Kashmir valley witnessed a shutdown on the fifth death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on Friday.Security was tightened and restrictions imposed in Guru’s home town, Sopore. The movement of vehicles was also restricted in parts of Srinagar.The authorities disallowed prayers at the Jamia Masjid. Several separatist leaders were detained. Meanwhile, most shops and offices remained shut, as separatists had called for a strike.
The Delhi Metro on Tuesday announced that the Commissioner For Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) will inspect the Escorts Mujesar-Raja Nahar Singh (Ballabgarh) section of the Violet Line on Friday.“The Commissioner For Metro Rail Safety, S. K. Pathak, will inspect the Escorts Mujesar-Raja Nahar Singh (Ballabgarh) section of the Delhi Metro’s Violet Line on Friday,” said a Delhi Metro spokesperson.This section is an extension of the Kashmere Gate-Escorts Mujesar Violet Line, and is likely to be inaugurated later this month.The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said in a statement that the 3.2-km elevated section comprises two elevated stations — Sant Surdas (Sihi) and Raja Nahar Singh. After the section is inaugurated, the corridor will become 46.6-km-long and the total length of Delhi Metro network will become 317 km.
LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Former Ateneo stalwart Amy Ahomiro gets to play in the coming Premier Volleyball League Open Conference after all.This after the PVL amended its rule about permanent residents, allowing the Perlas spiker to see action in the Open which kicks off this Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smith or Myers? TNT has until noon to decide What ‘missteps’? MOST READ The development is welcome news for Perlas which lost Dzi Gervacio, who will study in the US for two months.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games According to a statement by PVL president Ricky Palou, the organizing Sports Vision will now allow players with Alien Certificate of Residence to play provided they have been residing in the Philippines for at least 10 years.Ahomiro, born in New Zealand, has been in the country for more than 10 years. She finished high school at Brent before playing for the Lady Eagles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We will allow foreign nationals who are residents of the Philippines and holders of ACRs to play,” the statement read. “However, we have restrictions.”The league has also barred Thai Pacharee Sangmuang, who has been living in the country for three years, to play. View comments
BL19_IBP_BEDI 2/2 Justice RM Lodha Justice RM Lodha SHARE 1/2 Supreme Court rules in favour of cricket and its fans BL19_IBP_BEDI SHARE SHARE EMAIL × July 18, 2016 Lodha panel gives BCCI time till Oct 15 to comply with proposals Justice RM Lodha Published on 1 BCCI should accept the report humbly, says Bishen Singh Bedi COMMENT BL19_IBP_BEDI null cricket RELATED COMMENTS Justice RM Lodha is a satisfied man, with the Supreme Court on Monday endorsing most of the key recommendations made by the Panel headed by him to suggest structural reforms for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).Lodha, who chaired the Supreme-Court constituted panel, told BusinessLine that he does not see any impediments in implementing these recommendations.“The report was prepared after a lot of deliberations and efforts were put for nearly one year and it has now been broadly accepted. After the direction given by the Supreme Court, I don’t see any impediments in implementing these recommendations,” he said. Voicing a similar view is former Indian Cricket Captain, Bishen Singh Bedi, who said “The recommendations by Lodha Panel have been formulated after going to the bottom of the issues…after putting in enormous efforts. I don’t see any reasons why these recommendations cannot be implemented within six months by the Board.”Bedi is also quick to point out that the fact that the Supreme Court had to intervene meant that something was dreadfully wrong with the BCCI. “It was being run as personal fiefdom and this had to stop,” he told BusinessLine.Meanwhile, cricket fraternity and those closely associated with the game say recommendations such as inclusion of a Comptroller & Auditor General representative, barring Ministers and civil servants from holding posts, besides capping the age limit for office bearers to 70 years, will mean a major overhaul in the working style of the richest cricket board in the world.The fact that the Supreme Court has let the BCCI decide the structure of agreements relating to broadcasting rights, will bring relief for the Board and the sports broadcasters.
Izu Bobo Azuka scored the lone goal as Jamshedpur FC defeated Delhi Dynamos FC 1-0 in an Indian Super League (ISL) match in Delhi on Wednesday.Azuka (60th minute) scored on the hour mark to hand ISL debutants Jamshedpur their first win in the tournament.Delhi on the hand, suffered their second consecutive defeat at home.Jamshedpur, who kept a clean sheet for the fourth consecutive match, rose to the fifth spot in the 10-team table with six points from four matches..@JamshedpurFC grabbed their first goal and first three points in the #HeroISL with a hard-fought victory over @DelhiDynamos!More videos: https://t.co/2Sy1LgU3Vs#ISLRecap #LetsFootball #DELJAM pic.twitter.com/VJLZTt002x- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 6, 2017Delhi, who slipped to the ninth position, have three points from four matches.Delhi enjoyed the majority of possession early in the first half but the first big chance came at the other end in the 21st minute. Brazilian midfielder Memo’s forward ball for Bikash Jairu set up the attack and the winger found Azuka in the box. The last named, however, saw his attempt sail wide of the post.At one point Miguel Angel Portugal’s side had over 71 percent possession but had nothing else to show.Jamshedpur FC were happy to defend deep inside their own half and tried to hit Delhi on the counter whenever possible.Siddharth Singh’s darting run into the Delhi box in the 29th minute opened up a shooting opportunity for Matheus Trindade, but the Brazilian’s side-footed shot was well blocked by Vinit Rai.advertisementDelhi continued to dominate possession in the second half but Jamshedpur FC were showing more ambition going forward. In the 56th minute, Jamshedpur FC were presented a golden opportunity to take the lead from the spot after Pratik Choudary brought down Azuka inside the box.Former Cameroonian international, Andre Bikey stepped up to take the kick but his tame effort was easily stopped by Delhi Dynamos goalkeeper Albino Gomes..@DelhiDynamos’ Albino saw that Bikey penalty coming!Watch it LIVE on @hotstartweets: https://t.co/wKw7LJbHR3 JioTV users can watch it LIVE on the app. #ISLMoments #DELJAM #LetsFootball pic.twitter.com/5NIvDR1EGm- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 6, 2017Just two minutes later, Steve Coppell’s side went ahead thanks to Azuka’s header. Mehtab Hossain’s free-kick from the left found Azuka unmarked inside the box and the Nigerian forward had a simple task of guiding the ball past the Delhi goalkeeper.Beautifully floated in by Mehtab Hossain for Azuka to score @JamshedpurFC’s first goal! #DELJAM #LetsFootball pic.twitter.com/GR4DsfW81z- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 6, 2017Delhi tried to get back into the game but couldn’t find a way past Jamshedpur’s solid defensive line. Despite having 70% of ball possession the Delhi side failed to really trouble Jamshedpur FC goalkeeper Subrata Paul who now has four clean sheets in a row.
Edinson Cavani is a major doubt for Paris St Germain’s Champions League clash with Manchester United after picking up a thigh injury in his team’s 1-0 Ligue 1 win over Girondins de Bordeaux on Saturday.The Uruguay striker left the pitch on the stroke of half-time holding his thigh, soon after scoring with a penalty in the 42nd minute.The French champions will be missing Brazil forward Neymar, who has been ruled out with a foot injury, for the last-16 first-leg clash at Old Trafford on Tuesday.”I honestly don’t know if Cavani will play. Yes it is worrying. We don’t have another Edi like we don’t have another Neymar,” said PSG coach Thomas Tuchel.Italian midfielder Marco Verratti is also doubtful due to injury.”There are a lot of plans B. Without Ney, maybe without Marco, maybe without Edi. We have a plan D,” German Tuchel said.”It’s super difficult. If we miss several players the challenge will be even bigger. But we will be ready on Tuesday.”Also Watch:
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 07: An ‘SEC’ logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)One of the best games on the schedule this weekend in college football is an SEC East showdown between Georgia and South Carolina in Columbia.Georgia ran away with the SEC East last season. The Bulldogs won the SEC Championship Game and nearly won the national title. They are 1-0 on the year and back for more.South Carolina, meanwhile, had a breakthrough season under Will Muschamp in 2017. If any team is going to challenge Georgia in the division, why not them?A victory at home over the Bulldogs will be tough to attain, but would be absolutely massive in Week 2.ESPN’s FPI has released its prediction for the game.The computer model overwhelmingly likes Georgia over the Gamecocks.Georgia and South Carolina will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday from Williams-Brice Stadium.The game will be broadcast on CBS as its SEC “Game of the Week.”
Among those people cheering for Fromm tonight is his girlfriend, former Georgia volleyball player Caroline Ostman.The former Bulldogs athlete posted a heartfelt message for Fromm ahead of this week’s game.“Can’t even begin to explain the joy I feel when I’m with this man. I am in constant awe of his heart for the Lord and others. He is one of the hardest working humans I’ve ever known and is determined to be his best at anything and everything he does. He leads and loves me so well. Praise the Father for His intention and provision in our lives. Happy Anniversary babe, loving you is easy,” she wrote.Ostman and the rest of the Fromm squad will be part of a record-setting crowd at Georgia this evening.The Bulldogs expanded their capacity at Sanford Stadium by 500 to accommodate ticket requests for the huge non-conference game.Georgia and Notre Dame are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T.The game will be on CBS. ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 14: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs is seen prior to the start of the game against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Sanford Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)Jake Fromm’s first career start at Georgia came in 2017 at Notre Dame. The Bulldogs’ then-freshman quarterback struggled in a 20-19 win in South Bend, completing 16 of 29 passes for just 141 yards, one touchdown and one interception.The Bulldogs’ quarterback has come a long way since.Tonight, Fromm will lead No. 3 Georgia against No. 7 Notre Dame, which has traveled to Athens, Ga. to take on the Bulldogs.Fromm will certainly have more support inside Sanford Stadium tonight than he did in his previous game against Notre Dame (though Bulldogs fans did show up in a major way for that 2017 game).
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers reacts during the fourth quarter in the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)The Clemson Tigers have been ranked No. 1 in both the AP Poll and the Coaches’ Poll all season – mostly because they’re the defending national champions and they haven’t lost yet this year. College football fans are wondering if they will still be on top after this week’s performance.Clemson struggled mightily on the road against North Carolina, and could have lost if not for a questionable play call on a two-point conversion in the final two minutes. The Tigers did not look like the No. 1 team in the country.Alabama, meanwhile, steamrolled Ole Miss, looking every bit the part. The Crimson Tide could, in theory, jump the Tigers in the rankings.Clemson dominated Alabama the last time the two teams met on the field. But every year is different. WHAT. A. GAME.No. 1 Clemson hangs on to defeat UNC 21-20 in Chapel Hill. pic.twitter.com/ImC2UQG2fs— ESPN (@espn) September 28, 2019Clemson survives, but now everyone will say they’re not the No. 1 team in the country, so Dabo can go back to playing the underdog card.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 28, 2019Clemson should not be ranked No. 1 next week and I don’t think it will be.— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) September 28, 2019You can argue all you want about who’s No. 1. Clemson is still undefeated. It feels a little like Notre Dame last year, though I would argue Irish sked last year might’ve been tougher than Tigers this year. Have to go back and look.— Heather Dinich (@CFBHeather) September 28, 2019In reality, it doesn’t matter all that much. The polls don’t influence the College Football Playoff rankings, and if Clemson finishes the year undefeated, it will be one of the four teams selected.That said, Clemson clearly has some issues to fix on both offense and defense. The Tigers have a bye week coming up before hosting Florida State in two weeks.
Asian News International New DelhiJuly 28, 2019UPDATED: July 28, 2019 12:15 IST India are yet to announce their squad for Davis Cup tie in Pakistan (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAITA secretary-general Hironmoy Chatterjee confirmed India will travel to PakistanIndia are set to play Pakistan in Asia/Oceania Group 1 tie on grass in SeptemberThe team of six players, support staff and coach will be going to Pakistan: Hironmoy ChatterjeeIndian team will travel to Pakistan for the first time in 55 years to participate in the Davis Cup, All India Tennis Association (AITA) Secretary-General Hironmoy Chatterjee confirmed on Sunday.”Yes, we will go. It is not a bilateral series, it’s a World Cup of tennis so we have to go. There was no communication with the government as it’s a world event, we have to abide by the IOC charter, AITA Secretary told ANI.”The team of six players, support staff and coach will be going to Pakistan. I will also go along with the team. We will be putting in the visa application for everyone. Pakistan hockey team travelled to India for the World Cup and now we are also going,” he added.The Davis Cup draw was rolled out in February this year, but after the Pulwama attack on February 14, the future of Indian tennis team touring Pakistan looked really bleak.Indian cricket team had last toured Pakistan in 2007, and after that, no team across any sport in the country has toured Pakistan.India last played Pakistan in the Davis Cup in 2006 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, in which the hosts managed to register a 3-2 win to take India’s head-to-head tally against Pakistan to 6-0.AITA is yet to announce the final squad for the outing between the two neighbouring countries.Also Read | It’s a message of peace, says Somdev Devvarman as India set to play Davis Cup tie in PakistanAlso See:For 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India TennisFollow Davis Cup 2019Follow India vs PakistanFollow AITA AITA confirms India will travel to Pakistan for Davis Cup tieThe All India Tennis Association secretary-general Hironmoy Chatterjee confirmed on Sunday that India will be travelling to Pakistan to take part in the Davis Cup tie. advertisement Next
VANCOUVER – The British Columbia Real Estate Association says a lack of homes on the market means buyers are paying more for housing across the province.The association has released figures for May showing 12,402 homes were sold in B.C. last month, down 7.9 per cent when compared with May last year.Total listings also fell 11.1 per cent to 28,404 over the same period.But the association says sales remained very active in May, surpassing the number of new listings by 20 per cent in nine of B.C.’s 11 real estate boards and topping 50 per cent in Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Chilliwack and Victoria.Prices also jumped 4.2 per cent between May 2016 and last month, with the average B.C. home selling for $752,536.Association chief economist Cameron Muir says despite strong consumer demand, the supply of homes for sale across the province has plunged 50 per cent over the last five years.“The entire southern portion of the province is experiencing a shortage of housing supply, which makes continuing upward pressure on home prices inevitable, at least in the near term,” he says.
Rabat – A Moroccan national has been named the new president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM). Franco-Moroccan Anwar Kbibech, 53, will be at the helm of the French Council of the Muslim Faith for a period of two years.Kbibech will succeed Algerian-born Dalil Boubakeur, the current rector of the Great mosque of Paris. Born in Meknes in Morocco in 1962, Kbibech arrived in France in 1980. He is an engineer from the national school of Bridges and Roads and is currently a director at a telecommunications group. He is also the President of the Rally of Muslims in France (RMF).“The role of the CFCM is to promote a dialogue on Islam,” Kbibech said. In an interview with French daily Le Figaro, he said that curbing radicalization and violence needs the cooperation of religious leaders and also leaders from the economic and political spheres.Responding to criticism leveled against the CFCM, he said “it is too easy to say that CFCM has done nothing! [the CFCM] has done many things despite the lack of human and financial resources.”
Rabat- After killing Hayat, the Moroccan navy has shot a 16-year-old boy aboard a migrant boat on Wednesday morning between Larache and Asilah off Morocco’s northern Atlantic coast.The navy fired warning shots at the boat carrying about 50 Moroccan irregular migrants, shooting a minor, according to Moroccan television channel 2M and news outlet Alyaoum24.Authorities have not yet reported any further details on the victim’s situation. It is the second time the navy has shot at a migrant boat. On September 25, while firing on a migrant boat trying to cross the Mediterranean between M’diq and Fnideq, the Moroccan navy killed one of the migrants, a 20-year-old woman, Hayat Belkacem.Three other Moroccans in the boat were also wounded by the navy’s gunfire, Lahabib (26), Hamza (25), and Mouad (32). They were hospitalized in M’diq-Fnideq prefecture. The boat was controlled by a Spanish national.Hayat’s death has inspired protests in the country from Moroccans who vowed to bring “justice” to Hayat.Some of the protesters cried, “The people want to give up their nationality.” Others called on the government to hold Hayat’s “killer” accountable.The shooting also sparked the anger of Prince Moulay Hicham, a first cousin of King Mohammed VI. He took to his Twitter to convey his concern about the “social crisis.”Lately, Morocco has employed stricter methods of combating irregular migration to Europe, especially in the north.Police also blocked hundreds of Moroccans trying to leave for Europe from a beach in Martil, near Tetouan, on Saturday night, September 22, which led to protests calling for “free immigration.”
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) appealed today to naval powers to help protect its food-delivery ships from pirate attacks, saying that as many as two million Somalis could go hungry without this protection.A Dutch frigate is scheduled to finish escort services for WFP on 25 June. Despite an upsurge of piracy in Somali waters – according to the International Maritime Bureau there have been 31 attacks so far this year – no WFP ships have been targeted since the escort system started last November.“Without escorts, our whole maritime supply route will be threatened,” WFP Country Director Peter Goossens said. “Shipping companies are reluctant to sail unescorted to Somalia, and we have no offers to take over from the Royal Netherlands Navy.” WFP says that millions of Somalis are suffering from a combination of insecurity, drought and high food and fuel prices. “If relief shipments slow down, we could face a major catastrophe,” Mr. Goossens added, saying that WFP is trying to scale up food distributions to avoid a disaster. Malnutrition is on the rise in Somalia. An unusually harsh dry season and poor April-June rains, which followed a succession of droughts and poor harvests, have led to increasing hunger in the central region of the country. The situation is compounded by conflict, hyperinflation, the weakness of the Somali shilling, high unemployment and high food and fuel prices. Some 80 per cent of WFP food for Somalia arrives by sea. From mid-November until now, a succession of French, Danish and Dutch frigates have escorted 27 ships loaded with 112,500 tons of WFP food – enough to feed nearly 1 million people for six months.WFP says that relief food deliveries by sea are essential. High commodity prices in EastAfrica have prompted WFP to purchase food in South Africa and the food agency plans to ship 220,000 tons of food by sea to Somalia between June and December, to reach a total of 2.4 million people per month by December.Experts fear that the number of people requiring food assistance later this year could reach 3.5 million people – nearly half the total population.Without urgent new contributions, WFP warned it will run out of food for Somalia in September. 12 June 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) appealed today to naval powers to help protect its food-delivery ships from pirate attacks, saying that as many as two million Somalis could go hungry without this protection.
Tension prevails between the fishermen of the two countries who regularly cross into each other’s territorial waters.Local fishermen have alleged that Indian fishermen have clashed with them off the coast of Sri Lanka while Indian fishermen have charged that the Sri Lankan navy has attacked them. These allegations were vehemently denied from both sides. The navy arrested 16 Indian in the Kalpitiya seas this morning, a Navy official said.According to the Navy, the Indians had entered Sri Lankan waters in three boats to catch fish. The clash had occurred when Indian fishermen were seen poaching in Sri Lankan waters, along the International Maritime Boundary. Just last month fishermen from India and Sri Lanka clashed off the seas of Mannar.
Chris Armstrong (BSM ’05)Christopher Armstrong (BSM ’05) has quickly climbed his way up the sport management leaderboard.Since graduating in 2005, Armstrong has been involved in every aspect of Canadian golf. Shortly after studying commerce at McGill University and sport management at Brock University, Armstrong joined IMG — one of the world’s leading sports marketing and management companies. As vice-president for IMG Golf, he assisted in the redevelopment of its Canadian athlete representation business and managed the day-to-day marketing business for many of the country’s most prominent golfers, including Stephen Ames, Anthony Kim and Morgan Pressel. He has recently taken on the leadership position of vice-president and director of Wasserman Media Group Canadian Practice, continuing his career in the sport marketing and management field as he builds a multi-sports practice for Wasserman in Canada.In 2009, Armstrong was the youngest person on the National Post‘s list of Canada’s top 25 most influential people in Canadian golf. In 2010, Armstrong made the Globe and Mail’s Sports Power 50 list. And most recently, Armstrong was honoured as Brock University’s 2010 Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.While studying at Brock, Armstrong was as a teaching assistant in the Sport and Law course and worked at the Centre for Sport and Law in St. Catharines, preparing factual arguments in Olympic team selection arbitration cases, as well as a number of independent studies in collective bargaining, negotiation and intellectual property rights. Working collaboratively with Hilary Findlay, Armstrong worked on several academic articles that remain under review for publication.Armstrong credits Brock’s entire sport management faculty in influencing him “in one way or another,” but especially professors Findlay and Craig Hyatt. “They both took a particular interest in my career pursuits,” he said. “And they’ve continued to be great supporters.”Armstrong enjoys the path his career has taken him, and especially appreciates the variety of his day-to-day experiences and the personal relationships he’s built along the way. But the most difficult challenge, he said is a busy travel schedule that sometimes makes it difficult to maintain a proper balance in life.In addition to his demanding leadership role with Wasserman Media Group, Armstrong sits on the board of the Stephen Ames Foundation — an organization benefiting children in both Trinidad and Tobago and Canada — and tries to stay involved with local community initiatives. Armstrong frequently visits Brock to speak with students in sport management classes. And to top it off, he’s getting married this September.A few questions with Chris:Why did you choose Brock University for your post-secondary education?After studying commerce at McGill and being around the hockey program there, it became clear to me that I wanted to continue a career in sport. I believed Brock to be the best place to get that education.What was your most memorable experience at Brock University?I was chosen to host Richard Pound when he came to give a lecture at the University. The opportunity to spend the day with such an accomplished person, not only in Canadian but international sport, was a great opportunity that I will never forget.Who do you admire?Anyone who has gone after his or her dreams.Where did you go on your last vacation? Maui, Hawaii.What was the last good movie you saw?The Lincoln Lawyer.What was the last good book you read?Born to Run by Christopher McDougall.Do you have any advice for fellow Brock alumni?Once you decide you know what you want to do and what makes you happy, pursue it, don’t look back, and be good to people along the way.
Obama invokes rarely used law to void Chinese purchase of US wind farms, cites security risks WASHINGTON – Citing national security risks, President Barack Obama on Friday blocked a Chinese company from owning four wind farm projects in northern Oregon near a Navy base where the U.S. military flies unmanned drones and electronic-warfare planes on training missions.It was the first time in 22 years that a U.S. president has blocked such a foreign business deal.Obama’s decision was likely to be another irritant in the increasingly tense economic relationship between the U.S. and China. It also comes against an election-year backdrop of intense criticism from Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney, who accuses Obama of not being tough enough with China.In his decision, Obama ordered Ralls Corp., a company owned by Chinese nationals, to divest its interest in the wind farms it purchased earlier this year near the Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility in Boardman, Ore.The case reached the president’s desk after the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States, known as CFIUS, determined there was no way to address the national security risks posed by the Chinese company’s purchases. Only the president has final authority to prohibit a transaction.The administration would not say what risks the wind farm purchases presented. The Treasury Department said CFIUS made its recommendation to Obama after receiving an analysis of the potential threats from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.The military has acknowledged that it used the Oregon Naval facility to test unmanned drones and the EA-18G “Growler.” The electronic warfare aircraft accompanies U.S. fighter bombers on missions and protectively jams enemy radar, destroying them with missiles along the way.At the Oregon site, the planes fly as low as 200 feet and nearly 300 miles per hour.The last time a president used the law to block a transaction was 1990, when President George H.W. Bush voided the sale of Mamco Manufacturing to a Chinese agency.In 2006, President George W. Bush approved a CFIUS case involving the merger of Alcatel and Lucent Technologies.The Treasury Department said in a statement that Obama’s decision is specific to this transaction and does not set a precedent for other foreign direct investment in the U.S. by China or any other country.China’s trade advantage over the U.S. has emerged as a key issue in the final weeks of the presidential campaign. Romney accuses Obama of failing to stand up to Beijing, while the president criticizes the GOP nominee for investing part of his personal fortune in China and outsourcing jobs there while he ran the private equity firm Bain Capital.Both campaigns are running ads on China in battleground states, especially Ohio, where workers in the manufacturing industry have been hard-hit by outsourcing.Obama, in an interview Wednesday with The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, said the U.S. must push hard against Beijing but “not go out of our way to embarrass” China.“We’re not interested in triggering an all-out trade war that would damage both economies,” Obama said.The president has the power to void foreign transactions under the Defence Production Act. It authorizes the president to suspend or prohibit certain acquisitions of U.S. businesses if there is credible evidence that the foreign purchaser might take action that threatens to impair national security.CFIUS is chaired by the treasury secretary. The secretaries of state, defence, commerce, energy and homeland security are also on the committee. The director of national intelligence is a non-voting member.Earlier this month, Ralls sued the national security panel, alleging CFIUS exceeded its authority when it ordered the company to cease operations and withdraw from the wind-farm developments it bought. Ralls asked for a restraining order and a preliminary injunction to allow construction at the wind farms to continue. The firm said it would lose the chance for a $25 million investment tax if the farms were not operable by Dec. 31.In a statement Friday, Tim Kia, a lawyer for Ralls, said the project posed no national security threat and said “the President’s order is without justification, as scores of other wind turbines already operate in the area.”Ralls dropped its request for a preliminary injunction this week after CFIUS allowed the firm to resume some pre-construction work. With the lawsuit, continuing, the firm’s lawyers were expected to react quickly to the administration decision, said a person familiar with the lawsuit who insisted on anonymity because of the sensitive legal repercussions.Ralls’ legal team includes Paul Clement and Viet Dinh, two top law veterans of President George W. Bush’s administration. Both men were key players in Bush’s aggressive national security operation.Clement, who was solicitor-general and argued administration positions before the Supreme Court, has since opposed the Obama administration’s health care plan and defended the Defence of Marriage Act before the top court.Dinh, a former assistant attorney general who was the main architect of the Bush administration’s anti-terror USA Patriot Act, has lately served as a director and legal adviser to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.A second Chinese firm stymied by CFIUS urged U.S. authorizes this week to investigate their firm to quell fears of ties to China’s military. Huawei Technologies Ltd. announced in early September that it would unwind its purchase of U.S.-based computer firm 3Leaf Systems after the deal was rejected by CFIUS.Huawei, one of the world’s largest producers of computer network switching gear, has repeatedly struggled to convince U.S. authorities that they can be trusted to oversee sensitive technology sometimes used in national security work. In 2008, CFIUS concerns led Huawei and private equity firm Bain Capital to abandon an $2.2 billion deal to buy a firm that produces anti-hacking software for the U.S. military___Associated Press writers Stephen Braun and Ted Bridis contributed to this report.___Follow Julie Pace at http://twitter.com/jpaceDC by News Staff Posted Sep 28, 2012 6:28 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
WATFORD, England — Manchester City held off a late fightback from Watford to claim a 2-1 victory that moved the defending champion five points clear in the Premier League on Tuesday.Leroy Sane showed improvisation by using his chest to score City’s opening goal in the 40th minute. Riyad Mahrez, who swung in the cross for that goal, added a second for Pep Guardiola’s side in the 51st minute.Abdoulaye Doucoure bundled the ball over the line with five minutes remaining to ensure a nervy finish for City, which held firm to secure a seventh straight league win. It puts the pressure back on second-place Liverpool, which travels to Burnley on Wednesday.City’s match at Vicarage Road was its second of 13 in the space of just 44 days, and Guardiola made six changes from the team that won against Bournemouth on Saturday. Top scorer Raheem Sterling dropped to the bench.The changes in personnel had little effect on Guardiola’s well-oiled machine, and only the brilliance of Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster ensured City didn’t head into the interval with more than a one-goal advantage.Foster denied Sane after 11 minutes after the winger intercepted a stray pass from Roberto Pereyra and charged down on goal. The goalkeeper then produced a triple save, first from Mahrez, then Bernardo Silva’s effort, before kicking the ball from the feet of David Silva.Foster then had to be on alert again to prevent Gabriel Jesus from beating him at his near post.Sane made the breakthrough when Mahrez whipped the ball in from City’s right-hand side and his fellow winger leapt the air to divert it through the legs of Foster and into the back of the net.City has won all 18 of its games this season in which it has led at halftime, and Mahrez looked to have made sure of the three points when he delivered a cool finish at the far post after a driven cross from Gabriel Jesus.The visitors were in complete control, with “oles” ringing out from the away section of the crowd on the hour mark.Watford finished well, though, and Doucoure tested goalkeeper Ederson with 15 minutes remaining before scoring his goal. Ederson saved at the feet of Andre Gray following a cross from Gerard Deulofeu, but Doucoure was on hand to get the ball over the line.City faces Chelsea next on Saturday.___More AP English soccer:https://apnews.com/tag/PremierLeague andhttps://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate finishes a dunk in the first half against Appalachian State on Dec. 16, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station ManagerSince playing Michigan on Dec. 4, Ohio State (10-3, 2-0 Big Ten) has dominated three straight nonconference opponents, scoring at least 80 points and allowing no more than 67 points in any game. The Buckeyes will not find their next matchup quite as easy. They travel to New Orleans to play No. 5 North Carolina in the CBS Sports Classic at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Here is a rundown of what to expect out of that game.Projected StartersUNC:G — Joel Berry II — Senior, 6-foot, 195 lbs., 17.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.5 apg, G — Kenny Williams — Junior, 6-foot-4, 185 lbs., 13.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.0 apgG/F — Theo Pinson — Senior, 6-foot-6, 220 lbs., 8.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 4.7 apgF — Garrison Brooks — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 215 lbs., 6.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.8 apgF — Luke Maye — Junior, 6-foot-8, 240 lbs., 19.3 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 2.3 apgOhio State:G — Musa Jallow — Freshman, 6-foot-5, 200 lbs., 4.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.3 apgG — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 13.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.4 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.9 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 18.2 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.5 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 12.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 0.8 apgScouting UNCOhio State has played a ranked opponent only once this season, and it was an 86-59 loss to now-No. 12 Gonzaga. The team it faces Saturday might be even better than that Bulldog squad. According to Kenpom.com, North Carolina is the No. 11 team in the nation, one spot ahead of Gonzaga. The Tar Heels have handled a few quality teams to this point, beating Stanford 96-72, Michigan 86-71 and No. 21 Tennessee 78-73. Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said in watching the film of those wins, it is clear North Carolina is a team that should be making a return trip to the Final Four in 2018.“There’s a reason they’re the No. 5 team in the country,” Holtmann said Thursday. “We’ve watched them play both home and away, they were up on Michigan by 30 with 10 minutes to go. They just can be really, really explosive. Obviously they have a terrific win at Tennessee. Every time you’re watching them play, you’re trying to evaluate things.”But while North Carolina has several big wins on its resume, it also has several standout losses. In its first real test of the season, it was beat down by now-No. 2 Michigan State 63-45, and lost to Wofford 79-75 Wednesday night. The Tar Heels tend to be one of the more dominant teams in the nation across the board, ranking as both a top-20 team by KenPom in both adjusted offensive efficiency (No. 14) and adjusted defensive efficiency (No. 19). But there is one area that could bode well for the Buckeyes. When Ohio State struggles, it is because it gets into turnover trouble. According to KenPom, Ohio State ranks No. 173 in offensive turnover rate. But the Tar Heels have not been a team to force many turnovers this season, ranking only 267th in defensive turnover rate. In North Carolina’s loss to Wofford, it forced just 10 turnovers and scored eight points off those turnovers. But that is one of the only matchups that looks favorable for the Buckeyes. The Tar Heels typically run a zone defense, a scheme that has caused Ohio State fits offensively all season.The Buckeyes also have not dealt with up-tempo teams well. The three teams that have beaten Ohio State — Gonzaga, Butler and Clemson — average just 16.8 seconds per offensive possession this season. The three Power Five teams Ohio State has beaten — Wisconsin, Michigan and Stanford — average 18.2 seconds per offensive possession. The Tar Heels are the seventh-fastest team in the nation on offense, taking just 14.4 seconds on every offensive possession. Ohio State forward Jae’Sean Tate said the team has spent extensive time at practice this week working on transition defense in anticipation for North Carolina’s faster offense.“The way they get the ball up the court so fast even on made-baskets, going to be key trying to make them play in the half-court is basically what we’re going to have to try to do,” Tate said.How will UNC rebound from its loss to Wofford?Both Ohio State and North Carolina wrapped up relatively easy nonconference stretches of their schedules before the upcoming trip to New Orleans. But unlike Ohio State, North Carolina could not handle its business against Wofford, losing 79-75.Wofford shot 43.8 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from beyond the arc overall, but was exceptional in the second half. The Terriers shot 50 percent (17-for-34) from the field, while also maintaining a 40 percent 3-point success rate with 6-of-15 makes. The Tar Heels, by comparison, shot only 36.4 percent from the field and 28 percent from 3-point range during the game. North Carolina, not known to be a 3-point shooting team, fell behind to Wofford and tried to make it all back up in bulk, but went just 5-for-16 from beyond the arc in the second half.The loss to a 25-point underdog could do one or two things to a team: it could serve as sufficient motivation to play as hard as possible the next time out or it could drag down morale. Holtmann and the Buckeyes are preparing for the former, reflecting on how the Tar Heels responded to its first loss of the season to Michigan State.“After they came back from getting beat by Michigan State, they were phenomenal against Michigan and it was incredible. Like I said, up 30 midway through the second half. I think any time you have a veteran team, that’s typically what happens,” Holtmann said. “You look at it, you say, ‘Absolutely, I’m pretty confident that we’re going to get their very best.’”Prediction:UNC wins 76-68
Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoLeader of the Political Opposition Dr Bharrat Jagdeo has called out the Finance Minister Winston Jordan over his most recent remarks where he said the economy during the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) tenure was heavily based on proceeds of the drug trade.Jagdeo, during a press briefing on Wednesday, also thanked the Private Sector Commission (PSC) for taking up the Minister on his comments, knowing the damage that such remarks could have on investors confidence, particularly where collaborations are concerned.Dubbing Jordan’s remarks as just another excuse for Government’s poor performance, the Opposition Leader said that it was expected, especially since it is the political season that leads to the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE).But the former President noted that the Minister’s statement is baseless as he questioned why has the government not been able to charge a single a single money launderer for drug trafficking or illegal proceeds?On the other hand, he said that while the State Assets and Recovery Agency (SARA) is mandated to go after money launderers and other white collar criminals, they have not managed to do so.Instead, Jagdeo, referring to himself and his former Cabinet Ministers, said they are being directed to go after the political opposition.Finance Minister Winston JordanThe PSC said recently it has taken note of the statement by Minister Jordan on the impact of the proceeds of drugs on the economy.The Private Sector body said in an effort to understand the “empirical evidence” relied upon by the Minister, the Commission said it has sought to obtain a briefing by the Minister and, to that end, they have dispatched a letter to the Minister seeking an audience with him.In the letter that was made public to the media, the PSC said it would be “grateful to be briefed by you on the assertions made that the economy pre May 2015 was heavily based on proceeds of the drug trade and that the current economy post May 2015 is no longer affected by such proceeds.”Moreover, the Commission said “as businesses it is important for us to understand the underlying structure of the economy and the various elements that contribute or inhibit its growth.”Outlining that it was awaiting a response, the PSC in its letter to the subject Minister posited that “we look forward to such a brief so that we could better understand the empirical evidence supporting your assertions.”In response to this, Jagdeo said he was pleased the that the PSC is seeking such information, even though he is of the firm view that the Minister would not be able to give such an explanation because he has no such evidence.“The buoyancy of the economy had to do with several things, a growing set of economic activities, a growing tax base, larger deposits and more people borrowing and investing. All of that led to the buoyancy we saw. The conserve ills we are seeing now…bad loans, new no investments,” Jagdeo said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’We will not be intimidated!’ – Jagdeo declares after arrestMarch 8, 2017In “Politics”Cocaine trafficking: Jagdeo calls on Gov’t to launch investigation into Minister’s brotherMay 16, 2018In “latest news””Drugs economy”: Jordan fails to provide evidence to substantiate remarksOctober 31, 2018In “Business”