SEA Games: PH bet Beram makes it two golds

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “It was feeling heavy going to the race, but I gotta do my 100, no 1,000 percent to win,” said Beram after making the rounds wrapped in Philippine flag to the cheers of a packet of Filipino fans inside the Bukit Jalil National Stadium.“I just thank God. I tried my best. I was just so happy I was able to get it done,” he said of the feat which could resuscitate the country’s campaign here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe 200m dash champion said he didn’t mind being put in Lane 7.“I doesn’t matter, 400m is all around. The only drawback is I can’t see my toughest opponent,” said Beram whose mother hails from Cebu City. “But it’s a sprint and you gotta run as fast as you can. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Anthony Beram of the Philippines won the men’s 200 meter dash in the Southeast Asian Games Wednesday night. He also won the 400m race the day after. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR — Trenten Anthony Beram just became Philippine sports’ newest hero Thursday night.The 21-year-old University of Connecticut math major clocked 46.39 seconds to win the men’s 400-meter gold for his second title in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT Could your hands predict your sporting success? Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “There’s no excuse for not running as fast as you can.”Beram’s gold was the country’s 14th after lawn bowls and boxing also brought home honors earlier today.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

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Kobe Paras relishes representing Philippines

first_imgKobe Paras of the Philippines dunks over a Burmese defender in the preliminaries of men’s basketball tournament of the 29th Southeast Asian Games.Thirty years ago, Benjie Paras proudly trotted out his gold medal after leading the Philippines to the championship in the men’s basketball competition in the 1987 Southeast Asian Games in Jakarta.Fast forward to today. It’s now his son Kobe’s turn to wear the gold around his neck for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “I’m really happy because I was telling ever since that I want to play five-on-five. I was given the chance and I really made the most of it. I just hope that I made the Filipinos proud,” he said.The younger Paras now embarks on a new journey with Cal State Northridge as he reboots his collegiate career in the United States.“When I go to the States, it’s strictly business. It’s not like here that I’m fighting for our country. There, I’ll play for myself and the future,” he said. “I love my teammates, I love everyone, and I can’t wait to get back there.”ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA: Blackwater blasts Kia Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READcenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 The younger Paras said he’s honored to have achieved something his dad has also done.“It feels good. When we won against Indonesia, my dad called me right away and joked that we both won gold. It just feels good that I was able to do something he has done at this age,” the young prodigy said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingKobe and Benjie were both 19 when they won the gold in the biennial meet, making the parallelism more interesting for the father-and-son tandem.The 6-foot-6 swingman, though, is just glad to finally have the opportunity to don the national colors and represent the country in five-on-five competition after years of strutting his stuff in the 3×3 scene. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more

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Sunrisers clinch IPL title, beat RCB by 8 runs in final,Sunrisers clinch IPL title, beat RCB by 8 runs in final

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS × COMMENT RELATED Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers put up an incredible performance to ruin Virat Kohli’s fairytale season beating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 8 runs in a high—octane summit clash walking away with their maiden Indian Premier League trophy, here tonight.In a battle between IPL’s best batting and bowling line—ups, the Orange Army came up trumps despite initial blitzkrieg from Chris Gayle and Kohli, defending their total of 208 for seven by restricting the home team to 200 for seven.It was David Warner’s batting and astute captaincy complemented by some inspirational death overs bowling by Mustafizur Rahaman (1/37 in 4 overs) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0/25 in 4 overs) that clinched the issue.Warner, who hit 68, finished second in run—getters’ list with 848 runs.The turning point certainly would be the 24 runs that Ben Cutting (39 no and 2/35) got in the final over off Shane Watson’s bowling during Sunrisers innings and then came back to dismiss a rampaging Gayle.With 18 needed off last over, Bhuvneshwar, who bowled 13 dot balls gave only 9 runs. As the last ball was delivered, skipper Warner’s joy knew no bounds with the entire team and dug—out joining him in wild celebrations.Gayle (76 off 38 balls) and skipper Kohli (54 off 35 balls) had a scintillating opening stand of 114 in 10.3 overs as it looked like a cakewalk for the home team.But in the end, Kohli was the tragic hero once again after the WorldT20 in a tournament that will be remembered for his exploits.He finished the tournament with an astounding 973 runs at an average of 81.08 and and equally impressive strike—rate of 152.03. He hit an unbelievable four hundreds and seven half—centuries, not to forget 83 boundaries and a staggering 38 sixes.Once the duo were back in quick succession, it depended AB de Villiers (5), who had one of his rare failures as Sunrisers came back into the match.KL Rahul was done in by a slow off—cutter from Cutting and Shane Watson found it hard to get the big shots going as Mustafizur accounted for him.Stuart Binny hit Mustafizur down the ground for a six as the equation came down to 37 from 3 overs.But Bhuvneshwar bowled a brilliant 18th over keeping everything in the blockhole as only 7 came off the over.RCB 30 were needed off last two overs as Binny (9) was run—out off the first delivery of the 19th over bowled by Mustafizur. Sachin Baby hit six off the last ball as RCB’s requirement of final over was 18 runs but Bhuvneshwar kept his cool to win the match for Sunrisers. IPL viewership up 60% since week 1 SHARE cricket May 29, 2016 KARNATAKA – BENGALURU – 29/05/2016 : Sun Risers Hyderabad team celebrating, after winning the finals of Indian Premier League 2016 IPL T20 match between Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sun Risers Hyderabad, at M Chinnaswamy Stadium (KSCA), in Bengaluru on May 29, 2016. Photo K Murali Kumar. – Published on KARNATAKA – BENGALURU – 29/05/2016 : Sun Risers Hyderabad team celebrating, after winning the finals of Indian Premier League 2016 IPL T20 match between Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sun Risers Hyderabad, at M Chinnaswamy Stadium (KSCA), in Bengaluru on May 29, 2016. Photo K Murali Kumar. –last_img read more

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Arata Izumi hopes restructuring will revive Indian football

first_imgIndian Super League side FC Pune City’ latest recruit, Arata Izumi, is no newcomer to the Indian football scene. The Japan-born Indian player – who has had fruitful stints with teams like Pune FC, who have already pulled out of the I-League, and East Bengal – has his fingers crossed hoping AIFF’s proposed restructuring plan improves the standard of the game in the country.Roped in by Pune from Atletico de Kolkata, where he had a successful season, Izumi said he was sad with the current state of the country’s premier football league.”It’s pretty sad to for me to see clubs like Salgaocar and Sporting Clube de Goa withdrawing from the I-League, which is becoming smaller and smaller. It’s (AIFF’s restructuring) a turning point for Indian football. I am worried about the sacrifice all the people, players, those investing money are making for Indian football. I hope these sacrifices bear fruit,” Izumi told Mail Today.Izumi will reunite with his former ISL coach Antonio Habas, who took over the reins of the Pune outfit this season. In fact, the player says it was at Habas’s insistence that he joined Pune.”It always feels good when a coach wants you to shift with him. Habas called me up and said he wanted me in Pune. It’s a great honour to play under a coach like him. I decided to move from Kolkata to Pune due to him. I am very excited to reunite with Habas. I am sure it will be a great journey and I will have a good time with him,” said Izumi, who made his debut for the national side in 2013.advertisement”I feel Pune is my second home. I have played for six years in the city. I have family here so I am very much attached to the city,” he added.At 33, Izumi is still among the best midfielders in Indian football. His match-winning brace against Kerala Blasters last season was hailed among the best performances in the competition.ENJOYING HIS GAMEIzumi vows to keep going until he enjoys playing the Beautiful Game.”I enjoy this game and that is the only reason I play. The day I stop enjoying the game I will hang up my boots. I know people expect me to show something entertaining and that motivates me to carry on with my career. Everything is right at the moment for me to continue in the game,” said Izumi.The Japan-born player has also developed a strong bond with Kolkata fans, known for their passion for the game. The midfielder expressed his gratitude towards the supporters who thronged the Salt Lake stadium to catch a glimpse of him playing in Atletico de Kolkata’s red and white stripes.”I really appreciate the love I received at ATK. I will miss ATK a lot. I had a great time there. I salute the Kolkata supporters and also want to thank Pune who have welcomed me,” he saidlast_img read more

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UAAP commissioner junks UP appeal on Bo Perasol 3-game ban

first_imgAtty. Patricia GalangAtty. Jayson Jorvina This jewelry designer is also an architect Tokyo Olympic chiefs ask for input to fight 2020 heat Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own man Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? The additional two-game ban will cover the games against University of the East on Oct. 12 and University of the Santo Tomas Oct. 16. Ricky Dandan will call the shots for the Fighting Maroons in lieu of Perasol.READ: Perasol: Blowout loss a wake-up call for us“The commissioner is improvising to justify the legally unjustifiable,” said Galang. “In his first memo, he said that the two-game suspension was for continuous flagrant acts of aggression.Now, in an effort to justify each suspended game, he has gone back to the footage and tried to identify each of the purported acts of unsportsmanlike conduct.”READ UP’S FULL STATEMENT:ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ The management of the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons is disappointed with the decision of UAAP Tournament Commisisoner Jensen Ilagan to deny our motion for reconsideration (MR) appealing the three-game suspension of Coah Bo Perasol.In denying the MR, we believe that the Commissioner passed up an opportunity to right an egregious wrong. We likewise believe that the decision of Commissioner Ilagan is terribly misguided and based on a poor understanding of the tournament rules, a faulty appreciation of the facts, and a blatant disregard for precedent.It is our contention, after reading the Commissioner’s memo denying the MR, that he is improvising to justify the legally unjustifiable. In his first memo he said that the additional two-game suspension was for “continuous flagrant acts of aggression;” now in an effort to justify each suspended game, he has gone back to the footage and tried to identify each of the purported acts of unsportsmanlike conduct.But even if you look at those so-called acts by themselves, do they merit a one-game suspension? They say Coach Bo pointed an accusing and threatening finger to the official and that he deserves a one-game suspension for this; but other coaches do the same during the game without even the benefit of a technical.The Commissioner talks about the values of what makes the UAAP and sports great, but he forgot the most important one: fairness.His decision, in our view, fails to take into consideration the reasons behind the outburst in the first place. As we stressed in the MR, this confrontation was not the result of the officiating of just one game.To reiterate what we explained in the MR: “as someone who loves basketball and is devoted to his players and our alma mater, Coach Bo is passionate about the game, how it is played, and how it is officiated. Like many of those who have been a part of and have been entertained by the tournament these past years, Coach Bo cannot countenance unjust, unfair, and inexplicably inconsistent officiating.”The fact of the matter is our long experience with bad officiating and the unheeded pleas for much-needed officiating reforms has contributed to our collective frustration with our refs––the same kind of frustration that Coach Bo displayed in the game against Ateneo.We remind officials of the UAAP that everything has context. Coach Bo’s display of emotion and the ensuing confrontation with the game official should not be viewed as disrespect for the UAAP, the game of basketball, or its rules––but an expression of pent-up frustration rooted in the inability of game officials to consistently enforce the game’s rules. It was also a result of Coach Bo’s desire to seek clarification for what he believed was an uncalled for technical foul on center Bright Akhuetie.Coach Bo fought for his players, fought for what is right. If the UAAP wants to do the right thing, then it should go after erring referees and resolve to address poor officiating with the same enthusiasm it has when it comes to punishing the league’s passionate coaches and players. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical The UAAP has yet to release an official statement on Ilagan’s decision as of posting time, but the Fighting Maroons’ legal team, led by lawyer Patricia Galang, has described the denial as “terribly misguided and based on a poor understanding of the tournament rules, a faulty appreciation of the facts and a blatant disregard for precedent.”READ: UP coach Bo Perasol to appeal 3-game ban, says it’s ‘too much’FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manIn a statement, Galang said they plan to elevate the matter to the UAAP Board of Trustees made up of university presidents of member-schools, while considering “other legal options.”Perasol will miss the game against Far Eastern University on Sunday following his ejection for his outburst in the 63-89 loss to Ateneo in the final game of the first round of eliminations last Sunday. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments MANILA, Philippines–UAAP Season 82 basketball commissioner Jensen Ilagan on Friday stood firm on his decision to hand an additional two-game ban on top of the automatic one-game suspension slapped on University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol, junking a motion for reconsideration filed by UP.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

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Delhi Police probing ‘trafficking’ angle on German embassy’s complaint

first_imgDelhi Police is investigating a suspected case of human trafficking in which unemployed youths were being sent to Germany purportedly to take part in a jujutsu tournament.The complaint in this regard was filed by the German embassy.In the complaint, lodged at Chanakyapuri police station, a German embassy officer alleged that six youths submitted forged documents with their visa applications.He said the six applied for visa purportedly to take part in a jujutsu (a Japanese martial art) tournament at Gelsenkirchen in Germany.The youths, claiming to be students of Sir Marshall Convent School in Punjab, even produced a letter on the school’s letterhead, along with their visa applications, police said.Upon verification by the embassy from the school, the letter was found to be forged.In his complaint, the embassy official mentioned the name of the agent, coordinating with the youths for their proposed visit to Germany, as Deepak Sharma, claiming him to be a “suspected human trafficker to Europe”.Sharma allegedly used sports events to illegally transport people to Europe, the complaint stated.”A case under sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record) and 120B (criminal conspiracy), IPC was registered, said a senior police officer, adding that a hunt was launched for the agent.last_img read more

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HIGHLIGHTS WESTERN REGION AT 2100 HRS

first_imgMumbai, Jun 30 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the western region at 2100 HRS:BOM 6 GJ-MODI-BUDDHAModasa: Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he aspires to build a grand monument of Lord Buddha in Gujarats Aravalli district where Buddhist relics were found during an excavation.BOM 16 GJ-PM-TEXTILESGandhinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi says time is right for India to focus on textiles exports in a big way, and urges states to take steps to promote clothing diversity in the global market.BOM 17 GJ-PREZ-LD MEIRAAhmedabad: Opposition candidate Meira Kumar kickstarts her campaign for the presidential poll from the Sabarmati ashram here and says her fight is to take forward Mahatma Gandhis ideology.BOM 11 MH-CST-MAHARAJMumbai: Citys iconic railway station Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus has been rechristened with addition of an honorific Maharaj after Shivaji to its old name.BOM 12 BIZ-RESERVES-RBIMumbai: Helped by a rise in foreign currency assets, the countrys forex reserves surges by USD 576.4 million to touch a new life-time high of USD 382.53 billion in the week to June 23, according to the RBI.BOM 4 MH-SENA-AIRINDIAMumbai: NDA ally Shiv Sena attacks the Centre over its decision to privatise national carrier Air India, says had such a decision been taken by the previous Congress-led UPA government, the BJP would not have spared it.BES 10 GA-MUTHALIK-ENTRY BANNEDPanaji: Goa government extends the ban on controversial right-wing organisation Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik for another 60-days.LGB 2 MH-HC-IPL-WATERMumbai: The Bombay High Court asks if the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament is a sports or a commercial activity and if the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) had taken water from the BMC for ground and pitch maintenance during the IPL this year.advertisementLGB 4 MH-COURT-BHUJBALMumbai: The Enforcement Directorate opposes NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbals plea seeking permission to vote in the July 17 presidential election.LGB 5 MH-HC-JAILMumbai: In the wake of recent death of a woman inmate in Byculla jail, the Bombay High Court says the prisoners security across the state needs to be looked into. PTI NSK NSKlast_img read more

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Cold Again Cancels Aqueduct Races

first_imgNEW YORK – Aqueduct has canceled the Sunday card, the second straight day of racing lost to the cold snap in the New York metropolitan area.Both Aqueduct and Belmont Park remain open for simulcast betting on out-of-state tracks.The cancellation was the sixth this winter. The next scheduled card is Monday, a holiday program on Presidents Day.A wind chill advisory issued Saturday for New York City remains in effect until noon Sunday. National Weather Service meteorologists say the city could see wind chills of 15 degrees to 24 degrees below zero, with winds gusting up to 35 mph.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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JLR October sales down 4.6% at 44,282 units in October

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 9 (PTI) Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover Friday reported 4.6 per cent decline in total retail sales at 44,282 units in October. Sales in China decreased by 49 per cent as market conditions remained challenging amid tariff changes and continued trade tensions with the US, which are impacting consumer confidence and automotive purchases, Tata Motors said in a regulatory filing. Retail sales rose significantly in the UK by 46.9 per cent and North America by 24.1 per cent on the back of newer models — Jaguar I-PACE and E-PACE and refreshed Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, it added. During the month, Jaguar retail sales were 13,764 units, up 11.6 per cent, driven by the EPACE and I-PACE as well as the long wheel base XEL from the company’s Chinese joint venture, JLR said. On the other hand, Land Rover retailed 30,518 units in October, down 10.5 per cent as increased sales of refreshed Range Rover and Range Rover Sport as well as the Velar were offset by lower sales of the Evoque and Discovery Sport, primarily in China, it added. Commenting on the sales performance, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Commercial Officer Felix Brautigam said,”We continue to face challenges in some markets, notably China. “Despite this, we saw a strong performance in the UK and North America, which is a testament to our customers’ loyalty to our brands and the positive response of new customers to our evolving product line-up.” PTI RKL RKL SHW ADIADIlast_img read more

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North European Independent Short Sea Operators Struggle

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Pixabay (Pixabay License) The Main Line Operators’ (MLO) share of the Northern European short sea and feeder capacity has increased from 34% to 56% over the last decade, according to data provided by Alphaliner.Alphaliner’s analysis of all tonnage deployed on the intra-North Europe routes in 2009 and 2019 shows that four largest European MLOs, MSC, Maersk, CMA CGM and Hapag-Lloyd, are the dominant players in this area, with all of them growing their short sea coverage over the last ten years.COSCO has also been growing its presence in North Europe in recent years, aided by the inclusion of OOCL’s activities in this market.In contrast, the independent short sea carriers and common feeder operators in Northern Europe face an uncertain future, as they continue to lose market share to main line carriers.Their share dipped from 66% to 44%, while the total capacity operated also fell from 164,000 TEU in 2009 to only 117,000 TEU currently. Some of the existing carriers have shrunk their operations, while several players have either ceased operations or were absorbed by other carriers.Team Lines’ move to shut down on February 11 marks another departure of an established North European short sea operator. The company will join several other European names that have disappeared in the past decade, including Baltic Container Lines, Intermarine (IMCL), United Feeder Services, Feederlink, Tschudi Lines and MacAndrews, which will soon be consolidated under the Containerships brand.last_img read more

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Nova Scotias Unique Solutions Design Poised to Become Largest of its Kind

first_imgNova Scotia’s Unique Solutions Design Ltd. is set to expand its Dartmouth headquarters. The international company is also attracting significant new private-sector investment thanks to support from the province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI). Unique Solutions is a leader in the fashion and apparel world for its three-dimensional body scanners, custom fit, body measurements and data. Unique’s scanners can be found in Mexico, Tunisia, Korea as well as Canada and the United States. Nova Scotia Business Inc.’s equity arm, NSBI Venture Capital, is investing $2 million in Unique Solutions. The investment helped attract an additional $3 million in U.S.-based private-sector funding. Premier Rodney MacDonald made the announcement at the company’s headquarters in Dartmouth today, May 4. Premier MacDonald was joined by Tanya Shaw Weeks, CEO of Unique Solutions Design, and Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “Unique Solutions has grown a solid business from its home in Nova Scotia and now has an opportunity to become the largest company of its kind worldwide,” said Premier MacDonald. “The province, through NSBI, is continuing to help the company reach its goals and maximize benefits for the people of Nova Scotia.” With the new investments, Unique Solutions is aggressively moving to deploy scanners and finalize contracts with some of the world’s largest retailers and partners in the apparel and health and wellness industries. Unique Solutions is projecting its growth will create 30 new jobs this year. “As demand for our specialized equipment, support and web portal services grows, so will the demand for talented employees,” said Ms. Shaw Weeks. “This round of investment helps support our business today and sustain it into the future.” NSBI Venture Capital has worked with Unique Solutions since 2003, and has a presence on the company’s board of directors, helping drive its success. “Unique Solutions and NSBI have built a long-standing relationship focused on growth and success. NSBI is more than just an investor, we’re a partner,” said Mr. Lund. “We work closely with Nova Scotia companies, providing growth capital, strategic direction, and advice to help them reach that next level.” As the leading experts in fit, Unique has provided innovative custom-fit solutions and technologies to people of all shapes and sizes since 1994. In addition to body measurement technology expertise, Unique holds the largest and most comprehensive database of women’s measurements. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital. NSBI Venture Capital is a mid to late-stage investor focusing on Nova Scotia businesses in five key sectors: information and communications technology, defence and aerospace, energy, advanced manufacturing, and life sciences.last_img read more

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Gallant says lieutenantgovernor has OKd his bid to stay on as premier

first_imgFREDERICTON – Brian Gallant says the lieutenant-governor has given him permission to continue on as New Brunswick’s premier for the time being, signalling the province’s high-stakes political drama won’t be over any time soon.Gallant met Tuesday with Lt.-Gov. Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau to discuss Monday night’s election, which left his Liberals in second place with 21 seats to the Tories’ 22 seats, and two smaller parties winning three seats each.She gave him the go-ahead to stay on as premier and attempt to seek the confidence of the house, he said, and he is promising to convene the legislature “before Christmas.”“Indeed we’re still the government and I’m still the premier until we lose the confidence of the house. She has granted us the opportunity to face the legislature to see if we can maintain the confidence of the house,” Gallant said after meeting Roy-Vienneau for less than a hour.Tory Leader Blaine Higgs, who will meet with Roy-Vienneau Thursday morning, said her office has given him a different impression.“That isn’t the message that we’ve received from the lieutenant governor’s office,” said Higgs.Asked about what was said during Roy-Vienneau’s meeting with Gallant, a spokesman for the lieutenant-governor said she “inquired as to whether he believes he has the confidence of the House.”“He indicated he thinks so, however more discussions are necessary. Her Honour awaits his final decision,” said Tim Richardson, her principal secretary.Gallant told reporters he will call the legislature back “sooner than later.”“I made this clear to the lieutenant-governor — if I face the legislature and I do not maintain the confidence of the house there will be a new government governing this province … whether there’s some type of other arrangement or whether it would mean that we would have to go into another general election,” he said.Gallant likened the situation to Stephen Harper’s former federal government — the Conservatives managed to govern several years in a minority government without a formal coalition.Gallant made it clear, though, he might seek some kind of arrangement with another party.“If there’s a formal agreement between us and somebody else, and that demonstrates that we would be in a position to maintain the confidence of the house, we would still have to call the house at one point to ensure that confidence would be practically possible and we would be able to govern.”Both Higgs and Gallant said they had so far had only spoken with Green Party Leader David CoonRobin Mockler a spokeswoman for the People’s Alliance, said Tuesday morning there had been no talks to date between Higgs and Alliance Leader Kris Austin.Gallant said he “humbly” accepts that the results suggest New Brunswickers want change, but said they are asking the parties to figure out how to govern together.A number of ridings were decided by slim margins, and recounts are expected, but Gallant said he didn’t expect the results would change. He said those recounts would have to be held, and MLAs sworn in, before he would be able to call the house into session.Gallant said in order to work with other parties, he might not be able to act on some of the Liberal campaign promises.“New Brunswickers have not accepted in a majority fashion any of the platforms that were presented last night. New Brunswickers have made it clear that none of our platforms were what they wanted,” he said.Higgs, who said he considers himself a premier-elect, said voters have given the Tories a mandate.“I’d like to just get on with it. I think all this is doing is prolonging it,” Higgs said.Observers say backroom deals brokered over the coming hours and days could determine whether a tenable coalition is formed with one of the smaller parties — or whether New Brunswickers are soon back at the polls.Donald Wright, a political science professor at the University of New Brunswick, says if Gallant cannot find the confidence of the house, Higgs will be given a chance — presumably through a deal with the right-of-centre People’s Alliance.Wright said if neither main party can gain confidence of the house, the legislature will be dissolved and another election will be held.Political scientist Mario Levesque said one issue with such a close election is that the party or coalition in power will have to elect a Speaker.“The challenge here is even if they do form a pact — the Alliance goes with the Conservatives or the Greens with the Liberals — there is not enough there to elect the Speaker,” said Levesque, a professor at Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B.“If the Alliance goes with the Conservatives, that’s 25, so a majority,” he said. “But then you have to take one away for the Speaker, and that gives them 24 which means they’re still vulnerable to a tie vote in the legislature.”Erin Crandall, a professor in the politics department at Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S., called the emergence of two third parties “the big story for this election.”“This is uncharted territory for New Brunswick, which is historically a two-party system,” said Crandall, who is originally from Moncton. “It’s always been a question of who’s going to be in a majority government: The PCs or Liberals.”She said a minority government will change the dynamics of governing in New Brunswick, making third parties the “major influencer” in the legislature.— With files from Keith Doucette in Quispamsis and Michael MacDonald and Brett Bundale in Halifax.last_img read more

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Hunky Bill BC perogy pioneer restaurateur PNE mainstay dies at 88

first_imgVANCOUVER — Bill Konyk, a legendary Vancouver businessman who fought a human rights battle to maintain his nickname Hunky Bill, has died. He was 88.His youngest son, Mark Konyk, says his dad will be remembered as a man who opened the West Coast to good Ukrainian food, adding he was a pioneer in educating people in B.C. about how to eat and make perogies.  Konyk died of cancer on Tuesday evening surrounded by his family.A statement from the Pacific National Exhibition announced “with incredible sadness” the death of one of its longest standing concessionaires. Konyk was a general sales manager for a Vancouver radio station in 1967 when he bet a friend $10 that he could get a booth at the PNE and sell his Ukrainian food.A history of the business on his company’s website says Konyk convinced the exhibition to give him a booth and Hunky Bill’s Ukrainian food has been a mainstay at the fair ever since.Hunky Bill was his self-adopted nickname and the trademark for his perogy, restaurant and retail businesses. It also prompted a B.C. Human Rights complaint in the 1980s when a group claimed it was a derogatory term.An account of the 1982 decision in the Vancouver Sun says the complaint was dismissed by Human Rights Branch chairman Dermod Owen-Flood. In his decision he reportedly quoted “Alice in Wonderland,” saying “words mean exactly what the speaker intends, nothing more and nothing less.”Mark Konyk said Wednesday his dad worked almost to the end of his life.“He was used to doing the deliveries and doing everything else. Up until about a year ago he was still running everything, doing the deliveries and making sales where ever he could.”Just two weeks ago he was at the race track in the winner’s circle after a friend’s horse had won.“He was hooting and hollering, having a good time,” Konyk said.Bill Konyk sold newspapers in Winnipeg on the coroner of Portage and Main, worked for the Winnipeg Free Press, sold cash registers for a company in Chicago and was the general manager of sales at CFUN radio in Vancouver, his son said.When the family came to Vancouver, they couldn’t get the Ukrainian food they were used to eating, so his dad started importing food from Manitoba and that’s what led to the bet that started the perogy franchise, Konyk explained.There were numerous restaurants and retail outlets in the Lower Mainland under the Hunky Bill’s name. Konyk said his dad also bought the Dover Arms pub in Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood. Those were all sold around 2000.  The family is slowly getting back into the food stores, and still runs a food truck as well as maintaining its booth at the Pacific Exhibition.Konyk said his dad opened the door for many other perogy makers.“When he brought them out to the West, people didn’t know what a perogy was. He always said they thought it was a hockey puck or something.”Hunky Bill is survived by his wife Kay and three sons: Bill Jr., Clayton and Mark.Terri Theodore, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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UN envoy calls again for dialogue to resolve tensions in Lebanon

7 December 2010The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon today reiterated his concern over the crisis that has put on hold the work of key national institutions, and called once again for dialogue to resolve existing tensions. “We continue to believe that all problems, no matter how sensitive, have to be resolved through dialogue and with all sides relying on the state institutions,” Michael Williams said in a statement in Beirut.His comments followed a meeting with the Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament, Nabih Berri, during which he was accompanied by General Alberto Asarta Cuevas, the Force Commander of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).The situation in Lebanon has been marked by rising tensions in recent months and described by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a “domestic climate of uncertainty and fragility” in a report issued in October. “The country’s political leaders must focus on strengthening its sovereignty and independence as well as its institutions,” Mr. Ban stated in that report. Mr. Williams and Gen. Asarta also informed Mr. Berri about their joint visit last week to Israel to discuss the issue of a withdrawal of Israeli forces from the northern part of Ghajar, a village that straddles the so-called Blue Line separating Israel and Lebanon.Last month Israel announced its decision, in principle, to withdraw its army – the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) – from the area, which Mr. Ban welcomed as an important step towards the full implementation of Security Council resolution 1701, which brought to an end the 2006 conflict between Israel and the Lebanese group Hizbollah.“We believe this is an important development,” said Mr. Williams. “At the same time, as we explained to Speaker Berri today, the withdrawal of the IDF from northern Ghajar is but a first step towards resolving the status of Ghajar so that Lebanese sovereignty is fully restored over all Lebanese territory and that also the humanitarian requirements of the villagers are met.”Mr. Williams added that he and Gen. Asarta are planning to meet later this week with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and President Michel Sleiman. read more

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Korean hackers may have had links with Sri Lankan beneficiaries

According to security experts at BAE Systems, the recent bank hack is reminiscent of the $81m (£61m)Bangladesh Bank cyberheist, with similar malware and hacking tools used to carry out the attack. The malware used in the Taiwan bank hack was the same previously used by Lazarus against banks in Poland and Mexico. In the Taiwan bank heist, the hackers also used a variant of the Hermes ransomware, presumably “as a distraction or cover-up”. Lazarus is believed to be the cybertool of the dictatorial regime of North Korea for making money for the impoverished country, as it faces increasing international sanctions amid rising tensions. Apart from being involved in various attacks against global banks, the group is also believed to have orchestrated the historic WannaCry ransomware epidemic. Security experts that previously uncovered the hacker group’s recent activities said Lazarus has also targeted ATMs and gambling sites, to make money for the Kim Jong-un regime. However, the Taiwan bank hack may indicate the group’s intention of once again targeting banks.“Despite their continued success in getting onto payment systems in banks, the Lazarus group still struggle getting the cash in the end, with payments being reversed soon after the attacks are uncovered. The group may be trying new tricks to disrupt victims and delay their ability to respond – such as different message formats, and the deployment of ransomware across the victim’s network as a smokescreen for their other activity,” the BAE Systems researchers said in a blog.“It’s likely they’ll continue their heist attempts against banks in the coming months and we expect they will evolve their modus operandi to incorporate new ways of disrupting victims (and possibly the wider community) from responding,” the researchers added. (Colombo Gazette) The proliferate North Korean state-sponsored hacker group Lazarus, believed to be behind numerous high-profile cyberattacks against global financial and government institutions, appears to have focused again on international banks.Lazarus is now suspected to have been behind the recent Taiwan bank cyberheist, which saw hackers steal millions from the Far East International Bank, ibtimes reported. The cyberattack on the bank involved hackers stealing money by compromising the bank’s SWIFT network. The stolen funds were then transferred to several overseas beneficiaries in Sri Lanka and Cambodia – countries where Lazarus’ bank heist activities have previously been detected. According to BAE Systems researchers, on 3 October, some of the stolen funds were transferred to the Bank of Ceylon. The very next day, an individual allegedly withdrew Rs 30m ($195,330; £147,350) from the bank. The unknown individual was arrested two days later when he allegedly returned to withdraw an additional Rs 8m ($52,000; 39,290).Although local reports stated that the hackers stole around $60m from the Taiwanese bank, the exact amount of the stolen funds is still unclear. The BAE Systems researchers said “the amounts actually stolen were considerably lower” and that the Far East International Bank has already recovered most of the stolen funds. read more

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Sri Lankan authorities must work vigorously to ease simmering ethnoreligious tensions urges

“There is a serious deficit of trust among ethno-religious communities in Sri Lanka following the deadly Easter Sunday bomb blasts and subsequent mob violence this year, and these tensions must not be ignored,” Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, said while presenting a report following his 12-day mission to the country.  Noting that the Government has taken some significant initiatives to strengthen its democracy and rule of law, the expert said that many religious communities remained very concerned about their security because of incitement to hatred and violence by some religious extremists. According to Mr. Shaheed, the main challenges to the right to freedom of religion or belief are religious and political violence, lack of accountability, distrust of institutions and resentment against perceived majoritarian privilege. “Failure by the State to take action to address incitement to hatred and violence will allow extremism to escalate and pose serious challenges to peacebuilding,” he said, adding that “the ethno-religious tension must not be treated as mere sporadic incidents.”  He further underscored that women’s experiences of ethno-religious hostility including violence, displacement and stereotyping must also be effectively addressed. “I call on the Government and all others to create an enabling environment for the exercise of fundamental freedoms, in the lead-up to elections and not to use ethno-religious tensions for electoral gain,” said Mr. Shaheed.  Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honourary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

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Guyana India sign three agreements

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGreenidge to lead Guyana’s delegation to IndiaJanuary 25, 2018In “Greenidge to head Guyana’s delegation to India”Renewable energy, cultural exchange MOUs to be signed at Guyana/India Joint Commission meetingJanuary 30, 2018In “latest news”PM Modi to visit Guyana later this yearMarch 13, 2018In “latest news” Guyana and India today (Tuesday) signed three agreements namely, Renewable Energy, Cultural Exchange Programme and Framework Agreement on International Solar Alliance, following bilateral talks between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge in New Delhi, India.The Guyanese delegation also presented the Instrument of Ratification of the International Solar Alliance.Greenidge was accompanied by a 4-member delegation including the Minister of Natural Resources and the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guyana Carl Greenidge and External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj. (Source: Ministry of External Affairs, India)According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Guyana, the subsequent discussions focused on further strengthening India-Guyana bilateral relations, through cooperation in capacity building, promotion of business and trade, enhancement of people to people contact, cooperation on pharmaceuticals and sharing India’s experience in Information Technology by setting up IT Centres of Excellence in Georgetown.Views were also exchanged on regional and multilateral issues such as climate change, solar alliance and UNSC reforms.Guyana’s delegation will also have discussions with the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and MoS for Renewable Energy for further strengthening trade between the two countries.India and Guyana will complete 50 years of their full diplomatic relations this year. read more

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75yearold woman cuts off Internet to Georgia and Armenia

first_imgA retired 75-year-old woman has single-handedly managed to cut off the Internet connection of two countries.She was digging around for scrap metal when she happened upon something far more valuable: Armenia and Georgia’s connection to the Internet. The interior ministry in Tbilisi said the woman hacked into a fibre-optic cable which runs through Georgia to Armenia, causing thousands of Internet users in both countries to lose connection for a few hours on March 28.Georgian interior ministry spokesman Zura Gvenetadze told the Associated Foreign Press that she found the cable and had intended to steal it. She was then found in the village of Ksani, north of Tbilisi, Georgia’s capitol, and has been charged with damaging property. The woman could be seeing up to three years of prison if convicted.Gvenetadze said the woman’s age has been taken into account and she has been released pending the end of the investigation and upcoming trial.The cable is owned by the Georgian Railway Telecom company, which clearly now has some major repair work to do. Hopefully that includes placing the new cable a little deeper underground. Although the connection has now been re-established, for 12 hours 90% of Armenia was without the web, and some ISPs in Georgia also went down. Gearogian Railway also owns cables in Azerbaijan, which were not effected.More at BBC News and Yahoo! NewsJennifer’s OpinionAlthough it may feel like it to some of us Generation-Y-ers, the Internet hasn’t been around forever. There are some people of a certain age that just don’t know much about the Internet and the hardware that goes along with it, like cables. My grandma doesn’t even own a computer, and she just got a cell phone for the first time a few months ago. The Georgian woman most likely had no idea that the cable she thought she’d get a few bucks for was actually the cord that connected thousands of people to the Internet.Is it really fair for her to get three years in prison at such an old age for something that was clearly an accident? Yes, she was trying to steal something, but she didn’t know the weight of what she was stealing. I think they should give this woman a break. What do you think?last_img read more

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Mise au point dun yaourt favorisant la perte de poids

first_imgMise au point d’un yaourt favorisant la perte de poidsEn Irlande, des chercheurs seraient parvenus à mettre au point un yaourt qui aurait la capacité de favoriser la perte de poids, et cela à travers une bactérie génétiquement modifiée.Les chercheurs à l’origine de cette découverte sont des nutritionnistes. Ils ont ainsi étudié la composition d’un yaourt et se sont particulièrement penchés sur le Lactobacillus. Cette bactérie d’acide lactique est notamment en charge de la fabrication des acides gras polyinsaturés, rapporte le site 7sur7. Les scientifiques ont alors choisi de modifier un gène de cette bactérie en question afin de créer une bactérie génétiquement modifiée dont la fonction serait de détruire les graisses de l’organisme.Pour valider cette modification génétique, la nouvelle bactérie a été soumise à un groupe de souris tandis qu’un autre groupe de rongeurs servait de point de comparaison. Après absorption de la bactérie génétiquement modifiée, les souris disposaient de quatre fois plus d’acides gras polyinsaturés que les souris du groupe témoin. Ainsi, Catherie Stanton, en charge de l’étude, a expliqué : “La graisse est ainsi plus vite brûlée et cela semble également freiner la croissance des cellules cancéreuses dans le gros intestin”. Une nouvelle qui pourrait bien révolutionner le monde des régimes et de la recherche médicale.Le 17 janvier 2011 à 19:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Detective Pikachu Gets a Western Release Huge Amiibo

first_img We know that a live-action Detective Pikachu movie is in the works. Perhaps it’s no surprise the game which inspired the film is finally being released in the West. This isn’t a regular release either, as the 3DS title will have functionality with an oversized amiibo figure.Though the game is called Detective Pikachu, players actually control a boy named Tim Goodman. Tim, along with a talkative, coffee-loving Pikachu, solve mysteries in Ryme City. As players progress, they’ll meet many characters, and of course, other Pokémon. The duo’s ultimate goal is to find Tim’s missing father. You can see what the game is about in the video below.As you can see, this is unlike any Pokémon game you’ve ever played. Instead of battling other pocket monsters, players must search for clues by examining the environment. Pikachu shouts “A bolt of brilliance!” whenever enough clues are gathered to further the case. The whole thing is very odd, but I suppose we should give the game props for bringing something decidedly different to the franchise.Expect a giant amiibo figure to release alongside the game. The amiibo allows players to view all of the “Pika Prompts” cutscenes from chapters they’ve completed. This even includes prompts they previously missed. This sounds like a handy tool for completionists. If nothing else, the gargantuan amiibo should make a fine addition to one’s amiibo collection.There was no mention of any upcoming 3DS games during yesterday’s Nintendo Direct. This could mean Nintendo is (finally) ramping down support for its popular handheld. If that’s the case, Detective Pikachu may very well be one of the last big releases for the device this year. Outside of this game, Kirby Battle Royale, and Dragon Quest XI, there isn’t much on the horizon for 3DS in 2018.Detective Pikachu comes to a 3DS near you on March 23.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Enter the World of ‘Pokemon: Detective Pikachu’ at SDCC 2019‘Pokemon Sleep’ Puts Pocket Monsters in Your Dreams Stay on targetlast_img read more

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