Burning Brightly Still

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now The human spirit desires liberty. Everyone, everywhere in the world, should have what the human spirit desires most of all.The desire for liberty, freedom, burns like an ember in the souls of people in every nation on earth. It always has. It always will.What has made the United States exceptional for the last 237 years has been the fact that it has been an inspiration for those around the world who know in their hearts that liberty is their birthright.Let us always remember to be that example for those whose embers burn. And let us  remember that, no matter how faint those embers burn, the human spirit will always refuse to be snuffed out or extinguished.Let the embers burn brighter here–and everywhere on earth.Happy Independence Day!last_img read more

India’s Top Tech Company is Worth $100 billion

first_imgTata Consultancy Services (TCS) saw its market capitalization cross the milestone for the first time on Monday, the first Indian company to do so in at least a decade and only the second ever.Reliance Industries, the conglomerate owned by India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, achieved a market capitalization of $100 billion back in 2007, according to FactSet data, but has since slipped back a bit. Reliance is now worth about $89 billion.Read it at CNN Related Itemslast_img

Doctors stir: Home Ministry sends advisory to West Bengal

first_imgAs the stand off between the West Bengal government and the junior doctors of the State-run hospitals continued for the sixth consecutive day on Saturday, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) sought an urgent report from the State government on the on-going strike and also issued an advisory on the issue The Ministry said, “This Ministry is in receipt of a number of representations from doctors, and medical associations from different parts of country for their security in view of the ongoing strike by doctors in West Bengal. It is requested that a detailed report be sent urgently on the ongoing strike by the doctors.”Though Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed her government had accepted “all demands of the protesting doctors”, the protesting junior doctors persisted with their demand that the Chief Minister visit the Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital (NRSMCH).last_img

Meralco nips Ginebra, ties PBA Finals

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAllen Durham unleashed another colossal performance to tow Meralco to an 85-83 Game 4 victory to even up the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals at two games apiece Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The hulking reinforcement muscled his way down low and scored the marginal undergoal stab off a Reynel Hugnatan assist with 46.6 seconds on the clock to capped off another amazing output of 28 points, 18 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Ginebra fought back from 13-points down in the second half, turning a 63-50 deficit with 3:24 late in the third quarter to a 70-all tie with 7:48 remaining. Old reliables Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand turned back the clock and paired up with Brownlee in staging that huge 20-7 blast abridging the final frames to set up the thrilling finish.The Scores:MERALCO 85 – Durham 28, Newsome 18, Hugnatan 14, Amer 11, Hodge 7, Dillinger 2, Caram 2, Faundo 2, Lanete 1, Tolomia 0.GINEBRA 83 – Brownlee 34, Devance 15, Caguioa 8, Aguilar 7, Slaughter 6, Cruz 4, Thompson 4, Ferrer 3, Helterbrand 2, Tenorio 0, Mercado 0.Quarters: 17-17, 41-40, 68-63, 85-83. “As always, it’s beautiful if it works. Our execution down the stretch was pretty good today, except for that last layup of JD (Dillinger). But everything went pretty smoothly,” said coach Norman Black of the game-winning connection between his veteran forward and the two-time Best Import. “The guys really focused in this time on what we did in the huddle as far as instructions were concerned, unlike in Game 2. And we made some big shots and some big plays down the stretch.”The Gin Kings still had numerous cracks at the basket, but Sol Mercado muffed his right wing trey, and Justin Brownlee botched his two attempts in the final 26 seconds off the game, none tougher than a missed one-hander at the buzzer which could have forced overtime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMeralco and Ginebra now go to a virtual best-of-three, with the remaining games to be played at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Game 5 is slated this Sunday.Chris Newsome added 18 markers, 11 boards, and four dimes, while Hugnatan once again was instrumental in the win as he churned out 14 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next From role player to Rookie of the Year: Getting award feels ‘surreal’ for Pogoy View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Sophomore playmaker Baser Amer also came through in the clutch, drilling a confidence-boosting corner trey with 1:16 remaining to give the Bolts the 83-81 lead. He wound up with 11 markers on a 2-of-4shooting from three, on top of three assists and two boards.Black said that Meralco really looked at Game 4 as a must-win. “If we go down 3-1, then it would have been very difficult for us to come back.”But with the two teams now on an even keel, the former Grand Slam-winning mentor can set his sights once again on finishing the “unfinished business” from last season’s campaign.“It’s just a great win for us to tie the series. That basically means we have at least two games in Philippine Arena now. So that should be very exciting. Big win for our program, big win for the series, to come back and tie them after being down 2-0. It’s a morale-booster for us and we really just have to see what we can do about giving our guys a little bit of rest in practice and making sure that we fix what we did wrong tonight and hopefully execute better in the next game,” said Black.Brownlee did all he could for Ginebra, firing 34 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals, while Joe Devance got 15 markers, six boards, four dimes, and two steals in the defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAlast_img read more

Ginebra turns back Blackwater to earn solo second

first_imgView comments Barangay Ginebra took sole possession of the second spot in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup after taking down also-ran Blackwater, 96-82, Friday at Alonte Sports Arena in Laguna.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 athletes Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ FEU’s Ramirez playing in PH to fulfill mother’s dream Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP LATEST STORIES Greg Smith led Blackwater with a game-high 37 points and 19 boards.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Gin Kings improved to 7-2, half-a-game behind league leaders Star, to overtake San Miguel (6-2) while the Elite dropped to a woeful 2-8.It was a still a close contest in the third quarter with Ginebra leading by the thread, 65-62, but the Gin Kings went on a frenzied run in the fourth with Mark Caguioa capping off a 17-5 run with a jumper in the 7:17 mark to put them up by 12, 79-67.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThis proved enough foundation for the Gin Kings to hold on to their second straight win.Justin Brownlee carried Ginebra on his back as he put up a team-high 35 points, 14 rebounds, and five assists while LA Tenorio filled the stat sheets 17 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Sony Xperia X, Xperia XA: Top features, specs, price & everything you need to know

first_imgSony on Monday launched its latest flagship phones Xperia X and Xperia XA in India. The Xperia X phones were globally announced in February this year. But they are coming to India only now.While the Xperia X is premium flagship phone, the XA model is a mainstream device that will compete with the likes of the Moto G4 plus. Here’s a quick look at these two phones.Xperia XProcessor: The Xperia X smartphone has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is the only other phone in India that comes with the hexa-core Snapdragon 650.Also read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 review: Mr dependable like Rahul Dravid RAM: The Xperia X has 3GB RAM.Internal storage: The phone comes with 64GB of internal storage. Both phones support expandable memory up to 200GB using a microSD card.Screen: The Xperia X sports a 5-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080 X 1920 pixels.Rear camera: The phone has a 23MP camera on the back with Sony’s Exmor sensor and LED flash. The camera is capable of shooting videos at 4K resolution.Front camera: On the front, the Xperia X carries a 13MP camera. It is capable of recording FullHD videos.Weight: The phone weighs 152 grams, which is lighter than the recently launched Moto G4 Plus.Software: The Xperia X runs Android Marshmallow out-of-the-box.Battery: It comes with 2620mAh battery, which the company claims is capable of providing two days of backup.Price: Rs 48,990Xperia XAProcessor: The mainstream Xperia XA smartphone uses MediaTek MT6755 processor also known as Helio P10.advertisementRAM: The Xperia XA smartphone comes with 2GB of RAM.Internal storage: The phone packs in 16GB of internal storage, expandable up to 200GB by microSD card.Screen: The Xperia XA has a 5-inch display with 720P resolution.Rear camera: The Xperia XA has a 13MP auto-focus camera on the back.Front camera: On the front, the phone has a 8MP camera. Both the cameras are capable of clicking HDR photos.Weight: The phone is slightly smaller than its pricier sibling, it also weighs less at 132 grams.Software: The Xperia XA smartphone runs Android Marshmallow.Battery: The phone has a slightly smaller 2300mAh battery.Price: Rs 20,990Some other key bits– The Sony Xperia X comes with a fingerprint scanner, which is missing in the cheaper Xperia XA.– Sony says that the Xperia XA is a much more compact phone and has edge-to-edge display.– The camera in the Xperia X uses some of the advanced auto focus features that Sony’s mobile team developed in partnership with the company’s Alpha camera team.– The Xperia X and the XA phones will be available on Amazon India. The pre-booking starts today. The Xperia X will be available from June 7. The XA will come in the third week of June.– With the Xperia XA and Xperia X, Sony is consolidating its phone line into the X range of phones. The Z and M are getting a retirement. Also read: Moto G4 Plus review: Two steps forward, one step backlast_img read more

Gautam Gambhir will play third Test, confirms captain Virat Kohli

first_imgSkipper Virat Kohli on Friday confirmed that seasoned opening batsman Gautam Gambhir will return to the playing eleven when the Indian cricket team takes on a beleaguered New Zealand in the inconsequential third and final Test at the Holkar stadium here on Saturday. (Virat Kohli’s India look to extend unbeaten run at home)After losing his place during the England tour in 2014, Gambhir was named as replacement for Lokesh Rahul, who suffered a hamstring injury in the first Test against the Kiwis.Confirming his place in the playing eleven, Kohli said the team will not experiment with a make-shift opener and instead give the Delhi southpaw a chance to resurrect his career after two years.”That’s a natural change because of injury to Shikhar (Dhawan), natural because he is the third opener in the team,” said Kohli at the pre-match presser here. (Suresh Raina, Gautam Gambhir’s return evokes nostalgia)Dhawan was on Monday ruled out of the third match after suffering a thumb injury during the second match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, which India won by a whopping 178 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. (Captaining India helped me play even better, says Virat Kohli)Karnataka rookie batsman Karun Nair was named as a replacement for Dhawan, but with Gambhir already warming the bench during the second match, Kohli opted to go for a regular opener.In the bowling department, India will miss the services of medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who is out with a back injury after grabbing a five-wicket haul in the first innings in Kolkata.advertisementAlthough Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur has been roped in as a replacement for Bhuvneshwar but Umesh Yadav is most likely to partner Mohammed Shami with the new ball.SHAMI BACK WITH A BANGKohli also praised Shami for returning to the team following a long injury, saying he is a very important part of the bowling attack. (India’s future bright under Virat Kohli: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)”Shami has come on well. He has worked very hard on his fitness as well. In the five-six overs (spell) he runs in, gets bit of momentum. He can take wickets on any wicket.””That’s the sort of skills he has. He is a strike bowler and whenever he comes on to bowl he makes something happen. He is a very important bowler for us,” Kohli said.In the spin department, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and left-armer Ravindra Jadeja are automatic choices and could spell more trouble for the visitors.New Zealand, on the other hand, will be aiming to stop the hosts from notching up their 12th win at home from the last 14 encounters.Captain Kane Williamson, who missed the second game is likely to return to the playing eleven for the final game. His inclusion will boost the batting, which had a torrid time in both the previous matches.The visitors will also count on opener Martin Guptill to provide a sound start with Tom Latham, who has been in good nick in the series. Senior batsman Ross Taylor, who was the stand-in-skipper in the second Test also showed signs of coming back to form.If the Kiwis want a turnaround in their fortunes, the middle order comprising Williamson, Luke Ronchi, B.J. Watling and Mitchell Santner will have to step on the gas while facing the Indian spinners.In the bowling department, pacers Trent Boult and Neil Wagner have been in good form but spinners Ish Sodhi and Santner failed to put any pressure on the Indian batters.Teams:New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Jeetan Patel, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner and B.J. Watling.India: Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Amit Mishra, R. Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Shardul Thakur and Karun Nair.last_img read more

Report: Brighton 1 Leicester 1

first_imgJamie Vardy converted a late penalty to earn 10-man Leicester City a gritty 1-1 Premier League draw at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.The Foxes were a man light for more than an hour after James Maddison received two bookings in as many first-half minutes – the second for simulation as he threw himself to the floor in the box in trying to win a foul against Shane Duffy.Maddison’s meek reaction as he trudged off suggested he knew he could have no complaints, but Vardy climbed off the bench in the second period and dispatched his 79th-minute spot-kick into the net to cancel out Glenn Murray’s early opener. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Murray, who signed a one-year contract extension during the international break, headed in his seventh league goal of a stellar campaign 15 minutes in to celebrate his 100th Premier League appearance, but the Seagulls could not hold on as time ticked down.100 – Glenn Murray is making his 100th @premierleague appearance today. At 35y 60d, he’s the ninth oldest outfield player to reach the milestone in the competition. Mint. #BHALEI pic.twitter.com/MrB2MvX5zB — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 24, 2018 The pouring rain provided a fitting backdrop for Leicester’s miserable start to proceedings, when only Kasper Schmeichel’s clawing save from Beram Kayal prevented them going behind in the 12th minute.Brighton did break the deadlock shortly afterwards, though, as Murray got across the front post and glanced in Anthony Knockaert’s right-wing corner.A cynical foul on Knockaert earned Maddison his first caution and two minutes later a disgraceful dive to try and win the Foxes a penalty earned him a second yellow and a red.As the second half progressed the edginess seemed to grow among the home faithful and Kayal’s rash foul on Kelechi Iheanacho allowed Vardy to rattle in from the spot and ensure Maddison’s dive did not prove too costly. What does it mean? Brighton looking strong at the AmexChris Hughton’s men have three wins and two draws from their opening six home league games in 2018-19 and, with 15 points from 13 overall matches, look a safe bet to steer well clear of the relegation battle this time around.Murray still in mint condition At 35, the striker is blossoming in the latter stages of his career. His six home Premier League goals this season have been worth eight points to the Seagulls.Maddison’s moment of madness His trip on a counter-attacking Knockaert was what the pros would call “taking one for the team”, but Maddison’s awful dive two minutes later was a stain on the game.Key Opta Facts7 – Glenn Murray is the highest scoring English player in the top five European leagues so far this season. Vintage. #BHALEI— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 24, 2018- Brighton have lost just one of their last nine home Premier League games (W4 D4).- Since the start of last season, Leicester have both scored and conceded in a league-high 33 different Premier League games.- Leicester have picked up four red cards in the Premier League this season, twice as many as any other side.- Vardy ended a run of 468 Premier League minutes without scoring for Leicester, since netting another penalty against Newcastle in September.- Since his Premier League debut in August 2014, Vardy has scored 12 penalties, a figure only Sergio Aguero (17) and Harry Kane (16) can better in that period.What’s next? Brighton make the long trip north to Huddersfield Town next Saturday, when Leicester host Watford. Before that, the Foxes have their rearranged EFL Cup last-16 tie at home to Southampton. read morelast_img read more

SEE PIC: Call the fire brigade, R Madhavan’s post-shower selfie is too hot

first_imgR Madhavan has aged like a fine wine. In 2001, he made us go weak in the knees with his charming lover boy act in Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein. Sixteen years later, the actor still continues to make our hearts beat faster. Madhavan took to Facebook to share a post-shower selfie, sending his fans into a frenzy.The photo features the actor sporting a salt-and-pepper beard, and he captioned it, “Morning light post a shower.. feeling fresh after a good long nights sleep.. after the long travel.. (sic)”In less than 24 hours, the photo has gone viral, with close to 70,000 likes. The comments section is flooded with compliments from fans, who cannot get over how hot the actor looks.Madhavan, who will be seen next in the Tamil film Vikram Vedha with Vijay Sethupathi, recently told the media that he is done with “chocolate boy roles.” The film, helmed by director duo Pushkar-Gayathri, is set to release on July 7.ALSO READ: Madhavan says Vikram Vedha co-star Vijay Sethupathi is brilliant ALSO WATCH: R Madhavan and Bipasha Basu’s flash mob actlast_img read more

Vajpayee will always be Atal for the people of Lucknow

first_imgFormer Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee died on Thursday after prolonged illness but his memories will always be alive in the hearts of people living in Lucknow. After completing post graduation from the DAV college in Kanpur the veteran BJP leader shifted to the state capital and began his political journey from here.In 1950, Vajpayee lived for few years at Kalantri Niwas, Marwadi Gali in Aminabad area of Lucknow.Speaking to India Today, Rajendra Gopal Kalantri said,”After finishing his post graduation , Vajpayee used to live at his residence for few years. My father Krishna Gopal shared a good bond with the former PM. During his stint in the RSS, the former PM used to hold meetings with Deen Dayal Upadhyay and other co-founders of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh at my residence.””In 1952, Vajpayee decided to contest the Lok Sabha elections for the first time and the decision was taken at ‘Kalantri Niwas’. He was very fond of food and used to tell my mother to make sweets for him most of the times. During his public rallies in Lucknow he used to speak about my residence and ‘Marwadi Gali’ quite often. Atal Ji was a food lover and used to visit various shops in narrow lanes of the old city of Lucknow,” added Kalantri.Kamla, wife of Rajendra Kalantri also shared her memories of the veteran BJP leader.According to her, Vajpayee was like her father-in-law. He was very fond of poetries and used to encourage others to read and write.advertisementHe may have died but his memories will always remain afresh in the hearts of people who have seen him, said Kamla.Shambhu sweet shop in Aminabad was one of his favourite eating joint. He used to go there to have sweets, rabri and milk with other colleagues from the Jan Sangh.”My grandfather and father used to tell me about Vajpayee during childhood. He came at my shop almost everyday for few years for sweets and milk. It’s quite unfortunate that a personality like him is no more with us,” added Ram Swarup who runs the shop now.Vajpayee was a five time MP from Lucknow but his political legacy from this place was taken forward by his trusted Lieutenant Lalji Tandon. Tandon won the Lok Sabha polls from Lucknow in 2009 after the former PM couldn’t contest the elections due to health issues.Speaking to India Today, Tandon said,”I had a great emotional bond with Vajpayee. He used to take me for his rallies and events across Lucknow. Even after becoming PM, he was easily accessible to people from all sections of the society. No other leader can match his leadership and oratory skills.”UP deputy CM and former Lucknow Mayor Dinesh Sharma also shared his memories about Vajpayee’s love for food and his sporting nature.”I was very young when Atal Ji visited my house to meet my father. His favourite sweet dish (kheer) was made and inadvertently it fell on his clothes while I was serving him. I got scared but he started pampering me. He loved to mingle with people and enjoy quintessential street food. His demise is an irreparable loss for the natioN,” said Sharma.”He was extremely fond of chat, thandai and khichdi. He was very fond of poetry and listening songs of Mohd Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar. He also used to cook food for some of the people close to him. There cannot be another politician like him ” said Mir Jafar Abdullah, one of the living Nawabs in Lucknow.Vajpayee was also a journalist and served as the editor of monthly magazine ‘Rashtradharm’ from 1947 TO 1950.Speaking to India Today, managing director of the magazine said,”Vajpayee Ji was very fond of writing from an early age. He has written so much about history and emergency. He was a brilliant orator. In 2015, a special edition was published by the magazine to honour him. It was personally handed over by our colleagues to him in Delhi. Even after becoming PM, he used to inquire about the magazine. He was a great leader who has contributed immensely for the society.”Watch | Atal Bihari Vajpayee cremated with full state honourslast_img read more

Cafu’s star-studded all-time Brazil XI

first_imgWorld Cup Real Madrid & Barcelona legends make Cafu’s star-studded all-time Brazil XI Chris Burton 08:01 5/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Rivaldo & Ronaldo - 2002 FIFA World Cup Instagram World Cup Brazil Barcelona Real Madrid Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Pele, Zico and Roberto Carlos are just some of those to have been included in the selection of a two-time World Cup winner Cafu graced three World Cups, winning two, and it is no surprise for him to select a star-studded Brazil all-time XI featuring legendary figures from Barcelona, Real Madrid and Santos.One of the finest full-backs to have ever played the game could not find room for himself in a side of global icons, but plenty of talent was squeezed into a difficult selection.With such a deep talent pool from which to draw from, the former Roma and AC Milan defender faced a tough task narrowing his choices down to just one starting line-up. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Cafu was, however, able to get some of the brightest global stars into his Brazilian galaxy, with only two members of his selection having failed to collect a World Cup winners’ medal – and both of those graced the 1982 side considered to be one of the best in history.Between the sticks, Taffarel gets the nod on the back of 101 appearances for his country which included global glory at USA ’94.Cafu happily surrenders the right-back berth he made his own to 1970 legend Carlos Alberto, while two more World Cup champions occupy centre-half berths in the form of Lucio and Aldair.There was only ever going to be one choice for the final defensive spot, with Cafu telling The Guardian of a Real Madrid icon: “Left-back, for sure, is Roberto Carlos.“A world champion, he played at a high level for many years, with the same quality and intensity whether defending or attacking. He was a giant. I have never seen a shot as powerful as his. He had a missile in his leg!”Zico and Falcao are the two men without World Cup honours to their name to make the team in midfield, with their qualities complemented by the creative qualities of a former Barcelona star.Cafu added: “Rivaldo, he was a genius. Come on! It was so wonderful to see him with the ball. He played with the same style as Falcao. Rivaldo was brilliant.”Cafu Brazil all time XIBrazil have also had their fair share of prolific frontmen down the years, but two names stand out above the rest.“Picking the two attackers is easy,” said Cafu.“The first is the best player of all time – Pele. Do I need to say anything more?“The athlete of the century, he scored more than 1,000 goals, and won the World Cup three times. He was complete. I don’t need to say anything more. Pele is Pele. No one can beat him.”And alongside the greatest of all-time sits ‘O Fenomeno’.“Pele’s partner up front is Ronaldo,” added Cafu.“He was incredible too. You had to pay attention to both feet with Ronaldo as they were as good as each other.“He was an example to other players, too. He suffered three serious injuries during his career, and was always fighting against these problems. Ronaldo was essential to us in 2002 when we became world champions.”A team with so much star dust would hardly need a manager to tell them what to do, but the final choice made by Cafu sees Mario Zagallo get the nod in the dugout – with a Brazilian icon the first man to have won the World Cup as both a player (1958 & 1982) and coach (1970).last_img read more

The Future of Natural Gas Supply for Nova Scotia

first_img the need for firm capacity commitments for a new pipeline into New England to help reduce the bottleneck at peak times natural gas storage in Nova Scotia to help manage price volatility during peak periods. The province has a better picture of the natural gas market and its challenges after a commissioned study released today, July 31, by Energy Minister Charlie Parker. The Future of Natural Gas Supply in Nova Scotia, looks at options to access natural gas from the U.S., and the costs and benefits to meet current and growing demand. “The study provides us with a better understanding of the market,” said Mr. Parker. “The spike in gas prices last winter highlighted that as our natural gas demand increases and our domestic production begins to decrease, we need to take steps to ensure continued access to competitively priced natural gas. “The study identifies possible ways to accomplish this over the medium and long term.” It examined supply and demand scenarios that could impact natural gas availability and cost, and identified ways that might bring more stable prices for Nova Scotia consumers. Industry representatives provided information and insights into the Maritimes gas market. The study found when demand is highest in winter, Nova Scotia is forced to purchase natural gas from the congested New England market, which inflates the cost to deliver natural gas to the province. To help combat this, the report identifies potential long-term solutions for the Maritimes, including: The Energy Department has met with most of the companies that provided information to the study, and continues to champion a regional approach to natural gas issues. At the recent Atlantic Energy Ministers’ meeting in Pictou, the provinces, their utilities, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency agreed to work together through the Atlantic Energy Gateway to develop a regional approach. to natural gas supply issues. “This study addressed longer-term solutions. Our utilities are working on strategies for the immediate challenges of accessing competitively priced natural gas,” said Mr. Parker. “Regional collaboration will also help to find solutions.” The study, prepared by ICF Consulting Canada, Inc., was awarded through a request for proposals. It is available at http://novascotia.ca/energy/publications/The-Future-of-Natural-Gas-Supply-for-Nova-Scotia.pdf .last_img read more

Allowances will fill fundraising gap for political parties in BC

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s plan to get big money out of politics and shake off its reputation as the Wild West of election campaign financing comes with a potential cost to taxpayers of almost $30 million over the next five years.Attorney General David Eby introduced legislation Monday that bans donations to political parties by unions and corporations and caps donation limits by individuals at $1,200 annually.The proposed changes to the Election Act include a taxpayer-funded, five-year allowance to wean the parties off those donations, Eby said.Starting next year, political parties will receive $2.50 for every vote they got in the last election and funding will drop by 25 cents each year until 2021, the minister said.It means both the Liberal and New Democrat parties will receive just over $8.1 million over five years, while the Green party will get $3.4 million.The changes would also ensure that the parties that get at least 10 per cent of the vote are reimbursed for half of their expenses — an estimated cost of $11 million.Eby acknowledged the NDP did not fully address its position on a vote subsidy before or during the election campaign. He said the government considered implementing a permanent vote subsidy after the May election, similar to Quebec’s system, but decided on the five-year allowance instead.“This bill takes $65 million out of the political system going forward,” said Eby, referring to the estimated amount that B.C.’s political parties would have fundraised for over the next five years. “We guaranteed the public we would make 2017 that last big money election in B.C. We believe this bill achieves the goal.”He said the legislation also bans out-of-province donations and caps contributions to third-party advertisers. The proposed law does not permit political parties to use the money they have raised since last May’s election to be used in the next election, Eby said.Elections BC, the agency that monitors provincial elections, reported the Liberals raised $13.1 million in 2016, while the NDP took in $6.2 million and the Greens raised $757,268. None of the parties have officially disclosed how much money they have fundraised since the election.Premier John Horgan said the legislation will take big money out of B.C. politics.“The Wild West financing of the past will come to an end,” he said. “It’s time elections were decided by voters, not by those with the most money in the kitty. This bill is what we campaigned on.”Andrew Wilkinson said the Opposition Liberals will vote against the proposed bill, saying taxpayers should not be funding political parties.“This is a big disappointment,” he said.Green party caucus spokesman Adam Olsen said the influence of special interests through the lax campaign finance laws led to cynicism from those who felt their voices hadn’t been heard.“British Columbians should be able to trust their government to put them, not special interests, first,” he said in a news release. “This legislation is a big step towards restoring that trust.”Per-vote funding isn’t a new idea. The federal Liberal government introduced such a subsidy in 2004 after banning political donations from unions and corporations.The Conservatives vowed in 2008 to do away with the $1.95 per-vote subsidy, with then-prime minister Stephen Harper saying political parties should have to rely on support from individual citizens, not all taxpayers. The allowance was phased out and ended in 2015.last_img read more

It will devastate the community Alberta firefighter dies battling wildfire

first_imgA volunteer firefighter was killed and two men trying to beat back flames on their property were injured in wind-whipped wildfires that scorched parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan and forced the evacuation of several communities.Officials with Cypress County in southeastern Alberta confirmed the death of James Hargrave, 34, who was with the Walsh fire station. He was helping to fight a fierce grass fire Tuesday that had been driven into Saskatchewan by winds gusting to 100 km/h.“He was an awesome fellow. He was very nice, kind and very considerate of the community and the people around him,” said Walsh resident Chris Sauer.“He ran a big ranch north of Walsh with his wife and four young children. He was just an all-around nice person.”Walsh had a listed population of 60 in the 2016 census. Sauer said everyone knows everybody.“It’s terrible. It will devastate the community for a while here. He’ll surely be missed.”Rick Friesen from Vauxhall, Alta., knew Hargrave when the two served together as delegates with the Alberta Beef Producers.“He was a great young guy. He was friendly, hard-working and a good family man. It’s a shame what happened to him and I feel for his family.”RCMP said Cypress County firefighters were assisting Saskatchewan crews when there was a crash around midnight involving a water truck and a pickup truck south of Burstall, Sask.Police said Hargrave was alone in the water truck and died at the scene. The driver of the pickup truck was not badly hurt.It wasn’t known if fire or smoke in the area were factors in the accident.“This tragic loss of life speaks to the danger that this emergency posed and also to the heroism of the volunteers who sacrifice in service of their neighbours,” Cpl. Curtis Peters said in a release.“The RCMP extends its deepest and most sincere condolences to the family of the deceased as well as his friends and colleagues in the Cypress County Fire Department.”The men trying to protect their land near Tompkins, Sask., were seriously injured and had to be transported to hospital in Calgary. The RCMP did not have an update Wednesday on the condition of the two, who are 43 and 27 years old.The executive director of the Alberta Emergency Management Agency said Hargrave’s death outlines how dangerous grass fires can be.“It is a very dangerous business that they’re in. Last night’s events are a clear indication of that,” said Scott Long.“Grass fires, especially with that kind of wind, move at incredibly fast rates of speed and even professionals find themselves in precarious situations.”On Wednesday evening, provincial officials updated the number of homes lost to 14 —two in Stobart, four in Gleichen, one in Rockyview County, five in Acadia Valley and two on the Siksika First Nation. They said, however, that could go up as further assessments are done.All but one of the evacuations ordered during the height of the fires had been lifted by Wednesday.In Saskatchewan, residents of Leader and Burstall were allowed to return home and the fire near Tompkins was under control, although a farmhouse and barn were lost. There was also a loss of some livestock near Richmound.However, thousands of Saskatchewan residents were without electricity.One one local state of emergency remained in effect in Alberta in the Crowsnest Pass area of southwestern Alberta, where 150 people were forced from their homes in Coleman.While an evacuation order remained in place Wednesday, the mayor of Crowsnest Pass said things had calmed down somewhat.“The wind has died down. We’ve got helicopters bucketing the area,” Mayor Blair Painter said.“We were able to divert the fire so it hasn’t affected those areas. I’m hoping we’re able to get those people back just as soon as possible.”Painter said the blaze was probably caused by downed power lines as a result of strong winds.No one was injured and a welcome centre was set up in the nearby town of Pincher Creek, where more than 80 residents had registered.Painter said it was a wild scene when the fire started.“We had 130 kilometre-an-hour gusts. Probably about 100 kilometres an hour steady, and then gusts up to 130. Guys were even having a hard time standing up so, yeah, it was pretty scary.”Painter said it didn’t appear any homes burned down. Two barns and two outbuildings were confirmed lost to the fire. A fish hatchery also sustained roof damage from the wind.Alberta Agriculture and Forestry had 25 wildland firefighters supporting local fire departments. Four helicopters were being deployed.— Follow @BillGraveland on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story to clarify that it was the firefighter who died in the Saskatchewan traffic accident. An earlier story based on RCMP information suggested a second man died in a single-vehicle collision in Saskatchewan.last_img read more

BC mom backs MPs calls for criminal probe of opioid manufacturers

first_imgVANCOUVER – A woman whose son fatally overdosed after becoming addicted to the painkiller OxyContin is backing a New Democrat member of Parliament’s calls for the federal government to launch a criminal investigation of opioid manufacturers.Helen Jennens said families that have lost loved ones to an ongoing epidemic want accountability for the actions of any company that profits from allegedly hiding or minimizing the addictive impact of opioids.New Democrat MP Don Davies said the federal government should also pursue compensation for the cost of treating addiction in a country that is the second-leading user of opioids, after the United States.Jennens was among what she estimated to be about 2,000 litigants in a class-action lawsuit that resulted in a $20-million settlement against Purdue Pharma (Canada). A Saskatchewan judge recently rejected the settlement, saying it was inadequate.The case launched in 2007 and involved people across the country.“It was ridiculous,” Jennens said Thursday about the settlement. “I was glad the judge turned it down.”A federal investigation could lead to a government lawsuit against Purdue, sending a message to drug companies and the public, said Jennens, whose son Tyler Leinweber died in January 2016 from fentanyl-laced heroin after he became addicted to OxyContin prescribed for an injury.Purdue Pharma has paid out $634 million in fines in the United States after a federal court ruled it had an aggressive and misleading marketing campaign related to OxyContin. The pharmaceutical giant claimed the narcotic painkiller posed a lower risk of abuse and addiction compared with other drugs such as Percocet.Davies said 100 lawsuits are ongoing against Purdue in the U.S. at the federal, state, city and county levels, with multiple states joining forces to recoup costs for addiction treatment.“Canada’s federal government has neither launched a criminal investigation nor sought meaningful compensation for the public costs of this crisis,” he told a news conference Thursday, adding that health-care costs of addiction across the country amounted to about $1 billion between 2011 and 2016.“I’m looking for (the government) to investigate behaviour, and I think that’s Health Canada’s responsibility, for any product that is marketed to Canadians.”Health Canada said it is not currently considering an investigation into Purdue’s marketing practices but has closely noted the outcome of U.S. proceedings against the company and its misleading advertising of OxyContin to health-care professionals.Action would be taken if Health Canada determines an advertisement poses a significant safety concern or contravenes its regulations or the Food and Drugs Act, the department said in a statement.If charges against Purdue had been pursued in Canada, the maximum penalty imposed by a court would have been $5,000 per offence, the statement said. It also noted that penalties have since increased to $5 million per offence, though a court could levy any fine against a company recklessly causing serious risk of injury.Purdue Pharma (Canada) said in a statement that it markets its products in accordance with Health Canada’s regulations and the Food and Drugs Act.“Canadians are facing a complex public health issue in which all stakeholders, including the pharmaceutical industry, have a role to play to provide practical and sustainable solutions,” the statement said.“Unfortunately, misuse and abuse and diversion of pain medications can lead to tragic consequences, including addiction, overdose and death.”Dr. Nav Persaud, a family physician and researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, said a criminal investigation should be launched in Canada to determine if false claims led to a continuing overdose crisis that has also had a devastating impact in the U.S.“The same medications are sold here for the same conditions so it would be very surprising if the inappropriate marketing stopped at the Canadian border,” said Persaud, who has spoken out against the misleading marketing of opioids.British Columbia’s Health Ministry said the province has led efforts to recover tobacco-related health-care costs and is considering its options related to treatment of addiction.“In light of the decision in Saskatchewan, the province is considering what options are available to recover its health-care costs from Purdue,” the ministry said in a statement.Over 4,000 people fatally overdosed in Canada last year.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

Many solutions possible to close growing oil price gap

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) — With a price differential harming the resource market in Alberta and across Canada, there have been some different ideas proposed on how to tackle it.Most recently, the CEO of Cenovus Energy, Alex Pourbaix, suggested we should slow oil production in order to limit supply and raise prices.But the company’s competitors were quick to reject the plan. Suncor Energy said they have no exposure to the differential between Western Canadian Select and West Texas Intermediate, while Husky Energy said they believe in a “market-based solution.”As it stands now, WCS is trading at less than $15 a barrel, while WTI is at close to $57.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley agrees with the stance the differential is a significant barrier, but there’s a lack of consensus among the industry.“Meanwhile, we have a suite of options at our disposal that we are currently working with to help chip away at that differential, and so we’re going to continue to do that, and we’re going to have conversations and discussions with the players about the best way to move forward,” she said Thursday during a media conference at the University of Calgary.Notley said they are working “furiously” on the issue, but also the government is stuck between a rock and a hard place with many possibilities in front of them.Over the last few weeks, Notley has suggested increasing rail transport to boost market access while pipeline projects are held up.She said that remains one of the options, but no matter what, one thing is abundantly clear.“We can’t have it racing out of the ground at ten dollars a barrel for a really long period of time, because it’s Albertans’ resources and we know we need to do better.”last_img read more

UN agency welcomes 14 billion French pledge to fight AIDS

French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced yesterday that his nation will provide the funds to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at a General Assembly meeting in New York on progress made in realizing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Halting and beginning to reverse the spread of HIV and AIDS by 2015, as well as achieving universal access to treatment for the disease, are among the eight MDGs.“At a time of difficult fiscal space, France has put the interests of people living with HIV first,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), urging all other countries to follow France’s lead.During a meeting with the UNAIDS chief yesterday, Mr. Sarkozy praised the agency’s approach to place the response to the pandemic as part of the broader health and development agenda.More than 7,400 people are infected and 5,500 die from AIDS-related illnesses every day, and HIV remains the leading cause of death among reproductive-age women worldwide, according to the UN.There are also nearly 10 million people living with HIV who urgently need treatment today.UNAIDS data shows that new infections have declined by more than 25 per cent in the 22 countries most affected by the disease in sub-Saharan Africa, home to two-thirds of all people living with HIV.“AIDS is a smart investment that is producing results for people holistically,” Mr. Sidibé said, stressing that “this is a time for scaling up, not scaling down.” 21 September 2010France has pledged $1.4 billion to United Nations-backed efforts to combat HIV, in a move hailed by the world body’s agency coordinating the global AIDS response. read more

Over half of Syrias chemical weapons removed or destroyed says joint OPCWUN

As of today, some 53.6 per cent of Syria’s chemical weapons material has been removed from or destroyed in the conflict-ridden country. The deadline for completing the destruction of Syria’s entire chemical weapons programme is 30 June 2014. “This represents important progress,” said OPCW-UN Joint Mission Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag, as she made the announcement.“The Joint Mission welcomes the momentum attained, and encourages the Syrian Arab Republic to sustain the current pace.”A total of 11 consignments of chemicals have now been transported out of Syria for destruction, according to a news release issued by the OPCW. When all of the Syrian chemicals from all storage sites have been loaded aboard Danish and Norwegian cargo ships, they will be transported to various locations for destruction under the verification of OPCW inspectors.OPCW added that as the removal process continues, a team of experts is currently in Syria to facilitate the formulation of a plan to destroy certain structures that housed Syria’s chemical weapons production facilities. The removal of the most critical material for destruction began in early January, in line with an agreement brokered by Russia and the United States under which Syria renounced its chemical weapons material and joined 1992 Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons. read more

Kuru Kururu miner in custody for murder of boat captain

David Gaskin, 37, of Kuru Kururu, Linden-Soesdyke Highway was taken into Police custody on Monday over allegations that he murdered Owen John, a boat captain of San Martin, Venezuela following an altercation between the two at Eteringbang Landing.This publication understands that the men were reportedly imbibing at Maria Da Silva’s shop when the two started arguing over money.Police disclosed that from preliminary investigations, Gaskin, a miner, asked John to borrow money but, the boat captain refused.After John refused, Gaskin allegedly dealt him one punch to his nose which caused the boat captain to fall to the ground. It was stated that the suspect then dealt John several kicks to his head and body during which he became motionless.Police said that when they arrived on the scene, the boat captain’s body was lying on the ground with blood oozing from the nostrils.This publication understands that the man’s body was awaiting transportation to Georgetown where a post-mortem examination will be performed. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan accused of murdering Venezuelan boat captain remandedDecember 14, 2017In “Court”GDF member assaulted, robbed of valuables in Kuru-KururuAugust 27, 2018In “Crime”GDF Captain to be arraigned tomorrow for murder of girlfriendApril 3, 2018In “Crime” read more

Hundreds in Miami rally for extension of Haitians protective status

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Members of South Florida’s Haitian community hit the pavement Saturday to protest in favor of extending an immigration designation that allows thousands of Haitians living in the U.S. to remain in the country.Hundreds marched outside the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Miami Field Office, along Northwest Seventh Avenue, near Interstate 95.Demonstrators spoke on behalf of the nearly 50,000 Haitians who could face deportation if President Donald Trump does not renew the Temporary Protective Status that allows for them to stay in the U.S.“We should not be afraid if tomorrow they’ll ship us away,” said one protester.“We’re hoping that they see just how important this is, and the whole context of human rights,” said activist Badili Jones. “This is a human rights and social justice issue. We don’t want people to go back into a precarious situation.”The immigration designation was granted by the Obama administration in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in the Caribbean country. It allows Haitians to live and work freely in the U.S.Other immigrants are covered other the Temporary Protective Status, but for Haitians it expires on July 22. The Trump administration has until then to extend the order or let it expire. last_img read more