India, Panama sign agreement on visa exemption for diplomatic passport holders

first_imgIndia and Panama on May 9, 2018 signed an agreement on the exemption of visas for the holders of diplomatic and official passports. The two nations also signed an agreement on strengthening cooperation in the field of agriculture.The agreements were signed in the presence of Panama’s President Juan Carlos Varela Rodrigues and Vice President and Foreign Minister Isabel de Saint Malo and Indian Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu during his visit to the nation.Read it at Jagran Josh Related Itemslast_img

Blistering start helps Hornets blow out Suns

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening 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 All-Star hopeful Kemba Walker led a balanced scoring attack with 21 points, Jeremy Lamb hit five three-pointers and had 18 points as the Hornets won their third straight game.Charlotte shot 54.5 percent from the field and made 16 of 34 3-point attempts in the wire-to-wire victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It started with our defense,” Lamb said. “We got stops and were able to get out in transition and get some easy ones. And we moved the ball well tonight.”Charlotte had 31 assists — six each by Lamb and Nic Batum — much to the delight of Borrego. LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Charlotte Hornets head coach James Borrego, left, and Kemba Walker, right, watch a video replay during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Coach James Borrego has been preaching defense to his Charlotte Hornets the last two weeks.But on Saturday the Hornets turned up the heat on the other end of the court, getting off to a blistering start and matching a season high in points scored in a 135-115 win over the Phoenix Suns.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img “A lot of times it’s up and down because we’re still learning and growing, so I feel as if once we lock in on the little details of being great, everything else will follow suit,” Oubre said.BRIDGES DUNK CONTEST?Hornets teammates say they want to see rookie Miles Bridges in the dunk contest at next month’s NBA All-Star weekend here in Charlotte, North Carolina. While he’s still improving as a player and has a lot to learn, the athletic Bridges has put together quite a highlight reel of high-flying dunks.“Of course, he should definitely be in there,” Lamb said.Bridges said he is looking forward to having a chance to compete, but said he hasn’t heard anything definitive from the league.TAKING CHARGE(S)Walker isn’t just a scorer for the Hornets. The 6-foot-1, 184-pound Walker has shown he’ll do anything to win, including taking 15 charges this season — tied for fifth-most in the NBA. He drew another in the third quarter against the Suns.UP NEXTSuns: At Minnesota on Sunday night.Hornets: At Indiana on Sunday night. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Manny’s sparring partner downs Filipino bet in Pacquiao-Broner undercard “Our ball movement was great,” Borrego said. “When we move the ball like that we are a dangerous offense.”Devin Booker had 32 points and 11 assists for the Suns. They have lost 10 of their last 12 and fell to 4-19 on the road.This one was never close.The Hornets raced to a 29-11 lead, making 10 of 14 shots from the field behind the backcourt duo of Walker and Lamb. They combined for 18 points in the quarter on 7-of-10 shooting. Charlotte extended its lead to 23 by the end of the third quarter.“Yeah, they just hit us right in the mouth,” Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said. “It was their first punch right to the head. By the time we figured out what was going on, we were down 20 (points). .. Every cut they were making, screens they were setting, everything had a purpose. They were sharper and also had more energy than we did.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TIP INSSuns: Once again started three rookies in Mikal Bridges, Deandre Ayton and De’Anthony Melton. .. After an early dunk by Biyombo over Ayton, Booker yelled “Get big!” at his teammate.Hornets: Honored former Hornets small forward Glen Rice at halftime as part of their 30-year anniversary celebration. Rice is the team’s career leader in 3-point percentage and is the only Hornets player to play in three All-Star games. An emotional Rice said “Wow! Wow! Wow!” while he stood at midcourt after being given a key to the city, and told fans, “I hope I made you proud.”BIG EFFORT FROM BIGSBismack Biyombo had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and Willy Hernangomez added nine points and 13 rebounds to help the Hornets outrebound the Suns 53-26 despite playing without injured starting center Cody Zeller.Borrego praised Biyombo’s effort as “fantastic.”Kokoskov said the Suns got caught in too many switches on defense.“When we switch, that’s your guy and you have to compete every possession with your guy, so a lot of times it was a mismatch,” Kokoskov said. “It comes down to the collective responsibility on the boards, so you have to stay with your guy and compete with him.”CONSISTENCY NEEDEDForward Kelly Oubre Jr. said the Suns need more consistency, something that will come with more playing experience. Starting three rookies adds to that inconsistency. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Davis Cup: More Murray magic as Britain beat Japan

first_imgritain’s Andy Murray won a gripping five-set match against Japan’s Kei Nishikori to secure a 3-1 Davis Cup win for the champions and a quarter-final with Novak Djokovic’s Serbia.Murray, whose heroics helped clinch the title against Belgium last year, was pegged back after taking the first two sets, but eventually prevailed against the world number six 7-5 7-6(6) 3-6 4-6 6-3 in four hours and 54 minutes.It was Murray’s first event back on court since the birth of his daughter, but any doubts over his fitness were dispelled as he once again carried Britain’s hopes almost single-handedly, winning three matches, including the doubles, in three days.”I am lost for words at this stage; he (Murray) is a man of steel, isn’t he?” Britain’s captain Leon Smith said.”What Andy managed to do was astonishing since he hasn’t played since the Australian Open final.”After his exertions, Murray said he was keen to get back to his family.”It’s (wife) Kim’s first Mother’s Day, so it will be nice to get to see her this evening. I’ll try to get back for bath time and to put her to sleep — the baby, not Kim.”Murray has been dogged by the shadow of Fred Perry for much of his career, but victory over Nishikori allowed him to put another Perry milestone behind him.Having become the first British man since Perry to win a grand slam and then Wimbledon, Murray surpassed the former great by improving his unbeaten streak in Davis Cup singles and doubles rubbers to 14.advertisementThe win was the joint-longest match of Murray’s career along with his 2012 U.S. Open final triumph against Novak Djokovic, who he will now face in the quarter-finals in Serbia in July.World number one Djokovic was also involved in an epic tussle on Sunday and took almost five hours to beat Mikhail Kukushkin in five sets.That drew Serbia level at 2-2 against Kazakhstan before Viktor Troicki finished off the tie by beating Aleksandr Nedovyesov in the deciding rubber.last_img read more

China-Lanka ties have no effect on others: Chinese Minister

first_imgColombo, Jul 9 (PTI) The close relationship between China and Sri Lanka will have no bearing on their ties with other countries, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here today.Yi is on a three-day official visit to Sri Lanka ahead of President Maithripala Sirisenas China visit later this month.”There is a consensus between China and Sri Lanka that our cooperation does not target any third country nor will it affect our respective relations with other countries. We stand ready to work more closely with other regional countries for the purpose of achieving common development,” Yi said in an obvious reference to India.In the past, India has expressed some concerns over the USD 1.5 billion Colombo Port city project which is to be built by China on reclaimed land in the sea.”No matter what changes in the international situation and domestic agenda our strategic and cooperative partnership will continue to develop,” the Chinese foreign minister said.China intends to make the 21st century maritime Silk Road a priority and help Sri Lanka build itself into a shipping centre in the Indian ocean, he said.Sri Lankan foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera said the island was looking forward to Chinese enterprise to make contribution towards developing the Lankan economy.Sri Lanka also expressed hope that the South China Sea dispute would be resolved through “constructive dialogue”. PTI CORR SUA SUAlast_img read more

LG X Screen with secondary ticker display launched in India at Rs 12,990, exclusive to Snapdeal

first_imgSouth Korean tech major LG launched its new mid-level 4G-enabled Android smartphone, the X Screen in India on Monday. The highlight of LG’s X Screen phone is its secondary ticker display that sits comfortably atop the main display, giving users quick access to time, date, battery level, and notifications even while the screen is in sleep mode. Quite obviously then, the secondary ticker display of the LG X Screen stays always-on at all instances.Also Read: LG G5 review: Just another star in the galaxyThe LG X Screen has been priced in India at Rs 12,990 and will be available for buying from Snapdeal. The phone was globally announced back in February, 2016.Boasting of an all-glass body with faux metal edge, the LG X Screen has a 4.93-inch HD IPS primary display with a 720×1280 pixels resolution. The secondary screen meanwhile stands at 1.76-inch and offers a resolution of 80×520 pixels.The phone is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor coupled with Adreno 306 GPU and 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 2TB via microSD card slot. The phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based UX user interface.It sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture, autofocus and LED flash. On the front, you get an 8-megapixel camera. The phone is backed by a 2,300mAh battery which is non-removable.Also Read: LG’s V10 phone has two screens, two selfie cameras and manual video mode LG isn’t new to second ticker screen phones. Back in October, last year, it had launched the V10, a high-end flagship phone boasting of two screens, two selfie cameras and a manual mode for video capture, all crammed up inside a tough durable shell of a body. Sadly, the V10 never made it to India. The primary screen on the V10 has a 5.7-inch QHD IPS Quantum display with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels. The secondary display on the other hand is a 2.1-inch IPS Quantum one with a 160×1040 pixels resolution. advertisementlast_img read more

Premier League: Manchester City thrash Tottenham Hotspur, go 14 points clear

first_imgThe Manchester City bandwagon showed no sign of stopping as Tottenham Hotspur became the latest of the lot to face the music.Guardiola’s side hammered the North London side 4-1 at the Etihad to maintain their dominance in the Premier League.City are now 14 points clear at the top of the table after 18 games. Neighbours Manchester United, who will take on West Brom on Sunday are second. City now have 52 points while United have 38 with a game in hand. Chelsea are thired with 38 while Arsenal sit fourth on 33 with 18 games each.The win over Spurs was City’s 16th straight league win. The victory was secured with a first-half header from Ilkay Gundogan and further efforts after the break from Kevin De Bruyne and a double from Raheem Sterling, rendering Christian Eriksen’s stoppage-time goal a consolation.Proud of this team!Thanks to all our fans! You are our key and we will continue so that we make you proud also?????#cityvsspurs #Mancity pic.twitter.com/n5Utiubevq- Eliaquim Mangala (@Elia22Mangala) December 16, 2017The margin of victory and the performance from City, against a team considered potential rivals in pre-season, suggests it will take a series of unlikely outcomes for the title to go anywhere other than the Etihad Stadium.While second-placed Manchester United can claw back three points at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, it seems all but a forlorn pursuit.In the past six days, Pep Guardiola’s side have won against United at Old Trafford and then crushed Swansea City 4-0 in South Wales in midweek, yet there was no sense of complacency or tiredness as they faced another acid test.advertisementWhat a win today, +3 important points! #MCFC #RS7 pic.twitter.com/JT7YvgpFhD- Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) December 16, 2017With Leroy Sane’s speed a constant threat and De Bruyne capable of turning defence into attack with one perfectly precise pass, City looked barely troubled by the absence of David Silva, who was missing due to personal reasons.Just as in the Manchester derby last week, City showed that for all their pretty football, they are also adept at taking a more basic route to goal and opened the scoring from a set piece.Gundogan was left unmarked from a 14th minute Sane corner and the German’s stooping header flashed past Hugo Lloris in the Spurs goal. ATTACKING INTENTThe home side were bursting with attacking intent and sensed the opportunity to the kill game off early as Sergio Aguero had a low shot parried by Lloris with Sterling unable to keep his follow-up effort down.??? The thoughts of Mauricio after this evening’s defeat at the Etihad Stadium: pic.twitter.com/aMvXyzZKOB- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 16, 2017Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino deserved credit for at least trying to take City on at their own attacking game, rather than following the example of so many other teams and merely seeking to nullify and frustrate the leaders.Yet Harry Kane’s curling shot from the edge of the area in the 35th minute, which went just wide of Ederson’s left-hand post, was the nearest they came to scoring in the first half.Spurs came out positively after the break, however, enjoying a spell of pressure and City’s Brazilian keeper had to make a superb save in the 55th minute to keep out another Kane attempt.Guardiola took off Aguero and introduced Gabriel Jesus and while the Brazilian’s direct impact was minimal, City took total control following the switch.last_img read more

Paul Finebaum Already Knows What Major Conference Is Missing The Playoff

first_img One of the questions the First Take crew asked Finebaum was if the Pac-12 can make the College Football Playoff. He quickly shot down that idea.Via 247Sports:“I could pontificate, but I’m going to answer your question very succinctly — no,” Finebaum said. “Pac-12, get out of my hair, man. Every year they tease us and every year they blow the opening game. Last year it was Washington in a close one against Auburn. This time it was Oregon. Auburn was struggling. They were almost out of this game, and somehow Mario Cristobal mismanaged the game clock. He mismanaged the plays. With a really good quarterback in Justin Herbert, they found a way to lose. Give Auburn credit. They won at the end with a freshman quarterback, but come on, Oregon was their last big chance. Stanford? USC? Utah? Please.”In addition to Oregon starting off the fall with an unfortunate loss, Arizona and UCLA also came up short in their season openers.Do you think a program from the Pac-12 can make the Playoff? An extreme closeup of ESPN's Paul Finebaum.ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)All it took was one week of college football for complete madness to unfold. Week 1 of the season featured a few upsets and nail-biting finishes.The biggest game of the weekend was between Auburn and Oregon. It was a close matchup that came down to the final drive for the SEC powerhouse, as Bo Nix threw a game-winning touchdown pass with less than 10 seconds to play.Oregon had the chance to boost the perception of the Pac-12, but the crushing defeat against Auburn has done the exact opposite. College football analyst Paul Finebaum hasn’t shied away from his harsh stance on the ‘Power Five’ conference.Finebaum was on ESPN’s First Take on Monday to discuss the current landscape of college football.last_img read more

Navios Maritime’s Loss Widens, Dividend Payment Delayed

first_imgzoom Greek dry bulk shipping company Navios Maritime Holdings reported decreased revenue of USD 131 million for third quarter, ended September 30, 2015, compared to USD 152.5 million for the same period last year.Revenue from drybulk vessel operations for the quarter was USD 63.6 million as compared to USD 73.5 million for the same period in 2014.The decrease in drybulk revenue was mainly attributable to a decrease in the time charter equivalent rate per day by 25.8% to USD 8,570 per day in the third quarter of 2015, as compared to USD 11,550 per day in the same period of 2014.The company’s Adjusted Net Loss for the three months ended September 30, 2015 was USD 20.3 million, also up from USD 16.6 million for the same period of 2014.In addition, the prolonged weakness in the dry bulk industry has caused the Board of Navios Maritime to adopt a more flexible return of capital policy by initiating a share repurchase program and suspending the payment of dividends.“We have experienced an extended period of weakness that is virtually unprecedented in our history, with the BDI average this year lower than at any time since 1986. As a result, we have adjusted our return of capital to our shareholders by initiating a share repurchase program and suspending our dividend payment. The share repurchase program entails a USD 25.0 million purchasing authority over a two-year period. The annual net savings will provide additional balance sheet strength and the opportunity to reinvest funds accretively,” Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said.Navios controls a fleet of 65 vessels totaling 6.7 million dwt, of which 40 are owned and 25 are chartered-in under long-term charters. The company currently operates 59 vessels with a total of 6 million dwt. The current average age of the operating fleet is 7.7 years.Navios has four newbuilding charter-in vessels expected to be delivered at various dates through 2016, and two newbuilding owned vessels slated for delivery in the first quarter of 2016.For the nine month period ended September 30, 2015, Navios reported a revenue of USD 369 million, compared to USD 420.1 million for the same period in 2014. The revenue from drybulk vessel operations was USD 170.4 million as compared to USD 225.5 million for the corresponding period in 2014.Adjusted Net Loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was USD 71.8 million as compared to USD 22.3 million for the same period of 2014.last_img read more

Strike at Hanjins Subic Yard in the Cards

first_imgzoom A strike seems to be looming at Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil) amid workers’ demand for the recognition of their union.Namely, the workers are demanding for their union to be certified through an election so as to be able to negotiate a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the shipbuilder’s management, the Manila Times reports.These are said to include over 30,000 workers spread over 18 subcontractors.According to Alyansa ng Manggagawang Pilipinong Organisado–Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (AMAPO-TUCP) head Roberto Flores, cited by the daily, a strike notice has already been filed.Further talks with the management on the issue are set to take place this week, after which more details on the potential strike are expected to be announced.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Fourth body recovered from site of Labrador plane crash three still missing

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The RCMP say a fourth body has been recovered from the Labrador lake where a float plane carrying seven men, including the pilot, crashed July 15.Cpl. Jolene Garland said divers recovered the body from the remote Mistastin Lake, about 100 kilometres southwest of Nain, on Wednesday.The body has not yet been identified and is expected at the office of the province’s chief medical examiner sometime today, Garland said.Divers continued to search Thursday for the three remaining people and for the downed de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane, owned by Quebec airline Air Saguenay.The cause of the crash, which happened after the plane left Labrador’s Three Rivers Lodge for a fishing trip on Mistastin lake, is still unknown.The bodies of fishing guide Dwayne Winsor of Deer Lake, N.L., guest John Weaver II of Chicago and another 67-year-old man from New Jersey had previously been recovered.Quebec pilot Gilles Morin, Weaver’s sons John Weaver III and Matthew Weaver and a 50-year-old fishing guide from Newfoundland and Labrador were unaccounted for as of Wednesday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Architects behind rebuilding of Quebec FN community honoured

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe architects responsible for helping rebuild a Quebec First Nation have won the Governor General’s Medal for architecture.Emergency Architects Canada is rebuilding the Anishinabe community of Kitcisakik located about 350 kilometres north of Montreal.APTN National News visited the community last November and reporter Danielle Rochette offers a look back.last_img

MoroccoEU Relations Wont Be Affected by ECJ Ruling Official

Rabat – On Wednesday, Morocco’s ambassador to the European Union (EU), Ahmed Reda Chami, reaffirmed the importance of the strategic EU-Morocco partnership in light of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on the EU- Morocco fisheries deal.The Moroccan diplomat, was quoted by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) saying that the court has confirmed the validity of the fisheries agreement between the EU and Morocco, and “distanced itself from the political opinion of its advocate general [Melchior Wathelet].”On Tuesday, the ECJ confirmed the validity of the fisheries agreement, separating the court opinion from specific ECJ members, such as Advocate General Melchior Wathelet, based Luxembourg-based ECJ, who said that the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement should be declared null and void because it includes Western Sahara. Chami told the press that the ECJ has crushed the goal of Polisario and its supporters, who were previously appealing the EU agreement with Morocco.“The determination and willingness of both parties to move forward transcend anything that is likely to strain their longstanding partnership,” said Chami.The Moroccan diplomat added that the EU and Morocco maintain contact in a “climate of serenity and trust” to tailor their agreements to the rulings of the European Court of Justice.Chami echoed a statement made by Morocco’s Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Bourita, who told Le360, “nothing in the [ECJ’s] verdict challenges the political legitimacy of Morocco to conclude agreements regarding the Moroccan Sahara with the EU.”Backing Bourita’s argument, Chami said that Morocco will not accept any agreement that does not involve its southern provinces.Underscoring the importance of the agreements between the two parties, Chami said that the EU and Morocco share a strong desire to strengthen their partnership.“Beyond the commercial aspect, the Morocco-EU partnership is reinforced by various agreements at different levels,” including police cooperation with Interpol, migration, crisis management in the Mediterranean, security issues, and the fight against terrorism and extremism.Chami, who is also the president of the Morocco-EU friendship group in the European Parliament told MAP, “it is with a serenity that we can approach the next trade negotiations between the EU and Morocco.”In a joint statement issued after the ruling of the ECJ on Tuesday, February 27, Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, and Bourita “took note of the verdict handed today by the EU Court of Justice” on the fisheries deal between the two parties andhave agreed to further reinforce their political dialogue and preserve the stability of their trade relations.Fishery ties between Morocco and the European Union date back to 1988. Negotiated four years ago, the fisheries agreement provides annual permits without restriction, according to the European Union. Since that time, partnerships between the two entities have expanded to involve protocols from different fields, including trade activities.Morocco Keen on Preserving its SovereigntyDuring the government council meeting today, Morocco’s Head of Government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, stressed that Morocco always strives to preserve its “sovereignty, unity, and belonging to its southern provinces,” in whatever agreement the country signed.Commenting on the ECJ’s ruling, El Othmani said that this matter is “being followed by King Mohammed VI personally.”El Othmani noted public interest in this topic, adding that he has been following the matter with the Ministries of Agriculture and Foreign Affairs.The Moroccan head of government emphasized that the EU and Morocco are determined to preserve their partnership and its future.El Othmani added that Morocco “is flexible in negotiation, cooperation, and partnership and is proud that its international relations are diverse and balanced.” read more

Recent rainfall brings harvest to a halt in southern Sask

“There’s frustrations because we had such a very dry start to the year and the rain came at the time where we needed it the least,” said Jacob, but he noted farmers still have time.“It’s mid-September. We’ve got lots of time and producers can make a lot of progress in a little bit of time … This is kind of like second quarter of the football game and you’re behind. You can still make it up.”Twenty-five per cent of the crop is now swathed or ready to straight-cut. Harvest is most advanced in the southwest region, where 31 per cent of the crop is combined. The southeast region has 24 per cent combined and the west-central region 18 per cent. The east-central and northeast regions have eight per cent combined while the northwest region has seven per cent.Eighty-three per cent of fall rye, 79 per cent of winter wheat, 66 per cent of field peas, 63 per cent of lentils, 28 per cent of barley, 10 per cent of durum, seven per cent of spring wheat and four per cent of canola is now in the bin.  An additional 36 per cent of canola is swathed or is ready to straight-cut.Estimated average crop yields for the province are 39 bushels per acre for field peas, 1,452 pounds per acre for lentils, 35 bushels per acre for canola, 23 bushels per acre for flax, 36 bushels per acre for durum, 42 bushels per acre for spring wheat and 66 bushels per acre for barley.lgiesbrecht@postmedia.com TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post Recent rainy days have brought harvest to a halt, with the amount of of the crop in the bin sliding far behind the average for this time of year.Eighteen per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 11 per cent last week, but this remains well behind the five-year average of 43 per cent, according to the most recent provincial crop report issued this week.Over the week of Sept. 3 to Sept. 9, most of Saskatchewan received some rain, ranging from trace amounts up to 51 millimetres around Big Beaver. Since then, the southern part of the province has continued to see wet weather. Between Sunday and Thursday this week, Coronach received 76 mm of rain, Moose Jaw saw 67 mm, Regina 51 mm and Swift Current 38 mm.“Harvest is pretty much at a standstill. (The rain) wasn’t welcome, but you kind of have to just go with the flow and take what you’re given,” said Cory Jacob, a crop extension specialist with the Ministry of Agriculture.“It’s caused a lot of downgrading issues now in especially the sale crops. With that much rain they start to kind of bleach, sprout, stain.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Now farmers are waiting for warmer, windier and drier weather before returning to the field. With the forecast calling for some sunny days ahead, Jacob hopes the ground will be dry enough by early next week if warm weather holds throughout the weekend. The recent rainfall has made for a soggy road just outside of Regina. Harvest has ground largely to a halt. read more

Ban welcomes announced start of peace talks between Colombia ELN rebels

The Secretary-General hopes that this new development “will contribute to ending the hemisphere’s longest armed conflict and to building sustainable peace for the Colombian people,” his spokesperson said.Today’s announcement follows a peace agreement between Bogota and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Some 600,000 people have died since the conflict between the country’s authorities and the FARC began in the 1960s.In November, after talks in Havana, Cuba, authorities and FARC representatives released a joint statement saying a deal had been reached leading the rebel group to disarm and to form a political movement. It also included provisions for enhancing the role of women, which Mr. Ban also welcomed.The two sides are working to end the long-running conflict through full implementation of the General Agreement for the End of the Conflict and Building a Stable and Lasting Peace, signed two years ago. In the past month, they also agreed to work together to combat drug trafficking. read more

Track and Field Past Ohio State Rachel Weber still running toward dream

Rachel Weber running at Tracktown USA last June during the NCAA championship. Credit: Courtesy of Rachel Weber.She keeps her head up, chin down, eyes level while gliding through each stride with even distance as her hair whisks side to side. Rachel Weber, a fifth-year at Ohio State in strategic communications, is a runner’s runner.“I just fell in love with it and I fell in love and competing and the adrenaline that you get,” Weber said.Weber finished 13th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Tracktown USA last June in Eugene, Oregon. It was the last time she would run for the Buckeyes, but she doesn’t plan for it to be her last visit to that track.Although she has ran out of eligibility at Ohio State, this was not her last meet competing against other collegiate programs.Ohio State has continued to have ties to Weber’s post-collegiate running career almost a year after she took off her scarlet and gray jersey.Professional track and field isn’t as straightforward as well-known leagues like the NBA or NFL. Runners sometimes compete for track clubs, which are often smaller in scale, or they receive sponsorships from brands like Nike, Asics and Adidas that allow them to support their career.There also is separation between professional and post-collegiate. Weber runs for Columbus Running Company and it supports her. However she is not getting a salary to run for it, although it pays her for as an employee who works at its store.“I am really, really fortunate that Columbus Running Company supports me and they help support gear, travel and teammates and it’s awesome,” Weber said. “When I graduate hopefully I will be looking to be up more on that professional level with a professional contract.”She has a new coach, Rob Meyers, an Ohio State alumnus who has the fourth-fastest 1,500-meter time (3:41) in school history and the fifth-fastest mile time (4:03) in school history.Meyers met Weber through the running camps that he and his family host in the summer. Weber was a volunteer who brought an infectious smile to running, Meyers said.“I knew that she was really energetic and positive. She was passionate for the sport,” Meyers said. “As for as the running camp side of things go, we obviously invited her back.”Their relationship changed last summer when Weber reached out to Meyers to become her personal coach.“First I was a little caught off guard, but the more I thought about it, she needed to stay in Columbus to finish her education” Meyers said. “It seemed like something that I was able to work out and I was excited about.”Beyond working with Weber, Meyers coaches cross country and track and field at Fairfield Union High School. Weber has assisted him, working as a volunteer coach and training there for outdoor season. Competing for Columbus Running Company has sometimes led Weber to race against her old teammates. In the indoor season, Weber ran at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Indiana.“Meyo is one of the nearest and dearest meets to my heart. For I have had several really, really poor races there.” Weber said, “Like some of the worst races in my entire college career.”This past Meyo Invitational had some slight differences. Mainly, she was competing against Ohio State in the 800-meter run, the event in which she set the school record several months before — though none of Ohio State’s runners competed in the same heat.Weber’s goals for the meet also slightly changed. This year it was to make the U.S. Track and Field standard at 2:03 and the International Association of Athletics Federations standard at 2:02. Weber won her heat, but she ran a 2:07.Even while no longer with the Buckeyes, there was nothing new to the meet for Weber.“Even in college like we would show up with the team but then it was like I had my own up and a lot of times I was the only one running a certain event,” Weber said. “I had to get really good at being independent and having my own warmup routine and own warmup schedule.”During the winter, Weber also trained at the French Field House alongside the current Buckeyes and intermingled with them between exercises. She even saw a personal trainer from Ohio State before her practice. Sara Vergote, Ohio State’s distance and cross country coach, took some time and helped Weber out during one of her most intense practices of the year, in which the goal was for Weber to push herself as far as she could possibly go. Vergote said she stopped Weber when she started to lose her running form and risk injury. All along this road, Weber was driven by her love for running. Speed just followed her afterward.She started running 5ks with her mom, Christine Weber-Wheeler, when she was just five years old. Growing up Weber wanted always wanted to be an athlete — just in soccer. “I played club soccer and so I always envisioned myself like oh, ‘I’m going to be the next Mia Hamm,’” Weber said.But her passion switched to track, specifically the 400-meter dash. At Dublin Coffman, she moved up to the 800-meter run and finished third at the high school state championship meet, then came to Ohio State. During her time at Ohio State she broke the school record for the 800-meter run record (2:02) and posted the second-fastest 1,500-meter run. Weber’s passion for running spreads out much further though than the events she ran or the times she has clocked.“Like I still would choose to run again and again and again because of the friendships that it’s given me and the fulfillment that it gives you,” Weber said.She has gone to the Columbus Marathon, not to run, but to cheer on the runners. In addition to her work at Fairfield Union, she also volunteers at Dublin Coffman.“She is an amazing influence to have for these athletes.” Meyers said.For Weber, the Olympics has been the dream, but she knows the odds can be tough to predict. Olympic qualifying at Tracktown USA — back in Eugene — happens one day every three years.“I think it’s a wonderful gift to have to be able to compete and experience the joy and the freedom that running bring me.” Weber said, “So my goal is to enjoy the entire process leading up to the Olympics.” read more

PDAC International Mines Ministers Summit aims to foster collaboration

first_imgEarlier this week at PDAC in Toronto, The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, and the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade, participated at the International Mines Ministers’ Summit that took place during the meeting’s International Convention Trade Show & Investors Exchange.The Ministers met with 14 counterparts from all regions of the world “to strengthen mining relations and foster collaboration between key international partners, non-governmental organisations and industry leaders.” During the summit, against the backdrop of the theme “The Mineral Industry as a Building Block of Strong Nations”, the Ministers emphasised the need to ensure that exploration and mining is undertaken in a sustainable manner, and that communities and Indigenous peoples are meaningfully engaged and benefit from development.They also reiterated the critical role that governments play in ensuring that clear and stable processes are in place to promote investment and ensure that mining continues to be a source of jobs, prosperity and opportunity for communities across the globe. The Ministers “took the opportunity to underline Canada’s commitment to corporate social responsibility and to promote Canada’s brand as a global leader in exploration and mining development.”“Canada remains one of the global leaders in sustainable development, innovation, environmental stewardship and Indigenous engagement. This Summit is a unique opportunity for mining leaders to come together in a multi-sector dialogue to discuss common issues, share experiences and collaborate,” said Carr. Freeland added: “I am thrilled that Toronto and Canada are welcoming the mining world at PDAC this week. We are firmly committed to seeing trade and investment in overseas markets benefit local communities while enhancing economic growth in Canada. This is an important opportunity to continue highlighting Canada’s leadership in corporate social responsibility and mining around the world.”last_img read more

Fire destroys twostory house in northern Clark County

first_imgA blaze destroyed a two-story house Wednesday morning in northern Clark County. Fire personnel responded shortly after 7 a.m. to the 37000 block of Northeast 81st Avenue. When they arrived, the fire had breached the roof of the home and a garage on the property had collapsed, said Gordon Brooks, assistant chief for Clark County Fire District 10. District 10 firefighters, as well as those responding from Clark County Fire & Rescue, could see a column of smoke miles away from the scene, Brooks said. The home was unoccupied, and the owners are known to primarily reside there on weekends, Brooks said. A passerby first noticed the blaze when the house was already engulfed. “Well, the biggest challenge was the delayed reporting,” Brooks said. Fire personnel spent about two hours actively fighting the blaze, Brooks said. The structure was declared a total loss. Four engines, three water tenders and four chiefs from District 10, Fire & Rescue and Clark County District 13 responded to the blaze. Firefighters remained on scene Wednesday afternoon and were hoping to save some of the home’s contents, Brooks said. The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause.last_img read more

Heartbreak for Seahawks in Super Bowl

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. — Ten years removed from his last Super Bowl win, Tom Brady wasn’t letting this one slip away.Sure, the brilliant Brady needed a huge play by an undrafted rookie to preserve New England’s 28-24 Super Bowl victory over Seattle on Sunday night. But Brady’s imprint was all over the Patriots’ sensational fourth-quarter rally for their fourth NFL championship of the Brady-Bill Belichick era.“You know, whatever it takes,” the record-setting Brady said after throwing for four touchdowns, including a 3-yarder to Julian Edelman with 2:02 remaining as New England rallied from a 10-point deficit. “Every team has a journey and a lot of people lost faith in us … but we held strong, we held together, and it’s a great feeling.”The Patriots (15-4) had to survive a last-ditch drive by the Seahawks (14-5), who got to the 1, helped by a spectacular juggling catch by Jermaine Kearse. Then Malcolm Butler stepped in front of Ricardo Lockette to pick off Russell Wilson’s pass and complete one of the wildest Super Bowl finishes.Brady leaped for joy on the Patriots sideline after Butler’s first career interception.“It wasn’t the way we drew it up,” said Brady, who won his third Super Bowl MVP award. “It was a lot of mental toughness. Our team has had it all year. We never doubted each other, so that’s what it took.”Brady surpassed Joe Montana’s mark of 11 Super Bowl touchdown passes with a 4-yarder to Danny Amendola to bring the Patriots within three points.last_img read more

Anchorage Police Investigating Body Found At Alaska Zoo

first_imgOfficers with the Patrol Division located the body of an adult male lying in the lower parking lot. Officers have closed that area of the parking lot, according to the Nixle report from APD. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Anchorage Police Department responded to the report of a body found in the parking lot of the Alaska Zoo, around 7:45am, this morning. In a social media post from Alaska Zoo “the Alaska Zoo will be closed until further notice as we cooperate with an Anchorage Police investigation.” center_img There will be a large police presence at the zoo as detectives investigate so be advised of possible delays in the area. Anyone with information about this investigation, is asked to call Dispatch at 311 (option #1).last_img

Air India Express Air India mull Jet planes lease as lenders secure

first_imgAn aircraft Air India Express, the subsidiary of India’s national carrier Air India. The budget carrier is mulling to lease some of the grounded aircraft of Jet Airways to beef up its fleet strength, especially in the Gulf sector where flight cancellation because of aircraft shortage is a major passenger concern. Air Indian ExpressAir India and budget arm Air India Express are examining the possibility of leasing out some Boeing aircraft of crisis-hit Jet Airways that have suspended all national and international flights, according to media reports.Jet, India’s first private airline Naresh Goyal founded in 1992, halted all operations on April 17 after it became impossible to carry on as leasing companies grounded all leased aircraft over non-payment of dues and Jet’s own aircraft were grounded after oil companies stopped fuel supply over pending bills. Though the leasing companies have flown out some of the aircraft for use elsewhere, many are still in the hangars of airports in India.Air India is already discussing with banks to whom Jet owes a debt of about Rs 8,500 crore a proposal to lease five of Jet Airways wide-body Boeing 777s, the Economic Times reports. Air India Express, which operates flights mostly to Persian Gulf destinations from mainly South Indian airports, is interested in the Boeing 737 aircraft gathering dust.”We are looking at leasing (B737 of Jet Airways) aircraft but there is no firm decision on this issue so far. As a matter-of-fact, there are a lot of other things that have to be looked at, like slots, sectors and timings, among others,” Air India Express Chief Executive Officer Shyam K Sunder told PTI over the phone from Kochi, the airline’s headquarter. When asked about the number of planes that his airline could induct from Jet Airways, he said, “We don’t have a target number.”Air India Express, which has a fleet of 25 Boeing 737 planes, operates mostly to the Gulf destinations from Kerala and other South Indian airports. It also operates in the Southeast Asia sector besides to North and West India as well as on some domestic routes. The airline owns 17 and the rest are on lease.Jet Airways has on its fleet, though grounded now, a large number of B737 aircraft. They included four 134-seat B737-700, 65 planes of 168-seat B737-800 category, two 166-seat B737-900 aircraft, and four 184-seat B737-900ER planes. Jet Airways has five 174-seat B737 MAX 8 aircraft on its fleet, but have been grounded on regulatory intervention following the worldwide grounding of that type of aircraft after an Ethiopian Airline crash near Addis Ababa on March 10, within five months of a similar crash of an Indonesian Lion Air flight near Jakarta. An Air India aircraft. Air India is planning to lease Jet Airways’ grounded wide-body Boeing 777 aircraft. ReutersShyam Sunder also told PTI that the airline is recruiting 50 commanders from Jet Airways, of which 20 have already been hired. “We have already recruited a lot of pilots. We have about 20 of them already, all from Jet Airways as at present only Jet pilots are available in the market. Our intention is to hire up to 50 pilots. So we will be inducting another 25-30 pilots going forward,” he said.Meanwhile, Air India is eyeing the 10 aircraft B777-300ER 346-seat aircraft that Jet owns along with the routes. “Subject to approvals and financial viability, we can examine the possibility of taking five B777s on wet/dry lease basis from SBI (that heads the lenders’ consortium), the terms for which can be mutually thrashed out,” Air India chairman Ashwani Lohani said in a communique to SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar, according to a report in the Economic Times. The consortium now has a 50.1 per cent stake in Jet following the debt-equity conversion.”We are Air India, are indeed saddened by the turn of affairs at Jet Airways, a scenario that is creating considerable inconvenience to the travelling public. In tune with Air India’s role and responsibilities as the national carrier, we would be happy top alleviate this inconvenience by considering the possibility of operating a few B777 aircraft, on their established routes,” Lohani said in his letter of April 17, according to the report. The letter mentions the Mumbai-London-Mumbai, Delhi-London-Delhi, Mumbai-Dubai-Mumbai, Delhi-Dubai-Delhi and Delhi-Singapore-Delhi routes, according to the report.last_img read more