One and done: Trawick plays first and last game for GlobalPort

first_imgElastopainters hold on to beat Batang Pier Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pumaren added Trawick is already on his way out and that his replacement, whom he did not disclose the name, is set to suit up in GlobalPort’s game against Phoenix on Wednesday.Trawick’s horrible outing, however, wasn’t the reason why the Batang Pier bowed to the Elasto Painters, who, in contrast, drew a 25-point, 15-rebound effort from import James Weatherspoon.“We lost because of our mental lapses, it’s more mental mistakes, offensive rebound, leaving the guy wide open, those things,” Pumaren saidADVERTISEMENT 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 Trawick had twice as many fouls as points. He scored three points on 1-of-5 shooting from the field in 16 minutes of action before fouling out with still 5:46 left.READ: Elastopainters hold on to beat Batang PierFEATURED 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 starsBut the early ouster of the 25-year-old guard also turned out to be a blessing in disguise for GlobalPort, which played comfortable without Trawick on the floor.“We’re not happy the way he’s performing, especially in our last tune-up game against Meralco,” said Pumaren. “First tune-up game, he played well, 27 points, but second game, he looked different.” Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jabril Trawick. PBA IMAGESJabril Trawick’s PBA debut was also his last game for GlobalPort.Trawick didn’t make it hard for the Batang Pier to let him go with an atrocious showing in the team’s 98-96 loss to Rain or Shine Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View commentslast_img read more

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Monte Carlo Masters: Rafael Nadal beats David Goffin to reach final

first_imgDefending champion Rafael Nadal beat David Goffin 6-3, 6-1 to move within one more win of a 10th Monte Carlo Masters title and first of the season on Saturday.Nadal will play 15th-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas in an all-Spanish final after the latter beat Lucas Pouille of France 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.Although the score suggests a comfortable win for Nadal, Goffin’s momentum was halted by a controversial decision by chair umpire Cedric Mourier in the sixth game. Goffin was asked to replay game point after holding his serve for what would have been a 4-2 lead.”All of a sudden you have a mistake like the chair umpire did, it’s really tough,” Goffin said. “When you have a mistake like this, you have to give more energy again to come back into the game. It was maybe too much.”Goffin was incensed at what he basically called an improvised decision by Mourier to point at a mark that didn’t correspond.”He just showed me something, I don’t know what,” Goffin said. “I saw on his face that he was nervous, he wasn’t sure.”Nadal’s celebrations were muted after he clinched victory on his third match point and he sympathetically hugged Goffin at the net. Nadal shook Mourier’s hand, but Goffin did not and walked straight past him to pick up his bags.”I have nothing against Cedric, he’s a very nice guy,” Goffin said. “But he makes mistakes.”Four years ago, it was a perplexed Nadal arguing with Mourier after he made an incorrect call during Nadal’s third-round win against Russian Mikhail Youzhny at the Madrid Masters.advertisementNadal is through to his fourth final of the season. He lost the other three, two of them to Roger Federer, including at the Australian Open.”I know that I had to defend almost all my points at this beginning of the season,” Nadal said. “Having all these great results I am having allows me to still have the position in the top eight of the rankings.”Nadal and the 10th-seeded Goffin met for the first time, and the momentum of the semi effectively turned on the overrule since Goffin was playing the better tennis at the time.After being taken to deuce three times Goffin finally held – or so he thought – when Nadal hit a return too long.It seemed evident that the ball landed out, but Mourier overruled and called it in, meaning the point had to be replayed. Goffin could not believe it and nor could the crowd, who jeered loudly.Mourier came down from his chair to speak to Goffin. Their exchange in French – shared on social media – went like this:”No, it’s over there,” Goffin tells Mourier, pointing to a mark to the left of the court.”Well, I think it’s that one,” Mourier says, leaning forward and pointing centrally.”No, you can’t say that, it’s completely over here,” Goffin replies raising his voice, pointing again.”Well, listen, then I’m wrong but…””Oh, it can’t be true!” says an exasperated Goffin, putting his hands on his head.Video replays showed it was out, but with no Hawkeye technology used on clay, the Belgian player could not challenge the initial call. Still, the umpire effectively overruled a line judge in a far better position than him.”He was play-acting, like he had made the right decision,” Goffin said. “(But) it was blatant.”When Nadal and Goffin resumed, Nadal was booed when he won points, and the crowd began chanting, “David, David.” But Nadal eventually broke him in the game.Goffin continued to complain to Mourier after the set. Nadal went off court for a break and jeers filled the air when he came back on.”I receive huge support from the crowd all around the world. Today, I don’t know why,” Nadal said. “For me (it) is sad, especially in a place that I love.”Nadal, a nine-time French Open champion, is not convinced of Hawkeye’s accuracy and doesn’t want it on clay.”If we made that happen, then Hawkeye will be in trouble,” he said.The other finalist, Ramos-Vinolas, has lost his two previous matches against Nadal, has reached his first Masters final, and won only one title. Nadal is bidding for his 70th.Earlier, Pouille was 3-0 down in the deciding set when he needed treatment to his lower back and hips. His power went after that.last_img read more

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Wimbledon 2017: Andy Murray overcomes brutal tussle with Fabio Fognini to reach last 16

first_imgThere may be doubts over Andy Murray’s fitness and questions about his form but the top seed showed in his Wimbledon tussle with Italian Fabio Fognini that his status as one of tennis’s most determined and dogged scrappers is indisputable.The world number one and defending champion was far from his best against the 29th-ranked Fognini, but still booked a fourth- round spot with a rip-roaring 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 win on Friday.Murray saved five break points in the fourth set, before winning five successive games to prevent himself being dragged into an energy-sapping decider that would have put further strain on the niggling hip injury he has been nursing.”I didn’t feel like I played my best tennis,” Murray told reporters. “But I won and I got through it. You know, that’s a really positive thing.”It is the 10th successive year Murray has reached the last 16 at Wimbledon and he had never lost at this stage to somebody ranked as low as Fognini.Yet, with the Italian showman having beaten Murray in three of their six previous outings, this was never going to be easy for the Briton and so it proved in an encounter where the momentum swung dramatically from one player to the other.POLAR OPPOSITESIn tennis terms, Murray and Fognini are polar opposites: the Italian is the epitome of attacking flamboyance, while Murray is a determined defender.Fognini also spent much of Friday’s encounter strutting around Centre Court, while Murray’s awkward gait seems to have been exaggerated by his hip problem.advertisementThat did not seem to be troubling Murray, however, when he broke Fognini twice and raced to take the first set.The Italian battled back at the start of the second, breaking in the first game, before immediately surrendering the advantage, which prompted him to hurl his racket into the ground and receive his first ticking off from the umpire.He regained his cool and broke Murray’s serve again in the fifth game, this time consolidating and holding firm to clinch the set.It was then Murray’s turn to regain the upper hand as Fognini appeared to be struggling with an ankle injury that required treatment on court, allowing the world number one to wrap up the set with two breaks of serve.Murray’s hopes of an easy route into the last 16 were dashed, however, as the Italian came out firing in the fourth.After Fognini received a point penalty for what the umpire called a visible obscenity, he broke Murray in the fifth game and then had a series of set points both on his serve and the Briton’s.Yet, with the Centre Court crowd willing Murray on, the Scot fought back, breaking twice before serving out with an ace.last_img read more

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Rahul Dravid plays down Virat Kohli’s rest rumours

first_imgIndian junior and ‘A’ team coach Rahul Dravid dismissed reports of Virat Kohli being denied rest during the Test series against Sri Lanka next month, saying all such news is nothing but a ‘needless controversy’.When quizzed if Kohli needs a mini break as he has been playing continuously in nearly all formats of the game from last one year in the national capital, Dravid said, “Everyone needs rest. Virat Kohli will get rest when he wants. I don’t know why there is so much of discussion and controversy.”Speaking at a felicitation programme for women cricketers, he said, “Rotations are needed. There are a lot of matches being played, so you need to rotate the players. I think the management is taking right decision.”The former Indian captain also maintained a positive stance on the introduction of the nine-team Test championship and a 13-team One-Day International league.The International Cricket Council (ICC) had earlier approved the curtailed version of the Test cricket on a trial basis in a recently held board meeting in Auckland.The sport’s governing body has also given nod to a nine-team two-year Test series, which will begin in 2019.A 13 team one-day league will start in 2020 and can be used as eligibility criteria for the ICC Cricket World Cup.”I think having the context to especially ODI cricket and series is really important and sometimes in tri-series and bilateral series it can get a bit difficult to generate that level of context,” Dravid said.He further said, “But if you are having that sort of context towards a particular end goal in mind then surely something good can come out of it. If it creates that level of interest and context in bilateral series it will be a good thing.”advertisementDravid, who retired from the short format cricket in 2012, is the current Overseas Batting Consultant for the Indian team and also the head coach for the Under-19 and ‘A’ teams.Talking about his experience in coaching the junior Indian team, the 44-year-old said, “I have really enjoyed coaching since the past two years and it has been a great learning experience.”However, Dravid believed that the Under-19 cricket players remained under a lot of pressure and he is trying to create a team with the good environment where the best out of the players could be drawn.last_img read more

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France Wins 2nd World Cup Title, Beats Croatia 4-2

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) — Kylian Mbappe and France put on a thrilling show in winning the World Cup title. All Russian President Vladimir Putin might remember is the Pussy Riot protest.The 19-year-old Mbappe became only the second teenager after Pele to score in a World Cup final, helping France beat Croatia 4-2 on Sunday.Mbappe had just shown his electrifying speed in the 52nd minute when play was held up by four protesters who ran onto the field in the second half. Russian punk band Pussy Riot later took credit for the incident — watched from the VIP seats by Putin, whose government once jailed members of the activist group.About 12 minutes after play resumed, Mbappe sent a right-footed shot past Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.The only other teen to score in a World Cup final was Pele, who was 17 when Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 in 1958.France’s President Emmanuel Macron embraces France head coach Didier Deschamps during the award ceremony after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)Mbappe, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain in the French league, was born months after France first won its only other World Cup title in 1998.Putin was later on the field during a downpour to award medals to the players. FIFA president Gianni Infantino then handed France captain Hugo Lloris the World Cup trophy.Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann, France’s two other key players, also scored at the Luzhniki Stadium.But it was Mbappe who put the match out of reach with a furious passage of play in the second half. In the 59th, a run from Mbappe started a play that ended up with Pogba on the edge of the penalty area. With his second attempt, the midfielder curled his shot beyond Subasic.Mbappe then scored himself, his fourth of the tournament, to make it 4-1.Griezmann scored from the penalty spot in the 38th minute after a video review. About four minutes after his corner kick was knocked out of play, the referee ruled Ivan Perisic had handled the ball on the way.France took the lead in the 18th when Croatia’s tallest outfield player, 1.90-meter (6-foot-3) forward Mario Mandzukic, rose to meet Griezmann’s free kick with the top of his head. He inadvertently sent it past his own goalkeeper.Perisic and Mandzukic both scored for Croatia, first to equalize in the 28th minute and later as a consolation goal in the 69th, embarrassing Lloris with a flicked shot as the France goalkeeper tried to dribble the ball out of his goalmouth.France coach Didier Deschamps became only the third man to win the World Cup as a player and a coach. Mario Zagallo of Brazil and Franz Beckenbauer of Germany are the others.—By GRAHAM DUNBAR , AP Sports WriterFrance’s Antoine Griezmann, points to two stars on his jersey indicating two world cup wins, as he celebrates with Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. France won the final 4-2. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)Rain pours down as Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic comforts Croatia’s Ivan Rakitic after France won 4-2 in the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)French players celebrate at the end of the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. France won 4-2. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)France’s Paul Pogba celebrates with fans after winning 4-2 during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)France’s Kylian Mbappe, front, celebrates after scoring his side’s fourth goal during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)France’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring his side’s fourth goal during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)France’s Kylian Mbappe,, center, celebrates after scoring his side’s fourth goal with teammate France’s Olivier Giroud, right, during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)Croatia’s Luka Modric prepares to kick the ball during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)Croatia’s Luka Modric, right, and Croatia’s Dejan Lovren, left, react after France’s Paul Pogba, not in picture, scored his side’s third goal during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)TweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img read more

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World Cup 2018: Croatian defender booed during historic triumph

first_imgCroatia booked their place in the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup against France on July 15. Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute as Croatia came from behind to beat England 2-1 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday.With a population of 4,000,000, Croatia became the smallest country to reach a World Cup Final since Uruguay in 1950, as well as the lowest ranked ever (20th).Domagoj Vida defended his goal, and along with Dejan Lovern marshalled his troops and kept England at bay since Kieran Trippier’s opener. Croatia, in their first semi-final since 1998, levelled through Ivan Perisic after 68 minutes and then looked the more dangerous side.Vida’s son after the final whistle celebrated with the Croatian team, as his father bathed in the glory of a battle well fought.Eu tô muito apaixonada nesse vídeo do filho do Vida pic.twitter.com/AKKznieGnJariana (@DFBReus) July 11, 2018vida’s son is too cute im softttttt that lil thumb im crying!! pic.twitter.com/FJW2Ux99UHadisti (@adistibstr) July 11, 20182018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThat was not the case at the start of the match though, as spectators in the Russian capital booed and whistled Croatian defender Vida, who had spoken out in support of Russia’s neighbour and adversary Ukraine.After Croatia’s quarter-final victory over Russia, a video was posted online showing Vida, a former player with Ukrainian club side Dynamo Kiev, saying “Glory to Ukraine!”MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSRussia’s relations with Ukraine have been fraught since Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014 and backed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.advertisementWorld soccer’s governing body FIFA ruled that Vida’s comments were not in keeping with tournament rules about political neutrality.Also read – Croatia played an ‘extra match’ to reach historic World Cup final: Key statsThe booing and whistles rang out each time Vida touched the ball in the semi-final against England, starting about 30 minutes into the first half.It did not appear to be coming from sections of the stadium where England supporters were concentrated. There were significant numbers of Russians in the stadium.FIFA hit Ognjen Vukojevic, a member of Croatia’s coaching staff who appeared in the video with Vida, with a 15,000-Swiss-franc (11,400 pounds) fine. Vukojevic was fired from his role with the national team.Also read – World Cup 2018: Ivan Perisic living the dream as Croatia create historyVida said his comments in the video were not intended to convey any political message.But his reference to Ukraine angered Russian soccer fans and politicians. Some Russians said they had originally planned to support Croatia in the semi-finals after their own team were knocked out, but that they had changed their minds after learning of Vida’s remarks.last_img read more

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North and South Korea to bid for 2032 Summer Olympics

first_imgSeoul, Sep 19 (AFP) North and South Korea will bid jointly for the 2032 Olympics, they announced Wednesday, in an ambitious plan built on hopes of deepening a diplomatic thaw catalysed by this year’s Winter Games in the South.The idea, which would require an unprecedented level of cooperation and mutual trust on the long-divided Korean peninsula, was included in a joint statement issued after a Pyongyang summit between the North’s leader Kim Jong Un and the South’s President Moon Jae-in.”The South and North agreed to actively participate jointly in international competitions including the 2020 Summer Olympics and to cooperate in bidding for the South-North joint hosting of the 2032 Summer Olympics,” the statement said.No other details were given.The North’s decision to participate in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February triggered a dramatic diplomatic turnaround on the peninsula this year.It came after tensions mounted the previous year, with the North carrying out multiple missile launches and its most powerful nuclear test to date, and Kim trading personal insults and threats of war with US President Donald Trump.The February games saw athletes from the two Koreas march together at the opening ceremony behind a unification flag showing an undivided peninsula.The two countries also formed a unified women’s ice hockey side — a move initially controversial in the South, with critics saying that Seoul was depriving its own citizens of a chance to play on the Olympic stage.Kim sent his sister Kim Yo Jong to Pyeongchang as his personal envoy, and the two leaders have since met three times as part of an ongoing diplomatic rapprochement.advertisementThe two Koreas have continued their sports diplomacy, forming joint teams for the ITTF world table tennis championships and several events at the Asian Games in Indonesia, securing one gold, one silver and two bronze medals.They have also held friendly basketball matches.Olympics chief Thomas Bach said this month he was open to talks with the two Koreas about marching and competing together at the 2020 Tokyo Games.It is a marked contrast to the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics, which Pyongyang boycotted after it demanded co-hosting rights and negotiations fell apart over how to share the events.North Korea’s participation in hosting the Games, which include thousands of athletes from around the world and an even larger number of spectators, would be a watershed event requiring a degree of openness and financial muscle now lacking in the isolated and impoverished country.It would also force an extraordinary level of cooperation between two Cold War foes that have no formal avenues for regular contact and are still technically at war.The first hint of a possible joint bid came last week when South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted the country’s sports minister Do Jong-hwan as saying Seoul planned to propose the idea during this week’s Pyongyang meeting.For the 2030 FIFA World Cup, Do said South Korea planned to propose a co-hosted tournament involving China, Japan and the two Koreas.”In this way, we could maintain the current momentum for peace and expand peace on the Korean peninsula to the whole region”, Do said.(AFP) AMSAMSlast_img read more

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Photo Of These Fans’ NSFW Sign On Gameday Is Going Viral

first_imgWisconsin's stadium with snow on the field.MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 15: Snow falls on the endzone during play between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 15, 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)There were a lot of good signs on ESPN’s College GameDay on Saturday morning.Most of them were Urban Meyer themed, unsurprisingly. There was a lot of “I had a better sign but Urban Meyer covered it up” type stuff.There was a good Notre Dame one, too. Rudy is involved.A group of Wisconsin fans had a sign that went viral before the Badgers’ game on Friday night.We don’t think this one would’ve made it onto GameDay, though.Where do I get transfer papers? @BarstoolBadgers pic.twitter.com/z2v1iGBvvy— 5th Year (@5thYear) September 1, 2018Yeah, ESPN’s not letting that one get on.last_img read more

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Fulbright Scholar to Take Part in Research Exchange Programme

first_img The Fulbright Programme is the flagship international educational exchange programme sponsored by the U.S. government The NEXUS Programme brings together a network of junior scholars, professionals and mid-career applied researchers Jamaica’s Fulbright Scholar for 2012-2013, Tracy-Ann Hyman, is among 21 other Fulbright scholarship recipients from the Western Hemisphere, Latin America and the Caribbean to participate in a two-month research exchange programme at the University of North Carolina in the United States of America.The Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Programme brings together a network of junior scholars, professionals and mid-career applied researchers for a series of three seminar meetings and a Fulbright exchange experience.Speaking at a reception in honour of the Fulbright Scholarship Awardees by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State, at the Mexican Cultural Institute on September 18, Chief of Western Hemisphere Fulbright Programme, Dr. Eugenia Verdagure said that at its core, “the Fulbright NEXUS Programme will foster collaborative and multi-disciplinary research to address challenging regional issues and produce tangible results.”She said the Fulbright NEXUS Programme provides a platform for scholars from across the region to engage in collaborative thinking, analysis, problem-solving and multi-disciplinary research in one of three inter-related topics.Dr. Verdagure noted that at the end of the programme year, NEXUS scholars would convene for the third and final meeting in Washington, D.C., to share the results of their collaborative interactions and report on the accomplishment of programme objectives and the national and regional implications of their findings.Scholars will disseminate policy-relevant recommendations, describe the concrete steps they have taken in implementing their projects and models at the local, national and/or regional levels, and share the progress they have made and challenges they have faced in moving their recommendations from theory to practice.Meanwhile,  Miss Hyman pointed out that she will be presenting a research paper on the results from a one-year project on Community Emergency Management for Coastal Communities.  She added that the Nexus Programme would allow for collaboration with diverse scientists in various fields and that such interactions would enable her to share lessons learned in a Jamaican context that can be applied globally.The Fulbright Programme is the flagship international educational exchange programme sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.”The educational exchange was proposed to the U.S. Congress in 1945 by then freshman, Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. In the aftermath of World War II, Senator Fulbright viewed the proposed programme as a much needed vehicle for promoting “mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world.”His vision was approved by Congress and the programme signed into law by President Truman in 1946.The Fulbright Programme is sponsored by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, under a co-operative agreement with the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. Story Highlights Tracy-Ann Hyman, is among 21 other Fulbright scholarship recipients from the Western Hemispherelast_img read more

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Funding Playground Safety at Child Care Centres

first_imgHaving fun while playing safe at licensed child-care centres will be easier thanks to a provincial government grant worth $4.9 million. The Department of Community Services’ Outdoor Play Space Grant encourages physical activity and healthy child development. The grant is available to full- and part-day licensed child-care centres, including school-age centres and family home agencies. The funding supports the costs associated with creating a safe environment for children to play. “Outdoor play is an important part of a child’s day,” said Judy Streatch, Minister of Community Services. “This funding encourages healthy, active and safe play spaces and equipment for children in licensed child care.” The one-time grant can be used for expenses including landscaping, fencing and equipment. Large play equipment including climbers and swings must be professionally installed to CSA/ULC standards. “It’s important for children to develop healthy habits in their early years and this new grant will help by improving their outdoor play areas,” said Debra Reimer, executive director of Apple Tree Landing Family Education Centre in Canning, Kings Co. “This funding will help us create a play space that encourages exploration outside of traditional slides and swings and get children interested in physical activity.” Applications must be received by the Department of Community Services by Friday, Aug. 31. Interested licensed child-care centres or family home day-care agencies must contact their regional early childhood development officer before submitting their application. The funding is being provided under Nova Scotia’s 10-year Early Learning and Child Care Plan. More information, including grant applications is available at www.gov.ns.ca/coms/families/elcc.html .last_img read more

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Toronto police confirm investigation into Hedley singer Jacob Hoggard

first_imgToronto police have confirmed that their sex crimes unit has opened an investigation into Hedley lead singer Jacob Hoggard, above. (Peter Power/Canadian Press) Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: An Ottawa woman accused the singer of sexually assaulting her at a downtown Toronto hotel in November 2016. In an interview with CBC News last month, the woman said she went public with the allegation after watching dozens of mainly anonymous women speak out on social media about alleged negative experiences with the B.C. band. Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Toronto police confirmed Friday evening that the sex crimes unit has opened an investigation into Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard.The police service would only confirm that the investigation is ongoing and that no charges have been laid. Police did not release any further details.CBC News has no information regarding who filed the complaint that led to the ongoing police investigation.last_img read more

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He had a good heart says Brydon Whitstones family after man killed

first_imgDennis WardAPTN NewsBrydon Whitstone’s family is speaking out after the 22-year-old man was shot and killed by the RCMP Sunday in North Battleford, Sask.Whitstone was a “good uncle, brother, father, and Mosom,” niece Brandy Whitstone-Waskewitch told APTN News.RCMP said in a media release after the shooting they had pursued a vehicle following reports of being chased and shot at. The police chase ended shortly after the suspect rammed a cruiser and officers opened fire.Regina Police have been called in to look at several questions, including how the RCMP handled the encounter and how many shots were fired.A woman who was in the vehicle and an RCMP officer also suffered minor injuries.Whitstone was from Onion Lake Cree Nation about 200 km northwest of Battleford.Whitstone leaves behind a son and daughter.Whitstone-Waskewitch said he will be missed.“He had a good heart, he was always with his friends or with his kids or family.”Brydon Whitstone’s sister Tammy Whitstone said he was always there for people.“He was loving, caring, funny,” she said. “If anyone was in trouble or had trouble he was there to talk to.“ He will always be in our hearts, loved and never forgotten,” Whitstone said in an interview via social media.A review of the fatal shooting will be overseen by the provincial Justice Ministry.Bobby Cameron, chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, says he’s been getting calls and messages questioning the details around the 22-year-old man’s death.Cameron said the shooting furthers the mistrust First Nations people have toward the justice system, and he adds there is also a lack of trust in the independent investigation that has been called.He said the FSIN has long wanted to see First Nations represented at such investigations.“The majority of people that are incarcerated are First Nations people. Wouldn’t it make sense to have one of our own First Nations legal experts involved in all these processes?” he asked.Cameron suggested involving First Nations people would be a step toward rebuilding trust in the justice system.Contact Dennis here: dward@aptn.calast_img read more

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IndiaBdesh Home Minister level talks next week in Delhi

first_imgNEW DELHI: Amidst hectic political campaign Home Minister Rajnath Singh has invited his Bangladesh counterpart Asaduzzaman Khan for bilateral talks next week here.Though Singh is also contesting the Lok Sabha poll from Lucknow constituency, he thought it was important to have the 7th round of bilateral talks before the polls. During the polls, most of the paramilitary forces would be deployed all over the country. India needs special cooperation from Bangladesh to keep a strict vigil on the border and especially to the sensitive areas. Intelligence agencies have alerted the government for a possible terrorist attack to disrupt the poll process. Official sources said Bangladesh and India will discuss trans-border security, cross border trafficking and border management issues during the home minister-level talks slated to be held on April 1. Bangladesh Minister will arrive in the capital on 31st March and will leave for Dhaka on 2nd April. Asaduzzaman Khan and Rajnath Singh will lead their respective sides to the talks. The 6th round of home ministerial talks was held in Dhaka in October last year when Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited Bangladesh. The sources further said they might discuss other issues like Rohingya influx into Bangladesh, their repatriation, restriction on visa issuance (except emergency need) before and during the general election in India that begins from April 11. It’s reported in Dhaka press that law and order situation is fast deteriorating in the makeshift refugee camps for the displaced Rohingyas. Indian intelligence agencies have also alerted their counterparts in Bangladesh about a possible influx of some radical groups and illegal arms are also found in the camp. In two occasions Bangladesh police had to fire to disperse the armed groups. In fact, Bangladesh Government has also urged the India Government to take up this refugee crisis with the Myanmar government for speedy repatriation of the displaced person to their homeland. Last month, Bangladesh foreign minister Dr A K Abdul Momin visited India and gave a new proposal to Indian External Affair Minister for consideration. Their proposal was to create a safe zone for the Rohingyas in the Rakhine Province and that zone should be monitored by both friendly countries like India and China. So far, the India government has not given any positive response. Bangladesh Home minister is likely to raise the same issue to Home Minister Rajnath Singh. In this meeting, the opening of a new consulate in southern state Tamil Nadu will get importance. Bangladesh High Commissioner Syed Moazzem Ali had recently visited Chennai to expedite the process. Last year, both countries signed a revised visa protocol. Officials said both sides will review the progress on this issue and apart from Home minister, Home Secretary, representatives from all security agencies and Indian High Commissioner Riva Das Ganguly will be present for the day-long deliberation.last_img read more

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The top 10 audiobooks on Audiblecom

Audible.com bestsellers for week ending August 9:Fiction:1. Treasure Island: An Audible Original Drama by Robert Louis Stevenson & Marty Ross – adaptation, narrated by Philip Glenister, Daniel Mays, Catherine Tate & Owen Teale (Audible Studios)2. The Conception of Terror: Tales Inspired by M. R. James – Volume 1: An Audible Original Drama by M. R. James, Stephen Gallagher, A. K. Benedict, Jonathan Barnes & Mark Morris, narrated by Robert Bathurst, Tom Burke, Rosa Coduri, Alice Lowe, Pearl Mackie, Anna Maxwell Martin, Andy Nyman, Jeff Rawle & Reece Shearsmith (Audible Studios)3. Wally Roux, Quantum Mechanic by Nick Carr, narrated by William Jackson Harper (Audible Original)4. Foreverywhere by Steve Burns, Steven Drozd & Gabe Soria, narrated by Steve Burns, Carly Ciarrocchi & Stephanie Mayers (Audible Original)5. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, narrated by Cassandra Campbell (Penguin Audio)6. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware, narrated by Imogen Church (Simon & Schuster Audio)7. Monster Hunter Guardian: Monster Hunter International, Book 7 by Larry Correia and Sarah A. Hoyt, narrated by Bailey Carr (Audible Studios)8. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori – translator, narrated by Nancy Wu (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)9. Winter World by A. G. Riddle, narrated by Edoardo Ballerini and Amanda Leigh Cobb (Recorded Books)10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Book 1 by J.K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale (Pottermore Publishing)Nonfiction:1. It’s Not What It Looks Like by Molly Burke, narrated by the author (Audible Original)2. It Burns: The Scandal-Plagued Race to Breed the World’s Hottest Chilli, An Audible Original by Marc Fennell, narrated by the author (Audible Original)3. Becoming by Michelle Obama, narrated by the author (Random House Audio)4. How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr, narrated by Luis Moreno (Recorded Books)5. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover, narrated by Julia Whelan (Random House Audio)6. Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins, narrated by the author & Adam Skolnick (Lioncrest Publishing)7. Unfu(asterisk)k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life by Gary John Bishop, narrated by the author (HarperAudio)8. Girl, Stop Apologizing (Audible Exclusive Edition): A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis, narrated by Rachel Hollis (HarperCollins Leadership)9. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear, narrated by the author (Penguin Audio)10. Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brené Brown, narrated by Brené Brown (Random House Audio)—–The Associated Press read more

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At UN Assembly Gulf Mideast leaders call for urgent action against terrorist

King Abdullah II of Jordan stressed that radical terrorism has been on the rise and that terrorists prey on differences between communities to spread their radical ideas through fear, violence and anger. “They target religious differences, hoping to kill cooperation and compassion among the billions of people, of all faiths and communities, who live side-by-side in our many countries. These outlaw gangs use suspicion and ignorance to expand their own power,” he said.He also pointed out that the emergence of terrorism in conflict-prone regions has led to a ‘third world war,’ which is not being responded to appropriately by the international community.“What if they were not defeated? What would our world look like? Can we tolerate a future where mass murder, public beheadings, kidnapping and slavery are common practices? Where the persecution of communities is law? Where humanity’s cultural treasures, preserved for thousands of years are systematically destroyed? I’ve called this crisis a third world war and I believe we must respond with equal intensity. That means global collective action on all fronts,” he added. He introduced a seven-step process through which such issues can be tackled. These include respecting one another’s faith, curbing radical ideas that spread violence, integrating our value system into everyday life, moderating the use of advanced media by extremists, recognizing the motives of radicals, being intolerant to intolerance and bringing communities together through advanced methods of communication. Jordan’s King Abdullah also called on world leaders to increase humanitarian assistance to regions affected by the refugee crisis. “It is the world’s obligation to find solutions and provide relief for the millions of refugees in my region. Today we are still facing huge shortfalls, cuts, threats to vital UN programmes and agencies, including the [UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East], the [Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the [World Food Programme],” he added. King Abdullah also commented on the lack of assistance Jordan has received since it began providing refuge to Syrians four years ago. “Support to our country has been small fraction of the cost we have endured. It is high time that the international community acts collectively in facing this unprecedented humanitarian crisis, and support countries like Jordan and Lebanon which have been carrying the brunt of this burden over the past four years,” he said.Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of Qatar reiterated the need to take a strong and collective stance against terrorism in his speech while addressing the annual General Debate at the UN. Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia Pak“The phenomenon of terrorism with its dire consequences imposes grave political, security and economic challenges before nations and peoples. There is so doubt that tension and conflict zones have contributed to the emergence of terrorist organizations.” In addition, the international community’s failure in addressing the hotbeds of tension and conflict has also contributed to creating an environment that advocates the execution of terrorist operations, he said.The Qatari leader also stressed the need to arrive at a faster solution to the Israel-Palestine dispute. “The just and lasting solution of Palestinian cause, which remains an issue of people displaced from their land, and are still under the yoke of occupation, cannot be delayed to the next generation,” said Sheikh Tamir. “Allow me to send a message to all major parties of the international community in general that the continuation of the Palestinian cause without a permanent and just solution is a stigma at the face of humanity,” he added. Sheikh Tamir also spoke of the catastrophic consequences that have ensued due to untimely responses and lack of action to end the Syrian crisis. “It was incumbent on the international community to stop the massacres at the right time, and provide the conditions for the Syrian people to put forward a rational, civil and fair alternative to tyranny. But is there a tyranny in the world that could acknowledge an alternative? Is it possible for a tyranny to allow an alternative to grow and develop under its shadow?” he questioned at the Assembly.He urged the international community to cooperate and impose a solution to the Syrian crisis. “I call for cooperation in order to impose a political solution in Syria that would end the rein of tyranny and replacing it with a pluralistic regime based on equal citizenship for all Syrians defeat radicalism and terrorism and insulate Syria from them, repatriate the displaced to their homes, and allows reconstruction of Syria.”The 70th General Assembly opened this year with the adoption of Agenda 2030 and 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Made up of all the 193 Member States of the United Nations, the Assembly provides a forum for multilateral discussion of international issues covered by the UN Charter. read more

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Womens Basketball No 5 Ohio State drops backandforth overtime game 9590 to

Ohio State senior guard Asia Doss delivers a pass during the Buckeyes’ game against Louisville on Nov. 12. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorPlaying on the same court on which the 2018 Final Four will take place, No. 5 Ohio State and No. 9 Louisville played a back-and-forth contest featuring a high pace and 60 combined 3-point attempts. But just two days after the Buckeyes took down No. 10 Stanford 85-64, they could not defeat their second top-10 opponent in a row.Behind junior guard Asia Durr’s 47 points, the Louisville women’s basketball team staved off a fourth-quarter comeback from Ohio State which sent the game into overtime and beat the Buckeyes 95-90 Sunday evening at Nationwide Arena.Durr hit shot after shot from beyond the arc, finishing 16-for-29 from the field and 9-for-15 on 3-point attempts. The Cardinals rode her to victory as she scored 13 of her team’s 15 overtime points.Ohio State made a run late in the fourth quarter. Senior guard Kelsey Mitchell drilled a 3-pointer with 2:32 remaining to give Ohio State its first lead since the beginning of the third quarter. It came back from an eight-point deficit with 4:55 remaining to pull ahead of the Cardinals.With Louisville leading by one point, redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga rejected forward Myisha Hines-Allen’s shot with 10 seconds remaining. Mitchell recovered the ball and raced up the court, but was fouled by guard Jazmine Jones. She converted just one of two free throws to tie the game at 80. Mitchell seemed nonexistent in the first half as she entered halftime with just three points. But the preseason All-American exploded down the stretch, scoring 23 of her 26 points in the in the second half. She added a game-high eight assists.Ohio State redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper added 21 points and seven rebounds. Mavunga, who had 23 points and 26 rebounds against Stanford, was held in check for most of the game. She had just four points and six rebounds in 30 minutes. She and Mitchell fouled out in overtime.Ohio State’s success — or failure — was based on its ability to hit 3-pointers. Ohio State made 17 of 40 3-pointers, but could not find consistent offense when it did not hit 3s.  When the Buckeyes struggled to connect from deep, they fell behind while Louisville efficiently converted on 36-of-73 shots from the field and made 12-of-20 3-pointers. But when Ohio State hit consecutive triples, it pulled closer to Louisville.Though Louisville led for 38:16 of the game, the Buckeyes constantly remained in striking distance. Ohio State led for just 4:02, but trailed by no more than nine points in the second half.The Cardinals dominated the interior, collecting 47 rebounds while Ohio State grabbed just 29 boards. Of Louisville’s rebounds, 13 came on the offensive glass, which assisted them in putting up 15 second-chance points.Ohio State found an unlikely source of offense in the first half in senior guard Asia Doss, who scored just three points in the season opener.Down 21-13 with less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter, Doss found herself with the ball in her hands and the shot clock winding down. She launched a 3-pointer and swished the long-range shot. Then on the next possession, an open Doss drained her second shot from beyond the arc in a row. Trailing by 13 points in the second quarter, Ohio State seemed in danger of falling behind by a deficit from which it could not recover. But Doss drained another 3-pointer, sparking the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes went on a 14-2 run in the final 3:50 of the half to pull back within one point and went into halftime trailing 41-40. Mitchell punctuated the run when she hit her first shot of the game, a 3-pointer with 33 seconds remaining in the half. She went 5-for-8 from 3-point range in the half and led the team with 17 points. No one else on her team had more than six first-half points. Doss finished with 19 points.Ohio State will be back in action at 7 p.m. Wednesday when the Buckeyes take on Idaho in their first game of the season at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Red zone turnover deficiencies holding back Ohio State offense

OSU redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall (7) runs with the ball during a game against Indiana on Oct. 3 in Bloomington, Indiana. OSU won, 34-27. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOhio State maintained its top ranking in the AP Top 25 Poll for the sixth straight week, but a sluggish start out of the gates has caused the Buckeyes to lose 23 of their 61 first-place votes from the preseason poll. But after getting a chance to review the game tape of the Buckeyes’ 34-27 victory over Indiana on Saturday, OSU coach Urban Meyer saw improvements. The coach was hesitant to use the word “great” to describe where the Buckeyes could be headed “because it’s all relative,” but Meyer said he thinks they might be turning the corner.Meyer said the perimeter blocking was the best it’s been this year, while noting the team played as hard as any time over the past two seasons. “I think we’re on the border of being very good,” he said on Monday. As for why the defending national champions have yet to cross that border to being very good, Meyer pointed to two areas that used to be the team’s strengths: red zone offense and turnovers. The team has put points on the board in just 75 percent of its trips inside the 20-yard line. In 16 tries, the Buckeyes have four field goals and only six touchdowns.OSU made three trips to the red zone against Indiana but came away with a measly six points on two field goals from redshirt senior Jack Willoughby. On their third trip, the Buckeyes found the end zone on a swing pass from redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones to junior running back Ezekiel Elliott, but an illegal block negated the score. The next play Jones was sacked, then two plays later a botched snap on third down moved the Buckeyes further back. Willoughby trotted out for his third field goal attempt but missed it. The mistake-ridden trip was a microcosm of the struggles inside the red zone all season long.Left guard Billy Price said he thinks the issues inside the 20-yard line actually stem from the offense’s big play ability. “As we look at our offense, we are a very explosive offense,” the redshirt sophomore said. “Given a confined space, it makes things difficult. It makes it easier for the defense because they don’t have as much ground to cover.”Price said the team needs focus on individual assignments, as well as tightening up its execution, especially for the running game.“We gotta get the running game going, that’s primary. That’s who our offense is. And then the red zone comes second nature to us,” he said. Meyer said the inefficiency inside the 20-yard line boils down to a “variety of problems,” such as turnovers and penalties.Turnovers, however, have been a major factor holding the offense back, even outside the red zone. Following the victory over the Hoosiers, in which the Buckeyes coughed up the ball three times, Meyer said the “turnovers have to change.” Redshirt sophomore Jalin Marshall contributed two fumbles, while Jones threw one interception.Through five games, OSU is minus-four in turnover margin — which places them 101st in the country. In three of five games, the Buckeyes have had multiple turnovers. Tight ends coach Tim Hinton said last week that the team is working on fixing the issues. “We’ve had too many turnovers,” he said. “We’re certainly addressing that very hard.” Meyer is confident that the lack of production in the red zone and turnovers can be corrected as the season progresses. “Those are fixable,” he said. “When you start getting effort and attitude … that’s where red flags start showing up, and I don’t feel that at all. This one has the characteristics of having a great team. Last year’s obviously was a great team, 2012, great team. I didn’t say exceptional skill everywhere, but great team.”  OSU is set to continue Big Ten play on Saturday against Maryland. Kickoff is slated for noon at Ohio Stadium. read more

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We want an exit but we want a sustainable exit McGrath calls

first_imgTHE FIANNA FÁIL finance spokesman has criticised the decision not to establish a precautionary credit line for Ireland after the country exits the bailout.Michael McGrath told RTÉ’s The Week In Politics that a post-bailout credit line would provide stability for the country.“We are facing into significant risks.“The ECB announced that they can step in and buy government bonds. That is one of the reasons why our bond yields have stayed benign. Because we haven’t availed of the credit line, we are excluded from that mechanism.We want an exit, but we want a sustainable exit.Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte, however defended the decision.“We, through the NTMA, have funding of up to €20 billion, which is enough to guarantee us for 18,19 or 20 months ahead.”Rabbitte rejected the notion put forward by host Ronán O’Dómhnaill that Ireland was “going to play a round of golf at Augusta without a putter”.I think most of the shots taken by the Government have been pretty good.Read: “Keeping a close watch”: Troika will conduct six-monthly monitoring visits to IrelandRead: Gilmore insists: Bailout exit without credit line was not for political reasonslast_img read more

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Iran ready for nuclear talks

first_imgIran has told world powers it is ready to resume talks as soon as possible over its disputed nuclear program, according to a letter obtained today by The Associated Press. It is an offer that could reflect Iran’s difficulty in coping with tough US and European sanctions, or amount to another delaying tactic as it moves ahead with activities that may bring it closer to developing an atomic bomb. The letter from chief Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, was sent last Tuesday, just a day before Iran claimed two major advances in producing nuclear fuel and indicated it was on the verge of imposing an oil embargo on European countries to retaliate for sanctions. The Obama Administration dismissed the announcements as unimpressive and said Tehran’s erratic behaviour was indicative of the squeeze it is feeling. The UN Security Council and Germany, are demanding that Iran freeze all uranium enrichment. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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