first_imgUP NEXTKyle Hendricks or Jon Lester is likely to get the ball for Chicago in Game 1 of the playoffs. The Cubs dropped four of seven games against the Nationals this season. Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending 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 LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Chicago, a runaway winner in the NL Central last season with a 103-58 record, has some decisions to make about its rotation against the Nationals, but appears to be in good shape heading into the playoffs. The Cubs closed the season with 15 wins in 19 games.Mike Montgomery pitched three scoreless innings for Chicago before John Lackey (12-12) allowed Adam Duvall’s run-scoring double in the fourth in his first relief appearance since the 2013 World Series with Boston. The right-hander could work out of the bullpen in this year’s playoffs.“I mean he gave up a run, whatever it was, but I thought he had a really good slider coming out of the pen and his velocity was normal,” manager Joe Maddon said. “So I thought he looked actually pretty good.”Scooter Gennett added an RBI single in the sixth for Cincinnati. Joey Votto doubled twice and led the majors by reaching base 321 times this year, breaking his own team record set in 2015.“I think as a complete package, this was the best year of my career,” said Votto, who won the NL MVP award in 2010.NO STEALINGCincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton went 0 for 4 with a walk and lost out to Miami’s Dee Gordon in the race for most steals in the majors. Hamilton had 59 coming into the day, one shy of Gordon’s total.The Reds tried to get Hamilton another steal in the ninth, but Jesse Winker was thrown out at third on the front half of a double-steal attempt, ending the inning.TAKE A BOWThe Cubs paid tribute to retiring Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo with a scoreboard message before the start of the fourth inning. The 40-year-old Arroyo waved to the cheering crowd when he was shown on the videoboard. MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The Chicago Cubs acknowledge their fans after the last regular season baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Chicago. The Reds defeated the Cubs 3-1. (AP Photo/David Banks)CHICAGO — The cheering slowly increased as the crowd of 40,971 recognized the significance of the Chicago Cubs flag on the videoboard at Wrigley Field. The banner on top of the pole for the NL Central standings rippled in the breeze as the cheering turned into an appreciative roar.The regular season is over. Next up for Chicago is the Washington Nationals.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View commentscenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  McGuire (1-1) pitched five sparkling innings for his first major league win in his second big league start. The right-hander also picked up his first RBI when he drove in Phillip Ervin with a grounder in the fifth.“It’s been a really long journey,” he said. “I pitched well, they played unbelievable defense behind me and Tucker (Barnhart) did a great job behind the plate.”Raisel Iglesias allowed Albert Almora Jr.’s one-out homer in the ninth before finishing for his 28th save in 30 chances.Cincinnati finished last in the NL Central for the third straight season. It also went 68-94 last year.“A ton of really good things here, and that’s what gets us excited moving forward,” manager Bryan Price said. “Now we have to get our pitching in a position where we move from the bottom to more towards the top.”ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant each had a light day of work as the Cubs prepared for the playoffs by playing much of their roster during a 3-1 loss to Deck McGuire and the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.Most of Chicago’s starting lineup was gone by the fifth inning. Rizzo flied out leading off the first, and then was replaced in the field by Taylor Davis. Bryant and shortstop Addison Russell were pulled after the NL Central champions batted in the fourth.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 shutoutChicago (92-70) is trying to become the first team to repeat as World Series champions since the New York Yankees won three in a row from 1998-2000. It will open the NL Division Series at the Nationals on Friday.“They’re a deep team. So are we, so it’ll be a fun series,” Rizzo said. 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first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES Justine Kish shit herself. #UFCOKC 👇 pic.twitter.com/dX936oi3h1— Davei Boi (@Davei_Boi) June 26, 2017ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. I am a warrior, and I will never quit #ShitHappens haha be back soon.— Justine Kish (@JustineKish) June 26, 2017“I am a warrior, and I will never quit #Sh*tHappens haha be back soon,” she wrote.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:WATCH: MMA fighter brought to tears after brutal groin kickSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:29Trump pressures Europe on Islamic State fighters02:49Robredo: 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games WATCH: McGregor in awe of mural showing him punching Mayweather What ‘missteps’?center_img With only 12 seconds remaining in their bout, the 29-year-old Russian-American fighter had to fend off an extremely tight choke to avoid being submitted.According to MMAJunkie, Kish was within seconds of losing consciousness but managed to squeeze out of the dangerous position.However, viewers were appalled to see several brown stains on the mat as she made her escape. Kish ultimately lost the fight by unanimous decision.Shortly after her messy episode, Kish took to Twitter to address her unusual case.Although she did not admit or deny outright her pooping accident, she seemed to take it in stride.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Professional fighters have to endure a certain amount of stress before each bout and, on top of that, stay focused on their opponent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNow imagine balancing all that with an uncooperative gastrointestinal system.Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Strawweight Justine Kish experienced quite a fecal episode during her match with Felice Herrig during UFC Fight Night 112 over the weekend. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Gameslast_img read more

first_imgDespite his strong credentials, the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) has decided not to renew the contract of foreign coach Leszek Kucharski, who is just 11 months into the job.The Indian players were not too happy with Kucharski’s coaching methods, and as a result the TTFI has decided to look for another coach.Kucharski, who flew out to his home in Poland after the London Olympics, replaced Massimo Costantini last year.”Kucharski has very good credentials but somehow the players couldn’t adjust to his coaching methods. The players have informed us about their views on him, so we decided not to renew his contract, which was till the London Olympics,” said TTFI secretary general Dhanraj Choudhary.Bhawani Mukherjee and Montu Ghosh have been training the Indian paddlers for years while the foreign coaches worked with them at different points in time.”Currently, we do not have a busy international schedule, so we can wait before we finalise a foreign coach. We’ll start looking for the coach after November and the contract will run till the next Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014,” said Choudhary.Meanwhile, Hyderabad will host the World Junior Championships in December after South Africa expressed its inability to do so.last_img read more

first_imgSachin TendulkarSachin Tendulkar was granted leave of absence from Rajya Sabha on Monday. The Rajya Sabha chairman granted him leave for the entire session.The House was informed that the cricketer had sought leave citing personal and professional reasons.The Indian cricketer along with Bollywood star Rekha had earlier come under attack in the Upper House over their regular absence from the Parliament.Both have attended the house for only three and seven days, respectively, since their nomination two years back.There was a ruckus in the Rajya Sabha on Monday as cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s application for being granted leave was brought before the house.It is a regular practice to take up applications from members seeking leave from the sittings of the house and it is generally granted by members without any objection.However, as Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien read out the application from Tendulkar seeking leave, some members raised objections and created a din.”He (Tendulkar) came to Delhi, went to Vigyan Bhawan but did not come to the house. If someone comes to Delhi and does not attend the house, it means the person does not respect the house,” Naresh Agarwal of the Samajwadi Party (SP) said.”Sachin needs to explain why he did not come to the house when he was in Delhi,” he added.Kurien, however, said the members were not supposed to discuss applications seeking leave.”So many members are absent for various reasons, it is for the chair to enquire why they were absent. It is not for members to enquire why a certain member is not coming,” said Kurien.advertisementThe house then granted leave to Tendulkar.last_img read more

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Considered to be one of the best athletes anyone has ever seen, retired Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt celebrates his birthday on August 21. A world record holder in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4×100 metres relay, his achievements and dominance in sprint competition, has led many to widely consider him to be the greatest sprinter of all time.Born in 1986 in Sherwood Content, a small town in Jamaica, to Wellesley and Jennifer Bolt, the sprinter first started showing his potential when he ran in his parish’s annual national primary school meet and by the age of twelve, had become the school’s fastest runner over the 100 metres distance. Notably, Bolt is one of only nine athletes to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior-level of an athletic event. The others are Valerie Adams, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jacques Freitag, Yelena Isinbayeva, Jana Pittman, Dani Samuels, David Storl, and Kirani James. Notably, he is an eight-time Olympic gold medalist and 11 time World Champion.On the athletes 33rd birthday, here’s taking a look back at all the records he holds:World Records:100m – 9.58 seconds at Berlin in 2009200m – 19.19 seconds at Berlin in 20094x100m – 36.84 seconds at London in 2012Olympic Gold Medals:100m – 9.69 seconds at Beijing in 2008100m – 9.63 seconds at London in 2012100m – 9.81 seconds at Rio in 2016200m – 19.30 seconds at Beijing in 2008200m – 19.32 seconds at London in 2012200m – 19.78 seconds at Rio in 20164x100m – 37.10 seconds at Beijing in 20084x100m – 36.84 seconds at London in 20124x100m – 37.27 seconds at Rio in 2016World Championship Gold Medals:100m – 9.58 seconds at Berlin in 2009100m – 9.77 seconds at Moscow in 2013100m – 9.79 seconds at Beijing in 2015200m – 19.19 seconds at Berlin in 2009200m – 19.40 seconds at Daeguin in2011200m – 19.66 seconds at Moscow, 2013200m – 19.55 seconds: Beijing in 20154x100m – 37.31 seconds at Berlin, 20094x100m – 37.04 seconds at Daegu, 20114x100m – 37.36 seconds at Moscow in 20134x100m – 37.36 seconds at Beijing in 2015World Junior Records:200m – 19.93 seconds at Kingston in 2002World Junior Championship Gold Medals200m – 20.61 seconds at Kingston in 2004 100m200m4x100m relayBolt First Published: August 21, 2019, 3:35 PM ISTlast_img read more

first_imgAntoine Griezmann scored a brace to help world champions France come from behind and beat Germany in their UEFA Nations Cup match in Paris on Tuesday.The 27-year-old forward cancelled out Toni Kroos’s first half penalty with a fine header just past the hour and then scored with a spot-kick himself late in the game to kill off the visitors’ hopes of reaching the semi-finals.The French found themselves on the backfoot in the first half but did not lose confidence even when the Germans came close to a second goal at the Stade de France.”This is the difference between a team with a lot of confidence and a team like Germany which lacks some confidence and is maybe not as efficient,” France coach Didier Deschamps told reporters.”There is nothing better for my team, my players, than this. The best vitamin is victory and tonight we had a difficult game and won against a difficult team.”.@AntoGriezmann devient le 10e meilleur buteur de l’histoire de l’Equipe de France (à égalité avec Sylvain Wiltord) #FiersdetreBleus #FRAALL pic.twitter.com/3rUR4UPY0EEquipe de France (@equipedefrance) October 16, 2018France top the League A Group 1 standings with seven points from three games above the Netherlands on three from two and Germany with one.Bonne victoire ! Belle solidarité de toute l’équipe !! #Fiersdetrebleus #FRAALL pic.twitter.com/60z7t8H9s7Raphaël Varane (@raphaelvarane) October 16, 2018The Germans, with five changes to the team that lost 3-0 away to the Netherlands on Saturday, had their share of chances and overall looked sharper despite their sixth defeat of 2018.advertisementLeroy Sane and Serge Gnabry added much needed speed to Germany’s game and the overall performance offered coach Joachim Loew some respite after recent setbacks.”We should not be disappointed tonight after such a performance,” said Loew, who has been under pressure since his side’s World Cup flop in June.”We were on the same level with the world champions and we should have scored a second goal in the first half. But the French have a lot of quality and scored two goals from just a handful of chances.”After crashing out at the group stage in the World Cup in Russia, Germany, world champions in 2014, are still looking for their first victory in UEFA’s the Nations League competition.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgEngland’s left-arm spinner Jack Leach led a strong spin bowling display that put the tourists within three wickets of a series-clinching victory against Sri Lanka on an intriguing fourth day of the second Test on Saturday.Chasing 301 to win on a turning Pallekele track, Sri Lanka reached 226/7 when rain ended play for the second consecutive day with the hosts still needing 75 to square the three-Test series at 1-1.Combative half-centuries from former captain Angelo Mathews and opener Dimuth Karunaratne had set Sri Lanka up nicely in their chase after Leach’s brilliant spell of spin bowling with the new ball had reduced them to 26-3.Sri Lanka vs England 2nd Test, Day 4: Highlights | ScorecardBut off-spinner Moeen Ali and Leach, who has already taken a career-best 4/73 in an innings, brought England right back in the game by dismissing Mathews for 88 and Dilruwan Perera for two respectively in quick succession after the tea break.Sri Lanka’s hopes on the final day will rest on wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella, who was unbeaten on 27 at the close of play.Leach had given England the ideal start when he lured Kaushal Silva out of his crease with a flighted delivery to be stumped for four.Dhananjaya de Silva was out to a smart catch by Keaton Jennings at short leg for one while Kusal Mendis was also trapped lbw for the same score, with England overturning the umpire’s not out decision on review.Karunaratne made a dogged 57 and it was his fourth-wicket stand of 77 with the experienced Mathews that revived Sri Lanka’s chase.advertisement MISSED CHANCESEngland wasted chances to dismiss Karunaratne and Mathews with all-rounder Ben Stokes the guilty fielder and off-spinner Moeen Ali the unfortunate bowler on both occasions.Karunaratne, who made 63 in the first innings, was on 21 when his edge off Moeen flew past Stokes at slip and the batsman also successfully overturned a leg before decision off Adil Rashid on review.Karunaratne was finally out to some brilliant fielding at short leg from Jennings, who anticipated a sweep shot from the batsman and moved smartly to his left to parry the ball to wicketkeeper Ben Foakes for a catch off Rashid.Stokes missed a relatively easier chance when he dropped Mathews at slip with the batsman on seven. The right-hander made England pay dearly with another stand of 73 with Roshen Silva for the fifth wicket.England missed a chance to dismiss Silva, who had top-scored for the hosts with 85 in the first innings, on 32 when they failed to review a not-out verdict to an lbw shout off Moeen. Replays showed it would have been overturned in their favour.Moeen sent Silva back on 37 with England captain Joe Root opting to successfully review another not out decision for a bat-pad catch.Mathews and Dickwella thwarted England further with an attacking 45-run stand for the sixth wicket before Moeen dismissed Mathews leg before.England had batted for about 20 minutes in the morning before they were all out for 346 for a lead of 300. Foakes followed up his debut century during the win in Galle with an unbeaten 65.Akila Dananjaya, who was reported for a suspect bowling action after the Galle Test but is free to play, notched up career-best figures of 6/115 for the hosts.last_img read more

first_imgTransfers Mascherano, Arda & even Umtiti? The stars that could go in Barcelona clearance sale Mark Doyle Last updated 1 year ago 20:20 1/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(17) Javier Mascherano Barcelona Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Primera División Opinion After breaking their transfer record to sign the Brazil attacker, the Blaugrana are set to offload a number of players, either now or in the summerlast_img

first_imgReal Madrid Benzema claims Champions League goal was not lucky Tommy Doleman Last updated 1 year ago 09:17 6/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) benzema-cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Karim Benzema Real Madrid v Liverpool Liverpool UEFA Champions League The France striker denied that he got fortunate for his opener against Liverpool in Kiev Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema claimed his Champions League final goal against Liverpool was not lucky.The Frenchman capitalised on a Loris Karius error to open the scoring in Kiev as Real Madrid won a 13th European Cup courtesy of a 3-1 victory.Benzema intercepted a Karius throw, sticking his foot out before seeing the ball roll into the bottom corner. 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 Speaking to Kuwaiti television, Benzema – who was left out of Didier Deschamps’ squad for the World Cup in Russia – believes good fortune did not play a part.”My goal from Kiev, it was not a matter of luck,” he said, via AS.”I do not believe in luck, it’s a matter of work.”It’s an easy goal but you have to be there, in the right place and at the right time, to put it in.”last_img read more

first_imgStory Highlights Several entities that fall under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, and Fisheries will be transformed and modernised. By way of Cabinet Decision No. 20/18 dated June 4, 2018, the following transformation activities are being executed: merger of the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC); completion of the merger of the Agricultural Marketing Corporation, Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC) and Agricultural Support Services and Productive Project Fund Limited into the Agro-Investment Corporation; and the incorporation of the Banana Board in the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority. Several entities that fall under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, and Fisheries will be transformed and modernised.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, who made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 23, said that the process involves the merger, removal, privatisation and closeout of operations.By way of Cabinet Decision No. 20/18 dated June 4, 2018, the following transformation activities are being executed: merger of the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC); completion of the merger of the Agricultural Marketing Corporation, Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC) and Agricultural Support Services and Productive Project Fund Limited into the Agro-Investment Corporation; and the incorporation of the Banana Board in the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority.In addition, the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) and the Jamaica 4-H Clubs are to transition to non-governmental status; the Tobacco Industry Control Authority will be closed; and the Tobacco Industry Regulation Act repealed.Other activities include divestment or privatisation of Jamaica Exotic Flavours and Essences, while the Veterinary Board will transition to body corporate status.A September 30, 2019 deadline has been communicated for completion of some of the transformation activities, with the exception of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, JAS, Veterinary Board and Jamaica Exotic Flavours and Essences. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, who made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 23, said that the process involves the merger, removal, privatisation and closeout of operations.last_img read more

first_imgPORT ALBERNI (NEWS 1130) – Two University of Victoria students haved passed away after the bus they were riding in rolled over on Vancouver Island Friday night.A total of 40 people were on the bus, which was on it’s way to the Bamfield Marine Science Centre when it rolled over around 10 p.m. on a gravel road between Port Alberni and Bamfield.UVic released a statement to let staff and students know about the loss of one of their own.“It is with profound sadness and deep regret that I inform you that two students have passed away as a result of a bus crash mid-Island on the way to the Bamfield Marine Science Centre,” says the statement, written by University of Victoria President Jamie Cassels.“Our heartfelt thoughts go out to the students’ families and loved ones, to whom we offer our sincerest condolences. We also grieve with those closest to these members of our campus community, including roommates, friends, classmates and professors who were in contact with them during their time on campus.”The school is not identifying the students at this time. Counselling services are being made avaliable for grieving staff and students.It’s believed the two students were killed at the scene of the crash. Another three people were airlifted to hospital in Victoria, where they remain in critical or serious condition according to the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria.Police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and search and rescue crews were all called to the scene of the crash. The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre said it sent two Cormorant helicopters and one Buffalo search and rescue aircraft.The remaining people were either not hurt or treated at the scene for minor injuries before being taken to a reception centre in Port Alberni.“17 patients taken to hospital, including 2 in critical, 1 in serious and 14 others stable condition. Approx 30 more transported from the scene by bus,” BC Emergency Health Services tweeted.The cause of the crash is under investigation by the RCMP.The company that operated the bus issued a statement Saturday.Failed to fetchlast_img read more

first_imgThe Clarke Lake Road Fire near the Fort Nelson First Nation is now listed at 167 hectares and crews continue to work the fire.  The fire south of Pink Mountain hasn’t seen any growth and is listed at 20 hectares.Comstock Lake fire is the largest in the Prince George Fire Centre and is located about 100 kilometres west of Hixon.  At an estimated 1,100 hectares, no communities or structures are currently threatened by this fire.The fire danger rating in Northeast B.C. remains moderate to high as of Saturday. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Twenty new forest fires started on Saturday within the boundaries of the Prince George Fire Centre.The majority of the new fire starts were in the Fort Nelson area. Most of the new fires were started by lightning and are not threatening any structures.  There are now over 80 forest fires in the Prince Goerge Fire Centre.Click here for a map of all the fires.  The good news for firefighters is the forecast is calling for rain for most of next week, but Fort Nelson could see more lightning, Environment Canada has issued a thunderstorm watch for the region.last_img read more

first_imgRabat – To solve the problem of unemployment, we should not count only on growth, said minister of employment and social affairs Abdeslam Seddiki.According to estimates, 1 % of growth rate generates an average of 30,000 jobs, and we have a labor market that is witnessing an annual arrival of 180,000 job applications, said Seddiki in an interview published Monday by the newspaper “L’Economiste”.To meet these arrivals, we need a growth rate of 6 %, without including the existing stock of unemployed people, he said, stressing the importance of setting the balance between innovative investment and those meant for traditional sectors, and investment in infrastructure that creates indirect employment. The minister, who noted that the pressure on the labor market is still high, said that his department can act immediately on existing employment active policies, namely the Taehil, the Idmaj” and Moukawalati programs.last_img read more

DETROIT — The U.S. government is withdrawing a proposal to require all passenger vehicles to have safety systems to prevent unintended acceleration.The government said Monday the rule isn’t needed because the auto industry has installed systems voluntarily.The industry opposed the rule. It was proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2012 after a series of unintended acceleration problems with Toyotas.The agency says all 2018 passenger vehicles have systems that override the throttle if a driver presses the gas and brakes at the same time.The agency says it doesn’t expect any automakers to remove the brake-throttle override system in the future, but a safety advocate disagrees.The Associated Press

18 April 2008Urging the international community to adopt a comprehensive treaty banning the use of cluster munitions, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) warned today in a new report that the deadly devices deal a blow to development. Urging the international community to adopt a comprehensive treaty banning the use of cluster munitions, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) warned today in a new report that the deadly devices deal a blow to development.“We are concerned about cluster munitions, both as a threat to the lives of innocent civilians and as a major obstacle to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” said UNDP Associate Administrator Ad Melkert, referring to the eight anti-poverty targets.The release of the report, entitled Prohibiting Cluster Munitions: Our Chance to Protect Civilians, comes on the eve of the Global Day of Action to Ban Cluster Bombs.Calling on governments to join efforts to establish a new global pact to ban cluster munitions, UNDP’s Director of the Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery Kathleen Cravero characterized these weapons as insidious and observed that they pose “a long-term threat to the very lives and livelihoods of civilians.”Negotiations among nations to create such a treaty prohibiting the use, production, transfer and stockpiling of the devices kick off next month in Dublin, Ireland.Without such an instrument, the proliferation of cluster munitions will remain unchecked, the UNDP report cautioned.When launched, these weapons disperse many sub-munitions, over areas often spanning the size of four football fields, which are intended to explode upon impact but often do not and thus turning homes and communities into minefields.Unexploded munitions are many times shaped like balls and are brightly coloured, putting children at risk. More than three decades after the end of the conflict in Viet Nam, children still account for over 60 per cent of cluster munitions casualties.Worldwide, the devices have caused more than 13,000 confirmed injuries and deaths, mostly concentrated in Afghanistan, Iraq, Laos, Lebanon and Viet Nam.But they also lead to food insecurity by contaminating farmland and by killing livestock, as well as causing heath and hygiene problems by cutting off access to shelter, water and sanitation.Billions of cluster munitions are currently being stockpiled by over 70 countries around the world, UNDP reported.“I know from the experience of my own country, Côte d’Ivoire, how terrible war can be for individuals, families and communities,” said Didier Drogba, Chelsea football star and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador. “For people who are injured or killed by unexploded cluster bombs, or who live in poverty because they cannot farm their land, it is as though the war never ended.” read more

Several MPs from the Government and Opposition parties have given anti-hate video messages in support of the rally. Speakers at the rally will include Buddhist monks and other influential moderates from society. The ‘Rally for Unity – Hate has NO place in Sri Lanka’ will be held from 10.45am – 12.45pm beginning at Green Path opposite Nelum Pokuna tomorrow (Sunday). A voluntary, non-partisan, multi-ethnic/religious youth movement, committed to ending hate and injustice in Sri Lanka is to stage a rally against hate at Green Path in Colombo tomorrow.“Still recovering from a 26 year long war, we see the signs of more hatred growing in our society. We feel it is our responsibility as the youth of this country to help build a hate-free Sri Lanka,” the organizers said. “As we want to maintain our non-partisan nature, we would like to insist that there be no branding of organizations/institutes/political parties etc., at the event. Our vision is to create a non-violent people’s movement committed to ending hate and eradicating inequality and injustice from Sri Lanka,” the organizers added. (Colombo Gazette) read more

The Foreign Minister also invited all who are interested in Sri Lanka’s progress to visit the country, including all those who criticise the Government, fairly or unfairly. (Colombo Gazette) UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon is to visit Sri Lanka this year, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said.The Foreign Minister made this announcement during the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva today. Samaraweera told the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein that Sri Lanka is now open to the world and engages with the international community with courage and confidence. “We were also pleased to receive you, High Commissioner, in February; and we are hopeful that Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon will visit us this year as well,” he said. read more

The unions demanded the arrest of Ranatunga over the death of the employee.The shooting incident took place when former Minister Arjuna Ranatunga arrived at the location. He was granted bail after being produced before the Colombo Magistrate. A tense situation arose with some people attempting to assault Ranatunga.Ranatunga’s security guard opened fire injuring at least two people.One person succumbed to his injuries in hospital later. Petroleum trade unions launched a strike over the death of the CPC employee. Former Minister Arjuna Ranatunga was arrested today over the shooting incident at the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) office in Dematagoda.The Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) arrested  Ranatunga after he was accused of being involved in the shooting incident in which one person was killed. Ranatunga’s security guard was arrested over the shooting incident. (Colombo Gazette) read more

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California lawmaker wants the state to stop helping people buy electric cars from companies that refuse to follow the state’s emission standards.California residents who buy or lease a zero-emission vehicle can get up to $7,000 from the state. A bill by Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting would mean people could only get that money if they buy a car from a company that has agreed to follow California’s emission standards.The proposal comes as the Trump administration on Wednesday announced it was revoking California’s authority to set its own auto emission standards — authority it has had for decades under a waiver from the federal Clean Air Act. California officials have vowed to fight the change in court.___Biesecker reported from Washington. Associated Press auto writer Tom Krisher in Detroit contributed.Adam Beam And Michael Biesecker, The Associated Press read more

Stabilizing Liberia “is contingent upon the timely mobilization and deployment of required troops throughout the country, especially as UNMIL (UN Mission in Liberia) begins to disarm and demobilize combatants,” according to a report from UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, responding to Security Council recommendations on West Africa.The Council “may therefore wish to call upon those member states that had promised troops for UNMIL to redeem their pledges as soon as possible,” it says.At the same time, the Economic Commission of West African State (ECOWAS) has asked for the expansion of the small UN Mission in Côte d’Ivoire (MINUCI) into a full peacekeeping mission because the peace process remains deadlocked, the report says.The planned withdrawal of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) could be affected by destabilizing factors, including the possible return of Sierra Leonean ex-combatants from Liberia and the need for forces to monitor the border with Liberia.The cross-border movements of foreign combatants fuel instability in West Africa, the report says. In response to a Security Council recommendation, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, has undertaken a comprehensive study of ways to strengthen the capacity of ECOWAS in the areas of early warning, conflict prevention and peace-building, it saysMeanwhile, the newly formed transitional government of Guinea-Bissau, formed after a brief military coup in September, plans to hold legislative elections by the end of March 2004, but the international community needs to provide urgent financial and other support to help with the preparations, it says. read more