed twice in the same moment by the winger, that was more than enough for him to get away with it and keep going on the attack after getting past three opponents.Sancho was the player who orchestrated the second goal that Spaniard Paco Alcacer completed, Jadon is having the time of his life in the Bundesliga and it pretty much seems like a one-sided competition with Bayern München trailing with 9 points behind the club that is filled with young talents just like Sancho.The Manchester City product is actually at the top of the assist table with 6 interventions that have ended in goals from his teammates, he shares the top spot with Haller and Neuhaus but there is no question that he is the top player in the competition right now.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.👋 Guten Morgen, Borussen! pic.twitter.com/KmR0Tc7qjb— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) December 2, 2018If he keeps it up like this, there is no telling what Jadon Sancho will be able to do throughout his career but we can already tell that he is in for a wild ride.The transition that Sancho has gone through is truly unheard of for a teenager in the Bundesliga, as he started the season on the bench and he managed to convince the manager that he was a key part of the club’s success.In 13 matches he’s played for Dortmund so far, Sancho has already started in seven of them after coming in from the bench during the first six.The constant development this player has gone through in the last six months has also been helpful in his career as an international, Gareth Southgate was quick to realize what a talented player they have and he called the lad for the very last international break of 2018.Although he may have not participated too much in both matches they played, the youngster made his minutes count and left a very positive impression on the technical staff.We can certainly expect Sancho to become a regular in all the England lineups from 2019 going forward.Well done boys! Nice win for the weekend. Thank you to our fans for keeping us going! 🤩 Unbeaten run continues! @BVB #JS7 pic.twitter.com/PO6gG7ziow— Jadon Sancho (@Sanchooo10) December 1, 2018How far can Jadon Sancho take Borussia Dortmund this season in all competitions? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more