Woods picks up pace, bringing game and buzz to Tampa Bay


first_imgNBA reviewing sexual assault allegations against Mark Cuban Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa “I’ll feel probably more nervous on the first tee tomorrow than I do on the first tee normally, just given the setting,” Spieth said.The setting is Woods returning to golf, and while it is nothing new at this point, it is no less the attraction. He has never played the Valspar Championship, and the last time he was at Innisbrook before this week was in 1996 for a mixed-team event during the silly season that no longer exists.Woods was nine tournaments (and two victories) into his pro career at that point.In some respects, he is starting over. This is his fourth PGA Tour event since returning from a fourth back surgery, and it was only six months ago that Woods wasn’t even certain he would be able to play again at a high level.He is making progress. He finished seven shots behind at Torrey Pines (a tie for 23rd) and eight shots behind at the Honda Classic (12th). In between, he missed the cut at Riviera, which is one reason he is at Innisbrook for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Spieth was a 20-year-old in the 2013 Presidents Cup, playing with Steve Stricker against Woods and Matt Kuchar in a modified alternate shot. They were taken by cart to start on the par-5 seventh hole.“I stood on that tee,” Spieth said Wednesday. “We were trying to get off quickly in front of the groups, and I remember being unbelievably nervous on that shot, and for most of the shots I hit in the round — even though it’s a practice round, and he was my teammate. They went eagle-birdie-birdie or something like that to start. I thought, ‘Man, this must be what it’s been like for the last 20 years for guys.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSpieth made a hole-in-one that day on the 12th hole. He has played with Woods seven times since, including the third round of the British Open at Hoylake, and Woods has never had the lower score in those occasions.They play again Thursday in the opening round of the Valspar Championship. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img “Even if it’s not 2000 Tiger, it’s still Tiger on a Sunday,” he said. “And that’s something that would be an experience we haven’t had before.” “I only got two rounds in LA. I missed the cut there,” Woods said. “I felt really strong afterward. After playing Honda and really feeling good about it, I wanted to push myself in my practice sessions, which I did; push myself in the gym a little bit. And I can handle two weeks in a row.”He also will play next week at Bay Hill, meaning four tournaments in five weeks as he prepares for the Masters.There is a tendency to judge Woods’ progress by each shot, each round, each week. He is a little more patient, and that much was true when he checked on his statistics for the year. Woods said he couldn’t find any because he hasn’t played enough to be listed.“I’ve only played 10 rounds,” he said. “I know people are saying that I’ve been erratic, little inconsistent. But 10 rounds, it’s not that many. … That’s basically how my comeback has been so far this year. I haven’t played a lot.”The sleepy tournament in the Florida swing suddenly has some serious star power. The field includes Rory McIlroy for the first time, along with Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose, Adam Scott and Masters champion Sergio Garcia. Stenson will join Woods and Spieth for the opening two rounds.Spieth isn’t one to get intimidated. One exception was playing with former President George W. Bush, but that tee shot and subsequent round of golf was easy.“Anybody else outside of golf, you’re still doing what you know you’re better at than them,” he said. “When you’re on the tee with someone like Tiger who you have grown up watching him dominate the sport … it’s something that you just kind of get used to, I guess. Am I totally used to it? No.”The last time they played was at the Phoenix Open in 2015, when Woods was a mess with his short game. Spieth shot 68 in the second round to get into weekend condition. Woods shot 82 and missed the cut.But this is a different Tiger.“I haven’t seen a whole lot of him the last few years since he’s been hurt and trying to come back,” Spieth said. “But we all hope for that Sunday afternoon pairing alongside all us young guys. We want that chance to be able to battle it out with him on Sunday. I know he wants that, too, to show us what he’s done to other people. Tiger Woods tees off on the 10th hole at Innisbrook’s Copperhead course during the pro-am at the Valspar Championship golf tournament, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Palm Harbor, Fla (Jim Damaske/Tampa Bay Times via AP)PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Jordan Spieth is among the young stars in golf with only a glimpse — if even that — of how Tiger Woods could take over a tournament with his game and appeal.That moment for Spieth came in a practice round at Muirfield Village, with Woods as his teammate.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games View commentslast_img read more

Lakers snap Utah’s 7-game winning streak


first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss It was a big loss for the Jazz, who fell two games behind Portland for the fourth seed in the Western Conference and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Rudy Gobert led Utah with 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Donovan Mitchell scored 19.Utah led 85-81 early in the fourth when the Lakers scored eight straight points to take the lead. The run included 3-pointers by Mike Muscala and Caldwell-Pope.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLos Angeles extended its advantage to 106-97 with 1:57 remaining on a layup by Caldwell-Pope. The Jazz made a late run to get to 110-107 before McGee’s alley-oop put the Lakers up by more than one possession.Utah led 59-54 at halftime after going on a late run to close the first half. The Lakers came back to tie it at 63 before Gobert scored eight points during a 15-5 spurt to give the Jazz their largest lead at 78-68 with 4:51 remaining in the third. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Jazz: Host Denver on Tuesday in their final home game of the regular season.Lakers: Finish the season Tuesday at home against Portland.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, left, and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope go after a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 32 points and the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers snapped Utah’s seven-game winning streak with a 113-109 victory Sunday night over the playoff-bound Jazz.The Lakers, beset by injuries all season, dressed only 10 players and played eight. Caldwell-Pope, one of five Lakers in double figures, scored 18 points during the fourth quarter as Los Angeles rallied for its second consecutive win. JaVale McGee added 22 points and Alex Caruso had 18 points and 11 assists.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Heat playoff hopes take a hit with OT loss in Toronto Los Angeles answered by scoring 10 straight points to tie it, including six by Johnathan Williams, before the Jazz took the lead again.TIP-INSJazz: Georges Niang had 16 points and Thabo Sefolosha scored 13. … Jae Crowder, who had 11 points, hit a shot from halfcourt to end the third quarter but it was overturned when replays showed he didn’t get it off in time. … G Ricky Rubio missed the game after he sustained a bruised left quad during Friday’s win over Sacramento.Lakers: Muscala scored 16 points and Williams had 14. … G Lance Stephenson (sore left foot) and F Reggie Bullock (neck stiffness) did not play due to injuries.UP NEXTADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

Fresh off loss at Golden State, Clippers return for playoffs


first_imgView comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BEVERLEY’S INFLUENCE: Patrick Beverley missed four games down the stretch and Los Angeles lost all of those. The defensive specialist returned after missing three straight and played 21 minutes in a 143-137 overtime victory against the Jazz in the regular-season finale Wednesday night.The Clippers count heavily on their talented, versatile bench, too.Curry knows he can’t let Beverley get under his skin.“Just play basketball, that’s what we’re out on the court to do,” Curry said. “Antics and all that kind of stuff is likely to happen, but nothing distracts me from playing basketball.”HEALTHY STEPH: Curry wasn’t even healthy when the 2018 playoffs began.The two-time MVP returned from a left knee injury for Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals, missing the entire first round as the Warriors eliminated the Spurs in five games.While he suffered a mild right foot sprain Tuesday at New Orleans, Curry was a full go in practice Friday with no issues. Kerr was committed to not sacrificing the health of his team down the stretch just to secure the No. 1 seed. Now, the Warriors should be well-rested for the playoff opener.COUSINS’ CHANCE: DeMarcus Cousins makes his playoff debut after a nine-year wait, and after returning from a devastating injury — he missed nearly a year recovering from surgery for a torn left Achilles tendon suffered last season with New Orleans.Everybody is eager to see Cousins on the big stage at last. That’s why he came to the Warriors as a free agent.“I have worked my butt off for this opportunity for a long time,” Cousins said. “It’s unfortunate what happened in New Orleans with the injury and everything. I’m excited for this moment. I plan on taking full advantage of it.” MOST READ Cousins made his season debut at the Clippers on Jan. 18 and he has become a significant contributor on both ends.“I just think he fits them better today than the first night that we played them,” Rivers said.DUBS ON D: The Warriors have made strides on defense in recent weeks, with the addition of 7-foot Andrew Bogut off the bench a big help even in limited minutes.“We’ve been in these types of series before, where it’s about the gamesmanship, understanding players’ tendencies,” Shaun Livingston said.ORACLE SHINES AGAIN: The Warriors said a ceremonial farewell to Oracle in their final regular-season home game April 7. Now, everybody hopes there are many more postseason games on Golden State’s home floor before the franchise moves across the bay to San Francisco and the new Chase Center later this year.“Oracle is special,” Curry said. “Not to take it for granted what we’ve been able to do in the past and what we’re doing now. Whoever’s in the arena is enjoying the excitement of the game. Those mini runs, we feed off their energy.”Los Angeles realizes the challenges of winning in such an imposing venue.“Probably my favorite place to play so far my rookie year, just because of the atmosphere,” Clippers rookie Landry Shamet said. FILE -Wilson Chandler #22 of the LA Clippers wears jerseys in honor of LA Clippers broadcaster Ralph Lawler, who has been the voice of the Clippers for 40 years and will retire at the end of the season before the game against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on April 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPOAKLAND, California — This is such a different time for the Clippers and Warriors from their days as fierce rivals who swung elbows, tussled and trash-talked at every chance.Both franchises were finding themselves then, from a testy Christmas matchup in 2013 in Oakland to a chippy seven-game first-round series just four months later that was won by Los Angeles. ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Now, they each are more established — the Warriors a dynasty everyone else in the NBA is desperate to dethrone.Doc Rivers has been a constant for the Clippers. Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson for Golden State.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Totally different. They’re the young upstarts now, we’re the veteran team,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Friday.The teams are meeting in the first round again. Game 1 in the best-of-seven series is Saturday night at Oracle Arena, where the top-seeded Warriors have home court for the entire postseason — something they didn’t have as the Western Conference’s No. 2 seed a year ago on the way to a second straight title.center_img UAAP volleyball: UE beats Adamson for best record in 7 years Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue During that 2014 playoff series, recordings of then-Clippers owner Donald Sterling surfaced in which he made racist comments, leading to him being banned by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and forced by the league to sell the team.“That was the Sterling game. I will never forget that,” Rivers said last weekend at Oracle, recalling a 118-97 Game 4 loss. “Unfortunately, I rightly predicted we’d lose by 50, I think we lost by 40 that game, I don’t know how much. The distractions were just overwhelming that night. I’ll never forget that whole 48 hours.”This is definitely a new series, and the Warriors like how they have come together from a topsy-turvy season that featured embarrassing losses at home, a rarity in recent years.“I know the historical connotation, we talk about it and we want to chase it and understand how unprecedented it is what we’re trying to do,” Curry said.Here are some things to watch for in the best-of-seven, first-round series:ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

Looking at devolution of power to Tamils: Wickremesinghe


first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 15 (PTI) Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said his government was looking at devolution of power to ethnic Tamils under the provisions of the Constitution, an issue India has been pursuing with the island nation. After his talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Wickremesinghe pitched for deeper economic engagement with India and hoped that both countries will be able to finalise the long-pending Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement by next year. On devolution of power to Tamils in Northern and Eastern provinces, he said “We are looking at how power sharing takes place within the Constitution.” India has been pressing Sri Lanka to implement the 13th amendment on devolution of powers to fulfil the aspirations of the ethnic Tamils. The 13th amendment that followed the Indo-Sri Lankan Accord of July 1987 signed between then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sri Lankan President J R Jayewardene envisaged devolution of powers to the provinces in the midst of the islands bitter ethnic conflict. The Sri Lankan PM said various issues, including those relating to ethnic Tamil population, and the UNHRC resolution referring to alleged human rights violation in Sri Lanka figured in his talks with Modi. The UN Human Rights Council had last year adopted a resolution requesting the High Commissioner for Human Rights to undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties during the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. On the sticky fishermen issue, he said fishermen on both sides should continue discussion and come to a conclusion to resolve it in a time bound manner. Wickremesinghe, who was sworn in Sri Lankas Prime Minister for the fourth time last month, said all the parties in his country wanted good relations with India. He said enhancing bilateral trade with India would help his country reach the goal of generating one million jobs in Sri Lanka over the next five years. “We think by end of the year, the two sides should at least come to an agreement in principle and by next year we should have an agreement,” he said at a joint press briefing with Modi. PTI MPB SKadvertisementlast_img read more

Banda hottest in UP at 45.4 deg C


first_imgLucknow, Apr 17 (PTI) There was no respite from the scorching heat in UP with mercury hitting 45.4 degrees Celsius in Banda, the hottest in the state.The weather was generally dry over the state, the MET office said.The maximum temperature rose in Meerut division and changed little in the remaining divisions of the state, it said, adding that the highest maximum temperature in the state was recorded at Banda at 45.4 degrees Celsius.As per the forecast, weather is likely to remain dry and heat wave is likely at isolated places in the state.Meanwhile, with temperature soaring, Lucknow district authorities have ordered change in school timings from tomorrow.”All classes from nursery to class 6 will operate from 7 am to 11 am and for the rest, it will be from 7 am to 12 noon,” District Magistrate Raj Shekhar said.All schools will take appropriate and necessary measures to deal with prevailing heat, he said. PTI ABN PRM SK PRMlast_img read more

Yu to launch Yunicorn with metal body, fingerprint scanner today


first_imgYu Televentures, a Micromax subsidiary, will launch a new phone called Yunicorn on May 31. The company has scheduled a media event in Delhi where it will launch the new phone. As the name suggests the Yunicorn is a phone that focuses more on the design and overall user experience unlike the company’s last phone Yutopia, which has more emphasis on the hardware.The details of the Yunicorn are scarce at the moment but we can confirm that it will have a fingerprint scanner and a metal body.Although Yu is promising that the Yunicorn is going to “redefine flagships” the phone seems to be YU5530, which was leaked a while ago on GeekBench. It is likely to be a mainstream phone with relatively good hardware, but possibly with an experience that will be more polished. If it is indeed YU5530, then expect it to sport MediaTek Helio P10 octa-core processor with speed of 1.8GHz and 4GB RAM. It is also likely to have a screen with FullHD (1080p) resolution.One of the key bits about the Yunicorn is that this will be launched without CyanogenOS. The deal that Yu and Cyanogen Inc had signed earlier is over and going forward the Indian phone maker is going to use its own software in its phones. This software will be lightly-modified Android – in the case of Yunicorn, Android Lollipop – that according to Yu will be regularly updated. Although, it won’t be Pure Android in the manner of software in Nexus phones, the user interface and features of the Yunicorn software will be closer to stock Android than a heavily modified version like CyanogenOS.advertisement”We promise that this (new) phone will be among the first ones in the market to get Android N update when Google releases the new version of Android,” Yu founder Rahul Sharma had told IndiaToday.In a few days ago.Also read: Next Yu phone to run pure Android, Cyanogen deal over This software is the result of Project Highway on which Yu developers are working for the last several months. “Earlier we had launched a few phones running pure Android along with CyanogenOS devices. The feedback from the people was that they liked pure android more. So going forward we will focus on it,” said Sharma.The Yunicorn will be the first phone in the series of devices that Yu has planned for this year. Sharma said that the company would launch the updated version of all its previous devices – the Yunique, the Yureka and the Yutopia – this year. Also read: YU Yutopia review: Godly hardware let down by softwarelast_img read more

Mouser: fixed-frequency step-down power module with overcurrent protection


first_imgMouser Electronics is now stocking the TPSM846C24 power module from Texas Instruments. The 35 A module features overcurrent protection and is designed for compact PCI/PCIe, broadband, point-of-load, and medical equipment applications.TI’s PSM846C24 is a fixed-frequency, 35 A, step-down power module that incorporates a controller, power MOSFETs, inductor, and associated components into a thermally enhanced, surface-mount package. Setting the operating parameters of the module requires just input and output capacitors as well as a few other passive components.Engineers can achieve a two-phase power solution by configuring two modules to work in parallel up to 70 A with current sharing. The TPSM846C24 operates at an junction temperature range of minus 40 to 125 °C, and is available in a 15 × 16 mm footprint that is easy to solder onto a PCB and allows a compact, point-of-load design.The module is supported by the TPSM846C24EVM-006 and TPSM846C24EVM-007 evaluation modules. Both evaluation modules provide test points and jumpers to facilitate easy testing. The TPSM846C24EVM-006 contains a single TPSM846C24 module, while the TPSM846C24EVM-007 contains two TPSM846C24 modules working in parallel to enable up to 70 A output current.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Apacer unveils new industrial product identificationNext The democratization of the voice interfacelast_img read more

Pant’s banter with Lyon caught on stump mic: “You don’t want to come tomorrow for nothing”


first_imgRishabh Pant had a go at Nathan Lyon towards the end of Day 4 of the Boxing Day Test as India attempted to wrap up the Australian innings and the Boxing Day Test for a historic win on Saturday. Pant is a chirpy character behind the stumps and he tried to sledge Lyon a bit from behind in order to break his concentration and help the bowlers get through his defence.At the stroke of the 80th over while Jadeja was bowling and Lyon was facing the left-arm bowler, Pant began had a go at Lyon, which was caught on the stump mic.”Come on Gary. You don’t want to come tomorrow for nothing,” Pant chirped at Lyon. The spinner in response just laughed and said, “I can’t even understand what you’re saying mate.”Then he turned back and said, “I like you too Rishabh”.I can’t understand you bud’ lmao #AUSvIND #Cricket #Australia #India #Lyon #Pant pic.twitter.com/8V4996y0ssAJ (@PGFCAlex) December 29, 2018India eventually failed to make the best of the extra half an hour they got on Day 4 and are still two wickets away from a historic victory. Pat Cummins at 61* and Lyon at 6* are grinding it out in the middle.India will hope that the Rain God is generous on Sunday and despite the 80 per cent rain prediction, they get some time to play and are able to clean up Australia to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series before heading to Sydney for the last Test.advertisementIndia vs Australia, Boxing Day Test Day 4: REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDEarlier in the day, Pant gave it back to Australian captain Tim Paine for the sledging he was subjected to while he was batting on Day 3. Paine had teased Pant over MS Dhoni’s inclusion back in the T20I side and his exclusion, telling him they could use him at Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League.On Saturday, Pant welcomed Paine to the crease with some banter and said, “We have got a special guest here. Have you heard the word temporary captain ever. You [Jadeja] don’t need anything to get him out. Come on lads.”He loves to talk, that’s the only thing he can do. Only talking talking.”After the end of the over, on-field umpire Ian Gould had a word with Pant and was seen explaining him something.Behind-the-stumps sledging has been a regular feature of the series. It all started with some heated exchanges between India captain Virat Kohli and Paine after which the Australian captain sledged Murali Vijay in Perth with “Murali, I know he’s your captain. But you can’t seriously like him as a bloke.”Paine even sledged Rohit Sharma earlier in the Melbourne Test by talking up the Indian Premier League (IPL) with Aaron Finch on his side.Also Read | Rishabh Pant sledges Tim Paine: Temporary captain, all he can do is talkAlso Read | Tim Paine trolls Rishabh Pant: MS Dhoni back in the ODI side, want to play for Hobart?Also Read | Perth Test: Tensions flare up on Day 4 as Virat Kohli sledges Tim PaineAlso See:last_img read more

Aaron Finch hints at batting promotion for in-form Glenn Maxwell in India ODIs


first_imgAustralia skipper Aaron Finch has hinted at a batting promotion for an in-form Glenn Maxwell in the upcoming one day international series in India. The two cricketing giants will play a five-match ODI series, with the first match taking place at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on March 2.Maxwell was the man in form during Australia’s first-ever Twenty20 International series victory in India. Maxwell smashed 56 and an unbeaten 113 to lead Australia to a 2-0 series win over India.Maxwell had expressed his deisre to bat higher up the order after his series-winning hundred in the second T20 International on Wednesday.”Glenn [Maxwell] will get an opportunity to bat higher up the order than No.7 that he batted against India in the previous series [in Australia]. He has been in great form. His ODI cricket has been great as well. I am not sure where he will bat but higher than 7 I would imagine,” Finch said on the eve of the first ODI when asked about Maxwell’s batting position.”In one day cricket, it’s not as easy to go at the end. So it would be nice to bat higher up but it depends on what happens in the top four or top five. If the opportunity does come up, I’d like to take,” Maxwell had said after the Bengaluru T20, signalling his intentions.Earlier, head coach Justin Langer had said that Maxwell’s promotion would depend on team combination.”We’ll wait and see. We’ll do what’s best for the team I reckon. We’ll see how we go,” Langer said.advertisementLanger said if Maxwell can be more consistent his standing in the game will go to another level.”He’ll be the first to say it, that’s what we’ve been crying out for some time from him. It just goes to show what he can do. When he does things like that, he elevates himself to a world-class performer,” Langer said.”He wants that, we want that and the more he becomes a world-class performer, the more games we win and the more he gets recognised as a great player.”Also Read | Justin Langer backs Aaron Finch to regain form, praises Glenn MaxwellAlso Read | Having confidence in my game has helped: Glenn Maxwell after Bengaluru heroicsAlso Read | Glenn Maxwell on viral photo: Think Stoinis, Cummins were genuinely holding handslast_img read more

4-Star OT Zak Zinter Visiting Penn State


first_imgJames Franklin rallies his team before a game.STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 16: James Franklin and the Penn State Nittany Lions prepare to take the field against the Georgia State Panthers at Beaver Stadium on September 16, 2017 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Penn State already has five commits for its 2020 recruiting class, and James Franklin is on the hunt for more talent. With spring practices taking place this time of the year, the coaching staff set aside time to meet with Zak Zinter.The four-star offensive tackle is an intriguing prospect from Buckingham Browne & Nichols School. He clearly has the attention of other elite programs, such as Notre Dame, Auburn, and Boston College.Nonetheless, Zinter spent time on campus for Penn State on Monday. Details of the actual visit aren’t out at this moment, but it’s obvious there is mutual interest.Zinter confirmed his unofficial visit with the Nittany Lions on Twitter by revealing his location in Happy Valley.📍in Happy Valley!! 🔵🦁⚪️— Zak Zinter (@zak_zinter) March 25, 2019His last visit at Penn State was during the regular season finale against Maryland. It gave him the opportunity to get his first taste of game-day action at Beaver Stadium.247Sports lists Zinter as the No. 3 recruit from the state of Massachusetts.Penn State currently has just one offensive lineman for its 2020 class in three-star recruit Grant Toutant. As for the true notable players of the class, the Nittany Lions hold commitments from linebackers Curtis Jacobs and Derek Wingo.Landing Zinter to bolster the offensive line would be a tremendous addition for the future of Penn State.last_img read more

Virat Kohli is a modern day Jesus: Graeme Swann


first_imgVirat Kohli is a modern day Jesus: Graeme SwannFormer England off-spinner turned cricket expert Graeme Swann is really impressed by Indian captain Virat Kohli’s on-field behaviour during the World Cup 2019advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 25, 2019UPDATED: June 25, 2019 21:28 IST Virat Kohli gestures towards the crowd after reaching fifty against Pakistan (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli has been in the news for all the right reasons during the World Cup 2019Graeme Swann is impressed by Kohli’s walking-off during India’s last encounter against PakistanSwann called Kohli his favourite human being on the planetIndian captain Virat Kohli is winning the hearts of fans cricketers alike by his sportsmanship during the ongoing World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. After he asked the crowd to stop booing Australia’s Steven Smith earlier this month, Kohli was in the news again when he decided to walk thinking that he had edged a Mohammad Amir delivery to the wicketkeeper during India’s game against Pakistan. Former England spinner Graeme Swann is mightily impressed.In his recent podcast which is titled ‘Swanny’s Cricket Show’, Swann recalled Kohli’s walking incident and said that it proved the Indian captain was so honest that he could easily be termed a ‘modern day Jesus'”I’ve always hated non-walkers and I’ve had an argument with every batsman in the game, (and they say) ‘Nah, you should wait for the umpire, it’s the umpire’s job’. It’s cheating I think. If you nick it and you stand there, you know you’ve knicked it and you know you’re out, and if you use the excuse: ‘Oh I’m letting the umpire decide whether I have or not’, you’re still cheating. You’re cheating yourself more than anything. Virat walked off and it turned out he didn’t even hit it. So he is that honest, he’s given himself out when he’s even not! Honestly, he is a modern day Jesus,” said an elated Swann.Swann didn’t stop in his praise for Kohli just yet and when he was asked how he felt about India’s progress at the World Cup, he just couldn’t stop talking about Kohli, calling him his ‘favourite human being on the planet’.advertisementVirat Kohli is my favourite person on the planet at the moment!Subscribe ? https://t.co/W82owsPcgF #SwannysCricketShow @JOE_co_uk pic.twitter.com/bVOaall62lGraeme Swann (@Swannyg66) June 23, 2019″First off all, they are led by my favourite human being on the planet at the minute, Virat Kohli. He is transcending what a normal cricketer is like. He is using his position in India as a superstar among people and a role model for good. And I’ll tell you why, he walked off the field yesterday. Not only did he do the Steve Smith thing when he said ‘stop booing, clap him’, which was great because you know I hate the booing of people. It’s boorish, it’s pathetic…it’s Brexit! It’s horrible,” added Swann.India are currently on the 3rd spot in the World Cup points table with 4 more games remaining in the league stage. Virat Kohli’s men will next take the field against West Indies on June 27 in Manchester.Also Read | David Warner 3rd Australian to hit 500 runs in a single World CupAlso Read | England vs Australia World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan looked scared, says Kevin PietersenFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Graeme SwannFollow World Cup 2019 Nextlast_img read more

Tobacco Control Act for Parliament Next Financial Year


first_imgMinister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, has committed to bringing the Tobacco Control Act to Parliament early in the next financial year. The legislation, which is in the drafting stages, seeks to protect citizens from the harmful effects of tobacco, including the banning of smoking in public and workplaces. “I am committed, as Minister, to bring by the first quarter of financial year 2013-14 a (Comprehensive) Tobacco Control Act that will deal with smoke-free work place and public space. This is something we have to look at,” he said. Dr. Ferguson, who was speaking at the National World Diabetes Day breakfast meeting at the Courtleigh Hotel in Kingston on Wednesday, said the legislation is an integral part of the Government’s bid to address the increase in non-communicable diseases. The Comprehensive Tobacco Control Act is designed to reduce demand for tobacco products over time, protect persons and the environment from tobacco smoke, and prevent the elicit supply of tobacco products. Enactment of the legislation is in keeping with obligations under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which Jamaica ratified in July 2005. The breakfast meeting, held under the theme: ‘Diabetes Protect Our Future’, was organised by the Ministry. The Health Minister said that death and disability from diabetes and non-communicable diseases can be prevented by addressing the four main lifestyle risk factors, which are physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, tobacco use and harmful use of alcohol. He informed that one in 13 Jamaicans, aged 15-74 years old, have diabetes and one in four Jamaicans are not aware that they have the condition.  He noted that obesity is a driving factor for diabetes, and one in four Jamaicans 15-74 years old, are obese.   He said that 80 per cent of Type II diabetes is preventable by addressing the risk factors. Dr. Ferguson stated that Government is putting measures in place to encourage Jamaicans to adopt a healthier lifestyle, and has already raised excise taxes on alcohol and tobacco control.   “In keeping with the FCTC, the projection would be that tobacco tax would be somewhere in the region of 52 per cent. We, in Jamaica, are already ahead, we are somewhere in the region of 60 per cent in that regard,” he said. Dr. Ferguson said that other intervention measures include: restricting access to retail alcohol; enforcing bans on alcohol advertising; reducing salt and sugar content in packaged and prepared foods and drinks; promoting public awareness about diet and physical activity through education and consumer information; and restricting the marketing of foods and beverages high in salt, fats and sugar, especially to children. According to the Health Minister, poverty exposes persons to the main risk factors for diabetes and other non-communicable diseases. He noted further that diabetes leads to the loss of household income due to unhealthy behaviours, poor physical capacities, long-term treatment, and high cost of health care. “The epidemic is predicted to impede the poverty reduction initiatives that the Government have undertaken and the World Health Report states that 100 million people are pushed into poverty because they had to pay directly for health services,” he said.last_img read more

Trial Date Certainty for Hilary Term


first_imgSenior Puisne Judge, Hon. Mrs. Justice Carol Lawrence-Beswick, says trial date certainty will be utilised during the current Hilary Term of the Home Circuit Court.Trial date or hearing date certainty is the proportion of dates that are set for trial or hearing and which proceed without adjournment.Addressing the ceremonial opening of the Hilary Session of the Home Circuit Court, today (January 7), at the Supreme Court, downtown Kingston, Mrs. Lawrence-Beswick, said during the period persons will observe that on Mondays, “we will have fewer cases than we used to have in the past, and on Wednesdays, we have none at all”.“This is different from what we are accustomed to having and it is in an effort to have what is described as trial date certainty,” Justice Lawrence-Beswick said.She noted that the focus is to have fewer cases kept on each day, so that the cases that are being listed will have certainty that on the day it is listed, a trial will be held.Justice Lawrence-Beswick told the audience that the use of trial date certainty started in 2018, and that the statistics now report that “we have trial dates certainty in the amount of 78 per cent”.Senior Puisne Judge, Hon. Mrs. Justice Carol Lawrence-Beswick (centre); Deputy Custos of Kingston, Mr. Justice Rion Hall (left); and Custos of St. Andrew, Hon. Patricia Dunwell, observe the March Past by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), in front of the Supreme Court on King Street, downtown Kingston, on January 7. Occasion was the ceremonial opening of the Hilary Session of the Home Circuit Court.The international standard for this measure is between 92 and 100 per cent, and the Chief Justice has set a target of 95 per cent.She pointed out that the benefits from trial date certainty include better time management of judicial time, and police and the court staff will work in a more focused manner when it is clear that each case listed is going to be tried.Justice Lawrence-Beswick said this increase in efficiency is as a result of the hard work of several players in the system.She added that in addition to the trial date certainty, a standby list is being developed to accommodate cases to be tried at short notice in the event that any of the courts “breaks down or if a case ends prematurely and a court becomes available for a trial”.There are 1,090 cases listed for trial during the Hilary Term, which ends in April 2019.Providing a breakdown of cases for the Easter Term, Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Jeremy Taylor, said 556 are for murder and 333 for sexual offences.Prior to her address, Justice Lawrence-Beswick; Custos of St. Andrew, Hon. Patricia Dunwell, and Deputy Custos of Kingston, Mr. Justice Rion Hall, were given the General Salute by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). The officials also inspected the guard of honour formed by the police.last_img read more

Transportation of Liquor Addressed in Legislation


first_img Responsible drivers in Nova Scotia will not be prosecuted forhaving unopened liquor in any area of a motor vehicle. The change is the result of amendments to the Liquor Control Actintroduced today, April 19, by Ernest Fage, Minister responsiblefor the Liquor Control Act. “We wanted to clarify this piece of legislation to ensure thatthe real issue is addressed, and that is the issue of havingopened liquor in the passenger compartment of a vehicle,” saidMr. Fage. “Sealed, unopened liquor is allowed in any area of avehicle.” As a result of the changes, previously opened liquor, which hasbeen recapped or recorked, may be transported in the trunk oranother part of a vehicle designed for carrying baggage or goods;behind the rear seat of vehicles that do not have a trunk (suchas vans, hatch-backs); or in an exterior compartment, such as thebed of a truck. Further, liquor may be transported under alicence or permit that is issued under the act. The changes also outline how liquor is to be transported on amotorcycle, off-highway vehicle and other recreational vehicles.Specifically, the Act will now allow previously opened liquor tobe transported in a baggage compartment or otherwise inaccessiblearea. The opened liquor cannot be readily accessible to the driver orpassengers. Cases where liquor is open — the cap or cork is removed — in amotor vehicle will continue to be prosecuted. Additional changes to the Act include permitting thetransportation of liquor to any location where a person ispermitted to have or consume liquor. Previously, liquor couldonly be transported to a place of residence. N.S. LIQUOR CORP.–Transportation of Liquor Addressed inLegislationlast_img read more

Uflex staff shot dead by 2 bikeborne assailants


first_imgNoida: An 28-year-old employee of Uflex company in Sector 60 of Noida was shot dead by two unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants outside his office on Monday early morning.Cops ruled out the possibility of a robbery attempt and are investigating covering a love angle or property dispute to be a reason behind the crime. According to police, the deceased has been identified as Imran Ahmed, a native of Mawana area in Meerut district. “He was killed around 8 am outside Uflex Company where he worked as a project supervisor,” said police officials. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPeeyush Kumar, Circle Officer-II in Noida said that around 8 am he was going to his home after completing his night shift. “Imran was attacked by two bike-borne assailants outside his office campus. The accused persons opened indiscriminate firing on him and he received bullet injuries in his neck. Police received the information through a PCR call and upon reaching the spot the victim was rushed to a nearby private hospital where doctors declared him brought dead,” said Kumar. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsPolice have ruled out the possibility of a robbery attempt. “Police have got the deceased’s mobile phone and wallet which indicates that it is not a case of robbery. The victim was unmarried and police are investigating the matter covering all possible angles. So far we have not received any inputs about any dispute at work which could have led to the incident.” “However, Preliminary investigations pointed towards a love scene or property dispute to be reason behind the crime. We are further investigating the case and are expecting to make a breakthrough soon,” added Kumar. Meanwhile police have lodged a case under the section of 302 (punishment for murder) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) at sector 58 police station of Noida against two unidentified persons. “Police are trying to trace the culprits by checking the cctv footage of the Uflex company and nearby area. We are also contacting the family of deceased to get some more leads into the case,” the officer further said.last_img read more

Haryana says Delhi HC has no jurisdiction over water sharing row with


first_imgNew Delhi: The Haryana government has claimed that the Delhi High Court does not have the jurisdiction to decide on its dispute with Delhi over sharing of the water from river Yamuna. Haryana has contended that the Upper River Yamuna Board (URYB) is the appropriate body to decide the water sharing dispute between the two states and has urged the high court to decide the jurisdiction issue on “priority” basis. It has also contended that the high court “has failed in its duty to decide the issue of jurisdiction before proceeding further in the matter”. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The submissions by the state were made in an affidavit filed in a PIL by lawyer S B Tripathi seeking sufficient water supply for Delhi. In its reply filed before a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar, the state of Haryana has also objected to the findings of a court appointed committee which was set up to inspect whether ‘bunds’ have been put in the canals carrying water meant for Delhi. The state government has urged the court to reject the committee’s report which found that large scale mining was going on in the river bed of Yamuna and the Haryana government had not disclosed any information regarding the activity. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings The committee had also said that the mining activity was not obstructing the flow of water, but was also causing environmental pollution. Haryana has contended that the report was filed after a single inspection and without consulting it. The high court had set up the committee on DJB’s application claiming that bunds had been built in canals supplying water to Delhi and this was affecting the water requirements of the national capital. Apart from the committee’s report, the neighbouring state has also opposed the Delhi Jal Board’s (DJB) applications raising apprehensions of water shortage in the national capital during the lean season. Haryana has claimed that the flow of water in Yamuna was excellent throughout the lean season which ended on June 30. Moreover, Delhi was receiving double or more of its raw water requirement and bunds had not impacted the water flow to the national capital, it added. Haryana also claimed that DJB was unnecessarily raising the apprehension of water shortage in the national capital and was using the PIL to get the water distribution issue decided by the high court when it does not have the jurisdiction to do so. The state government has also objected to DJB monitoring the flow of water in the river Yamuna. It has said that its Irrigation Department has “gauge systems” in place at various points in the river and accurate discharge data was being maintained.last_img read more

NB man dies after single wasp sting had no idea he was


first_imgFREDERICTON – A 43-year-old New Brunswick man has died after being stung by a wasp, although his family says he had not previously displayed signs of an allergy.Daniel Koch was looking under a table to locate a wasp’s nest at his property in Maple Grove, N.B., on Friday when a wasp flew out and stung him on the face.His father, Terry Koch, said Daniel collapsed within minutes.The family keeps bees on the property, so EpiPens were on site, but the reaction came on too quickly. Daniel died en route to the hospital after Terry administered an EpiPen and performed CPR.The coroner told the family that Daniel, a father of one, died from a “severe allergic reaction to a sting,” causing his air passages to close.Terry described him as a quiet, thoughtful man who put others’ needs before his own — he was looking for the wasp nest because his mother was stung earlier in the week.But Terry said his son was in good health, and despite being stung by a wasp as recently as last year, Daniel had never shown signs of a severe allergy to stings.“Actually, when the rest of us got a cold, we’d go to the doctor. When he got a cold, he’d fight it and he always won. I always thought his health was pretty good,” said Terry.Stories like Daniel’s are uncommon but not unheard of. In 2014, Lucie Roussel, the mayor of La Prairie, Que., died after being stung at least 15 times in the garden of her home, despite never being diagnosed with an allergy.Allergy specialists say it’s rare to have a fatal allergic reaction without previous symptoms, but it’s not uncommon to develop allergies at any stage of life.David Fischer, president of Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, said about one per cent of the population is at risk of an allergic reaction to insect stings.Cases like Koch’s are rare, as many patients have experienced hives or other signs of an allergy before.“It is unusual to have the reaction the way it’s described … but certainly one per cent of the population could have a reaction to their next sting. The problem is you can’t really do any screening for that,” said Fischer.Allergies can appear at any age, but Fischer said most cases of fatal or near-fatal reactions to insect stings involve adults over 40, when people are more likely to be on heart medications like beta blockers, or have an underlying narrowing of the coronary artery.Dr. Donald Stark, an allergist and professor at the University of British Columbia, said the location of the sting can escalate the reaction. In Daniel Koch’s case, the wasp may have inserted the venom into an artery in his face, making him react more rapidly.There is an effective allergy desensitization treatment for reactions to insect stings, and Stark said the treatment can be 95 per cent effective.But there have been recent manufacturing problems for the treatment, making it difficult for patients to access.Stark said this shortage, combined with the current shortage of adult EpiPens in Canada, puts patients with severe insect allergies in a bind, especially during a month when wasps are particularly active.“It’s a double whammy because if you don’t have the desensitization we said ‘Well, you’d better carry an EpiPen so you know how to treat yourself,’ and now we’re having a hard time getting those as well,” said Stark.“It is a big problem, and I’ve certainly got a lot of anxious patients.”– By Holly McKenzie-Sutter in St. John’s, N.L.last_img read more

Idle No Mores thunder heard through walls of Prime Ministers Office


first_img(Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo and delegation of First Nations leaders. Photo/PMO handout)APTN National NewsWhile Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo sat in the meeting room of the high-security Langevin Block building flanked by Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan and Treasury Board President Tony Clement he could hear the sounds of the Idle No More protest that had shut down the streets outside.Atleo, who attended the meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper Friday despite heated pressure from Manitoba, Ontario and some Saskatchewan chiefs, said the sounds of the protests gave the meeting added weight.“Listening to the power voices of the Idle No More rally that was surrounding the Prime Minister’s Office, it added a sense of strength, that we are in a moment we can’t go back from,” said Atleo. “That our people will stand up for the land, the water, the air.”Atleo led a delegation of about 16 First Nations leaders to meet with the prime minister and several cabinet ministers.During the meeting, thousands of people marched down Ottawa’s Wellington Street which separates Parliament Hill from Langevin Block which houses the Prime Minister’s Office. Rallies also unfolded across the country, from Whitehorse to Halifax, Yellowknife to Winnipeg, from Vancouver to Toronto to Montreal to Fredericton, thousands of people rallied under the banner of Idle No More. Nova Scotia also saw a rail blockade by members of Millbrook First Nation.There were over 200 Idle No More related events around the world, from London, England, to Texas, to New Zealand.A massive round dance also framed the lawn of Parliament Hill at one point and the drums shook the air.“I am blown away, I am filled with pride, I am just standing here trying to take this in,” said Molly Peters, a Mi’kmaq Idle No More organizer from Nova Scotia, who was standing on the steps of Parliament Hill watching the round dance slowly turn on the lawn below.“I came for unity,” said Stacie Landon, from Neyaahiinigmiing First Nation in Ontario. “I am here for my children’s future.”Janice Trudeau, from unceded Wikwemikong First Nation, said she took the streets in Ottawa in solidarity with other Indigenous people.“I came in solidarity with other Anishinabe people to form a united front against Harper,” she saidAnd while the grassroots flooded the streets of Canada with round dances, songs and drums, fissures developed between First Nations chiefs over the meeting with the prime minister.A few hours before the meeting began, chiefs from Ontario and Manitoba stated they would not be participating and warned that they would be initiating economic disruptions on Jan. 16.“We can’t live in poverty anymore while Canadians live this great life,” said Grand Chief Gordon Peters of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians. “We’ll stop it the only way we can stop it…Stop the roads, stop the rails, stop the transportation of goods.”Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, who marched Friday morning along with about 150 others, including Ontario and Saskatchewan chiefs to the door of the Langevin building, said Manitoba chiefs would be standing with the grassroots.“Across the tables in this room and across the street paper crosses hands and artificial laws are made to control us. We are saying no more,” said Nepinak as he stood at the gates to Parliament Hill and across the street from Langevin.Nepinak and Peters were among a number of chiefs who opposed the meeting. They wanted Governor Genernal David Johnston to appear along with the prime minister and the chiefs wanted it to be held in a larger venue. Many said they also supported Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence who has been on a liquids-only fast since Dec. 11. Spence had said she’d end her protest if the governor general and the prime minister met with First Nations leaders.“It’s important for both of them to be there at the same time with all leaders, not just some,” Spence told reporters early Friday outside her Victoria Island compound where she’s spent most of her days in a teepee.Spence has said she’ll continue to abstain from solid foods.Yet, despite this opposition, Atleo led chiefs from the Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan into the meeting with Harper.The AFN released a list of points they planned to discuss with the prime minister and Duncan, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, Clement and senior bureaucrats.Atleo said the meeting lasted from about 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and it was done with a tone of “respectful dialogue.”Atleo said he felt the chiefs who attended the meeting managed to convince Harper that he needed to personally take charge of the issues between Canada and First Nations.“The ability now to have direct prime ministerial engagement on matters of great concern for our people…including unilateral legislative development…We now have a forum…that we did not have before,” said Atleo, in an interview with APTN National News. “It is incumbent and the responsibility of the prime minister and the Crown to honour and implement the treaty relationship with First Nations. It will require a lot of work.”Atleo acknowledged that many of the chiefs from Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan were against the meeting because they wanted to stand behind Spence.Spence is expected to continue her fast because the prime minister and the governor general did not appear together at the meeting.Atleo said he understands the chiefs’ position, but he has been pushing to meet Spence’s demands which appeared to shift.“On Dec. 31, on New Year’s Eve, we had a national conference call with 50 or 60 chiefs on the line and that if we were to secure a meeting with the prime minister and governor general, that Chief Theresa Spence would end her hunger strike,” said Atleo. “It turns out we all either didn’t understand or there was miscommunication. Twenty-four hours later, I had had chiefs saying we need to go sit with Chief Spence and she said she would continue until there was a meeting with the prime minister and the government general.”On the Conservative government’s side, Duncan said he felt the meeting was “constructive,” but he wouldn’t go into specifics about some of the demands the chiefs had like resource revenue sharing.However, he did say that although it was discussed, Bill C-45 and Bill C-38 would not be repealed as requested by many First Nations across the country.“We’re quite comfortable that we have met our constitutional obligations with those bills and we believe there is every reason to proceed,” said Duncan.The Prime Minister’s Office issued a release saying that Harper had a “good, frank dialogue with First Nations.”The prime minister says both sides did not agree on all matters, but First Nations brought “serious and important proposals to the table.”Harper says he will debrief his cabinet onFriday’s meeting and committed to meeting with National Chief Shawn Atleo in the coming weeks to “review next steps.”The Prime Minister was initially going to attend only at the beginning and end but took part in the entire meeting, which went two hours longer than planned.Serpent River Chief Isadore Day, who opposed Atleo attending the meeting, said many chiefs were “shocked” the meeting occurred.Day said Atleo had no “business” talking about treaties at the meeting.“I’d like to denounce the national chief even discussing treaties when the majority of the treaty communities weren’t even at the table,” said Day.Day warned Atleo earlier in an email earlier in the day Friday that if he went to the meeting he could face a motion of non-confidence from chiefs.“The talk is that a lot of people aren’t happy, obviously, you know people are shocked, folks are saying that the best thing for people to do is take a bit of a step back and go home and do something thinking,” said Day. “How could in one day, the national chief say we are united and that we are all standing behind Chief Spence and in the next day, take this entourage to a meeting. That is not sitting well with the majority of the chiefs in assembly.”Former National Chief Matthew Coon Come who was one of the first to arrive to the Langevin offices told reporters earlier that it would be a lost opportunity if chief didn’t take advantage of the meeting.*Note APTN National News has changed the terminology of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s protest to a liquids-only fastlast_img read more

Annan alerts General Assembly of July crisis if spending cap not lifted


UN Controller Warren Sach told the Assembly’s Fifth Committee yesterday that some UN programmes might have to be cut back even earlier due to the situation, which stems from a December decision of Member States to adopt a budget for the 2006-2007 biennium but to limit spending authorization to six months, pending significant progress on UN reform.Mr. Annan has recently expressed optimism that the cap, backed by the United States and other major donors, will be lifted since progress in UN reform is ongoing and the Organization is involved in too many crucial operations at the current time for the world to allow them to stall.At yesterday’s meeting, the 132-Member bloc of developing countries known as the “Group of 77” and China, said it was ready immediately lift the spending cap without restriction, while most donor nations, including the US, Austria (speaking on behalf of the European Union) and Japan, stressed that more time was needed to come to a consensus agreement.The Committee will continue its consideration of the spending cap on Friday. read more