Working overtime

first_imgE.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Playing like their campaigns were on the line, Arellano and Perpetual Help hacked out thrilling overtime victories over higher-ranked foes last Thursday to muddle up the Final Four race of NCAA Season 93 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Caron Butler remains close to the game even after a year out of the NBA MOST READ Nicholls finished with only five points but his triple could just be the shot that might save the Chiefs’ season after they improved their record to 4-6 in a tie for seventh spot with the Altas.“It’s a special skill, making that shot,” Codiñera said of Nicholls.Kent Salado also made an impact with 17 points, seven assists and three rebounds for Arellano, which put to waste JRU gunner Tey Teodoro’s 30-point explosion.The Altas looked like a rejuvenated crew as they rolled past the Knights in the extra period. Quiet for majority of the first round, Dagangon came alive with 21 points to match teammate Prince Eze’s output. Eze, the MVP race leader, also grabbed 19 rebounds.Perpetual also got solid games from GJ Ylagan, AJ Coronel and Kieth Pido, who combined for 37 points. But it was Dagangon who made the biggest shots, hitting two straight baskets for an 82-77 advantage.Coronel and Eze sealed the win with free throws after the Knights came within 82-85 with 25 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Getting a timely explosion from Gab Dagangon, the Altas turned back the Letran Knights, 88-82, in overtime to move within a game off the Top Four.Not to be outdone, the Chiefs also played with a sense of urgency to overcome the Jose Rizal Heavy Bombers, 115-109, in double overtime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutZach Nicholls nailed a desperation trey to send the game into a second overtime before Allen Enriquez, Kraniel Victoria and Archie Concepcion finished off the fading Bombers, who remained in third spot despite falling to 6-4.“I guess it was the stops that made it,” said coach Jerry Codiñera. “Other than that prayer shot of Zach, we were really down. But we were able to regroup and we got energy from our bench.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NCAA Season 93 Preview: Perpetual Help Altas PLAY LIST 03:32NCAA Season 93 Preview: Perpetual Help Altas03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9301:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The team just showed a lot of heart,” said Perpetual coach Jimwell Gican. “We knew we still have a chance of making the Final Four.”last_img read more

Back from the dead, Aces stay in playoff hunt

first_imgMOST READ That mentality was in full display in the game against the Picanto as Alaska pulled itself back from 10 points down.Abueva was at is best, doing a little bit of everything including getting into Kia import Geron Johnson’s head.With Johnson losing his focus, Alaska capitalized with its import Buck Henton and starting point guard JVee Casio coming through down the stretch.Abueva admitted that Johnson’s aggressiveness caught the Aces by surprise.“We were rattled,” he said. “We knew we needed a win, but we struggled getting any momentum in the first three quarters. But in the fourth quarter, everything clicked and that was when we were able to show our energy and hustle. All we wanted was to win.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City However, if there’s one positive thing their slump gave the Aces, it’s that they can’t take any team lightly.“Before, we’re a bit overexcited. We felt that we could beat anyone, but we were wrong. We realized that it’s not going to be easy,” said Abueva. “Now, I think we’re being more solid. We’re getting our momentum back and I hope we continue this.”Alaska stakes its three-game winning streak against Meralco. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Calvin Abueva. PBA IMAGESAfter Alaska’s 0-6 start in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, the players know that they have no choice but to play like there’s no tomorrow.Not only are the Aces’ campaign this conference is hanging in the balance, but so are their careers as well.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “Our captain (JVee Casio) said that a lot of us have expiring contracts. So if we want to get extended, get a raise, we have to make it to the playoffs,” said Calvin Abueva in Filipino.That explains the heightened sense of urgency of the Aces for the past three games as they snapped their inglorious 14-game losing skid dating back to last conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlaska has now won three straight games with its latest victory at the expense of Kia, 102-94, on Sunday.“We’re willing to die just for us to play well and make it to the playoffs,” the energetic forward said. View comments San Miguel ends Ginebra’s 7-game run Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from Spain

first_imgSergio Ramos and Andres Iniesta will be crucial for Spain at the World CupSpain has a surplus of talented players at nearly every position, so picking the right team will likely be Spain coach Vicente del Bosque’s biggest dilemma.The defending champions have been afforded little time to experiment with tough matches against the Netherlands and Chile before facing Australia in Group B.The team’s core is aging but still capable, while an incoming crop of young talent will offer Del Bosque further options.Here are five Spain players to watch:DIEGO COSTADiego Costa brings a new dynamic to the world champions, if coach Vicente del Bosque uses the Atletico Madrid striker correctly.The Brazilian-born Costa has chosen to play for his adopted homeland of Spain, which has not possessed a player with his qualities since it began its trophy-winning ways at the 2008 European Championship.Costa’s gritty, physical play lends better to open space and long balls compared to Spain’s short passing, possession style, with the quick-tempered striker terrorizing defenses when given space to run at them.But the tight confines of Spain’s play could limit Costa’s impact unless Del Bosque embraces his qualities and character, which will be under duress from the home fans for choosing to play for Spain.IKER CASILLASIker Casillas has been relegated to backup goalkeeper at Real Madrid, but the Spain captain has been stellar in that role by leading his club to the Copa del Rey final and deep into the knockout stages of the Champions League.No player has made as many appearances for Spain as Casillas, who will be at his eighth major championship, including four World Cups.XAVI HERNANDEZAt 34, this could surely be Xavi Hernandez’s last World Cup.Spain’s key midfield navigator has spoken about his desire to lead the team in South America, and it is hard to imagine Xavi failing to be one of the difference-makers in the tournament, especially when motivated.Much of Spain’s play is directed off his boot, and much of Spain’s success over the past six years can be attributed to his ability to set the tempo of a match.ANDRES INIESTASpain’s wealth of midfield talent is a key difference-maker for the world champions, and Andres Iniesta is a key cog in that engine.Iniesta, who scored in the 116th minute to give Spain its first World Cup title four years ago, has had a subdued season at Barcelona with occasional flashes of brilliance. But he seems to turn it on for Spain, when he normally proves to be a key player in unlocking defenses that tend to stack the area and stay behind the ball.SERGIO RAMOSOnly 27, Sergio Ramos has already made 115 appearances for the national team. And with Carles Puyol gone, the Real Madrid center back is the natural successor to lead the team from the back.While teammate Gerard Pique may be more attuned to a “sweeper” role of carrying the ball forward, Ramos has been stellar in the center of defense where his speed, size and ability to read the game means he rarely gets beat.While much of the talk of Spain’s success surrounds the midfield, the defense has not conceded a goal in the knockout stages of the past two European Championships and the World Cup – a span of 10 games.last_img read more

IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals appoint Steffan Jones as fast bowling bowling coach

first_imgRajasthan Royals (RR) on Thursday signed former England cricketer Steffan Jones as their fast bowling coach for the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) next year.Jones has coached at Derbyshire and Somerset and is currently director of Sports Performance and Wellbeing at Wellington School in Somerset. He was also a part-time scout for Surrey.Jones worked with the likes of Stuart Broad and Dan Christian during his short coaching stint with Big Bash League’s team Hobart Hurricanes last year.Jones was regarded highly as a fast bowler playing for several counties in a career spanning 14 years.Commenting on his appointment, Jones said: “It is a privilege for me to get this role and work with one of the best T20 teams in the world. Rajasthan Royals have a great culture of unearthing new talent and developing its cricketers which I am excited to be a part of.””I am really looking forward to this opportunity to work with an extremely talented group of fast bowlers,” the 44-year-old added.Meanwhile, Royals’ Head of Cricket Zubin Bharucha said: “Jones thinks differently, and that is what we love at the Royals. His research into other sports is extremely interesting and his data and sports science focus meant he was a perfect fit for RR.””Steffan brings in a fresh perspective to the art of fast bowling and we are excited to have him at Rajasthan Royals,” Bharucha said.Jones represented English counties like Somerset, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire and Kent since making his first-class debut in 1997. He finished with 387 wickets in 148 matches at an average of 36.87. He has 10 five-wicket hauls and one 10-wicket haul.advertisementlast_img read more

Oklahoma State-Texas Tech by the fantasy numbers

first_imgUSATSI_8084688_154512258_lowresTo preview Thursday night’s game from a fantasy football perspective, I have taken a look at the first three games for each team.In doing so, I have found the players to watch based on who has scored the most hypothetical fantasy points for their team this season. As always, the points were tallied using ESPN’s standard fantasy football scoring.QuarterbackOSU: Daxx Garman — 32/56 for 559 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTTotal Fantasy Points: 30Average: 15 ppgTTU: Davis Webb — 83/128 for 982 yards, 10 TDs, 4 INTTotal: 71 PointsAverage: 23 ppgThe quarterback matchup is a little skewed for a few reasons. One, Webb has one more game under his belt as Garman didn’t see the field until JW Walsh’s injury in the team’s second game.Two, Webb is running an offense that has thrown the ball, on average, 42 times per game so far this season. Compared to the 28 passes per game that Garman has thrown, Webb’s numbers are rightfully larger.Numbers aside, this is an interesting head-to-head matchup on Thursday night. Garman and Webb will both look to sling the ball around, but the Cowboys defense should prove to be a more daunting task than Texas Tech’s.Webb will get his numbers, but I think Garman will end up with the better day when this one is said and done.Running BackOSU: Desmond Roland — 33 carries for 123 yards (3.7 ypc), 3 TDTotal: 30 PointsAverage: 10 ppgTTU: Justin Stockon — 20 carries for 180 yards (9 ypc), 2 TDTotal: 30 PointsAverage: 10 ppgThis is an interesting matchup, as neither of these guys lead their team in rushing. DeAndre Washington has carried the ball twice as much for Texas Tech, with Tyreek Hill and Rennie Childs ahead of Roland in terms of rushing yards.These guys have been able to find the end zone more than their counterparts, which is why they have been more valuable to their teams in terms of fantasy points.Considering these guys have each averaged 10 ppg over the first three games, there is one stat that separates them most: yards per carry.With Roland plodding up the gut for a paltry 3.7 yards per attempt, Stockton has been able to burn defenses for 9 yards per try. Thursday’s task for the Oklahoma State defense will be bottling up Stockton before he gets going.Wide ReceiverOSU: Brandon Sheperd — 7 receptions for 178 yards (25.4 ypc), 2 TDsTotal Points: 27Average: 9 ppgTTU: Bradley Marquez — 8 catches for 165 yards (20.6 ypc), 5 TDsTotal Points: 55Average: 18 ppgThis one is separated by a country mile, and it’s all because of touchdowns. While Brandon Sheperd has had his moments, Marquez is clearly the go-to guy in the end zone with 5 touchdowns in the first three weeks.More than half of his catches have been for scores, which is incredible when you consider he’s only 5’11. This speedster has a knack for the end zone.The Oklahoma State defense will have its hand full with Marquez on Thursday night, while Sheperd and the Cowboys look to get the passing game going early and often. And while I love me some Brandon Shepherd, I really hope this is the week Tyreek Hill finds the end zone through the air.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Jos Buttler admits fatigue confusion after waking from lull to revive England

first_img Mitchell Marsh swings into Ashes groove to hush Australian naysayers … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest news The Ashes Reuse this content Share on Twitter Since you’re here… However, Buttler’s unbeaten 64 from 84 balls – displaying his one-day international skills to strike three sixes off Josh Hazlewood – helped England to reach 271 for no further loss by the close. His old Somerset friend Jack Leach held firm once more from No 10 and is set to resume alongside him on 10 on Friday morning.Buttler, speaking after his first Ashes half-century in 17 innings and at the end of a personally low-key series, said: “I’ve found batting hard this summer and it was nice to relax and try to have some fun. That style of batting comes naturally. I enjoyed it, especially with Jack at the other end.”The 29-year-old is among a number of World Cup winners deemed to have been tired during the second half of this epic English summer but, despite averaging 16 in the series before this finale, the man himself was less certain.“You might not feel that tired or that jaded but you hear it bandied around as a reason why you might not be playing that well and you start to believe it,” Buttler said. “I’ve gone around the question of fatigue quite a lot. At times I feel I am but at other times it gets put in your brain that you should be.”England remain in the contest despite failing to capitalise on a lacklustre start by Australia. Root was dropped three times between 24 and 30 en route to an unconverted a score of 57, while the recalled Sam Curran, who made 15, had a life on seven when Pat Cummins trapped him lbw off what proved to be a front‑foot no-ball.Despite a seemingly underwhelming day with the bat, Root’s bowlers will at least be encouraged by the swing Marsh managed to extract when he pounced after tea. It is something which has been fleeting for much of the series. Support The Guardian Ashes 2019 Read more Topics Australia sportcenter_img Share on LinkedIn The likeable all-rounder, who battled cramp on his return to the side, was dropped by Australia in January amid a poor home summer and with questions being asked about his weight. Speaking after the close, Marsh also divulged that a close friend killing themselves had contributed to his dip in form.Marsh said: “Last year was a range of stuff – a few things in my personal life. I lost a close friend to suicide at the start of the Australia summer. I didn’t handle it as well as I could have. It transitioned into my cricket. To have gone through that and got through the summer, I knew I still had love for the game.”On the battle to stay trim, the 27-year-old said: “It wasn’t terrible, my body just seems to put on weight easily and my mum likes to feed me. I haven’t had as many roasts at home in the last six months.“But it hasn’t been that hard, I love playing for Australia I want to keep doing it, so I’ll keep working. I’m waking up every day wanting to be the best cricketer I can. Today was a good reward for that. But it’s one day of the Test match and we have a long way to go in this game.” Share on WhatsApp Jos Buttler put confusing thoughts of fatigue to one side and decided to have some fun before the counterattacking half-century that has kept England’s heads above water in this final Ashes Test.Four wickets for Australia’s freshly recalled Mitch Marsh had threatened to ruin the opening day for Joe Root’s side, who after being asked to bat first had seen a promising score of 170 for three after tea turn into 226 for eight in the 71st over. Share on Facebook England cricket team Jos Buttler keeps England afloat after familiar collapse against Australia Share on Messenger Cricket Australia cricket team Share via Email Read morelast_img read more

Tua Tagovailoa Provides Injury Update Ahead Of Title Game Vs. Clemson

first_imgTua Tagovailoa of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to throwing a seven yard touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to throwing a seven yard touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a high ankle sprain during the SEC Championship against Georgia over a month ago. He endured a long recovery process, but looked to be near 100-percent when the Tide took the field against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl last weekend.Tagovailoa completed 24-of-27 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns against a porous Oklahoma defense. However, it was his ability to escape the pocket and take a sack without re-injuring the ankle that suggested he was healthy.Now, as Tua and the Tide gear up for the title game against Clemson, the star quarterback gave an update on his injured ankle. He said he’s “trying to maintain the feeling of it feeling good.”Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa said it’s not a matter of his ankle healing anymore, it’s “trying to maintain the feeling of it feeling good.” “Just one more,” he said. “After that I can rest.” pic.twitter.com/UDHl55rer3— Heather Dinich (@CFBHeather) January 5, 2019It looks like Tua will be ready to go against a tough Clemson defense on Monday night.Alabama and Clemson kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET on Monday night. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.last_img read more

Xiaomi India launches Mi Micro USB Braided cable with fast charging support, goes on sale today

first_img Sneha Saha New DelhiJanuary 16, 2019UPDATED: January 16, 2019 10:22 IST HIGHLIGHTSXiaomi has now launched another helpful product in the country called the Mi Micro USB Braided Cable.The Mi Micro USB Braided Cable will be available in only Red colour variant.The Mi Micro USB Braided Cable will go on sale in India for the first time today, i.e, Jan 18 at 12 noon on Mi.com.Xiaomi is more than a smartphone or TV manufacturing company. The company tries to resolve users problems with its products. With the same aim, Xiaomi recently launched the Mi AirDrop anti-air pollution mask to help Indian beat the growing pollution in the country. Xiaomi has now launched another helpful product in the country called the Mi Micro USB Braided Cable.Like all Xiaomi products, the Mi Micro USB Braided Cable also comes with an aggressive price of Rs 249. The Mi Micro USB Braided Cable will go on sale in India for the first time today, i.e, Jan 18 at 12 noon on Mi.com. Xiaomi claims that the Mi Micro USB Braided Cable is “sturdy” and “durable”. The Mi Micro USB Braided Cable will be available in only Red colour variant.The Mi Micro USB Braided Cable makes a lot of sense considering smartphone manufacturing companies are slowly bringing Type C port to their phones. In fact, Xiaomi has also joined the bandwagon with the launch of the Redmi Note 7 in China. As of now, there is no information on when or whether the Redmi Note 7 will launch in India.The key highlight of the cable is its design. The Mi Micro USB Braided Cable comes with a tangle-free design, which is a problem with a lot of cables these days, thanks to the braided finish on top. Additionally, the Mi Micro USB Braided Cable comes with supports for 2A fast charging. The cable also enables users to transfer data easily and also comes with a Micro-USB interface. This means that the cable will also work with phones Type C port.advertisementXiaomi India is yet to reveal the length of the Mi Micro USB Braided Cable but in China it is as long as 100 centimetres, and we assume similar could be the case in India as well.Alongside the Mi Micro USB Braided Cable, the Mi Soundbar is also set to go on sale in India for the first time on Mi.com and Mi Home stores at 12PM. Interested buyers will be able to grab the Mi Soundbar for Rs 4,999. To sum up, the Mi SoundBar comes with eight drivers, including two 20mm dome tweeters for the highs, two 2.5-inch woofers for the mids and four passive radiators for the lows and enhanced bass. It is durable, lightweight and sports an elegant design.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi Soundbar goes on sale in India: Price, features, where to buyALSO READ | Xiaomi 55-inch Mi TV 4X Pro, 43-inch Mi TV 4 Pro goes on sale in India: Price, specs and all you should knowGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow MI Xiaomi India launches Mi Micro USB Braided cable with fast charging support, goes on sale todayLike all Xiaomi products, the Mi Micro USB Braided Cable also comes with an aggressive price of Rs 249. The Mi Micro USB Braided Cable will go on sale in India today at 12PM.advertisementlast_img read more

Ministry Welcomes New Pipes to Reduce Water Loss

first_imgMinister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, has welcomed the entry of new pipes into the market, which will provide the National Water Commission (NWC), and other agencies with a wider array of ways to reduce losses from non-revenue water.The Minister was speaking on Thursday, May 30, at the launch and exhibition of eZeeflow PPR HDPE Pipes and Fittings, a collaboration of Patrick Commodities Limited, and Gobal Hardware Inc, at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston.Pointing out that some 65 per cent of the water produced and distributed by the NWC is non-revenue, due to illegal connections, leakage, and commercial losses, Mr. Pickersgill said a part of stopping this “haemorrhaging, is a pipe network which is hardy, resistant, and long-lasting.”“I am not in a position to endorse any one product…but I welcome the choices available to our water agencies, particularly the NWC, which is seeking to upgrade and expand its infrastructure this financial year, at a cost of approximately $10 billion,” he told the gathering.Mr. Pickersgill said the expansion and diversification of the market for pipes was necessary, due to the country’s aging water infrastructure.“I am advised that the new pipes being introduced represent a revolutionary new technology that holds the promise of bringing more alternative choices for the water sector as well as the water infrastructure network, which is so critical to the delivery of potable water and sewerage services throughout the island,” he said.The Minister informed that investigations are being done, and measures being implemented to improve distribution, and reduce non-revenue water.“In the future, this will include the implementation of a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition/Integrated Water Management System (SCADA/IWMS), which will improve NWC’s operations and maintenance capacity,” he explained.He noted that the deterioration of water and sewerage systems and non-revenue water is set against the background of increasing demands in water deficient areas.However, the Minister stressed that Government is addressing these issues, and will continue to strive to meet the growing needs of rural and urban populations, by continuing to improve and expand these water and sewerage infrastructure to increase access to potable water from 73 per cent to 85 per cent by 2017.Pipes, he said, are a crucial element of improving the infrastructure network, to meet this target.Poly Propylene Random Co-Polymer (PPR) is considered ‘food grade,’ lead free material, which can be used in major water distribution networks. These are used in a thermal fusion socket welding technique, which is cost effective, and fully leakage proof.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

Sebi wants 10 mandatory deposit before appeals at SAT against its orders

first_imgNew Delhi: With an aim to check frivolous appeals against its orders with the sole aim of delaying their execution, capital market regulator Sebi is seeking a mandatory deposit of 10 per cent of the penalty amount before filing of any appeal before the appellate tribunal. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has sought an amendment to the Sebi Act to provide for a “pre-deposit” by any entity seeking to challenge its order relating to a monetary penalty or orders relating to refund, recovery, disgorgement and compounding, officials said. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsThe regulator is of the view that many a times provision to file an appeal before the Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) is used as a device to delay the execution of the Sebi order. “To curb such a practice, a new provision of pre-deposit needs to be inserted in the section of the Sebi Act that allows filing of appeal before the SAT against orders involving quantifiable money as a penalty, refund, recovery, disgorgement or impounding,” an official said. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefSebi feels that such measures would help avoid frivolous appeals and expedite disposal of the statutory appeals, the official said, while pointing out that similar provisions are there in other legislations like the Central Excise Act, the Income Tax Act, the Securitisation and Reconstructrion of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Securities Interest Act. The Finance Ministry is also in agreement with the proposal, which has been approved by the Sebi’s board, the officials said. According to the new proposal, no appeal should be admitted against an order of Sebi relating to any monetary penalty, refunds, recovery, disgorgement or impounding, unless the appellant deposits with the SAT at least 10 per cent of the corresponding amount at the time of filing the appeal. The proposal also seeks to provide that in any particular case where the SAT is of the opinion that a pre-deposit would cause hardship to the appellant, the tribunal can dispense with or reduce such a deposit, subject to necessary conditions that can be imposed to safeguard the interest of the investors. According to the latest data, as many as 340 appeals were filed against Sebi orders before the SAT during 2017-18. During the year, a total of 306 appeals were dismissed in favour of Sebi, while 17 were allowed or ruled against the regulator. There were 223 appeals pending with the SAT as on March 31, 2018. Against the SAT’s orders, Sebi filed 13 appeals before the Supreme Court during 2017-18, while 42 appeals were filed by other parties before the apex court.last_img read more

Govt committed to saving land from getting degraded Javadekar

first_imgNew Delhi: Acknowledging that 29.3 per cent of land in India was affected by degradation, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday said his ministry was committed to saving it with all necessary contributions in the matter and shall lead by example in combating the crisis.He also announced India will host the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties or COP 14 to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in September to address the issues of land degradation and desertification. At an event held to mark ‘World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought’, Javadekar said, “There is crisis in the world that the land, once fertile, is not fertile anymore. Where there used to be forest, now it is not. We are discussing degradation of land. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we have direction, hope and promise to save the land from degradation.” Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana”India will lead by example and cooperate with the world. We will make all necessary contributions in the matter,” Javadekar said. The minister unveiled the logo of COP 14 designed by Aayush Naresh Kumar from Meerut, which was selected by the ministry through a contest. The environment ministry had held a contest inviting all citizens to design and send their ideas for the COP 14 logo. Environment Secretary C K Mishra, who also attended the event, said the issue of land degradation was critical and the country was left with less fertile land.last_img read more

Niagara Region apologizes to reporter after seizing his equipment

first_imgThe Niagara Region has apologized to a reporter for seizing equipment staff thought was being used to record a closed council session, an incident journalism organizations decried as an assault on press freedom.The St. Catharines Standard reported that municipal staff called police Thursday night and officers forced one of the newspaper’s reporters to leave the region’s headquarters in Thorold, Ont. The paper said staff accused Bill Sawchuk of secretly recording a closed-door council meeting and took his computer and notes.Niagara Region said in a statement Friday that staff found two electronic devices on the media table during the closed session and that one appeared to be recording, so they seized the devices to turn them over to police.“After receiving assurances from the St. Catharines Standard’s legal counsel that their journalist, Bill Sawchuk, was not recording the closed session, the one device was returned,” the statement said. “Niagara Region apologizes for this inconvenience caused to Mr. Sawchuk.”Niagara Region said it will be reviewing its policy and protocols to prevent further incidents. It initially said the second device had been turned over to police, but later changed its statement to say it was planning to contact police to have them take possession of it.The Niagara Regional Police Service said in a statement that it was called to the municipality’s headquarters “in regards to an unwanted male who was allegedly recording a confidential portion of council,” but that by the time officers arrived the man had left.However, once officers were there, municipality staff asked another man to leave, police said.“Our officers had no interaction with him, nor did they seize his laptop, notes or any other property,” police said.Canadian Journalists for Free Expression said it is “deeply concerned” by the whole incident.“The actions of Niagara Regional Council members and police are an outrageous assault on media rights, and evidence of a disturbing disregard for the role of the press in a democracy,” the group said in a statement.“A reporter’s notes, sources and electronic devices should never be seized or searched except through enforcement of a court order, and only then under most narrow and rigorously scrutinized circumstances. It remains unclear under what authority the Region believed it was authorized to seize the belongings of a journalist.”The Canadian Association of Journalists called the seizure of reporter materials “wildly inappropriate.”“No government should act first and ask questions later when it comes to press freedom,” said CAJ President Nick Taylor-Vaisey. “There was no evidence that Mr. Sawchuk was violating any rules or procedure, and yet he was bullied into leaving the building.”last_img read more

Feds to table budget Feb 27 as Canada faces trade competitiveness uncertainty

first_imgOTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau will introduce the federal government’s next budget on Feb. 27 as the country faces persistent uncertainty around trade and competitiveness.With the future clouded by such unknowns, private-sector experts will press Morneau to keep his fiscal powder dry when they gather later this week for their annual pre-budget meeting.Morneau, who announced the budget date Tuesday in the House of Commons, sits down Friday in Toronto with leading economists at a roundtable that typically includes about a dozen experts from commercial banks, think tanks and trade associations.Finance ministers routinely call on outside economists for input and forecasts as part of the budget-writing process. Their projections are averaged to create a fiscal foundation for the budget.Some economists say that late-2017 improvements in the economy will likely give Morneau more fiscal elbow room in the budget, compared to his October update. Others are less optimistic about the changes in recent months and expect the government to find itself in a similar budgetary position.But regardless of the fiscal footing, there’s agreement that the government should proceed with caution. They want Ottawa to make sure it’s ready for the still-unknown impacts of the drawn-out renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the U.S. move to slash corporate taxes.“Those are definitely the big two — there’s no question about it — and the kind of chill that that could potentially put on the business investment climate in Canada,” said BMO chief economist Doug Porter, whose colleague will attend the Morneau meeting in his place“That’s a tough twosome to deal with.”Last month, the Bank of Canada highlighted the widening negative impacts of NAFTA’s uncertain future. The bank not only made a point of emphasizing the potential effects on trade, but also the potential damage on business investment caused by uncertainty itself.The central bank estimated trade uncertainty would lower investment by two per cent by the end of 2019. It said new foreign direct investment into Canada had tumbled since mid-2016 — a possible consequence of the unknowns around trade.The bank also warned that lower corporate taxes in the U.S. could encourage firms to redirect some of their business investments south of the border.Business associations fear the U.S. tax changes could end up inflicting more damage on the Canadian economy than the possible termination of NAFTA.Morneau’s office has responded to the concerns by arguing that Canada has advantages such as an educated workforce and still boasts a competitive tax rate among G7 countries, even after the U.S. reforms. Ottawa is carefully assessing the U.S. tax changes and will take time to fully understand their potential impacts, his office said in a recent statement.Scotiabank chief economist Jean-Francois Perrault said he doesn’t think the corporate tax changes in the U.S. will have a major impact on Canada — but he admits they could.Perrault, who will attend Friday’s meeting with Morneau, recommends the government hold off on any big spending plans just in case it needs to respond with tax measures of its own to keep Canada competitive.“It would be very prudent for the government to wait until we see if, in fact, there is evidence that what’s happening down south in the U.S. is having a detrimental effect on Canadian business,” Perrault said.Heading into the budget, he thinks the solid economy has given Morneau more fiscal space than he had in the fall.In October, Morneau’s fall fiscal statement predicted a deficit of $18.4 billion in 2017-18 and a $15.6-billion shortfall in 2018-19.Perrault, a former assistant deputy minister under Morneau, said he now expects Ottawa to be on track for deficits of $16.8 billion in 2017-18 and $14.8 billion in 2018-19.Porter doesn’t think there have been major changes in the government’s budgetary outlook since the fall because 2017’s surprising strength was largely due to temporary factors. This year, the economy, while still looking relatively healthy, should be a little bit cooler, he added.Craig Alexander, chief economist for The Conference Board of Canada, predicts the deficit to be about $4 billion smaller in 2017-18.“But going forward, they’re not going to have a lot of extra money in the kitty for new initiatives if they want to keep debt-to-GDP ratio on a downward path,” he said.Following the 2015 election, the Liberal government abandoned pledges to run annual deficits of no more than $10 billion and to balance the books in four years. Instead, it is focused on reducing the net debt-to-GDP ratio — also known as the debt burden — each year.Alexander would like to see Morneau produce a plan to balance the books, while Perrault is less concerned about it as long as Ottawa keeps lowering the debt-to-GDP.Porter would also like to see an effort to eliminate the deficit because Canada is entering a late stage in the economic cycle — but it’s not his top priority.“I’m concerned about our tax competitiveness first and foremost, and that’s actually where I’d like to see the government concentrate efforts.”On Tuesday, Morneau offered a preview of what the government narrative surrounding the budget will likely sound like.“We’ve seen real improvements over the last couple of years for middle-class Canadians — more confidence and among the lowest unemployment rates in the last 40 years,” he said during question period.“But there’s more work to do, Mr. Speaker. On Feb. 27, we’re going to announce the next budget to continue our plan.”Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre, for one, wasn’t about to wait for Feb. 27 to pass judgment on the government’s plans.“This government is spending money it does not have on things we do not need,” Poilievre said. “The Conservative message to the government is when you’re in a hole, quit digging. The deficit is twice what they promised.”— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Its not us who are creating climate change Canada Arctic council president

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN News Despite climate change being a reality in the north, America’s circumpolar neighbours are finding out just how far the Trump Administration will go to avoid saying those words.Last week, the council did not release a joint declaration at the end of their bi-annual meeting last week because the U.S. wouldn’t sign on to anything that included the words climate change.This is on message for Trump’s administration.In 2017 the U.S. withdrew from the Paris Climate Change Accord, which was signed by 200 other countries including Canada.“Usually at the end of this, there is a declaration, where all the members agree to a declaration which would be (non) binding, on the work that will be done in the next two years,” said Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada President Monica Ell-Kanayuk.“Unfortunately, the United States did not want any wording whatsoever with the words climate change. That led to the declaration not being developed.”(Amazing the difference three years can make. Above, is a stretch of road photographed in May 2016. Below is the same road, photographed in May 2019. Those large snowbanks are no longer there. May brought a single day record high temperature for the month of May to Iqaluit. Photos: Kent Driscoll/APTN)Ell-Kanayuk, an Iqaluit resident, says she sees climate change first hand in her community.A combination of warm weather and low snowfall over the winter has left snowmobiles landlocked earlier than ever.Iqaluit city council has approved pumping drinking water from a nearby river into the city reservoir, because not enough ice will be melting into the reservoir this year.(Kids playing outside in Nunavut is not unusual but kids playing basketball outdoors in May without having to shovel off the court is very unusual. The kids here outside of the Nakasuk School in Iqaluit are getting their game on early, due to unseasonable warm weather. Photo: Kent Driscoll/APTN)Here in Iqaluit, climate change is an everyday problem.“It’s a reality,” said Ell-Kanayuk. “The climate is changing. We see it most up here. We are the ones first hand experiencing climate change, and it is not us who are creating the climate change.”(This is the view from the breakwater in Frobisher Bay. There may be some choppy ice left in the bay, but look behind. Those hills are usually snow covered this time of year. Photo: Kent Driscoll/APTN)The American stance not only defies her reality, it could lead to an important precedent, politicizing the usually apolitical council.“The fear is that other countries might also decide that this is something that they don’t need to deal with,” said Ell-Kanayuk.A veteran of the Nunavut Legislative Assembly, Ell-Kanayuk does see a political solution to this vexing American stance.“I hope this is just a bump in the road. The elections are forth coming, we don’t know what the outcome will be, and until then, we don’t know how they’ll change dealing with their issues in the future,” she said.(In Nunavut, the snow is like the road and snowmobiles are the cars. Unseasonable weather has left there sleds landlocked, meaning the hunters who use them will not be bringing home affordable food to their families. Photo: Kent Driscoll/APTN)The next Arctic Council meeting is in Iceland in 2021.Inuit Circumpolar Council was founded in 1977 and represents 160,000 Inuit living in Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Russia.Its goal is to represent the combined interests of Inuit on a global stage.Each of the four Inuit regions have two members chosen by their local Inuit organizations. As a part of their work, they sit as permanent members of the Arctic Council.The current Canadian President of ICC is Monica Ell-Kanayuk.kdriscoll@aptn.ca@kentdriscolllast_img read more

Northern fishermen to stage protest against India

He said that Northern fishermen have decided to stage a protest against a proposal by India to allow Indian fishermen to legally catch fish in Sri Lankan waters.Sahathevan noted that following recent talks held in New Delhi between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, a large number of Indian fishermen have been seen poaching in Sri Lankan waters. However Northern fishermen’s associations have said they have no faith in reaching a solution by having talks with Indian fishermen so they have rejected the proposal. He said that Northern fishermen continue to suffer as a result of Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters and so they have now decided to stage a protest to draw attention to their concerns.Sahathevan said that Northern fishermen are willing to discuss the issue with Indian fishermen only if the Indian Government and Sri Lankan Government take part in the talks.He said that past experiences had shown that direct talks between Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen associations without Government participation have failed to produce results. Fishermen in the North have rejected a proposal to meet Indian fishermen to discuss a solution to the fishing issue and have decided to stage a protest on Wednesday against India.The Indian Government had called for talks between Sri Lankan and Tamil Nadu fishermen to discuss the fishermen issue. As a result he said the Northern fishermen will not agree for such talks and will announce their next step during the protest on Wednesday. (Colombo Gazette) Vinayagamoorthi Sahathevan, Consultant Fishermen Society Kilinochchi said that over 40 associations had met in the north over the weekend and discussed the fishermen issue. Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Vinayagamoorthi-Sahathevan-Consultant-Fishermen-Society-Kilinochchi.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. read more

UN to help Palestinian Authority in polls to choose Arafats successor

The world body has been asked by the Palestinian Authority to coordinate the hundreds of international observers who are expected to participate in the process, and it will open offices in Ramallah and Gaza to certify and accredit organizations that want to observe the elections, spokesman Fred Eckhard said.The UN will draft a code of conduct for these organizations, which will issue their own separate statements based on their observation. Since the UN is heavily involved in the organization of the presidential ballot, it will not be acting as an observer.The senior international advisor to the Palestinian Central Electoral Commission is UN electoral expert Pascal Soto, who has worked in various capacities in the electoral field for over a decade. Among those countries he has assisted – both through the UN and with other organizations – are South Africa, Mexico, Palestine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Liberia, Western Sahara, East Timor, Haiti, Yemen, Peru, the Solomon Islands, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger and Mali. read more

Whats behind those gasprice hikes Greed says one analyst

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email What’s behind those gas-price hikes? ‘Greed,’ says one analyst by News Staff Posted Sep 12, 2012 5:56 pm MDT MONTREAL – One industry analyst has a simple explanation for the higher gas prices that jolted motorists Wednesday in major Canadian centres: “greed.”The shock at the gas pumps was particularly acute in Montreal, where prices soared by as much as 13 cents a litre. The price of regular in the Montreal area was set at just under $1.53 a litre, an increase of almost 20 cents since the start of summer.Gasoline prices across southern and eastern Ontario also rose by about 3.4 cents, according to the website tomorrowsgaspricestoday.com. That put the price of regular in the greater Toronto area at just under $1.37 a litre, and $1.34 in the Ottawa area. In the greater Vancouver area, prices ranged from $1.36 in Burnaby to $1.42 in Richmond, with smaller fluctuation in recent days.Roger McKnight of En-Pro International says he’s checked over a number of the usual factors — like supply and demand, refinery problems and inventories in the United States — all of which dictate prices in Canada.“There’s no reason for (gas prices) to be going up,” he said in an interview.“None whatsoever.”McKnight, an independent industry analyst whose company is based in Oshawa, Ont., says prices should actually have gone down because the Canadian dollar has increased in value.“When the Canadian dollar goes up in value, your prices should actually be dropping, but they actually went up,” he said.“So I’m going to have to use the word, ‘greed,’ insofar as the oil companies are concerned.He said that when it comes to refining capacity, Canada suffers from a lack of competition because it has only 14 refineries. The U.S., with just over nine times the population size, has more than 10 times the number of refineries — 144 of them — according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.The petroleum analyst has a suggestion for people with gas guzzlers who grumble about prices: switch to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles.“I think it’s probably in the range of 25 to 30 per cent more efficient,” he said.McKnight points to the U.S. where he says gasoline demand has been down for three years in a row because of the tendency toward smaller cars.He also said Montreal motorists pay more when compared to Toronto drivers because of the taxes that are slapped on after the gas is shipped to market.“The wholesale, or what we call the rack price, in Toronto and Montreal are almost exactly the same at about 90.2 cents,” McKnight noted.Added taxes have also put an extra squeeze on the wallets of motorists in Vancouver. For Vancouverites, the price at the pump includes an environmental tax, a carbon tax and a mass transit tax.That’s prompted motorists to travel to the nearby U.S. border town of Point Roberts, Wash., where gas can be as cheap as $1 per litre. To accommodate their Canadian clientele, local gas stations have even switched to providing measurements in litres instead of the usual U.S. gallon.“What’s happening in Montreal and Vancouver is they’re having an Olympic race to see who has the most ridiculous tax structures in the country,” McKnight said. “I think Montreal is going to win.”Another analyst who provides services to the industry offers a more generous interpretation for the price hikes. Jason Parent is with Kent Marketing of London, Ont., which offers data and consulting services to the petroleum sector.He says there are good reasons for the increase in gas prices — and “sometimes you have dig and scratch to find them.”Parent says wholesale prices have been coming up over the last week and significantly so in the last few days, with several factors coming into play.“One (factor) is the refineries that were shut down because of the hurricane in the southern (United) States,” he said in an interview.“They are back on line but that put a huge crimp in the supply which flows all the way up the eastern seaboard in the U.S. and into Canada.”Parent says there have also been refinery issues in the Detroit and Chicago areas where there were planned shutdowns for various reasons, including maintenance.“That’s what’s driven prices up recently — despite the fact that the price of crude has been relatively steady,” he said.Parent agrees with McKnight that Montreal is a unique market where gas prices go up quite often.He explains that retailers are forced to introduce a larger increase in gas prices in order to get a more sustainable profit margin.“It’s the way the competitive dynamic works in that area where prices go up significantly (and) they go down significantly,” he said.“You’ll likely see prices come down quite a bit in the next little while and that just seems to be the way the Montreal market works.”None of that offered much consolation to motorists who were filling their tanks in downtown Montreal on Wednesday.“We’re being whacked,” said Jared Lang, who had to pay $1.51 a litre to fill up.“I don’t even want to fill up my car. I put in maybe $10 to $15 at a time, hoping it goes down and I live with it.”Lang recalled that when he started driving more than 20 years ago, he paid about 40 cents a litre. He quipped: “It’s not like the minimum wage has gone up five times since then.”He also said that he tries not to drive as much as possible in order to save money.Lindsay, who would only give her first name, also said she doesn’t drive as much as she used to.“There’s politics around it, there’s greed but personally all I can do is try and save myself,” she said as she tanked up her subcompact fuel-efficient Honda Fit. “I drive a car which saves on gas, I bought it specifically for that and I don’t drive when I don’t need to.”Her last vehicle was a Honda Civic. She said her choice in cars wasn’t just about saving money: “It’s about the environment as well.”Gas price watcher Dan McTeague says he can’t see a reason for the increase, other than a money grab, and his website calls the latest hike “absurd and unjustified.”The increase prompted many drivers in the Toronto area to fill up before midnight, causing lineups of up to 30 vehicles long at some service stations.It was a similar situation in Montreal where motorists also waited to fill up — only in that city, stations were already selling gas anywhere from $1.37 to $1.43 a litre. read more

Raising awareness of mental health issues Part 3

Mood Disorders (Bipolar and Depression)People casually use the phrase, “I’m so depressed” to let others know that they are feeling down. But a temporary case of the blues — something we all experience — has nothing to do with real depression. True depression is not the blues, sadness or even grief. It is an overwhelming and enveloping despair so bleak and dark that people who have experienced it say that it is the worst pain they have ever endured. Depression is a treatable mental illness. Eight per cent of Canadians will experience a major depression in their lifetime. Young people are particularly affected with 20 per cent experiencing an episode of depression before the age of 20.The following links will provide you with more information on understanding Anxiety and the valuable resources and supports available in the Niagara community.Healthy Minds CanadaMood Disorders Society of CanadaMoods MagazineMood Disorders Support Group of the Niagara RegionSenior’s Wellness Group – Niagara RegionFor additional resources or to contact Health Management & Wellness, please visit them on Sharepoint. October 2-8 marks Mental Illness Awareness Week, an annual national public education campaign designed to help spread awareness and reduce stigma to the reality of mental illness. Established by the Canadian Psychiatric Association in 1992, it is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health in cooperation with its member organizations and many other supporters across Canada.As part of MIAW’s goal of raising awareness of mental illness, this is the first of three articles submitted by Brock University Human Resources focusing on resources available to Brock staff and faculty through their benefits, as well as resources and supports in the broader Niagara community. read more

SRG secures BMA Blackwater coal drilling contract from Downer

first_imgAustralia-listed SRG Global has has been awarded a circa-A$20 million ($14.3 million) contract for drilling works with services company Downer at the BHP Mitsubishi Alliance-owned Blackwater coal mine in central Queensland.This award further reinforces SRG Global’s mining business as a leading provider of drilling services, according to the company. Works under the contract are expected to use an existing drilling fleet, with the work starting shortly.Back in February, Downer announced it had been awarded a three-year contract, valued at approximately A$600 million, to provide mining and related services at Blackwater.Meanwhile, SRG and Global Construction Services recently merged in an effort to become a global specialist engineering, construction and maintenance group.last_img read more