Go for Gold rallies to beat Gamboa Coffee for breakthrough win in PBA D-League

first_img“We’re a new team and it was evident that we’re still not familiar with each other,” said Go for Gold coach Charles Tiu. “I’m just happy because it was a good test for our team to learn.”Senegalese big man Clement Leutcheu was a rock down low for Go for Gold, finishing with 14 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks, while Gaco flirted with a double-double with 13 markers and nine boards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJustin Gutang also stepped up for the Scratchers with 10 points and 13 rebounds, while Kent Salado got nine markers, five boards, four assists, and three steals before going down with an apparent MCL injury on his right knee at the 2:48 mark of the third quarter.Go for Gold swung the tide to its favor early in the fourth quarter as it staged a 7-0 run to grab a 62-55 cushion with 6:03 left to play and never let go of the lead. MOST READ View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting PBA IMAGESGo for Gold got its campaign going with a come-from-behind win, 75-68, over Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Monday at Pasig City Sports Center.After trailing by double-digits in the second quarter, the Scratchers got their act together as veterans Jerwin Gaco and J-Jay Alejandro led the fightback.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Oladipo’s 19 leads Pacers, snapping Spurs’ home streak Aris Dionisio paced the Coffee Lovers with 19 points and 13 rebounds, but missed his final three freebies with 55.1 seconds remaining which could have kept his side fighting down the stretch.Raymond Rubio got 11 markers and six boards in the loss.The Scores:GO FOR GOLD 75 — Leutcheu 14, Gaco 13, Gutang 10, Salado 9, Naboa 8, Salem 8, Alejandro 5, Dixon 3, Pili 2, San Juan 2, Domingo 1.GAMBOA COFFEE MIX-ST. CLARE 68 — Dionisio 19, Rubio 11, Pare 10, Ambuludto 8, Hallare 6, Rebugio 6, Jackson 4, Acuno 2, Bitoon 2, Alcober 0.ADVERTISEMENT Quarters: 14-19, 30-33, 52-53, 75-68. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

ICC World T20: New Zealand will stay grounded against England, says Kane Williamson

first_imgNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson is too familiar with the fickleness of cricket’s shortest format to take his team’s red-hot form for granted going into Wednesday’s World Twenty20 semi-final against England. (New Zealand’s road to semi-finals )The Kiwis cruised into the last four as the only unbeaten team in the tournament to book a clash with England who seem to be peaking at the right time.”I know that going into tomorrow, it’s a big, exciting match but our feet are firmly on the ground and we going to be running to perform our plans as best as we can,” the 25-year-old told reporters at the Feroz Shah Kotla.Williamson has displayed the tactical flexibility required to win a major tournament by sacrificing pace and gambling with three spinners, a ploy that paid off in the tournament opener against hosts India. (Peaking England take on formidable New Zealand in semifinal ) The presence of three left-handers – Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali – in the England lineup could tempt him to try the trick again.”We need to look at the condition before we decide on our final side,” Williamson said.”Naturally we’ll consider the track we’re playing on, the ground size and also the opposition.”He does not think of such moves as surprises.”In terms of my perspective and our coach, they are not surprises to us,” Williamson said.”We simply tried to pick horses for courses, our best side on the conditions against the opposition at any given time. That certainly won’t change in terms of philosophy.”advertisementEngland will go into the match with better knowledge of local conditions, having played their last two games at Kotla.New Zealand have played their four group matches in four different venues before landing in a sixth Indian city for the semi-final.”England’s been fortunate to play on these conditions a couple of times but I think in Twenty20 cricket, anything can happen,” said Williamson, taking a light-hearted view of his team’s city-hopping itinerary.”That’s great, we’ve been out to see more of India than most opposition sides,” he added.”Surely it happens just by coincidence. The guys braced the flights and enjoyed the variety of hotels,” he said, causing laughter in the room.last_img read more

Kimi Raikkonen refuses to give up on Ferrari’s 2017 Formula One season

first_imgFinish driver Kimi Raikkonen has insisted that Ferrari would continue to push until the last lap of the last race despite losing significant points to Mercedes in the Formula One drivers’ championship.Raikkonen’s Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel is currently standing 59 points behind Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who could pick up his fourth World Championship title if he manages to win this weeks’ Austin Grand Prix or Vettel finishes at sixth position or lower.It’s been a nightmare few weeks in the title race for Sebastian VettelAnd they’ve been a dream for @LewisHamilton #F1 #F1FastFact pic.twitter.com/rEWczcEsjS- Formula 1 (@F1) October 14, 2017However, Raikkonen refused to give up on Ferrari’s season and stressed that his team is still capable of clinching victories in remaining four races.”Any of them, as long as we do everything as well as possible. It’s a bit unknown, the tracks are different from each other. So we go every weekend, start from zero and do the best that we can and avoid the issues and mistakes,” Sport24 quoted Raikkonen as saying.Besides drivers’ championship, Ferrari also trail Mercedes by 145 points for the constructors’ title, but the Finish driver is adamant that Ferrari still have the potential to push for victory.”I don’t know what is going to happen, nobody knows. But I know we are going to push until the last lap in the last race and see where we end up. It hasn’t been the greatest races lately but I think we have the speed when they put things in the right place – that is at least something positive,” he concluded.advertisementlast_img read more

Two Reds HR’s Beat Mets, 2-1

first_imgCINCINNATI — Two late homers, a replay overturn that saved things in the ninth inning. The Reds needed a lot to finally win a close one.Todd Frazier and Chris Heisey homered, and Johnny Cueto went seven innings on Sept. 6, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 2-1 victory that ended the New York Mets’ winning streak at three games.It was a rare one-run win for Cincinnati, which is the worst in the majors at such close games with a 21-34 mark.“The Ringo Starr: It don’t come easy,” Manager Bryan Price said, referring to a song from the former Beatle. “Today we won the way we have when we’ve won.”Frazier’s second homer in two days tied it in the sixth against Dillon Gee (6-7). Heisey pinch-hit for Cueto with two outs in the seventh and broke the 1-all tie with his eighth homer. It was Heisey’s fourth pinch-hit homer of the season.“I was just up there hunting a fastball and today I got one right where I wanted one,” Heisey said.Aroldis Chapman relieved and got the last four outs for his 30th save in 32 chances, escaping a threat in the ninth with the help of a replay.Curtis Granderson singled was replaced by Eric Young, Jr. Dilson Herrera walked. The runners pulled off what was initially ruled a double steal, but the replay showed Young took his foot off third base after he slid and was tagged out by Kristopher Negron, who kept his glove on the runner’s leg. Pinch-hitter Eric Campbell struck out to end it.“The key is for Negron to keep the tag on the runner,” Price said. “He beat the throw easy and it would have been easy to pull the tag.”The Reds won for only the second time in eight games. They’re 16-31 since the All-Star break.The Mets hit five homers in the series opener on Sept. 5 for a 14-5 victory and were trying to match their longest winning streak of the season with one more.They wasted early chances against Cueto, getting five hits in the first two innings but scoring only once.Travis d’Arnaud extended his hitting tear with a leadoff double in the second and came around on Herrera’s single.Cueto retired 13 in a row until Lucas Duda walked with two outs in the sixth and d’Arnaud doubled again. Granderson drew a walk that loaded the bases. Cueto fanned Herrera on a fastball to end the threat. The right-hander gave up six hits and struck out eight.Frazier tied it with his 25th homer in the bottom of the sixth inning off Gee, who gave up seven hits in seven innings and struck out six. Gee remained winless on the road since May 4, going 0-4 in five starts.(JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Report: Schumacher Treated in Secrecy in Paris Hospital

first_imgPARIS (AP) — Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has been admitted to a Paris hospital to be treated Tuesday with cutting-edge stem-cell therapy, according to a French newspaper.The Paris hospitals authority, citing France’s strict medical privacy rules, said it could not comment on the report in Le Parisien that Schumacher was admitted under tight guard Monday to the Georges-Pompidou hospital for transfusions of inflammation-reducing stem cells.The newspaper said the 50-year-old German, who suffered a near-fatal brain injury in a 2013 skiing accident in the French Alps, was expected to be discharged on Wednesday.His long-time manager, Sabine Kehm, had no comment.FILE – In this March 12, 2010 file photo Mercedes Grand Prix driver Michael Schumacher of Germany is pictured in the pits during the first practice session at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)Following the accident, Schumacher’s condition stabilized after he was placed in a drug-induced coma, from which he later emerged. Since September 2014, he has been cared for at home on the shores of Lake Geneva.Le Parisien, citing sources it did not name, said Schumacher has been treated at least twice previously at the Georges-Pompidou hospital, admitted each time under a false name and treated by a small medical team.Le Parisien published a photo of a yellow and blue ambulance with Geneva plates that it said drove Schumacher to the hospital on Monday afternoon. Inside, he was taken to a first-floor cardiovascular unit on a gurney with a dark-blue covering that hid his face and body.The paper said about 10 security agents, some equipped with earphones, watched over the patient.View of the Georges-Pompidou hospital Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)Schumacher’s family fiercely protects his privacy. Thick forest around his castle-like home and high surrounding walls provide sanctuary from fan and media intrusion.Schumacher won a record 91 Formula One races before retiring in 2012. He was skiing with his son Mick — who now races in F2 — when he fell on Dec. 29, 2013.He hit the right side of his head on a rock, splitting open his helmet. Doctors worked frantically to remove blood clots from his brain, but some were left because they were too deeply embedded.FILE – In this Sept. 1, 2012 file photo, Mercedes Grand Prix driver Michael Schumacher of Germany celebrates in the paddock after the qualifying session ahead the Belgium Formula One Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Belgium. A Paris newspaper says seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is being treated with a cutting-edge stem-cell therapy in one of the French capital’s hospitals. The Paris hospitals authority, citing France’s strict medical privacy rules, said it could not comment on a report in Le Parisien that Schumacher was admitted under tight guard Monday Sept. 9, 2019 to the Georges-Pompidou hospital. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

South Australian 15’s Girls Feature On ‘Totally Wild’

first_imgThe episode, which was filmed at City Touch late last year, was shown on Channel 10 on Friday, 1 April. The Heat side finished in third place at the 2010 School Sport Australia Touch Tournament. Touch Football South Australia would like to acknowledge 15’s Girls coach Matthew Schinckel for his efforts in securing this feature.To view the story, please click on the following link:http://ten.com.au/video-player.htm?movideo_p=41457&movideo_m=97041last_img

Video: Ryan Lochte Has Made His Decision On Whether He’ll Return To Rio To Face Charges

first_imgRyan Lochte wearing headphones.United States Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte won’t be going back to Rio – at least not to face any of the charges brought against him.Ryan Lochte, who is being charged by Rio police with filing a false police report, will not be heading back to the site of the 2016 Olympic games to deal with the legal situation. Lochte was interviewed by TMZ early this morning and made it clear he will not return to face the charges.Lochte didn’t close the door on returning to Brazil someday – but obviously he’d have to settle with the city before that could happen. He also doesn’t believe that the U.S. Olympic Committee is going to penalize him for his actions.Ryan Lochte — I Won’t Go to Brazil to Face Charges … Not Happening (VIDEO) https://t.co/tHlgTdSiiM— TMZ (@TMZ) August 29, 2016No, this doesn’t come as a surprise. Most didn’t believe that it would be in Lochte’s best interest to return. But now it’s confirmed that he won’t be.last_img read more

First drive: 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II

first_img Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club Of all the things the Ghost Series II does exceptionally well, which is virtually everything, perhaps its best feature is its force-of-nature on-road presence.Charles Rolls, the gentleman who co-founded Rolls-Royce with Henry Royce back in 1906, was the first Briton to ever die in an aeronautical accident – AKA “plane crash.”In the summer of 1910, Rolls was giving a flying demonstration of his Wright Flyer, which he had purchased from the Wright brothers, when the tail of the aircraft broke off, sending Rolls crashing into the earth and to his death.The takeaway from this factoid is that Rolls-Royces aren’t just for kings and queens; they’re for daredevil bad-asses, too.It doesn’t drive, it waftsLet’s just cut to the chase; the Ghost Series II drives just like how you imagine it will.The seats don’t just support; they cocoon, massage, and heat or cool. The feel of the supple leather-covered steering wheel in your hands is light and elegant rather than fat and heavy like a sportier car. And as for the suspension, let’s just say it’s a good thing the Ghost has pedestrian-detecting night vision; the ride is so smooth that if you hit someone, you’d likely never notice. The twin-turbo 6.6-liter V12 under the long hood, accented with a new wake line, produces 563 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque. Mated to the new eight-speed Satellite Aided Transmission (SAT), the Ghost II will waft to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and onward to a top speed of 155 mph.Just as one might expect from a Roller, the power isn’t sudden or overwhelming but rather effortless. The driver or passenger’s head is never ripped back with brutal acceleration. Instead, the car feels like it simply pushes the earth backward in the opposite direction, leaving the occupants exceptionally comfortable.Behind the wheel of the Ghost II, a driver feels not like he is piloting a manmade, leather-festooned hunk of steel, but rather a force of nature. The vehicle gave the impression it had so much gravitas it could carve out new canyons or flatten out mountain ranges if it wanted.It’s this sensation that makes the Ghost so fantastic. Yes, it is rather boat-y in the bends, with lots of body roll. I suspect, however, if you’re driving it like this, it is you who is at fault and not the car. If you’re wallowing the car in a corner, you’re simply doing it wrong.GhostlyA Rolls-Royce sighting – even in a money-rich place like Dallas, Texas – is a pretty rare. After all, the brand only sells around 3,600 cars worldwide each year. So when onlookers spied the caravan of eight Ghost Series IIs cruising down Highway 35 East outside downtown Dallas, their jaws dropped. I’ll admit it; even I was awestruck by the sight.Even though the Ghost is the brand’s ‘entry-level’ model, it still commands much respect. With a retractable Spirit of Ecstasy bonnet mascot (Brit-speak for hood ornament) topping the Parthenon grille, the Ghost tells observers something very important is happening.Come to a stop, open the doors, and that feeling is only intensified, as the rear-hinged second row doors welcome occupants into a virtual Shangri-La. The interior of the Ghost II doesn’t feel cutting-edge, though many of its features are. Instead, it offers old-world opulence with deep, soft carpets and only the finest wood appointments. Ensuring only the finest seating materials, Rolls-Royce leather is taken from only two-year-old bulls raised on ranches without barbed wire above 2,000 feet of elevation — to avoid scars left by mosquitos. Yes, really.Brilliantly hidden behind all that old-world luxury is a suite of technology systems, including the aforementioned night vision. The satellite-aided transmission chooses gears based upon not just throttle position but also GPS information. The car offers a brilliant head-up display (HUD). And the Spirit of Ecstasy rotary controller with touch commands allows users to easily navigate through the car’s intuitive infotainment system.Why you buyBefore we journalists climbed behind the wheel, Rolls-Royce’s representatives gave us a glimpse into the lives of the people who buy their cars. Sure, there are kings, queens, and presidents who buy Rolls-Royces. But the buyers the brand is most proud of are the ones who worked for their wealth: entrepreneurs and business tycoons.These people come to the brand because they recognize the finer things. They’re exacting, demanding people and they want to tell the world just how well they’ve done. I like that. And I get it.For all the wondrous reasons to buy a Rolls-Royce, of which there are many, the best I can think of is because it’s Rolls-Royce. There is no compromise with the brand. No moneymen were allowed to cut out features or undermine quality.The brand reps also informed us that many American buyers simply go into a Rolls-Royce dealer looking to buy on the spot. If you’re looking to buy a Rolls, don’t simply pick one off the lot. This isn’t a Cadillac.Take the time. Pick out your interior leathers. Get exactly the paint color you’ve always wanted. Heck, get the fuel cap monogrammed. Why? 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Top IT officer who allegedly harassed CCD founder retires quietly

first_imgNew Delhi: As Cafe Coffee Day owner, VG Siddhartha’s body was found on the banks of Netravati river in Karnataka and duly cremated on Wednesday, Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax in Bengaluru, BR Balakrishnan silently retired from his post.In his letter to the Coffee Day board of directors, Siddhartha had claimed that he was being harassed by the “previous DG income tax”, in the form of attaching shares to allegedly block a deal with IT company Mindtree. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAt the time Siddhartha is referring to, Balakrishnan was the Director-General of Income Tax Investigation in Bengaluru and was in charge of a probe into Cafe Coffee Day, which allegedly revealed a concealed income of around Rs 650 crore. In September 2017, IT-sleuths raided premises of the coffee shop chain, which had allegedly revealed tax-related irregularities in the company’s functioning. And just months before that, IT-investigation had raided premises of Congress leader DK Shivakumar in Karnataka, allegedly recovering close to Rs 300 crore worth of undisclosed income. At the time, the raids were alleged to be politically motivated. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe DGIT of investigation overlooks all investigations by the IT department in the concerned zone. Siddhartha, in his letter to his directors, had said that income tax was harassing him and his company “although the revised returns have been filed by us. This was very unfair and has led to a serious liquidity crunch”. In fact, police authorities in Mangaluru are expected to speak to Balakrishnan with regards to the mysterious disappearance and death of the man who created the cafe culture in India.last_img read more

Sutherland Im still going to continue fundraising

first_imgAPTN National NewsThis year, Candace Sutherland completed her “Vision for Hope” cross-country run, raising millions for a number of charities along the way, and became perhaps the first teenager to ever run across Canada.Sutherland joins APTN National News anchor Dana Foster to look back at her achievement.last_img

Star Brazilian footballer and UN ambassador dedicates final to hungry children

22 May 2007When the Brazilian midfielder Kaká takes to the field tomorrow night to battle for one of soccer’s most glittering prizes, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) ambassador will dedicate his participation to the plight of the world’s estimated 400 million hungry children. When the Brazilian midfielder Kaká takes to the field tomorrow night to battle for one of soccer’s most glittering prizes, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) ambassador will dedicate his participation to the plight of the world’s estimated 400 million hungry children.Kaká, 25, who will play for the Italian club AC Milan against Liverpool of the United Kingdom in the final of the Champions League in Athens, is the youngest Ambassador Against Hunger for the WFP.“As professional footballers, we are very privileged,” Kaká said after arriving in Athens to prepare for the match. “From time to time we have a chance to help others because of who we are and what we do. I want to use my position as a WFP Ambassador Against Hunger to make more people aware of the challenges of feeding hundreds of millions of hungry children in some of the poorest, least developed parts of the world.”WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said “it’s an incredible asset to have the world’s best player in the world’s favourite game on our team. Kaká has shown that he can combine the skills and dedication needed to be at the very top of the game with a commitment to a worthy humanitarian cause.”WFP gives food to an average of 90 million people, including 58 million children, each year across 80 countries as part of its programmes to assist the world’s most needy and malnourished.Other WFP Ambassadors Against Hunger include the Kenyan marathon world record holder Paul Tergat, the Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho and the Cape Verdean singer Cesária Évora. read more

UN refugee agency mourns staff killed in Algiers bomb attack

Drivers Karim Bentebal and Nabil Slimani, both Algerian nationals, were killed when a car bomb ripped the façade off the UNHCR office, the agency’s spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told reporters in Geneva today, adding that one staff member was seriously wounded, while others sustained minor injuries.A support team from Geneva, where the agency is based, was urgently dispatched to the Algerian capital on Wednesday to assist staff and families of those killed in the attack, which also claimed the lives of at least nine other UN staff members. UNHCR has about 40 staff working in Algeria, 14 of whom were in Algiers at the time of the blast, Ms. Pagonis said. Most of the agency’s staff work in the Tindouf area some 2,000 kilometres south-west of the capital, assisting Sahrawi refugees from Western Sahara living in five refugee camps.The agency lost another staff member last week when driver Mahamat Mahamadou, a Chadian national, was shot dead in his vehicle in the southern part of the country. “It has been a particularly black time for UNHCR, with three drivers killed in the line of humanitarian duty in the space of a week,” said Ms. Pagonis. “UNHCR drivers are a vital part of our frontline humanitarian staff and widely recognised as crucial to our operations and understanding of the countries we work in. It is very troubling that three drivers have lost their lives in such violent circumstances within a week.” 14 December 2007Staff members of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are mourning the loss of two colleagues, both Algerian nationals, killed in the deadly terror attack that struck the world body’s offices in Algiers on Tuesday. read more

Cambodia and UN antihunger agency launch threeyear meal programme

At a ceremony yesterday in the capital, Phnom Penh, WFP and the Cambodian Government launched the $64 million feeding programme which, starting next year, will target the neediest and least developed regions of the South-East Asian country.WFP Country Director Thomas Keusters called on international donors to step up their support of its programmes in Cambodia, warning that it was important to avoid a repeat of the funding crisis earlier this year that threatened to interrupt the supply of emergency food relief.“Food assistance has an immediate impact on beneficiaries and it is often also the catalyst that will allow other programmes to be successful,” Mr. Keusters said.“What good is it to build more schools and train more teachers if the children cannot take advantage of the improved facilities because they come to school hungry? What is the benefit of HIV/AIDS/TB medical support if the people cannot afford to buy the food that is needed for the medicine to be effective?”WFP has been operating in Cambodia since 1979, when it started supporting refugees and returnees, mainly along the Cambodian-Thai border. 14 December 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced a new, three-year programme to provide meals to 1.8 million vulnerable Cambodians, including schoolchildren, tuberculosis patients and people affected by HIV/AIDS. read more

Canada threatens to impose tariffs on US foods furniture in meatlabelling dispute

VANCOUVER — Ottawa is warning it may impose tariffs on everything from orange juice to bread if the United States doesn’t change a meat-labelling policy that Canadian beef and pork industries say is costing them more than $1-billion a year.The federal government has released a long list of agriculture and other products that could be affected by Canada’s retaliation in an ongoing dispute over U.S. country-of-origin, meat-labelling rules.Canada’s list includes U.S. cattle, pigs, beef, pork, cheese, pasta, some fruits and vegetables, chocolate and maple syrup. There are also some non-food items such as office furniture, mattresses and some types of jewelry.“Free and unfettered trade is a two-way street,” Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said at a news conference Friday. “These retaliatory measures, should we be forced to bring them into effect, will affect our producers and consumers on both sides of the border.“It is by no means our preferred course of action, but we will continue to stand with Canadian hog and cattle producers against mandatory country-of-origin labelling.”Ritz said if Canada follows through with the retaliatory measures, it would cost the U.S. money and jobs.He acknowledged such tariffs could also mean that Canadian consumers would have to pay more for the products.“There is a possibility of that,” he said. “We are hoping that this will bring enough pressure to the Americans to make the change before this ever has to be implemented.”Ritz called on the U.S. to respect a World Trade Organization ruling on meat labelling, which found the American system discriminates against foreign livestock.Daniel Acker/Bloomberg He said Canada must get authorization from the WTO before it may retaliate against the U.S. The earliest that such tariffs could be imposed would be between 18 and 24 months.The U.S. labelling policy, first implemented in 2008, cut Canadian cattle shipments to the U.S. by 50% within a year and cut the export of slaughter hogs by 58%.The system increases costs and makes it more difficult for U.S. companies to buy Canadian products.The U.S. recently announced it wants to make the rules even more onerous, requiring more detail on meat labels on the origins of beef, pork and chicken sold in American grocery stores.Labels would include such information as “born, raised and slaughtered in the United States” for American meat. Cuts of meat from other countries could carry labels such as “born in Canada, raised and slaughtered in the United States.”Producer groups in Canada praised the federal government for turning up the heat on Washington over the trade dispute.Dave Colverson, vice-president of the Canadian Cattleman’s Association, said it is unfortunate that Ottawa has to take this step, but added that producers have been suffering under this U.S. policy for too long.“Country-of-origin labelling discrimination has cost our cattle producers around $640-million in losses per year since being implemented in late 2008,” said Colverson, who ranches near Camrose, Alta.“Those costs are set to rise under the new amendment to an estimated $90 to $100 per head compared with the $25 to $40 per head hit we currently take.”Jurgen Preugschas of the Canada Pork Council, the organization that represents hog producers, also welcomed the threat of tariffs.He said the industry is being damaged by the U.S. policy.“We commissioned an analysis that shows the COOL (country-of-origin labelling) impact on the Canadian hog sector from lost exports alone is $500-million annually.”— By John Cotter in Edmonton read more

Railway restarted in BCs southern Interior 20 workers to head back on

Railway restarted in B.C.’s southern Interior; 20 workers to head back on Monday AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 26, 2013 10:57 pm MDT VERNON, B.C. – Teamsters Canada says railway service along a line in British Columbia’s southern Interior is about to resume thanks to a deal with Canadian National (TSX:CNR).Service was suspended on a so-called short line between Kelowna and Kamloops in the early summer after a receiver was appointed for Kelowna Pacific Railway.But the union says Canadian National has now agreed to bring up to standard the track that served about 16,000 rail cars annually.The union says the two weeks of negotiations were tough, but the company has agreed to a five-year deal that will see workers receive a 15-per-cent wage increase over the life of the contract.It says 20 employees will return to work on Monday, and more jobs could be on the horizon.The deal must still be ratified by union members. read more

Sudan top UN official demands cessation of violence and rape against civilians

According to her Office, despite restrictions on communications in Sudan, reports of serious human rights violations have emerged since the beginning of the month. These include reported rapes and gang rapes of protesters, women’s human rights defenders and women medical personnel working in hospitals near the sit-in perpetrated by the “Rapid Support Forces” or RSF – a paramilitary group run by the Sudanese Government, primarily composed of the Janjaweed, a party to the Darfur conflict – and other militias.“I demand the immediate and complete cessation of all violence against civilians including sexual violence,” stated Special Representative Patten, noting that the RSF have consistently been listed in the UN Secretary-General’s annual report on conflict-related sexual violence. “[They] should take effective measures to prevent and punish sexual violence in accordance with relevant Security Council resolutions, including resolution 2467,” she added. After the three-decade autocratic rule of President Omar al-Bashir ended in a military takeover in April, talks faltered in May between protesters and the ruling Transitional Military Council over a timetable for civilian rule.On 3 June, security forces and paramilitaries fired on pro-democracy protesters holding a sit-in outside army headquarters in the capital Khartoum, leaving a number of people dead and many more injured. Three days later, the African Union suspended the participation of Sudan in all its activities until the effective establishment of a civilian-led transitional authority.Pending verification of the alleged incidents by relevant UN bodies, Ms. Patten highlighted the fact that “the weakness of the rule of law and a general climate of impunity” is further compounding a highly-volatile context.“I urge the prompt investigation of all credible allegations of sexual violence and accountability for those responsible,” said the Special Representative, adding that she strongly supports the rapid deployment of a United Nations human rights monitoring team to examine the situation on the ground. She also called upon the international community, including members of the UN Security Council, to use “all possible diplomatic channels with leaders of Sudan to pave the way for a swift transition to a civilian administration and an end to all forms of violence and intimidation against civilians”.On Tuesday, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), sounded the alarm over the killing and injuring of dozens of minors in the protests backlash. read more

Grad students set agenda for Niagara Social Justice Forum

Prof. Mary-Beth Raddon, seated third from left, with SJES graduate students involved in organizing the annual Niagara Social Justice Forum. Seated from left: Liz Mooney, Lisa Trumble-Pauze, Raddon, Blaire Hinsperger-Fox, Cheryl Thompson Standing from left: Lauren Quinn, Kate Paterson, Daniel Gallant, Ezgi Sarioglu, Kate MacDonald. Absent was Sarah Mann.Ten master’s students in Brock’s Social Justice and Equity Studies program are taking a lead role in planning the upcoming seventh annual Niagara Social Justice Forum.The experience is part of the 5P01 Graduate Seminar course.“I think it is important to give our students an opportunity to be involved in a significant event that builds relationships between Brock and the community,” says Professor Mary-Beth Raddon, Social Justice and Equity Studies (SJES) program director.The planning for the Saturday, Jan. 25 event started with class discussions over the fall term. Students shared their thoughts and ideas as part of a 19-member planning committee that also includes faculty, staff and community representatives. Their input into conversations around the committee table led to this year’s theme: Beyond Survival: Local and Global Activism in Times of Austerity.For several weeks now, the students have been busy carrying out organizational duties to prepare for the day-long event, which will include workshops, panel discussions, an information fair, and afternoon plenary. The forum wraps up with the screening of the film, They Were Promised the Sea, followed by a talk with the film’s director Kathy Wazawa.Last year, the event drew more than 250 people.SJES student Kate Paterson, who is helping to organize presenters and the day’s lineup, said this year’s theme is poignant. She hopes it will inspire participants to become more engaged in the community.“There will be a wide variety of different workshops for people to attend, which will be very thought-provoking and informative,” Paterson said. “The event will be focusing on a theme that is quite relevant today, particularly within the Niagara region. I think this event will be a great step in the right direction towards community activism and positive, meaningful change.”The Faculty of Graduate Studies is sponsoring the event with the help of the Office of the Provost and Vice-Presidnet Academic, Social Justice Research Institute, Student Life and Community Experience, Aboriginal Education Council, Council of Research in the Social Sciences, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Applied Health Science, Departments of Child and Youth Studies, Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies, OPIRG-Brock and the Student Justice Centre.The forum is free and open to the public with online registration.Once the forum is over, the students have a little more work ahead of them. They are required to write a three- to four-page personal reflection on their experience. read more

Gallery Mens Volleyball vs George Mason

The Ohio State Men’s Volleyball team took on George Mason University on Jan. 18 at St. John Arena.  Ohio State lost 1-3. Photos by Ethan Clewell. Ohio State sophomore Kyle Skinner (22) gets ready to spike the ball at the game against George Mason on Jan. 18. at St. John Arena in Columbus. Photo Credit: Ethan Clewell | Senior Reporter

PreOrder Osmo iPhone Base for OnTheGo Learning

first_imgStay on target Just in time for a new school year, the kid-friendly Osmo iPad accessory is now compatible with iPhones.Developed by a pair of ex-Googlers, the augmented reality platform uses a reflective mirror to turn the surface in front of your device screen into an interactive play area.“[Our team] has been working overdrive for months to make Osmo capable of running on an iPhone,” CEO Pramod Sharma told Digital Trends. “This is no small technical feat.”Rather than trying to shrink the iPad-sized clip-on mirror and stand to fit Apple’s famed smartphone, the company went back to the drawing board to engineer an entirely new product.It took three years, but Tangible Play finally unveiled the iPhone Base: a foldable frame that, when in use, looks like it’s in a perpetual state of upward-facing dog.Simply slip your handset (iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, or 7 Plus) into the brackets, snap that red mirror over the front camera, and dive in.Available now to pre-order, the $29 smartphone-friendly device is expected to ship to US customers in “early October”; it comes with the base, reflector, and cloth bag for storage—everything you need to play Newton and Masterpiece. Early-bird buyers also get 10 percent off three games of your choice.Additional games and game pieces can be picked up via Osmo and participating local retailers (including Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Target, and Toys R Us).Osmo users are not required to repurchase any games you’ve already acquired; all nine titles—including Tangram, Monster, Numbers, and Masterpiece—work across either iDevice.The new iPhone Base is just one of a handful of expected updates. You spoke, and Tangible Play listened: Starting with last week’s reveal, the company will be sharing more news in a series of upcoming emails.“For the grand finale on Sept. 28, we’ll announce this year’s hottest holiday gift: something super fun that parents will actually feel great about giving,” a recent blog post said.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. New Harry Potter Lego Sets Feature Familiar Scenes, CharactersMattel’s New Barbies Use Wheelchair, Wear Prosthetic Leg last_img read more