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Fabio Fognini wins fifth ATP title in Gstaad

first_imgTrump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ All five of his victories have come on clay.Despite losing, 25-year-old Hanfmann, the world number 170, enjoyed the best result of his career this week in reaching the final, having also knocked out third seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain in the second round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Spanish Liga to file complaint vs PSG over Neymar Italy’s Fabio Fognini kisses the sign of Gstadd after winning his final game against Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann at the final of the Swiss Open ATP 250 tennis tournament on July 30, 2017 in Gstaad. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINIFabio Fognini beat Yannick Hanfmann 6-4, 7-5 in the Gstaad ATP tournament final on Sunday to win his fifth tour title.The 31-year-old Italian, ranked 31 in the world, was playing in his 13th ATP final.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View commentslast_img read more

Aaj kal paon zameen par…: Shivraj Chouhan’s midair throne goof-up leads to flood of jokes

first_imgAs floods wreak havoc in the state of Madhya Pradesh, a photo of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan being carried by policemen during a flood inspection is wreaking havoc on the internet.Dressed all in white, because that seemed to be the appropriate dress code in a muddy flooded area, the CM’s own PR machinery released the bizarre photo of Chouhan seated in what can be called a handy chair on the palms of two hapless policemen.Apparently, the PR department hasn’t heard of the phrase ‘shooting yourself in the foot’. We bet it has now.Twitter lost no time in ridiculing this stunt by the CM and the midair throne that became a joke on floods, leading to a flood of jokes.We present the best and the worst that the Internet threw at the Shivraj Singh Chouhan. We dare you to read these without a chuckle. Jesus could walk on water.Moses could part the water.Shivraj Singh Chouhan can do both. pic.twitter.com/cUXVDWn60sSorabh Pant (@hankypanty) August 22, 2016″Paalki main hoke sawaar chali re, main to apne saajan ke dwaar chali re”. pic.twitter.com/38zzrQSIsVVande Mataram (@UnSubtleDesi) August 21, 2016Floods visit Shivraj Chouhan affected areas pic.twitter.com/mWYYNZnBF8IndiaExplained (@IndiaExplained) August 22, 2016The Sports ministry being carried off for Visarjan post Rio pic.twitter.com/MPDBc0SQ83Ray Stings (@Purba_Ray) August 22, 2016We congratulate Shivraj Ji for able to keep the shoe dry in such floods. ?? pic.twitter.com/PcaRCjKdbJNationalist Monk (@kendentshering) August 22, 2016Apparently MP CM Shivraj Chauhan moved from Jeetendra moment to Nargis poseadvertisementMadhavan Narayanan (@madversity) August 21, 2016Here is a CM who is willing to test drive an amphibian bike himself, taking the risk, and people are finding fault pic.twitter.com/5pMonN9KxPRahul Roushan (@rahulroushan) August 21, 2016Chief Minister had a narrow escape but people are circulating doctored pics pic.twitter.com/rrAWBXGEHDRahul Roushan (@rahulroushan) August 21, 2016Shivraj Singh Chauhan- Winner of Gold Medal in FLOOD OLYMPICS being carried by his coaches for Victory Lap!! pic.twitter.com/v6CPgsdRHcRosy (@rose_k01) August 21, 2016Police was carrying Shivraj chauhan to save him from drowning into “chullu bhar paani” pic.twitter.com/T8qGOCY2i2arnab (@justicearnab) August 21, 2016Aerial survey of floods being done by CM, Shivraj Singh Chouhan Ji in J class seat!!! See it to believe it: pic.twitter.com/4tfWfTjaRdRandeep S Surjewala (@rssurjewala) August 21, 2016MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan: “Chalo floods dekhne jaate hain!”*arrives*”Guys, yeh mera favourite white pant hai.” pic.twitter.com/ojFk9nOvRwJos Covaco (@HoeZaay) August 21, 2016Pic 1: Applicants appearing for an exam conducted by VYAPAMPic 2: Topper, when the results are declared pic.twitter.com/Fcqrm7QFUdPyaar Se Mario (@SquareGas) August 22, 2016Shivraj Singh Chouhan promoting ‘A Flying Jatt’. pic.twitter.com/nD9DuhOdJXShirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) August 22, 2016Shivraj suspended. pic.twitter.com/l5MECDwD26Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) August 22, 2016We took the liberty to give the viral photo a musical twist:last_img read more

Simone Mignolet still Liverpool’s number one, says Jurgen Klopp

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet will start the club’s next Premier League match against Manchester City after being rested for Sunday’s 4-0 win over Arsenal, manager Juergen Klopp said after the Anfield drubbing.Mignolet’s omission from the matchday squad raised some eyebrows but Klopp explained that the Belgium international was still his first choice and had been left out to keep him fresh.”Intensity for a goalkeeper is different,” Klopp said.”It’s not a physical intensity, it’s a mental intensity. We said we wanted to have three really strong goalkeepers, that’s our situation now. (Liverpool F.C. getting “better and better”, says Jordan Henderson)”That means you cannot deal with it like you do when you have a clear number three, a clear number two — yes, Simon is a clear number one, but the others are not clear number twos and number threes, they are really strong goalkeepers.”Mignolet was handed the gloves at the start of the season, playing in Liverpool’s 3-3 Premier League draw at Watford, the 1-0 home win over Crystal Palace and both legs of their 6-2 aggregate Champions League qualifying win over Hoffenheim.The Belgian has been criticised over the past few seasons, particularly for his vulnerability under the high ball, but Klopp said he had earned his spot as first choice.”He’s a machine, he’s always there, he’s solid, really, really reliable…so he won the race,” the German added.”One hundred percent if nothing happens, Simon will play against City.”Reuters PhotoLoris Karius came into the team and kept a clean sheet on Sunday, despite a few nervy moments when he dwelt on the ball too long and was nearly punished by Danny Welbeck.advertisementKlopp hinted he would continue to rotate his goalkeepers.”(Karius) had a lot of good things, he played really cool football, yes sometimes a little bit too cool and waited a little bit too long but we all need to learn and get used to playing football in close situations,” Klopp added.Liverpool travel to Manchester City on September 9 when the league resumes after the international break.last_img read more

US Open: Sharapova outplays Ostapenko, Kerber and Kvitova ousted

first_imgMaria Sharapova continued to power through deep into the US Open as she outclassed 10th seeded Latvian Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday and further improved her record under the Arthur Ashe Stadium floodlights to 22-0.Sharapova undeniably loves the big stage of New York even though the first set of the match against Ostapenko was of poor quality with four breaks of serve.Ostapenko, who has been leading the double faults’ charts at this year’s final Grand Slam, made three faults in her opening serve itself. However, Sharapova failed to make the best of it and could not convert any of her five break points.Ostapenko though kept being generous to Sharapova and eventually the Russia did cash on three of her 11 break point opportunities to take the first set..@MariaSharapova defeated No. 10 seed Jelena Ostapenko to reach the second week of the @usopen for the second-straight year.Watch the highlights here –> https://t.co/WLJZmJlEcr pic.twitter.com/MqdpVPGlptWTA (@WTA) September 2, 2018The nightmare serving continued into the second set with four consecutive breaks of serve before Sharapova finally managed a hold for 3-2.Ostapenko, however, would not manage to hold her serve at any point in the set and Sharapova broke the 10th seed twice more to clinch the victory.The 31-year-old will meet Carla Suarez Navarro in the last 16 after the Spaniard upset French sixth seed Caroline Garcia 5-7 6-4 7-6(4).”It’s the energy you get, no doubt I feed off this energy,” said Sharapova, the 2006 US Open champion.advertisementNew York City. Under the s!!! #USOpen Round 4!!! pic.twitter.com/njs2G55XSIMaria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) September 2, 2018″It’s inspiring to play on this court in front of this crowd.”SABALENKA OVERPOWERS KVITOVAFifth seed Petra Kvitova became the latest big name in the women’s draw to crash out of the US Open when she lost to Aryna Sabalenka 7-5, 6-1 at the Louis Armstrong Stadium on Saturday..@SabalenkaA’s run continues!Stuns Petra Kvitova 7-5, 6-1 at the @usopen —> https://t.co/HP9DTfJbHO pic.twitter.com/Ww0Xe8u2P2WTA (@WTA) September 2, 2018The exit of the Czech, who reached last year’s quarter-finals, leaves only three of the top 10 women’s players in the running, with defending champion and world number three Sloane Stephens the highest ranked player left in the draw.Kvitova beat Sabalenka in three sets at the Miami Open earlier this year but the often error-prone 20-year-old Belarusian showed she had tightened up her game considerably since that encounter.Sabalenka made 15 unforced errors to Kvitova’s 35 and won 80 percent of her first serves as she wrapped up the victory in one hour and 25 minutes.She overpowered the twice Wimbledon champion from the back of the court too, winning 49 points from the baseline compared to Kvitova’s 27.”I really like to play on the big stages,” Sabalenka said courtside.”I really like to feel the support of the people. I didn’t expect anything, I just went on the court and tried for every point and now I’m so happy.”I think I put more balls in (than I did in Miami). It’s enough.”Kvitova’s defeat capped a bad day for the top seeds at Flushing Meadows with fourth seed Angelique Kerber, sixth seed Caroline Garcia of France and 10th seeded Latvian Jelena Ostapenko all failing to progress.The quartet’s exit follows that of top seed Simona Halep in the first round and second seed Caroline Wozniacki in round two.There is still plenty of bite left in draw, however, with six-times champion Serena Williams firing on all cylinders and set to take on Halep’s vanquisher, unseeded Estonian Kaia Kanepi, in the last 16 on Sunday.CIBULKOVA UPSETS KERBER TO REACH FOURTH ROUNDFourth seed Angelique Kerber’s bid for consecutive Grand Slam titles ended when 29th seed Dominika Cibulkova defeated the German 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the US Open third round on Saturday.Momentum shifted firmly in feisty Cibulkovas favour in the third set when she broke to take a 4-2 lead and held for 5-2.The Slovakian fell to the ground and let out a scream when Kerber sent a backhand wide to end a quality match between two of the games premier counter-punchers.The speedy 5 foot 3 inch Cibulkova was strongest in the longer rallies, nimbly moving across the court to extend points during the two-hour 13 minute affair at Louis Armstrong Stadium.The pair split sets in an evenly matched fight and began the third with routine holds but Cibulkova drew first blood by breaking Kerber’s serve to take a 3-1 lead.advertisementAn energised Kerber struck back to break in the next game and close the gap but the comeback was short-lived as Cibulkova broke again and comfortably held for the rest of the match.”I had my chances, but I couldn’t take them, especially in the third set,” Kerber told reporters. “She hit the balls really well and played the winners when she had to. I think that was the difference in the match today.”Cibulkova said that after losing to Kerber twice this year, in June at the Eastborne International and in January at the Sydney International, she adjusted her approach to the match.”We had to change something, and I think we had the great tactic with my coach, and I was able to do it,” Cibulkova told reporters. “Of course, I was aggressive going for my forehand, going for my shots. Just overall everything was working.”Cibulkova faces last year’s US Open runner-up, American Madison Keys, in the fourth round. Keys leads Cibulkova 4-0 in head-to-head meetings.Kerber, who won Wimbledon in July, was the latest favourite to be knocked out of the women’s singles at Flushing Meadows after top seed Simona Halep and second seed Caroline Wozniacki.OSAKA ROLLS SASNOVICH WITH DOUBLE BAGELA ruthless Naomi Osaka crushed Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-0, 6-0 to reach the fourth round of the US Open for the first time on Saturday..@Naomi_Osaka_ will make her debut in the second week of the @usopen following a straight-sets win over Aliaksandra Sasnovich –> https://t.co/J8qg6IkNRw pic.twitter.com/RA9XgBmwnrWTA (@WTA) September 1, 2018The 20-year-old Indian Wells champion put on a near-flawless display as she fired four aces and 12 winners to dispatch the Belarusian in 50 blistering minutes.Osaka committed just three unforced errors as she notched up her third successive straight sets win, dropping only seven games in total during her run to the second week of the hardcourt major.The 20th seed will look to continue her winning ways when she plays either fifth seed Petra Kvitova or Aryna Sabalenka for a place in the quarter-finals.VONDROUSOVA STUNS BERTENS TO ADVANCE INTO FOURTH ROUNDCzech teenager Marketa Vondrousova upset Dutch 13th seed Kiki Bertens 7-6(4), 2-6, 7-6(1) to reach the fourth round of the US Open on Saturday, becoming the youngest woman remaining in the main draw.Bertens had been expected to win her ninth match in a row after capturing the Cincinnati Masters title two weeks ago, a run that included victories over the world’s top two players Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep, but the 103rd-ranked Vondrousova refused to get overawed by the occasion.The left-handed Vondrousova broke Bertens four times and was dominant in the short rallies, winning 66 to Berten’s 44.The 19-year-old ultimately trampled over Bertens in the third-set tiebreak as the Dutch self destructed by producing four successive unforced errors.”It was so, so tough for me,” Vondrousova said after reaching the fourth round of a major for the first time. “I just stayed calm.”advertisementVondrousova was one of a record six Czech women to have reached the third round of this year’s US Open.Eighth seed Karolina Pliskova is already through to the last 16 and fifth seed Petra Kvitova will also be hoping to increase Czech representation in the fourth round when she faces Aryna Sabalenka later on day six of the championships.A year after bowing out in the opening round on her Flushing Meadows debut, Vondrousova appears more at ease on the Grand Slam stage.”I think I’m mentally better. I’m a year older, that’s maybe the thing,” Vondrousova, who will next face Ukrainian Lesla Tsurenko, said.”It was very close match this year, so I think I’m just mentally better.”KEYS OVERCOMES SLUGGISH STARTHard-hitting American Madison Keys overcame a slow start to beat Aleksandra Krunic 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the US Open third round on Saturday and move a step closer to a return trip to the final..@Madison_Keys KOs Krunic, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, in the @usopen third round!Awaits the winner of Kerber/Cibulkova in the Round of 16–> https://t.co/B5QD3o3J1A pic.twitter.com/F3koBQqCxaWTA (@WTA) September 1, 2018Keys, who lost to compatriot Sloane Stephens in last year’s final, overpowered the defensive-minded Krunic as the Serb struggled to handle the 14th seed’s punishing groundstrokes and powerful serve on a sunny day at Arthur Ashe Stadium.Krunic was the sharper of the pair at the outset, breaking Keys in the opening game and holding serve the rest of the way to capture the first set and put the partisan New York crowd on edge.But Keys, 23, came out more aggressively in the second set, breaking Krunic in the second game and racing to a 3-0 lead that she would not relinquish as errors began to pile up for the 25-year-old.The service games of both players deserted them in the third as the set started with five straight breaks that put Keys ahead 3-2.The American finally held serve to take a 4-2 lead and hit her 43rd winner on match point to advance to a fourth-round meeting with either fourth seed Angelique Kerber or 29th seed Dominika Cibulkova.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

It is great: West Indies captain Jason Holder on Chris Gayle’s retirement backflip

first_imgIt was like West Indies skipper Jason Holder was discovering a surprise gift, hearing the news Chris Gayle planned to play on after the World Cup.Holder’s eyes lit up, and he smiled broadly when the subject turned from the must-win World Cup game against India to the prospect of 39-year-old Gayle sticking around to play a series of one-day internationals against India in August and possibly a Test match on home soil.Gayle is a larger-than-life character, and Holder laughed when he reflected Wednesday on the star batsman’s latest surprise.”He didn’t really say anything in the dressing room. But, yeah, it’s great and it’s great for cricket,” said Holder, who found out about the retirement backflip from the team’s media manager. “It’s good to have Chris around. He’s got a lot to offer still. Hopefully, his body can hold up. Hopefully, he can be on the field a bit longer for West Indies.”Asked for how much longer Gayle could continue representing the West Indies, Holder said he’d have to check in first with the veteran Jamaican.”I guess I have to go downstairs and have a serious conversation with him,” Holder said. “But, yeah, if he’s dedicated to playing for West Indies any longer, I feel it’s definitely going to benefit us having him around.”Gayle has scored 25 centuries in 295 ODI matches since his debut in 1999, and 15 centuries in 103 test matches. He averages 38 in the 50-over format, and 42 in the five-day format. When he goes big, he goes really big. His test high score is 333 and his ODI-high 215 against Zimbabwe in 2015 contained 16 sixes, both World Cup records which have been subsequently broken.advertisementHe retired from ODIs for a while, but returned for another shot at the World Cup and his impact on the home series against England in February and March gave a young Caribbean squad belief in its ability to beat the highly-ranked teams.West Indies started well, skittling Pakistan for 105 and then having defending champion Australia reeling, but lost that game and haven’t won since. The five-run loss to New Zealand here last Saturday came down to one shot – Carlos Brathwaite caught on the boundary for 101 trying to hit a six for victory.Gayle scored 87 against New Zealand, his highest score of the tournament to date. He’s promising more against India, and in the following two games which West Indies need to win to have any chance of reaching the playoffs.Also Read | I am definitely up there with greats of West Indies cricket: Chris GayleAlso See:last_img read more

Strain relations Cannabis companies tread carefully at music festivals

first_imgTORONTO – Beyond the beer tents and poutine trucks at last weekend’s Field Trip music festival in Toronto, concertgoers got a taste of what many cannabis brands hope is a step towards the future of live music sponsorship.A fair distance from the event’s two stages, representatives for licensed producer Tweed Inc. were prepared to talk everything pot and pending legalization in Canada. They handed out free swag and plugged a contest for tickets to see Imagine Dragons in concert. Behind them, a social media photo opportunity drew adults and children alike to pose with a giant sign carrying an ambiguously suitable greeting: “Hi.”It wasn’t exactly the loudest way for Tweed to declare its ambitions of becoming one of the country’s biggest weed players, but as legalization nears, most cannabis companies don’t want to rock the boat with the government. Only a few have signed major sponsorship deals that could throw their name in lights and draw the ireof regulators who could impose stricter enforcement.Federal marketing laws are still hazy under Bill C-45, the proposed Cannabis Act, and that has many weed companies playing it safe during this year’s festival season, to the disappointment of event organizers.“Music festivals are anxious to tap into that money,” said Neill Dixon, founder of the O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo, and head of Canadian Music Week in Toronto.“Everybody is just being super cautious right now. They’re putting their toe in the water and edging their way in. There’s a lot of confusion in the marketplace and no clear delineation about what these companies can or can’t do.”And getting clear answers from the government could take months.The bill to legalize pot goes to the Senate for a third reading on Thursday, before returning to the House of Commons for another round of scrutiny. If the law is passed, recreational weed isn’t expected to hit shelves until the late summer.Before that happens, there are questions around what’s permissible for cannabis “sponsorships,” as outlined in the drafted bill.“I think all of us in the cannabis industry have our lawyers on speed dial, because it’s very confusing times,” said Kerri-Lynn McAllister, marketing officer at Lift and Co., which hosts industry events and offers cannabis education.“A lot of companies are trying to maximize their opportunities…. They’re trying to create brand awareness now because in the future it’s going to be much harder.”With summertime considered a key window for generating publicity, some are willing to experiment.One of the more audacious campaigns comes from Aurora Cannabis, the marijuana company that is “presenting” this year’s North By Northeast music festival. The partnership has the company’s name splashed across festival promotional material and linked to a key venue that serves as both an industry hub and concert space.The sponsorship is designed to introduce Aurora to audiences through “memorable experiences,” said Shaka Licorish, managing director of Toronto culture at the company.“(There’s) nothing to do with the actual sale or production of cannabis, but it’s more to inform the audience of who we are, what our values are, so they can get familiar with us,” said Licorish.Other cannabis producers have chosen more subtle ways to build awareness for their brands.Earlier this year, Amsterdam Brewery signed an agreement with cannabis maker MedReleaf to create a “cannabis-inspired” pale ale called San Rafael ’71. It’s the same name that MedReleaf will use on a cannabis product it plans to launch this year.The pairing grabbed attention last month when Canadian Music Week signed what its head organizer called a “roundabout sponsorship” agreement that made the brewery and the future cannabis label co-sponsors of the festival. San Rafael beers were on the menu at the concerts.“I don’t know if that’s going to be the name of a cannabis strain but as far as we’re concerned it was a beer sponsorship,” Dixon said of the arrangement.Once legalization happens, some expect companies may dare to experiment with what’s permissible under the law to differentiate their brands.With guidelines already strict under Bill C-45 in its current form, making it illegal to advertise on TV or radio, cannabis companies were relying on branded swag — like T-shirts and fannypacks — to differentiate themselves. Last week, an amendment was added that would prohibit the use of cannabis brand elements on promotional items that are not marijuana or marijuana accessories.That could push companies to think even further outside the box to capture attention in subtle ways. For instance, a brand could evoke a recognizable pop culture moment — like a song title or movie — without drawing a direct connection to a celebrity they’re working with.Some companies have already taken another route to the music industry.Up Cannabis chief executive Jay Wilgar helped strike a deal with members of the Tragically Hip last year, making the rockers stakeholders in its parent company Newstrike.The move was later mimicked by Vancouver-based Invictus MD who signed up Kiss frontman Gene Simmons as an ambassador willing to speak about the company and his $10-million investment. Since they’re investors, both deals fall within the rules expected to prohibit celebrity endorsements.Newstrike has brandished the Tragically Hip’s name on its stock exchange ticker symbol, “HIP,” and recently held an event at the Hip’s legendary studio in Bath, Ont., that was heavily promoted on social media.The burgeoning Up brand also intends to regularly tap into the Hip’s fanbase.The Hip’s band members are legally allowed to post about Up-related events to their hundreds of thousands of followers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. They can also send out emails to people who have willingly signed up to their mailing lists.Up Cannabis also secured a long-term agreement with the Hip’s talent agency, the Feldman Group, that promises future arrangements with some of its vast roster of clients.“The music side of this thing, to us, is a critical way to get the message out,” Wilgar said.“We intend to do as much as we can within the regulations.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more

DR of Congo UN military observer killed in landmine accident

According to the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC), the incident occurred Saturday morning when the two observers drove over a mine at Komanda, 60 kilometres southwest of Bunia. The injured observer was evacuated to Kisangani for treatment.An investigation is under way with a view to establishing the circumstances surrounding the accident, the second of its kind since the deployment of MONUC observers in the DRC in November 1999.Meanwhile, in what MONUC hailed as an important step forward in the peace process, the official Congolese Rally for Democracy-Goma (RCD-G) delegation to the Commission de Suivi arrived in Kinshasa yesterday – their first visit to the capital since the conflict broke out in 1998.The official visit marks the end of nearly two weeks of intense negotiations in both Kinshasa and Goma led by MONUC chief Amos Namanga Ngongi. UN observers escorted the RCD-G leaders, who are expected to discuss the implementation of a power-sharing deal with government representatives, political parties and other rebel groups.In early April, all sides gave final approval to the creation of a new constitution and comprehensive multi-party administration, which will lead to the holding of elections after a two-year transition period. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has hailed the agreement as offering the “best chance” for the Congolese people to restore peace after nearly five years of civil war. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 18, 2013 5:06 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,781.76 down 48.27 points):Whitecap Resources Inc. (TSX:WCP). Miner. Down 33 cents, or 3.48 per cent, at $9.16 on 44,506,982 shares.Research in Motion Ltd. (TSX:BB). Wireless technology. Up five cents, or 0.32 per cent, at $15.45 on 6,071,608 shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Unchanged at $3.18 on 5,892,327 shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation. Down 10 cents or 2.34 per cent, at $4.18 on 5,646,133 shares. The company is facing at least US$487 million in penalties for the expected late delivery of 59 double-decker inter-city trains ordered in 2010 by Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), according to a Swiss newspaper.MethylGene Inc. (TSX:MYG). Health care. Down three cents, or 16.67 per cent, at 15 cents on 4,923,384 shares.Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Oil and gas. Up eight cents, or 0.54 per cent, at $14.83 on 3,804,572 shares. The energy sector was down 2.43, or 0.93 per cent, to 258.33 points. The April crude contract added 29 cents to US$93.74 per barrel.Toronto Venture Exchange (1,111.78 down 5.37 points):Invicta Energy Corp. (TSXV:VCA). Oil and gas. Up 12 cents, or 30 per cent, at 52 cents at 18,910,429 shares.KWG Resources Inc. (TSXV:KWG). Miner. Down one cent, or 16.67 per cent, at five cents on 4,819,688 shares.Companies reporting major news:HudBay Mineral Inc. (TSX:HGM). Miner. Down six cents, or 0.59 per cent, at $10.04 on 714,080 shares. The miner sued Manitoba’s Mathias Colomb Cree Nation over two Idle No More rallies it says blocked the entrance to where the company’s gold, zinc and copper mine is being developed.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX:CJR.B) (down 10 cents, or 0.39 per cent, at $25.83 on 66,845 shares) says the Competition Bureau has cleared it to buy the remaining half of Teletoon and other specialty TV interests from Astral Media Inc. (TSX:ACM.B) (down 49 cents, or 0.92 per cent, at $52.51 on 1,500 shares).The asset sale was a condition of the Competition Bureau’s approval of Astral’s takeover by BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) (down 17 cents, or 0.36 per cent, at $46.57 on 1,546,742 shares), a $3.38-billion deal that would combine two of Canada’s largest television and radio businesses. read more

Nordic leaders call for reform that places UN at the centre of

“The need for a United Nations that seeks to save us from humanity’s worst impulses remains. However, in these days of uncertainty we must also learn from, and build on, what is positive in our world, and in the United Nations,” Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström told the Assembly’s 72nd annual general debate. “This is the moment for multilateralism, not unilateralism. We must grasp it or risk theconsequences. The United Nations is at the centre of this effort. It is a tailor-made space for the world to find the solutions to the common challenges of our time. And, despite thesometimes justified, criticisms, it is clear that we still believe in the United Nations’power.” Founded to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war and promote better standards of life in larger freedom, the UN has prevented a repetition of the catastrophic wars that preceded its founding, she noted. Extreme poverty has fallen to an historic low, life expectancy continues to climb and millions of people are reached every year with life-saving humanitarian assistance. “The broad support for the Secretary-General’s reform agenda illustrates the importance we attach to an effective United Nations, its role at the centre of multilateralism, and as a platform for the delivery of our common commitments,” Ms. Wallström stressed. Full statement available here Gudlaugur Thor Thordharson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-second session. UN Photo/Cia Pak Icelandic Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson also recalled the UN’s founding amid the catastrophe of world war. “Just as this great building was renovated so successfully a few years ago, so too must the UNbe renovated and made fit for purpose in the modern era. “We strongly support the work of the Secretary-General in management reform, development reform, and his sustaining peace agenda,” he said. “We live in a world of opportunity: Never have we had such potential to end poverty and hunger,to end human rights violation, to focus on the people striving for a decent life. We can eithersucceed or we can fail. It is a choice, it is a decision. This is our responsibility, this is our task.” Full statement available here read more

Dublin student Paul Clarke wins top prize at BT Young Scientist

first_imgSpeaking to TheJournal.ie earlier in the week Clarke said that he enjoyed the opportunity to undertake a more niche project for the exhibition.“Pure mathematical subjects are certainly not the most common in these kind of general science competitions – so it’s great to bring some balance to the whole equation,” said Clark, “and get people realising how much pure mathematics actually contributes to their world.”The trophy presented to Clarke was designed by 19-year-old graphic design student Jowita Rogalska and will be the perpetual trophy for the overall winner of the competition beginning from this year, the 50th year of the event.Clark was also presented with a cheque for €5,000 and will represent Ireland at the 26th European Union Young Scientist competition taking place next September.Best Group wwas won by first year students Cathy Hynes aged 12 and Eve Casey aged 13 from Kinsale Community School, Cork for their project, “A study using statistical methods of people’s attitudes to the aging workforce of the future”.- Additional reporting by Aoife BarryRead: Frozen windscreen? This could be the solution >Read: This is what your bones look like if you have osteoporosis > Updated 11.17PMTHE OVERALL WINNER of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition was tonight announced as Paul Clarke from St. Paul’s College, Dublin.The fifth year student was presented with the winning trophy by Education Minister Ruairí Quinn in the RDS in Dublin this evening.Clarke’s project was on the mathematical subject of graph theory, specifically contributions to cyclic graph theory:last_img read more

Karen Delancy former Cabinet Minister in Michael Misick regime takes the witness

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:karen delancy, sipt trial, witness BOYCE FIRES HER ATTORNEY, as SIPT Trial continues Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Delancy challenged on leadership style, calls Floyd Hall, ‘man of integrity’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Mar 2016 – Karen Delancy, former Cabinet Minister in Michael Misick regime takes the witness stand in SIPT trials.Delancy, who notoriously clashed with ex Premier, Michael Misick on policy decisions is the prosecution’s first witness.Karen Delancy is former MP for the Bight.LATE START BUT DELANCY replies give alleged, keen insight into how the PNP Administration was run under Michael Misick.Delancy gives her account of the chain of events which led to her expulsion from Cabinet, with particular focus on the Ministry of Health.Delancy admits to accusing her Chief Minister, in 2004, of nepotism in relation to a tense relationship with now Premier, then Department Head, Dr. Rufus Ewing.Ewing had threatened to quit, according to Karen Delancy. The witness testifies that she was accused of micro-managing and was reportedly told by then Minister Galmo Williams ‘if anyone had to go, it would be her.’By October 2004, Delancy was fired. Thorne, QC maintains SIPT Trial is political vendettalast_img read more

US Coast Guard offloads 5 tons of cocaine at Port Everglades

first_imgPORT EVERGLADES, FLA. (WSVN) – The U.S. Coast Guard seized more than five tons of cocaine at sea in the Atlantic and unloaded the massive haul at Port Everglades on Wednesday.The drugs were seized over the past couple of months from five suspected smuggling vessels and two floating bale fields. They were found in international waters off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America.Cmdr. Eric Helgen, the executive officer of USCG Cutter Hamilton, gave credit to the crew.“The time away from their family and the time spent on the seas, this is the finish line,” Helgen said. “This is why many of them join the Coast Guard and why they do what they do.”Numerous U.S. agencies, along with the cooperation of several Central and South American countries, also played a role in trying to intercept the drugs.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

7th grader girl raped accused arrested

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationA 21-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly raping a seventh grader in the Sadar upazila, reports UNB.Rapid Action Battalion on Tuesday announced that it arrested Milon Morshed, the accused, on Sunday night.He was the victim’s neighbour at Zirakhali Union’s Bhabanipur area.Milon has been named in a case filed with Kushtia Sadar police station after the rape.RAB-12 Kushtia CPC-1 unit commander Ruhul Amin said they arrested Milon from the town’s Chourhash bus terminal area acting on a tip-off.last_img

Tlaib scraps West Bank trip over Israeli demands

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 15 July, 2019 US representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) speaks during a press conference, to address remarks made by US president Donald Trump earlier in the day, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPPalestinian-American lawmaker Rashida Tlaib on Friday turned down Israel’s offer to let her visit her grandmother in the occupied West Bank, owing to restrictions she termed oppressive.It was the latest twist in a saga hinging on Israel’s war against those who would boycott it over its treatment of the Palestinians.On Thursday, Israel barred from entry the US Congress’ first Muslim women lawmakers, Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, on the grounds that they support the boycott movement, and after President Donald Trump urged the Jewish state to block the two Democrats.But it held out the carrot of allowing Tlaib to make a private visit to her elderly grandmother, if she agreed to abide by conditions including a pledge not to advocate boycotting Israel.”This could be my last opportunity to see her. I will respect any restrictions and will not promote boycotts against Israel during my visit,” she intially wrote.On Friday, Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri announced that she would be permitted a “humanitarian visit”, but a few hours later Tlaib announced a change of heart. Oppressive conditions “I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in — fighting against racism, oppression & injustice,” she wrote in a series of tweets.”When I won, it gave the Palestinian people hope that someone will finally speak the truth about the inhumane conditions,” added the 43-year-old freshman congresswoman, elected in January.”I can’t allow the State of Israel to take away that light by humiliating me & use my love for my sity to bow down to their oppressive & racist policies,” she said, referring to her grandmother.”Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me. It would kill a piece of me.”On Friday, Palestinian activists had been urging Tlaib on social media not to visit her grandmother under the Israeli terms.In the family’s village of Beit Ur Al-Foqa, Muftia Tlaib had been excitedly awaiting her granddaughter’s arrival.She intended to slaughter a sheep in her honour, in accordance with custom.”I see her coming to the village in traditional (Palestinian) dress,” she told AFP on Thursday, before the latest development.Boycott movement The United States, particularly under Trump, is Israel’s strongest ally.But the two congresswomen are seen by many as enemies of Israel because of their support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.Israel sees the movement as a strategic threat and accuses it of anti-Semitism — a claim activists deny — and in 2017 passed a law banning entry to foreigners supporting a boycott.Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War and has for decades built settlements considered illegal under international law.Settlement growth has accelerated under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a close Trump ally who is seeking re-election next month.More than 600,000 Israeli live in the settlements, alongside nearly three million Palestinians, in uneasy proximity throughout the West Bank and occupied east Jerusalem.Israel’s initial refusal to allow Tlaib and Omar to transit the Jewish state on their way to the West Bank sparked outrage among Palestinians and debate about the intimate ties between Netanyahu and Trump.Clash of interests Despite fierce criticism of Tlaib and BDS on the Israeli side, the country’s media largely slammed Netanyahu over the affair.The premier was accused of putting loyalty to Trump and the Republican Party ahead of Israel’s clear interest in maintaining bipartisan US support.”After countless zigzags between what is right for Israel and what is right for Trump, Netanyahu chose Trump,” analyst Shimrit Meir wrote in the top-selling Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot.The affair could cause US Democrats to rally around their two Muslim congresswomen, commentators said, in a way which could prove detrimental to Israel.Ben Caspit, a journalist with the Maariv newspaper, said Thursday’s decision to block the politicians’ entry “set new records for shortsightedness and wretchedness”.”It will turn them into martyrs, it will turn Israel into a threshold dictatorship lacking self-confidence that is closed onto itself, that bans elected American officials, critical as they may be,” he said. Tlaib scraps West Bank trip over Israeli demands / Int’l Tlaib scraps West Bank trip over Israeli demands / Int’lCap: In this file photo taken on 15 July, 2019 US representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) speaks during a press conference, to address remarks made by US president Donald Trump earlier in the day, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPTlaib scraps West Bank trip over Israeli demandsAFP . Jerusalem Palestinian-American lawmaker Rashida Tlaib on Friday turned down Israel’s offer to let her visit her grandmother in the occupied West Bank, owing to restrictions she termed oppressive.It was the latest twist in a saga hinging on Israel’s war against those who would boycott it over its treatment of the Palestinians.On Thursday, Israel barred from entry the US Congress’ first Muslim women lawmakers, Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, on the grounds that they support the boycott movement, and after President Donald Trump urged the Jewish state to block the two Democrats.But it held out the carrot of allowing Tlaib to make a private visit to her elderly grandmother, if she agreed to abide by conditions including a pledge not to advocate boycotting Israel.”This could be my last opportunity to see her. I will respect any restrictions and will not promote boycotts against Israel during my visit,” she intially wrote.On Friday, Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri announced that she would be permitted a “humanitarian visit”, but a few hours later Tlaib announced a change of heart.- Oppressive conditions -“I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in — fighting against racism, oppression & injustice,” she wrote in a series of tweets.”When I won, it gave the Palestinian people hope that someone will finally speak the truth about the inhumane conditions,” added the 43-year-old freshman congresswoman, elected in January.”I can’t allow the State of Israel to take away that light by humiliating me & use my love for my sity to bow down to their oppressive & racist policies,” she said, referring to her grandmother.”Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me. It would kill a piece of me.”On Friday, Palestinian activists had been urging Tlaib on social media not to visit her grandmother under the Israeli terms.In the family’s village of Beit Ur Al-Foqa, Muftia Tlaib had been excitedly awaiting her granddaughter’s arrival.She intended to slaughter a sheep in her honour, in accordance with custom.”I see her coming to the village in traditional (Palestinian) dress,” she told AFP on Thursday, before the latest development.- Boycott movement -The United States, particularly under Trump, is Israel’s strongest ally.But the two congresswomen are seen by many as enemies of Israel because of their support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.Israel sees the movement as a strategic threat and accuses it of anti-Semitism — a claim activists deny — and in 2017 passed a law banning entry to foreigners supporting a boycott.Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War and has for decades built settlements considered illegal under international law.Settlement growth has accelerated under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a close Trump ally who is seeking re-election next month.More than 600,000 Israeli live in the settlements, alongside nearly three million Palestinians, in uneasy proximity throughout the West Bank and occupied east Jerusalem.Israel’s initial refusal to allow Tlaib and Omar to transit the Jewish state on their way to the West Bank sparked outrage among Palestinians and debate about the intimate ties between Netanyahu and Trump.- Clash of interests -Despite fierce criticism of Tlaib and BDS on the Israeli side, the country’s media largely slammed Netanyahu over the affair.The premier was accused of putting loyalty to Trump and the Republican Party ahead of Israel’s clear interest in maintaining bipartisan US support.”After countless zigzags between what is right for Israel and what is right for Trump, Netanyahu chose Trump,” analyst Shimrit Meir wrote in the top-selling Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot.The affair could cause US Democrats to rally around their two Muslim congresswomen, commentators said, in a way which could prove detrimental to Israel.Ben Caspit, a journalist with the Maariv newspaper, said Thursday’s decision to block the politicians’ entry “set new records for shortsightedness and wretchedness”.”It will turn them into martyrs, it will turn Israel into a threshold dictatorship lacking self-confidence that is closed onto itself, that bans elected American officials, critical as they may be,” he said.last_img read more

Govt to come up with Jagannath temple in Digha

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday announced that the state government would construct a Jagannath temple near Jagannath Ghat in Digha, which has already emerged as a major tourist destination.Banerjee was speaking at the administrative review meeting in East Midnapore. The Jagannath temple would be set up in the district along the footsteps of the temple in Puri, where large numbers of devotees congregate to offer their prayers. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We are going to construct a temple at Jagannath Ghat in Digha, similar to Puri. The ghat would also be renovated. The Jagannath temple that we see in Puri had been constructed many years ago. We are developing a temple here keeping it in mind,” the Chief Minister said. She instructed the state Tourism department to prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) after discussing the matter in detail with the district administration. It may be mentioned here that after coming to power, the Mamata Banerjee government had taken up a beautification drive in the beach town and along the sea shore. Since then, the footfall of tourists in Digha and other beach towns in the district has gone up significantly. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedDuring her meeting with the administrative officials, Banerjee inquired about the latest status of the 3 marine bridges which she had proposed 3-4 years ago. The officials told her that the construction of two bridges would be started within one year, while the third one would take some time. The Chief Minister advised the Public Works Department (PWD) to start all the three projects simultaneously. She instructed the government officials to expedite the project. Banerjee announced that construction of the International Convention Centre at Digha would be completed within the next two months. She laid a great emphasis on the cleanliness of the place. She instructed the local administration to consider if the local Nuliahs (sea divers) can be inducted under the 100 days work scheme to maintain cleanliness of the beach town. “Digha has emerged to be one of the key tourist places in the state. A large number of people visit the place every day. Maintaining cleanliness must be the top priority. The Nuliahs who act as civic defense workers during any incident, can be engaged in two shifts for maintaining cleanliness,” she added. She also expressed her dissatisfaction over the overdue wages of the Nuliahs. She wanted to know from the administrative officials why they have not been getting money since September. They get a wage of Rs 300 per day and they work 25 days a month. “Those who save the lives of others risking their own, are not getting their wages. They should be brought under the Swasthya Sathi scheme. Take necessary steps to disburse their dues on immediate basis,” Banerjee told the district administration. She also stated that Tajpur port will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 12,000 crore, where various other ancillaries would come up, creating job opportunities. A fund of Rs 17,000 crore has already been invested for various projects in the district, while many others worth nearly Rs 8,600 crore are in the pipeline. She also inquired about the various fishery development schemes that are being run in the district. She proposed to set up a fish land bank and marketing centres where the fishermen can sell their catches. In reply to a question posed by state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari, the Chief Minister asked the Home Secretary to expedite the investigation into the disappearance of people from Nandigram that took place during the Left Front regime. The CID has been investigating the case.last_img read more

EarlyChristian Basilica Found at the Bottom of a Lake could be Momentous

first_imgA recent archaeological discovery in Turkey promises to shed more light on reconstructing one of the most pivotal events in the history of Christianity as an organized religion ― the Council of Nicaea. Before the division of the Church in 1054, and certainly, before Martin Luther, one summit laid the foundation of Christianity and helped unify the teachings of Christ into a coherent system, capable of serving as the official religion of the Roman Empire.It was held in 325 AD, in a city which at the time was an established cultural and trade center of the ancient world ― Nicaea.Iznik (Nicea), Turkey.The Council of Nicaea was convened by the emperor Constantine, who summoned the most important bishops across the Empire to take part in a theological debate which would once and for all settle the question of the nature of the Trinity and the relationship between Jesus the Son and God the Father.During that time, there were two currents within the relatively young Christian Church, which was by that time a respected institution in the Roman Empire, gaining new followers and growing its influence every day.Section of the ancient Roman walls surrounding the historic city of Nicea (Iznik), Turkey.The debate which was to be settled referred to the teachings of Arius, a priest and scholar from Alexandria, who disagreed with the bishop Athanasius of Alexandria.The debate centered around an issue of whether or not was Jesus of the same substance as the Father ― in Greek homoousios ― or was he of a slightly different substance, which was Arius’ idea encircled by the term homoiousios.The Nicean theatre, restored by Pliny the Younger. Photo by QuartierLatin1968 -CC BY-SA 3.0No, you are not mistaken, there is only a single “I,” or iota in Greek, separating these two terms, and yes, this indeed was the reason for organizing such a large scale council including 318 delegates hailing from all four corners of the Roman Empire.From this debate, in which Arius was defeated, came the expression which remains in use to this day ― “an iota of difference” or “a jot of difference.”Smeared and defeated, Arius and his followers very soon fell into obscurity and Christ became the “true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being (homoousios) with the Father. Through him, all things were made.” It is from this Council that the Nicene Creed was formed, creating the basis for Christianity’s Trinity dogma.Emperor Constantine, accompanied by the bishops of the First Council of Nicaea (325), holding the Niceno–Constantinopolitan Creed.So, that was the brief history of the Council of Nicaea and its participants. However, given the importance of the summit and the knowledge provided by ancient historians, archaeologists have been scoping the area where Nicaea once stood for decades, in search for further proof and details regarding the council.Related Video: 6 World Famous Landmarks Hiding Something from the PublicThis important archaeological site is today known as the modern Turkish town of Iznik and it is sitting next to a huge lake of the same name, in the western tip of Turkey, some 56 miles (90 km) from Istanbul.Seventh ecumenical council, Icon, 17th century, Novodevichy Convent, Moscow.Since 2006, Dr. Mustafa Şahin has been probing the ground around Iznik, looking for artifacts belonging to the rich history of the city. Little did he know that in 2014, he would hit his biggest discovery yet.It appears as though the head of the archaeology department at Bursa Uludağ University had been searching in the wrong place ― on the ground ― while he should’ve asked the lake for answers instead.When local surveyors showed him aerial images of what seemed to be a man-made building foundation in the middle of the Iznik lake, Şahin couldn’t believe his eyes.He described his excitement in an interview for Live Science, he had given on September 5th, 2018:“When I first saw the images of the lake, I was quite surprised to see a church structure that clearly. I was doing field surveys in Iznik [since 2006], and I hadn’t discovered such a magnificent structure like that.”The excavation of the structure led to evidence that it was the St. Neophytos of Nicaea basilica, which collapsed in 740 AD after a devastating earthquake. Presumably built in 390 AD, in the form in which it was discovered, Dr. Şahin has reasons to believe that the spot had been a site for ritual gathering way before Christianity became the official religion of Rome.Painting of “The Council of Nicea” in Sumela monastery, Macka, Trabzon, Turkey.According to the Turkish archaeologist the basilica may have been built on top of a pagan temple dedicated to the sun-god, Apollo. This comes as no surprise as the Greek and Roman deity was in the early stages of Christianity associated with the growing image of Jesus.Roman records from the period of emperor Commodus’ rule indicate that a temple dedicated to Apollo was built outside the city fortifications, sometimes in the period between 180 to 192 AD.Initially, the basilica was barely visible from the air. The excavation process, supervised by Mustafa Şahin, soon revealed the entire structure. However, this was no easy task ―the lake is rich with algae, which significantly reduces visibility under water, and the archaeologists had to use special vacuum equipment to extract soil from the submerged basilica to the shore, where it was then closely searched for artifacts.On the other hand, the excavations quickly bore fruit ― early Roman coins and fragments of an ancient lamp were discovered, together with several graves still holding human remains.Due to its size and historical importance, the question soon arose among scholars and curious journalists alike ― was this the site where the Council of Nicaea actually took place?Archaeologists have agreed that this might be possible as this was probably the main temple in Nicaea at the time the council took place.Further research will surely try to answer that question, but in the meantime, the remains of the basilica have sparked interest among the town’s officials as well.Read another story from us: Incredibly Well-Preserved 16th Century Warship DiscoveredAs the basilica remains submerged three meters underwater, talks are already being made for creating the first-ever underwater archaeology museum in Turkey, which would be open for business sometime in 2019. The complex would include a tower which would provide the viewing of the basilica and diving courses as well as professional guides, leading the tours.last_img read more

Thai exPM starts trial for role in rice subsidy scheme

first_img Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Patients with chronic pain give advice Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Earlier this year, the National Anti-Corruption Commission recommended that the Finance Ministry sue her personally for at least 600 billion baht ($18.4 billion).Thailand has been plagued by political turmoil that boiled over after the army ousted Yingluck’s brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, in a 2006 coup. That putsch was part of a societal schism that in broad terms pits the majority rural poor, who back the Shinawatras, against an urban-based elite establishment supported by the army and staunch royalists who see Yingluck’s family as a corrupt threat to the traditional structures of power.Yingluck’s opponents argue the Shinawatras have used their electoral majority for personal enrichment and to subvert democracy.Tuesday also marks the fifth anniversary of a bloody army crackdown against demonstrators backing the Shinawatras who had occupied downtown Bangkok for two months. More than 90 people were killed in the protests.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home “I am confident in my innocence,” Yingluck told reporters. “I hope the court will grant me justice, and that everything will go according to due process under the law.”Yingluck posted bail set at $900,000, or 30 million baht, and was ordered by the court not to travel outside Thailand without permission during her trial. The next hearing was set for July 21.Yingluck was ousted from her post as prime minister by a court decision that came two weeks before the military staged a coup last May.She is being charged with dereliction in overseeing the controversial rice subsidy program, which temporarily cost Thailand its crown as the world’s top exporter. The same charges also led to her impeachment in January by the military-appointed legislature, which banned her from politics for five years.She faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty, a ruling that would deepen the country’s decade-long political crisis.Her supporters see the case as part of an attempt by the pro-establishment elite to dismantle the political legacy of her family, which has repeatedly won landslide victories in several general elections over the last decade.The program was a flagship policy that helped Yingluck’s Pheu Thai Party win elections in 2011, and Yingluck has argued it was aimed at helping poor farmers who were paid about 50 percent above what they would get on the world market. The program, however, racked up losses of at least $4.46 billion as the Thai government stockpiled mass quantities of rice. Prosecutors said Yingluck ignored multiple warnings from several state agencies about possible corruption — none of which has yet been proven in court. BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday at the start of a trial that could see her jailed for a decade, which critics say is part of a politically motivated campaign against her family.Supporters chanted “Yingluck! Yingluck!” as the ex-premier entered the Supreme Court in Bangkok to be formally read the charges against her of dereliction of duty in overseeing a rice subsidy scheme that lost billions of dollars. Top Stories Comments   Share   last_img read more

Build it and they will come cruising a global phenomenon

first_imgWith more travellers in Europe choosing cruising holidays over skiing vacations, the cruise market in Australia has yet to see its full potential as part of a global phenomenon according to Managing Director, P&O Cruises, Carol Marlow.During a visit to Hong Kong to present a keynote speech at the Jetset Travelworld Conference last week, Ms Marlow said there was “real opportunity in the cruise market that is here to stay”.With over $6.5 billion invested in new ships in 2010 globally and a further 32 new ships on order from now until 2014, cruising is in a market led by supply according to Ms Marlow who said new vessels only fueled further growth.“These new ships are coming in thick and fast creating more demand, and to make sure the market continues to grow,” she said.“Capacity going up, prices going up, means more business and commission for all of us.”Competiting against mature American and European markets, the Australasian market reported a 60 per cent growth between 2002 and 2005, amounting to almost 400,000 people taking a cruise holiday during that period, however according to Ms Marlow, this only represented 1.7 per cent of the population in the region leaving “further area for growth”.With two thirds choosing to cruise in Australia, South Pacific or New Zealand waters, Ms Marlow said there was potential for agents to sell more profitable world cruises to the three per cent that choose to embark upon these detailed itineraries each year.Globally, demand for cruising has continued to spike despite the GFC, with 17.5 million choosing to cruise for their holidays according to Ms Marlow.“It’s a continuing global phenomenon, and this is going to keep growing,” she said, adding that excellent value has been cited as an attributing factor for the growth.Ms Marlow said agents should add value to cruises, rather than discount on price, and continue to advertise and market cruising holidays despite recession times.Also presenting at the Conference, Carnival Australia Regional Sales Manager, David Clark said the company was well on its way toward its goal of one million cruising passengers by 2020.  Mr Clark told agents to utilize Carnival’s popular Polar Online tool to increase sales, citing agencies with Commodore ranking agents usually increased cruising sales by some 10 per cent. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.Mlast_img read more

OscarWinners Beverly Hills Estate Lists for 3395M

first_img The former Beverly Hills home of Ernest Borgnine has hit the market in Los Angeles, California. The gated estate, designed in 1938 by architect L.G. Scherer, is currently listed for $3.395 million.Located just below famed Mullholland Drive, the 0.5-acre property features a 6,200-square-foot main home as well as a one-bedroom guest house. “”According to Curbed””:http://curbed.com/archives/2012/09/26/the-ernest-borgnine-estate-listed-for-first-time-in-60-years.php, the classically “”charming, Old Hollywood”” mansion was Borgnine’s residence for more than 60 years before his death in July. The Oscar-winner’s widow, cosmetics entrepreneur Tova Traesnaes, is noted as the seller of the home on Lake Glen Drive.[COLUMN_BREAK][IMAGE] in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Oscar-Winner’s Beverly Hills Estate Lists for $3.395M Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Celebrity Homes Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-10-01 Abby Gregorycenter_img October 1, 2012 451 Views Sharelast_img read more

October 11 2013We received these wonderful photos

first_imgOctober 11, 2013We received these wonderful photos from architect Jim Horecka, who has visited Arcosanti many times over the years. Thank you so much, Jim![Photo credit for all of the photos in this report: 2013 James Horecka, AIA, Architect]On the last day of the Paolo Soleri Memorial Cosanti  and Arcosanti alumni, and friends supportive of Paolo Soleri’s efforts, gathered at the Paolo Soleri Scottsdale Bridge and Plaza.[photo: Paul from Flam Chen waiting with a large lense for the exact Solar Noon].Text of Jeff Steins speech at the Soleri Bridge on Sunday, September 22. 2013.“Thank you Donna Isaac, Mayor Jim Lane, and welcome.Thank you all for being here on a beautiful Sunday in Scottsdale, Arizona, home for 66 years to the architect, philosopher, writer, lecturer, EXPLORER – and our neighbor –  the late Paolo Soleri. We are gathered today at his Soleri Bridge and plaza to celebrate Paolo. We are here at this public place, designed by an individual, funded by a government – the city of Scottsdale – for the enjoyment of its citizens. We are those citizens.This bridge represents decades of thought and the ideals of its architect Paolo Soleri; his wish to connect us in this desert city to the sun and seasons, to earth and it’s ecology, his wish to use architecture to help connect us all to each other. That wish to define new relations and ways to celebrate them continues in this place today.The GREAT WORK of our generation: the transformative and radical effort to change human-Earth relations from disruptive and destructive to naturally enhancing and beneficial was first modeled for us by Paolo Soleri. His legacy of writing, of building, of BRIDGE-building, really, is what we celebrate today.[photos are of the FLAM CHEN performance during the event].A bridge is a way to cross over, a way to make a transition to the other side of something.  A bridge marks the end of one thing, the beginning of another. At this bridging moment in the history of our culture, we hope our presence here today will serve as a bridge for us to continue the work Paolo Soleri began to make a transition to a better, a more coherent way to be, on the land, in the world.The writer E.B.White  said, “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” Paolo Soleri had this same issue. But his life’s work, at Cosanti, at the enduring urban laboratory Arcosanti, including the Soleri Bridge and the new bas relief murals at the Arcosanti Interchange on I-17, all allow us new places and new ways to do both those things at once. Paolo Soleri created ways to connect and enjoy living, human connections, he modeled ways to bring together mind and heart and hand to develop a new consciousness of how the earth works, a new framework for the practice of architecture and urban design.Paolo Soleri’s work of cultivating awareness and attention entails a commitment to tend to and take responsibility for our communities. A clearer awareness of who we are in relation to the larger whole of earth’s ecology, rooted in respect and reverence for the whole, requires of us both a response and a responsibility. Paolo Soleri, who we honor here today, who lived and created in our midst for nearly 94 years, made a real effort to leave the world a little better than he found it. And we gathered here today intend to continue to create a reasonable alternative equal to the needs of our age. This is our time, our responsibility, and I congratulate you here today for recognizing this with your presence. I urge you to go forth from this place today with a renewed spirit, a new sense of what is possible based on the life and work of Paolo Soleri.  Thank you in advance for doing it.”last_img read more