first_imgTwo jawans manning the Line of Control (LoC) were killed in the Pakistan Army’s firing in the Pir Panjal valley’s Sunderbani sector, Rajouri, in the past 24 hours, the Army said on Tuesday.An Army spokesman said the Pakistan Army initiated “unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars from 5.15 p.m. in Sunderbani Sector on Monday”.“In the exchange of fire, rifleman Vinod Singh and rifleman Jaki Sharma were grievously injured and succumbed to their injuries,” said the spokesman. The deceased — Singh, 24, is from J&K’s Akhnoor and Sharma, 30, is from Hiranagar. The Army organised a wreath laying ceremony for the deceased at the Akhnoor Military Hospital.last_img

first_imgREAD: Filipinos in Lebanon go all out in support of Gilas PilipinasAnd in Gilas’ tiff against Qatar on Sunday, Filipino fans took their admiration to the next level as they rallied behind their team even after the game.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 shutoutAs per Fiba.com, more than 2,000 fans came out to meet Gilas in its 80-74 win over Qatar. The victory put the squad on top of Group B with a 3-0 record with wins over defending champion China and Iraq.Photo from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.com LATEST STORIES 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 View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Filipinos sure know how to show their all-out support to their beloved national basketball team.The Philippine team has been the biggest draw of the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup and the number of fans in attendance at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon appears to be growing every time Gilas hits the floor.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China stops skid, Korea stays spotless in AVClast_img read more

first_imgAteneo, NU bids still alive Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC According to Price, Halladay had been a licensed pilot since 2013 and logged about 700 hours of flight time before Tuesday’s crash near Tampa. She said a preliminary report on the cause of the incident would likely be issued in seven to 10 days, but the full investigation could take up to two years.Price said it was too early to say whether Halladay’s crash was related to two earlier crashes this 2017 of A5s, one of which killed both the plane’s chief designer and test pilotFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Every accident is different. They are very complex. So as we move forward in the factual finding phase, if we see anything that we believe might connect it to previous accidents, we will certainly look at that. And if we see anything that we think is unsafe, we will make recommendation immediately,” Price said during a news conference in New Port Richey.The 40-year-old former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher had been the proud owner of an ICON A5. He owned the plane for less than a month, and was among the first to fly the model. In one of many enthusiastic tweets about the plane, Halladay said it felt “like flying a fighter jet.” MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Rolled out in 2014, the A5 is an amphibious aircraft meant to be treated like an ATV, a piece of weekend recreational gear with folding wings that can easily be towed on a trailer to a lake where it can take off from the water.“The way that a lot of people described it is a Jet Ski with wings,” Stephen Pope, editor-in-chief of Flying magazine, told The Associated Press. “It’s really a play thing.”The man who led the plane’s design, 55-year-old John Murray Karkow, died while flying an A5 over California’s Lake Berryessa on May 8, a crash the NTSB attributed to pilot error.In other tweets, Halladay said he had dreamed about owning one of the planes. In a video on the company’s website, Halladay said that he had to talk his wife into letting him get one. The son of a corporate pilot, Halladay had been forbidden to take up aviation until the two-time Cy Young Award winner retired from baseball after the 2013 season.According to Pope, “the plane itself is great.” But Pope had concerns about Halladay, a relatively inexperienced pilot, taking the craft out over water at low altitude. The plane, however, was marketed as a craft that could do that.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The remains of an ICON A5 ultralight airplane are moved from a boat ramp in the Gulf Harbors neighborhood of New Port Richey, Fla., on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. The private plane, which belonged to Roy Halladay, had just been removed from the shallow waters off Ben Pilot Point in New Port Richey where it crashed last Tuesday, November 7, 2017, killing the 40-year-old former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher. (Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times via AP)FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Roy Halladay was flying his tiny sport plane low over the Gulf of Mexico shortly before it slammed into the water and killed the retired star pitcher, witnesses told federal investigators.National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Investigator Noreen Price said on Wednesday that Halladay’s ICON A5 experienced a “high-energy impact” with the water. She said both flight data recorders were recovered and the plane did not have a voice recorder.ADVERTISEMENT “They still think that that’s the way the airplane should be flown, and there are people in aviation who completely disagree with that,” Pope said. “They think you should not have a low-time pilot flying low over water. That’s a recipe for disaster.”Low flying was part of the problem when Karkow, the designer, crashed, according to federal investigators. Karkow was killed along with passenger Cagri Sever, the company’s newly hired director of engineering.The NTSB blamed pilot error for the crash, saying Karkow mistakenly entered the wrong canyon while flying over a California lake and was unable to correct in time, striking the canyon wall.Another A5 crashed in April, making a hard landing in the water off Key Largo, Florida, injuring the pilot and his passenger. The pilot told investigators the plane descended faster than he expected.Halladay’s ICON A5 went down around noon last Tuesday off the coast of Florida, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said.    /kga Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Miguel was seemingly in cruise control late in the game, sitting comfortably on a 93-76 lead. The Hotshots, however, quietly crept into the deficit cutting it to seven, 93-86, with a 10-0 run.Star continued to harass San Miguel’s lead well into the final two minutes of the game with Paul Lee hitting a clutch triple to cut the Beermen’s lead to three, 101-98, with 1:25 left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut Marcio Lassiter and defending four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo weathered the storm for the Beermen as tey hit their free throws to put them ahead, 107-100, with 14 seconds left.“We’re back in the finals and many people expected us to be in this position and we’re so happy with this hard working bunch of players because they showed their championship caliber,” said Beermen head coach Leo Austria. San Beda denies Ateneo of Filoil q’finals spot; La Salle in LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 MOST READ The Beermen are chasing their first Commissioner’s Cup title since 2010 and fifth overall championship under Austria.San Miguel had a plethora of offensive options to choose from and four Beermen managed to eclipse the 20-point mark.Alex Cabagnot produced a team-high 26 points to go along six rebounds and six assists while Chris Ross filled up the stat sheets with 24 points, four rebounds, 10 assists, and five steals.Fajardo tallied up 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Charloes Rhodes had 21 points and 10 boards.Ricardo Ratliffe finished with 36 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Hotshots.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage What ‘missteps’? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel took another step in its conquest of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup and eliminated Star with a 109-102 win in Game 4 of their semifinals series Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Beermen now await the victor between Ginebra and TNT in another finals return after they dispatched the Hotshots, 3-1.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 Gameslast_img read more

first_imgFrom Lalit K JhaWashington, Aug 24 (PTI) A bipartisan group of more than 40 US lawmakers have appealed to the International Basketball Federation to end an “outdated and discriminatory” policy against Sikh players over turbans.”Sikhs participate in a wide variety of sports around the globe, and there has never been a single instance of someone being harmed or injured by a turban, or of a turban interfering with the sport,” Congressmen said in a letter to Horacio Muratori, President of the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) or International Basketball Federation.Led by Congressman Joe Crowley, who is Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, and Ami Bera, the only Indian-American Member of Congress, yesterdays letter signed by over 40 lawmakers comes ahead of the expected decision by the international body.”Every day that FIBA has delayed this decision is another day that Sikhs cant play,” said Crowley and Bera in a joint statement.”This is a policy that can only be described as outdated, discriminatory, and totally inconsistent with the ideals of team sports, and it is long past time it change. Thats why we have continued to push for action, including with this latest letter, and we thank all those who have raised their voices with us. Our message to FIBA is simple: let them play!”.FIBAs discriminatory policy came to light in 2014 when two Sikh players who were told by referees that they must remove their turbans if they were to play in FIBAs Asia Cup.The players, who have always played in turbans, were told that they were in violation of one of FIBAs official rules, which states, “players shall not wear equipment (objects) that may cause injury to other players”.advertisementHowever, there is no evidence that a Sikh turban poses a threat to cause injury, and other sports leagues, such as Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), allow athletes wearing turbans to participate, the lawmakers argued. PTI LKJ SAIlast_img read more

first_imgOppo India just confirmed that the Oppo F9 Pro will be coming to India soon. The company posted a teaser from its Twitter account which comes with the tagline “The breaking new vision” which suggests the upcoming phone will highlight an immersive display. The announcement comes just a few weeks after the launch of the Find X in India. The teaser also comes just a few days after the Oppo F9 Pro was spotted on the Bluetooth certification site alongside the Oppo F9.While the teaser is about the Oppo F9 Pro, there is no word yet on whether the regular Oppo F9 will come to India. Notably, the Oppo F9 will be going to Malaysia as per a teaser posted on the company’s official Malaysian account on Sunday. As far as the design is concerned, both the phones are likely to look similar and may vary in size and some hardware. Teasers for both the phones suggest the F9 and F9 Pro will come with a display notch. However, the notch is noticeably smaller and rounder which suggests it will be similar to the Essential Phone PH-1 rather the iPhone X or every other notched Android phone released this year.Explore a brand new vision with #OPPOF9Pro. #ComingSoon pic.twitter.com/1kW6OVOfWS OPPO Mobile India (@oppomobileindia) July 30, 2018If the notch is indeed similar to the Essential Phone, we can expect a single front-facing camera sensor. Oppo’s F-series has been known for its AI-powered selfie cameras and the F9 and F9 Pro will likely carry forward that tradition. After the Oppo F3 which came with a dual selfie camera setup, the company decided to add a notch on the Oppo F7 and offer a single 25-megapixel snapper.advertisementLast month, a teaser of the Oppo F9 revealed that device will come with a dual rear camera setup, which would be a first for the F-series. Details around the Oppo F9 and F9 Pro are still slim and we do not know how different the two device will be from each other. The waterfall and underwater imagery being used in the two official teasers suggest some sort of water resistance. As for the Oppo F9 Pro’s India pricing, we expect it to be well above Rs 20,000 considering the price the Oppo F7 was launched at.last_img read more

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Messi & Ronaldo headline FIFPro World 11 for 11th consecutive year Goal Last updated 2 years ago 03:17 10/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(23) FIFPro World 11 Michael Steele Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Lionel Messi World Cup Barcelona Milan Juventus PSG The star duo share the record for most appearances in the side, which is once again dominated by Barcelona and Real Madrid players Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have taken their place in the FIFPro World 11 for the 11th year running. Messi 10/3 to be CL top scorer Messi was the leading vote-getter in the team that was selected by 26,622 players from 71 countries in a vote organized by FIFPro, the world’s player union.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ronaldo, who won FIFA’s Men’s Player of the Year award, was among five Real Madrid players named to the side, as the Blancos unsurprisingly dominated the team after winning La Liga and the Champions League in 2016-17.This year’s FIFPro World 11 contains eight of the same players who featured in last year’s side, with Gianluigi Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci and Neymar the new additions replacing Manuel Neuer, Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez. Bonucci, who moved from Juventus to AC Milan in the off-season, is the only player of the 11 making his first appearance in the FIFPro World 11.The Italian was among three players named to the side who transferred in the off-season, with Neymar and Dani Alves both making the move to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona and Juventus, respectively. The FIFPro World 11 was decided based on performances during the 2016-17 season meaning that despite their transfers, that trio was selected for their performances with their previous clubs. Because of the criteria, only three clubs were represented in the FIFPro World 11: Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus. FIFPro World XI 20172016-17 FIFPro World 11:Goalkeeper:  Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus)Defenders:  Dani Alves (Brazil, Juventus/Paris Saint-Germain), Leonardo Bonucci (Italy, Juventus/AC Milan), Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid)Midfielders:  Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid), Andres Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona)Forwards:  Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid), Neymar (Brazil, Barcelona/Paris Saint-Germain)last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd scouts see Haaland score again for Salzburgby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United, Liverpool and Juventus are all watching RB Salzburg sensation Erling Braut Haaland.United scouts were present to watch Haaland score twice against Napoli last night, according to reports in Italy.The RB Salzburg striker has become to talk of Europe this season, having already bagged 20 goals in all competitions.According to La Gazzetta dello Sport’s Nicolo Schira, United had scouts at the Red Bull Arena to watch Haaland on Wednesday night.On the night, the 19-year-old became the first player to score in his first three Champions League matches since Karim Benzema in his Lyon days. last_img

first_img Ritayan Basu Mount MaunganuiJanuary 26, 2019UPDATED: January 26, 2019 15:42 IST Kane Williamson was not happy with New Zealand’s meek surrender to India (AP Photo)Brief Scores: India (324/4) beat New Zealand (234) by 90 runs to take 2-0 lead in 5-match series. Bracewell (57), Kuldeep (4/45), Bhuvneshwar (2/42) (SCORECARD)New Zealand lost the second one day international against India by 90 runs at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Saturday, leaving skipper Kane Williamson frustrated.Virat Kohli and Co. registered India’s highest ever margin of victory (in terms of runs) against New Zealand in New Zealand and take a 2-0 lead in the five-match ODI series.Williamson though was not happy with his team’s meek surrender to the visiting side. The manner of the loss rather than the fact itself left a bad taste in mouth for the Kiwi captain, something which he alluded after the end of the match.”Little frustrating, not so much the loss but how we are losing is the problem. Credit to India,” Williamson said at the post match presentation.India vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI: HighlightsAll of the top-six New Zealand batsmen got starts in pursuit of a target of 325 that was achievable on a good pitch that offered true bounce and pace. New Zealand’s inconsistent batting as they were unable to last their full complement of overs for the second successive match.”Both surfaces so far have been slower than usual but still fair surfaces. Good signs with the ball at some points though we never got control as such. 324 was a good score that could be chased down here,” Williamson said.All is not doom and gloom yet for Williamson, as he pointed out the positives from their humiliating loss.advertisement”There were some good steps forward, particularly by our bowlers to keep them down to 320-odd. Important not to get carried away by results and focus just on small steps.”Williamson was left rueing missed opportunities and felt that his team will need to pull up their socks as the series progresses to the third ODI at the same venue in just two days time.”Some of the dismissals were a result of us going too hard maybe. If we had wickets in hand, you never know but we didn’t have wickets in hand. Those are the lessons that we need to take ahead,” Williamson said.The third match is also at Bay Oval on Monday.Also Read | Fearless cricket paid off, says Virat Kohli after India destroy New ZealandAlso Read | MS Dhoni, quick as a flash, stumps Ross Taylor. Awestruck fans can’t keep calmFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Kane WilliamsonFollow India vs New ZealandFollow 2nd ODIFollow Bay OvalFollow Mount Maunganui Kane Williamson frustrated and gutted after New Zealand lose to India againIndia vs New Zealand: New Zealand suffered their worst ever loss to India in their country, something that did not please skipper Kane Williamsonadvertisementlast_img read more

first_img What’s So Great About the Icelandic Hot Dog? Funky Buddha Brewery is the undisputed master of crafting beers that taste like food. From Maple Bacon Coffee Porter to Lemon Meringue Pie to French Toast Double Brown Ale, the Florida facility’s magic recipes produce beers that convey the subtlest intricacies of the original dish. Sweet Potato Casserole is no different. A tasty recreation of the southern staple, this beer has sweet potato roast, heavy spices, and yes, even marshmallow flavors.Sweet Potato StoutLazy MagnoliaAs the oldest brewery in Mississippi, Lazy Magnolia has been an active part of the craft beer renaissance, guiding its home state to more progressive alcohol legislation. Jefferson Stout was created in the dark days of Mississippi brewing, when there was a 5 percent alcohol by volume limit. But don’t let the low alcohol content keep you away from this beer, which is a milk stout big on coffee, caramel, and chocolate flavors highlighted by a full mouthfeel.Autumn MapleThe BrueryThe Bruery/FacebookAutumn Maple from California-based Bruery is brewed with 15 pounds of yams per barrel. While yams and sweet potatoes aren’t technically the same thing (sweet potatoes are members of the morning glory family, yams are related to lilies), the flavors are close enough to include this beer in the list — and what a beer it is. Pouring a gorgeous deep red, the strong spices of cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg are capped by a gently warming 10 percent ABV.Sweet Potato Soufflé Rye AleOddside AlesSweet Potato Soufflé is an old ale brewed with sweet potatoes and lactose. Post-fermentation, it’s aged in rye whiskey barrels and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. Like its namesake dish, you should expect the warming sensation of the baking spices to combine with the lactose-thickened beer to forge an excellent dessert beverage that will complement any holiday meal. It’s on the boozy side at 11 percent ABV, which makes it a solid choice to balance out the drama of family dinners.Yammy YammyPlatform Beer Co.Platform Beer Co./FacebookCleveland’s Platform Beer Co. makes the excellent root vegetable beer Yammy Yammy. Formerly known as Yamma Jamma, this beer features roasted sweet potatoes augmented by the complementary flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. As the ale warms, expect the sweetness to give way to a dry earthiness belying its ingredients.Along with brews like Carver by Fullsteam in North Carolina and Taterlicious by Georgia brewpub Moon River Brewing Company, sweet potatoes (and yams) have proven to be a delicious alternative to the now standard fall pumpkin beer, and have earned a place at the Thanksgiving table. The Best Fresh Hop Beers to Celebrate the Hop Harvest Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) Editors’ Recommendations center_img Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to honor the simple sweet potato. A harvest season staple that is versatile enough to be used everything from savory side dishes to sugary desserts, the sweet potato also makes a fine adjunct for adventurous brewers. While pumpkin beers get all the headlines, these sweet potato beers are quickly accumulating fans during the cooler months of fall. If you’re looking for a fall brew that your friends and family probably haven’t had before, we suggest picking up one of these five best sweet potato beers below.Sweet Potato CasseroleFunky Buddha Brewery Getting to Know Rhum Agricole, Rum’s Grassy Sibling The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switcheslast_img read more

first_imgActor, Erik Nicolaisen, who starred in the Volkswagen (VW) “Get Happy” commercial, is in the island at the invitation of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) to participate in promotional activities for destination Jamaica.Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, and Director of Tourism, John Lynch, were on hand to greet Mr. Nicolaisen on his arrival on Monday, February 18, at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. The actor’s Jamaican brother-in law, Robert Murphy, also made the trip.In the popular commercial, aired during the American Super Bowl earlier this month, Mr. Nicolaisen plays a happy office worker, who speaks with a Jamaican accent. It also features a rendition of The Partridge Family’s theme song, ‘Get Happy’ sung by reggae icon, Jimmy Cliff.In commending the actor, Minister NcNeill said the commercial generated a lot of recognition for the country.He said over the next few days, Mr. Nicolaisen will be travelling across the island, visiting attractions and filming videos to be used in some of the JTB’s promotional activities.“I think that the association with Jamaica is going to be a good one and that it can go a long way in promoting Jamaica, both here and abroad. You are a very recognisable face here in Jamaica, so your visit should be a very interesting one,” Dr. McNeill said.In his reply, Mr. Nicolaisen said he is happy and honoured to have participated in the VW commercial and also for the opportunity provided to further promote a country he admires.“What a lovely opportunity to be able to represent a culture that I appreciate and I have come to understand as a fan of Reggae music and a student of Jamaica since I was a little kid. What an opportunity; and I am just trying to embrace it and just enjoy myself in all of this,” Mr. Nicolaisen stated.“I want to thank the Jamaica Tourist Board for bringing me here. If I can come down and act to help Brand Jamaica, what a joy … that’s why I am here,” he added.The Tourism Director, in welcoming Mr. Nicolaisen, said he has been a “good ambassador” for Jamaica.last_img read more

first_imgSixty-eight of Nova Scotia’s leading cultural organizations received a $2.9-million boost from the province today, June 16. The funding comes from the first round of grants provided through the new Operating Assistance to Cultural Organizations Program. As part of the new program, all applications were assessed by an external panel composed of people from the culture sector. “This investment will enhance the stability of Nova Scotia’s cultural community,” said Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “These organizations offer a wide range of cultural activities which strengthen our communities and enrich the experiences of visitors to the province.” The Operating Assistance to Cultural Organizations Program is open to non-profit arts and cultural groups that have been in operation for at least one year, and it provides support towards annual administrative and core program costs. Support is available to four categories of groups: service organizations; arts producers; festivals and presenters; and cultural facilities. The Astor Theatre in Liverpool — one of the oldest performing arts venues in the province — received $16,000 to support its operations. Astor Theatre features live performing arts, including music, dance and theatre. It also hosts the bi-annual Liverpool International Theatre Festival. “This support enables us to work with many Nova Scotian artists, and to provide them with a venue to showcase their talent to local residents and visitors,” said Chris Ball, manager of the Astor Theatre. Celebration of the Arts Society in Sydney offers a wide range of arts programming for youth and adults in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. The society received $6,000 which will help in delivering programs focused on youth and culturally diverse communities. “We are very grateful for the province’s investment, and believe it recognizes the significant contribution that we are making to our community,” said Susan Clark-Tizzard, executive director, Celebration of the Arts Society. The next deadline for applications for the Operating Assistance to Cultural Organizations program is Feb. 15, 2006. More information on the program can be found on the Tourism, Culture and Heritage website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/culture/ culture_funding.asp , or by calling 902-424-5793.last_img read more

first_imgGovernment is supporting an active transportation project in Port Hawkesbury that will create a safe walking route between community hubs and the new Port Hawkesbury recreation park. Energy Minister Michel Samson announced today, Oct. 24, the Strait Area Trails Association will receive a $20,000 grant from the province’s sustainable transportation program, Connect2. With this funding the association will continue work on the Recreation Development Initiative to finish the connection between the Tamarac Education Centre, surrounding subdivisions, and the Port Hawkesbury Recreation Park. The group will also begin construction of a connection from the Oakley ballfield to the recreation park and newly refurbished basketball courts. “This trail will allow children to walk safely to and from the park and enjoy the new playground,” said Mr. Samson. “Encouraging active living is important for so many reasons; especially for our young people. As a father with a young daughter, I know the importance of getting our young people outside, exploring, playing and being active.” “The new connectors will make for a great outdoor experience for families whether they are walking the trails or heading to the new playground and splash pad at the recreation park,” said Larry MacKeigan, association president. “This has been made possible by the dedication of community-minded volunteers and businesses and with the support of government.” Connect2’s goal is to create and promote active transportation options for trips of two kilometres or less between community hubs in rural and urban parts of the province. In addition to the Connect2 funding, the province announced a $20,000 Recreation Facility Development grant for change rooms and bathrooms near the park. This is in addition to a $54,500 Recreation Facility Development grant and a $5,000 Community Recreation Capital Grant to build a splash pad, which were announced in 2014. The splash pad, change rooms and washrooms will make it more convenient for families to enjoy healthy outdoor activities. More Connect2 projects will be announced in the coming weeks and all will be completed by March 10, 2017. For more information, visit http://novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation/.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: In the first 100 days of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second term, a slew of ‘big-bang’ economic reforms that should please foreign investors are likely to be pursued, according to a top official at the government’s main think tank. The reforms will include changes in labour laws, privatisation moves, and creation of land banks for new industrial development, said Rajiv Kumar, vice chairman of NITI Aayog (National Institute for Transforming India), who reports directly to Modi. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents”They (foreign investors) will have reasons to be happy. You will see a slew of reforms I can assure you of that. We are going to pretty much hit the ground running,” Kumar told Reuters in an interview. Modi is chairman of the think tank. Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were last week declared landslide winners of India’s general election with an increased majority in the Lok Sabha. He was sworn into office for his second term on Thursday night. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefKumar was speaking before Modi on Thursday announced members of his new cabinet, though he hasn’t said who will get which portfolio. Several Indian media outlets say that BJP President Amit Shah will become the country’s new finance minister. Niti Aayog, which now acts as the main centre for policy making and for driving new ideas, was founded four years back when Modi scrapped the 65-year old planning commission, saying that India was stifled with Soviet-style bureaucracy. Kumar said reforms in India’s complicated labour laws will see the light of day as early as the next parliamentary session in July, when the government will place a new bill before the lower house for approval. It will aim to combine 44 central laws into four codes – wages, industrial relations, social security and welfare, and the fourth – occupational safety, health and working conditions. This should help companies avoid getting embroiled in a series of complicated disputes with their workers and officials that involve regulations set by authorities at different levels of government and can lead to long, drawn-out adjudication in various parts of the legal system. The government could also offer swathes of land to foreign investors from the land banks it plans to create from unutilised land controlled by public sector enterprises, Kumar said. “What could be attempted is to build an inventory of government land that can then be offered to foreign investors,” Kumar said. The land parcels could be designed as clusters catering to a specific set of investors or industrial sectors, Kumar said. Getting access to some of the large amounts of unutilised Indian government land would reduce major risks for foreign companies as there would be a lot less risk of legal challenges over ownership and development. A lot of the sites they have used in the past was previously farm land, opening them up to protests and court action by local communities over land rights, the environment and other issues. Kumar said the government will focus on fully privatising or closing more than 42 state-controlled companies in the coming months. The government is even mulling lifting the foreign direct investment cap on Air India , the loss-making state-owned flagship carrier, to make it easier to sell. Kumar also said that it could create an autonomous holding company that would control all state-owned firms and wouldn’t be answerable to lots of different ministries. This would speed up decision making for asset sales, avoiding much of the central government’s bureaucracy.last_img read more

The state-owned Ceylon Petroleum Corporation has raised the price of fuel with effect from today.The price of 90-octane petrol, 95-octane petrol and Super Diesel has been increased by Rs. 3 while Auto Diesel price has been increased by Rs.6 per liter, the CPC said. The CPC recently said, due to providing fuel at subsidized prices and to the delay in payment by state institutions for fuel supplied, the authority incurred losses of approximately Rs. 95 billion last year despite hiking fuel prices several times.The fuel authority says it incurs losses amounting to Rs. 16 on the sale of a liter of diesel and Rs. 26 on kerosene while the loss Rs. 40 is incurred on a liter of crude oil. The price of kerosene has been increased from Rs.111 to Rs.115, the CPC said. Accordingly, the price of a liter of 90-octane will be Rs. 162 and 95-octane Rs.170. A liter of Diesel will cost Rs.121 and Super Diesel Rs. 145 from today. read more

Political allies of former President Mahinda Rajapakse have requested President Maithripala Sirisena to join him on stage during the campaign for the August 17 Parliamentary Elections.There were reports that Sirisena will not support any political party at the elections despite being a member from the same party as Rajapakse who he defeated at the Presidential Elections in January. Opposition United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) member Vasudeva Nanayakkara said that the party had made a request to Sirisena to come on stage during the UPFA’s election campaigns but were yet to receive a response from him. “We have requested the President to join us in the election campaigns and we will await his decision,” Nanayakkara said. Rajapakse has been appointed by Sirisena to lead the UPFA’s election campaign which will hold its maiden rally in Anuradhapura, in the country’s North Central Province, later this week. Rajapakse will be contesting the polls from the Kurunegala District in the North Western Province.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who will be spearheading the ruling United National Party’s (UNP) election campaign and who will be contesting from the Colombo District said last week that he expects Sirisena to stay away from the August 17 election campaigns. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton ruled out any softening of Australia’s policy, telling Parliament Australia will not deviate because the people smugglers are still there in Indonesia, and in Sri Lanka and Vietnam and elsewhere trying to put syndicates together to put people on to boats, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. The study by Save the Children and UNICEF asserts the policy is inflicting incalculable harm on asylum seekers, especially children; straining bilateral relationships; and damaging Australia’s bid for a seat on the United Nation’s Human Rights Council.It calls on the Turnbull Government to commit to a timeline for resettling those on Nauru and Manus Island, legislate against the detention of children and revoke the ban on resettling refugees who arrived in Indonesia after July 1 2014. The study estimates the cost of keeping around 2000 asylum seekers and refugees on Manus Island and Nauru at $400,000 per person, compared with just $33,000 for those on bridging visas in the Australian community. Australia fears people smugglers are still operating in Sri Lanka and so the policy on asylum seekers will not be softened.The cost of stopping asylum boats by Australia has been calculated at more than $9.6 billion since 2013, and will be another $5.7 billion over the next four years, according to a study by Save the Children and UNICEF. Pressing the case for a regional protection framework, it also recommends an increase in Australia’s refugee intake and the phasing out of turning back boats to Indonesia, which is says exposes asylum seekers to potential danger at sea and further harm.With a report to be launched by the Human Rights Commission on Wednesday, the study increases the pressure on Malcolm Turnbull to end the ordeal of those in limbo. Turnbull will fly to New York next week to attend a summit called by President Obama on refugees. (Courtesy Colombo Gazette) read more

“The peace talks are continuing, we are determined to reach an agreement and this commitment will not wane over time,” the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, told reporters at a press conference in Kuwait, the host country for the talks.“We agreed with the two delegations that the De-escalation and Coordination Committee (DCC) would investigate clashes on the ground and would provide us with detailed reports with the aim of protecting the ongoing peace talks from daily developments on the ground,” he added. Highlighting the strong link between the security situation in Yemen and the political process, Mr. Cheikh Ahmed underscored that the occasional tension on the ground should not obstruct the peace talks. “We hope that the positive atmosphere in the talks will also be reflected in the security situation. As I have always said, the only way to resolve the conflict in Yemen is through the conclusion of a political settlement,” he noted.“There were a number of breaches of the cessation of hostilities yesterday and this is worrying. We are carefully following-up on the issue with the parties with the support of the international community,” he said.In order to move the talks forward, the delegates met today in three working groups. These groups began consultations on political and security issues, in addition to issues related to prisoners and detainees. “The parties reiterated their support to the DCC and the Local De-escalation Committees which are playing an important role in halting hostilities in their respective governorates. The UN stressed the importance of strengthening the operational role of the Local De-escalation Committees in the country and especially in Taiz. The success of those Committees in Taiz would serve as model for the country and will help ensure constant and unhindered flow of humanitarian aid,” the envoy explained.UN reports indicate that the cessation of hostilities has increased the ability of humanitarian agencies to conduct their activities and to deliver aid effectively. In the governorate of Taiz for example, drinking water was distributed and a number of health working groups were established to follow-up on medical cases and to provide medical services. In the governorates of Hajjah and Al-Jawf, a number of emergency child protection campaigns were launched. In addition, work has started on training volunteers and specialists to provide psychological support, and around nine million internally displaced persons have been provided with food aid. “There is no doubt the level of humanitarian need far exceeds what has been provided, but it is important to recognize that more help is getting through. We hope that the humanitarian agencies will be able to make further progress in the coming days. We call on all parties to facilitate the operations of these agencies in all governorates,” said Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed.Underlining that the participation of Yemeni women is a vital part of advancing the peace talks, the UN official announced that seven women leaders arrived in Kuwait last night. They are expected to meet with a range of interlocutors to urge them to reach a comprehensive political settlement.“The women aim to deliver measured and comprehensive messages to the two delegations and the international community,” he noted. “There is no doubt that their role will remain vital and their arguments central to all of our efforts and in the upcoming reconstruction phase.” read more

NASSAU, Bahamas — Justin Thomas and Henrik Stenson have different caddies at the Hero World Challenge. Only one of them is temporary.Stenson said while caddie Gareth Lord is recovery from shoulder surgery, the two are taking a break. The Swede has hired Scott Vail for the Bahamas, and he plans to start the new year with him and see how it goes. Vail previously worked for Brandt Snedeker.“We’re in the dating stages,” Stenson said.Thomas gave Jimmy Johnson the week off from this holiday tournament and is using Cory Whitsett, a former teammate at Alabama.Whitsett said Thomas asked him about it a few weeks ago, and the only conflict would have been had Whitsett made it to the final stage of Web.com Tour qualifying next week. He missed out on the second stage, and “here I am.”More than having a friend on the bag, Thomas is hopeful it can inspire Whitsett, who has been toiling on the mini-tours. Whitsett and Thomas were Walker Cup teammates in 2013, and both qualified for the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in 2014.“I can’t imagine how hard that it is going through Q-school and missing a few times,” Thomas said. “I’m sure a few doubts come into your head. I think he knows, and I want him to know, that he belongs out here, he’s good enough. Being out here with us, watching us playing, being around the best in the world is going to be good for him. I hope it makes him realize that he’s a lot closer than he thinks he is.“I know he’s good enough to play out here,” Thomas said. “I’m hoping he can somehow get confidence out of this week.”Whitsett has only caddied once before, when he was living at Sea Island and caddied for fellow Texan Cody Gribble at a Monday qualifier. This was different. No sooner did he arrive at Albany that they headed to chipping area where Tiger Woods, the tournament host, was working.Whitsett had never met Woods. He will see plenty of Woods on Thursday when Thomas is paired with him in the opening round.Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press read more

TOP 30 saves of EHF CL in 2017 ← Previous Story Icelandic squad for EURO 2018 with Palmarsson and Sigurdsson Next Story → NEW YEARS’ TOURNAMENT: 14th youth handball Gala in Belgrade EHF TV platform prepares the BEST 30 saves of the VELUX EHF Champions League in Year 2017. A lot of fantastic saves have been seen all around Europe. The No.1 is Thierry Omeyer, PSG Handball star, double save from November 2017…Take a look on it…