Alexander Gustafsson demolished one of the scariest fighters in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, Glover Teixeira, during the main event of UFC Fight Night 109 on Sunday (Monday in Manila).ADVERTISEMENT Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Brownlee misses free throws but Gins hold on to win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In a cliched but nonetheless sweet gesture, Gustafsson got down on one knee and popped the million-dollar question.“I love you and thanks for having a kid, a baby. I love you with all my heart, and will you marry me?” he asked, to which Johansson said yes.To cap off his memorable night, the former title challenger also became $50,000 richer, as he also took home the Fight of the Night bonus. JBRELATED STORY:WATCH: MMA fighter gets slapped by mom after losing fightADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ However, it appears that what he did after the fight was over took way more guts and courage than engaging in the professional brawl.Fighting in front of his hometown crowd at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden, the 30-year-old dubbed as “The Mauler” asked his girlfriend’s hand in marriage, during the post fight interview with analyst Dan Hardy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAfter the gruelling five-round war, the bruised up Gustafsson asked his girlfriend, Moa Antonia Johansson, to join him inside the octagon.Fans roared in anticipation as the Swedish striker appeared to pull out a tiny box out of his shorts. View comments
On a day Arsenal, Manchester City, and Chelsea swept to 4-0 victories in the English Premier League, Leicester was the biggest winner of them all.Leicester, the unlikely league leader, doesn’t play until Sunday but was given a boost in its remarkable title challenge when second-place Tottenham was held at Liverpool to 1-1.Leicester will move seven points clear with six games left by beating Southampton at home.”We need to believe. Leicester deserve to be in the place they are but in football anything can happen,” said Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, who will be hoping for a favor by Southampton – his former team – at King Power Stadium.Harry Kane’s 63rd-minute equalizer earned Spurs a point and moved him onto 22 league goals for the season – something never previously achieved in the league by a Tottenham player.Twenty-seven goals were scored over eight games, on a day England’s major powers flexed their muscles. Alexis Sanchez and Alex Iwobi assisted each other for first-half goals to set Arsenal on its way to a victory against Watford that cemented third place. Hector Bellerin and Theo Walcott grabbed the other goals.Iwobi took most of the plaudits, with the 19-year-old Nigerian scoring for the second straight game and proving why he is being selected ahead of Walcott.”I am pleased with Alex Iwobi’s talent,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said, “but even more with his attitude and his willingness to learn.”Man City has struggled away from home this season but was a comfortable winner at Bournemouth, with Kevin De Bruyne scoring on his return to the team after a two-month injury layoff, and Sergio Aguero heading in his 22nd goal of the season. City was 3-0 up after 19 minutes, and Aleksandr Kolarov added a late fourth.advertisementFourth-place City moved three points ahead of West Ham, which drew with Crystal Palace 2-2 after conceding a 75th-minute equalizer soon after going down to 10 men following Cheikhou Kouyate’s sending-off. Dwight Gayle, the player fouled by Kouyate, grabbed the equalizer at Upton Park.”It is simply never a red card. For me personally it is not even a yellow card,” West Ham manager Slaven Bilic. “In England, maybe it’s not even a foul – a 50/50 challenge!”Earlier, Dimitri Payet enhanced his status as a set-piece maestro by curling a free kick into the top corner for West Ham, his third goal from a free kick in his last four matches, having also scored from this route for France in midweek.Manchester United will leapfrog West Ham into sixth by beating Everton on Sunday. At the bottom, Newcastle slipped six points adrift of safety after conceding an injury-time goal to lose at relegation rival Norwich 3-2.”We have seven games to play and we have to start winning as soon as possible,” said Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, still without a victory in three games in charge.Chelsea thrashed last-place Aston Villa 4-0, with Alexandre Pato scoring on his debut after coming on as a substitute. Ruben Loftus-Cheek opened the scoring and Pedro Rodriguez scored the other goals, leaving Villa 15 points from safety with six games left.Swansea came from two goals down to draw at Stoke 2-2, and Sunderland drew with West Bromwich Albion 0-0.
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Bollywood star Anushka Sharma has backed boyfriend and Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli, who has refused to accept Ravindra Jadeja’s break the beard challenge.Kohli posted a picture on his instagram, captioned: “Sorry boys @hardikpandya_official @royalnavghan @rohitsharma45 but iam not ready to break the beard yet ??. Great job on the makeovers though. Kudo.”To this Anushka replied, “You cannot”.Kohli’s beard fashion was adopted by his teammates and it also became a trend among youngsters in the country.Jadeja started the challenge when he tweeted about it earlier this month, “Change the game on the field. Change the look in the dressing room. #BreakTheBeard #rajputboy #newlook #timeforchange #vivoipl #glvsrcb.”Time to get rid of the uniform ??? Its time for a change ??? No more #DressingRoomConfusion. Stay tuned guys. pic.twitter.com/tWHzl5qW51- Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) April 18, 2017Change the game on the field. Change the look in the dressing room. #BreakTheBeard #rajputboy #newlook #timeforchange #vivoipl #glvsrcb pic.twitter.com/iEr7i7gPIL- Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) April 18, 2017Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane have been among the cricketers in getting rid of their facial hairs.Surprise! Decided to finally have a summer style of my own. My time to #BreakTheBeard! What say Paltan? #NewLook #MIGotStyle pic.twitter.com/h5H1XNfXpc- Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) April 22, 2017
Opener Azhar Ali was unbeaten on 85 as Pakistan crawled to 169 for two on a rain-affected first day of the series-deciding third Test against West Indies in Dominica on Wednesday.A decision by West Indies captain Jason Holder to send Pakistan in to bat backfired, as the visitors lost only one early wicket, Shan Masood for nine, at Windsor Park in Roseau.The only other wicket to fall was Babar Azam for 55.Younis Khan, in his 118th and final Test, was not out 10 at stumps. Younis received a guard of honour from West Indies players as he walked to the crease and proceeded to make a slow start, facing 44 balls and still waiting for his first boundary.Captain Misbah-ul-Haq is also playing his final Test.Azhar batted all day, facing 219 balls in an obdurate knock, inching within sight of his 14th Test century. He hit two sixes and seven fours.West Indies bowlers toiled diligently, and at least could take some solace from keeping the run-rate low on a day when only 69 overs were possible due to rain.Paceman Alzarri Joseph and off-spinner Roston Chase took one wicket each, while fast bowler Shannon Gabriel was economical, conceded 32 runs in 19 overs.Pakistan made two changes from the team that lost the second Test, bringing in pace bowler Hasan Ali for leg-spinner Shadab Khan, with Masood replacing Ahmed Shehzad.West Indies were unchanged for the match after they pulled off a surprising 106-run victory in the second Test in Barbados following a seven-wicket loss in the first game in Jamaica.advertisement
TweetPinShare0 Shares MIAMI — San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called Game 3 of the NBA Finals an anomaly.He couldn’t use the same word to describe Game 4. It was a repeat show of dominance, one that put the Spurs one win away from ending the Miami Heat’s reign as NBA champions.Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Tim Duncan set a pair of playoff records and the Spurs controlled play throughout on the way to a 107-86 win over the Heat in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on June 12.San Antonio leads the series 3-1, and can capture its fifth NBA championship by winning at home on June 15. “They’re playing beautiful basketball,” Miami’s Chris Bosh said.“We’re playing Spurs basketball,” San Antonio’s Tony Parker said.Different sentences, same meaning. The Spurs’ game is the beautiful one right now, and the way they came into Miami and frustrated the Heat, not once but twice, was simply remarkable.“Now we’ve got to go back home and play as well — or better,” Popovich said. Hard to imagine them playing much better.In Game 3, the Spurs’ biggest lead was 25, while Miami never led by more than two. In Game 4, the Spurs’ biggest lead was 25, while Miami never led by more than two.Eerie and telling, all at the same time. “No,” Duncan said, “we didn’t plan on that.”The similarities didn’t end there. San Antonio shot 59 percent from the field in Game 3, and 57 percent in Game 4. The Spurs were 9 for 20 from 3-point range in Game 3; 9 for 21 from beyond the arc in Game 4. They led by 21 at halftime of Game 3; they led by 19 at halftime of Game 4.Add it all up, and the only numbers that matter are the win totals: Spurs 3, Heat 1, and Miami is well aware that’s a deficit no team has ever overcome in NBA Finals history — in 31 previous tries.“We put ourselves in a position where it is about making history,” said Miami’s LeBron James, who led the Heat with 28 points. “But all we can do is worry about Game 5. We’ve got to worry about Sunday first. Try to go up there in a hostile environment, where we were able to steal one in Game 2, and try to get another one and go on from there. Obviously, I do know the numbers. It’s never been done before, but we’re still a confident bunch.”James was his typically brilliant self, making 10 of 17 shots and added eight rebounds. But Dwyane Wade struggled, shooting 3-for-13 and scoring only 10 points. Bosh scored 12 and one of the few offensive highlights for Miami came after most of the 19,900 people in the sellout crowd departed — James Jones scored 11 points off the Heat bench in the span of 93 seconds as the game was winding down.Parker scored 19 points for the Spurs, who got 14 from Patty Mills and a 10-point, 11-rebound night from Duncan — the 158th double-double of his career, passing Magic Johnson for the NBA playoff record.Duncan also passed another Lakers legend for another NBA record in Game 4; he has 8,869 career playoff minutes, 18 more than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar logged in his tenure.Duncan called it an honor to have those marks, but quickly stressed he wants something else. “The focus is winning one more,” Duncan said. “And once that one-more is done, I can look back and say, ‘Hey, it’s truly an honor.”(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)
Story Highlights The project seeks to improve service delivery and the management capacity of justice-sector institutions; improve capacity of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to coordinate and streamline the process of developing legislation; and improve capacity of citizens and civil society organisations to participate in justice reform and promote public order. A sum of $81.9 million has been allocated for the Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation (JUST) project, as outlined in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The project seeks to improve service delivery and the management capacity of justice-sector institutions; improve capacity of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to coordinate and streamline the process of developing legislation; and improve capacity of citizens and civil society organisations to participate in justice reform and promote public order.For the 2018/19 financial year, the project is expected to develop a monitoring and evaluation framework for the justice sector, conduct training with Ministry of Justice staff involved in justice reform planning and implementation, introduce performance management systems within the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, review and amend rules and procedures for the Parish Courts, and develop rules and procedures for the Courts of Petty Session.So far, a prosecutors manual and standards of professional conduct have been developed, roles and functions of justices of the peace and lay magistrates have been reviewed, the communication system within the justice sector has been reviewed; and the Legislative Drafting Manual has been completed.In addition, the project has trained case progression officers and other court staff; and developed and implemented monitoring and coordination mechanisms for the justice sector, including justice reform subprojects and initiatives.The project is funded by the Government of Jamaica and Global Affairs Canada. A sum of $81.9 million has been allocated for the Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation (JUST) project, as outlined in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. So far, a prosecutors manual and standards of professional conduct have been developed, roles and functions of justices of the peace and lay magistrates have been reviewed, the communication system within the justice sector has been reviewed; and the Legislative Drafting Manual has been completed.
Route 236: repaving from Union Corner for 4.8 kilometres to Scotch Village. Dexter Construction was the winning contractor on this project with a bid of $681,975. Nova Scotia’s plan to upgrade many of the province’s highwayswill mean smoother, safer roads in Hants County this fall. The Department of Transportation and Public Works recentlyawarded three contracts for road improvements in Hants Countyworth almost $3 million. The projects are: Trunk Highway 14: repaving from the junction of Highway 101 (Exit 5) east for about 8.5 kilometres to the intersection with Route 215 at Brooklyn. The winning contractor was Chapman Bros. Construction Ltd. with a bid of $1,314,855. The three contracts will result in 20.4 kilometres of paving at atotal cost of $2,966,730. “The budget for 2005-06 calls for our department to spend $143-million on constructing and upgrading Nova Scotia highways,” saidRon Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Byallowing the smooth, safe circulation of people and goods,highways act as the lifeblood of the province. Bringing them backto top shape is an important job.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincialferries. Staff provide services from offices in Bridgewater,Bedford, Truro and Sydney. TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Paving Contracts Awarded in HantsCounty Brushy Hill Road: repaving in the East Uniacke area from Etter Road north for about 7.1 kilometres to just north of Lakecrest Drive. The winning contractor was Dexter Construction Co. Ltd. with a bid of $969,900.
Six 4-H members from Nova Scotia will travel to western Canada from July 6 to 17 to learn about agriculture and Canadian culture. The members will be participating in the annual Royal Bank of Canada 4-H Interprovincial Exchange Program. During the exchange, Nova Scotia delegates will live with rural families in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia. Representatives of 4-H from those provinces will visit Nova Scotia in August as part of a reciprocal travel program. “This program is an excellent opportunity for 4-H members to meet Canadians with similar interests and to learn about the agriculture industry in other communities,” said Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. “Our young people will learn a lot while representing Nova Scotia and our 4-H program.” The Nova Scotia delegates were selected through an interview process that was based on their contributions to the 4-H program and involvement in the community. Megan Sanford of Newport, Hants Co. and Monica Firminger of Hopewell, Pictou Co. will travel to Saskatchewan. Sarah Haughn from Italy Cross, Lunenburg Co. is going to Manitoba and Kristy Waalderbos of Amherst, Cumberland Co. and Sarah Lees of Pictou, are travelling to British Columbia. Melissa York from Truro, will travel to Alberta. “This program allows 4-H members to experience agriculture practices and rural life in another part of Canada,” said Elizabeth Crouse, manager of 4-H and rural organizations. “We couldn’t provide this exchange opportunity without the support of the Royal Bank of Canada.” The Royal Bank of Canada has been sponsoring this event for 43 years and will host the 4-H travel delegates from the Atlantic provinces at a farewell banquet and reception on Wednesday, July 6.
London/Melbourne: Former international umpires Simon Taufel and K Hariharan Monday said officials standing in the World Cup final erred in awarding six runs, instead of five, to England for an overthrow, an observation that the ICC refused to comment on. Luck smiled on England midway through the final over of their innings when a throw from New Zealand fielder Martin Guptill deflected off the bat of Stokes and ran to the boundary. England tied the match and the ensuing Super Over before winning on boundary count on Sunday. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together Sri Lanka’s Kumar Dharmasena and South African Marius Erasmus were the on-field umpires for the pulsating game in which England were chasing 242 in the regulation 50 overs. “It’s a clear mistake.. it’s an error of judgment. They (England) should have been awarded five runs, not six,” Taufel, a five-time ICC Umpire of the Year, told foxsports.com.au. Echoing Taufel’s view was former Indian umpire K Hariharan. “Kumar Dharmasena killed the World Cup for New Zealand. It should have been five runs not six,” he told PTI. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open The ICC refused to make a comment with a spokesperson simply saying, “The umpires take decisions in the field of play with their interpretations of the rules and we don’t comment on any decisions as a matter of policy.” Law 19.8 of the ICC rules, pertaining to ‘Overthrow or wilful act of fielder’, states: “If the boundary results from an overthrow or from the wilful act of a fielder, the runs scored shall be any runs for penalties awarded to either side, and the allowance for the boundary, and the runs completed by the batsmen, together with the run in progress if they had already crossed at the instant of the throw or act.” “…the umpires needed to check if at the point of throw the two batsmen had crossed each other or not. If we see that replay, when the throw came, the two batsmen had barely started the second run,” Hariharan observed. “That run can never be counted. It was duty of square leg umpire (Marius) Erasmus to consult the TV umpire and change the decision. Stokes shouldn’t have been on strike next ball,” he added. Taufel, a highly-regarded ex-Australian umpire, is now a part of the MCC’s laws sub-committee that makes the rules governing cricket. The bizarre incident took place in the fourth ball of the final over at the Lord’s. TV replays showed Adil Rashid and Stokes had not yet crossed for their second run when Guptill released the ball from the deep. However, on-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Marais Erasmus added six runs to England total following the incident — four runs for the ball reaching the boundary plus two for running between the wickets by the batsmen. Taufel also defended the officials. “In the heat of what was going on, they thought there was a good chance the batsmen had crossed at the instant of the throw,” Taufel said. “Obviously TV replays showed otherwise. The difficulty you (umpires) have here is you’ve got to watch batsmen completing runs, then change focus and watch for the ball being picked up, and watch for the release (of the throw),” Taufel said. “You also have to watch where the batsmen are at that exact moment.” He acknowledged the call “influenced the game” but added, “It’s unfair on England, New Zealand and the umpires involved to say it decided the outcome”.
CALGARY (660 NEWS) – A high-level source confirmed to 660 NEWS Ottawa is willing to contribute up to $1.75 billion towards a potential Olympic bid, however, there are two conditions.Calgarians have to vote “yes” in favour of hosting the games and the funding would have to be matching, so both the province and/or city would have to spend more.The source also said that all three levels of government are at the table and officials are seeking more engagement out of the province.This may turn out to be a big win for the pro-Calgary 2026 side, where the government had traditionally been willing to contribute up to 50 per cent of the operational costs.A previous estimate had pegged the operational cost at $3 billion.Friday’s news combined with the provincial government’s previous announcement that it would be willing to contribute $700 million and the city’s share has yet to be announced.READ MORE: Swedish Taxpayers Association backs Calgary’s bid for 2026Nenshi surprised at reported funding number, MP says gov’t is ‘committed‘Mayor Naheed Nenshi issued a statement that said he’s shocked by the reported number from the federal government.In a release, he said, “we were surprised to see this number reported for a proposed federal contribution to a potential Calgary 2026 Olympics as negotiations are still underway.”Everything, though, would fall apart if Calgarians reject the idea of playing host for the second time in the Nov. 13 plebiscite.“I know that the city, the citizens have a decision to make but our government will be a full partner with whatever they decide,” said Calgary Centre Liberal MP Kent Hehr. While he’s not in a position to confirm the funding total, he told 660 NEWS the announcement will give Calgarians what they need to decide how to vote in next month’s Olympic plebiscite.“Well our government is committed to Calgary we know they have a big decision to make and I know that we are full partners with them in whatever that decision is,” said Hehr. “There are many other partners involved and we want to see [it happen], should the citizens want a world-class games to take part in this great city.”READ MORE: IOC makes its pitch to Calgary, CTF remains skepticalThere is no formal announcement planned as of yet for voters, but in a recent news conference, Tourism Minister Mélanie Joly said that they were aware of the looming vote.Cash flow turning up the heat?Mount Royal University political scientist Duane Bratt believes Ottawa’s commitment will likely turn up the heat politically on Notley’s New Democrats.“The fact that the feds are raising more money may indeed put more pressure on the provincial government to increase their contribution. I would’ve hoped though, that there would’ve been some discussion between the two levels of government on this,” he said.“Going to $1.75 billion sounds good, but the province had contributed only $700 million said not a penny more. So what this means is the city, which hasn’t put it’s contribution number yet, are they going to be on the hook for a billion dollars?” asked Bratt, adding that price tag is a big pill for Calgarians to swallow.With all the funding announcements contingent on a yes vote plebiscite, Bratt says the job just got a little harder for supporters of the Olympic bid.-with files from Rick Donkers
Arsenal players Kieran Gibbs, Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin have announced that The Arsenal Foundation has raised £1million for its global charity partner Save the Children in a new video.Video: The Arsenal Foundation Raises £1 MillionThe ‘1 MILLION’ strip, worn by Giroud in the film, was presented to the charity’s Chief Executive Justin Forsyth by Arsène Wenger at at the club’s annual flagship fundraising event A Night to Inspire on Thursday 21 May.The celebratory video also sees Arsenal Foundation Ambassadors and club legends, Martin Keown and Robert Pires, as well as current midfielder Abou Diaby, meeting some of the children who have been helped through the much-needed Save the Children programmes that The Arsenal Foundation has funded. The partnership has helped Save the Children respond to emergencies in the Philippines, Sierra Leone, Syria and, most recently in Nepal. The partnership also supports the charity’s work in China and Indonesia helping children receive a quality education in a safe environment.Justin Forsyth, Chief Executive of Save the Children, said: “We’re incredibly grateful to the Arsenal players and fans for reaching this amazing fundraising milestone. Through The Arsenal Foundation’s ongoing support we’ve been able to respond to emergencies around the world and change the lives of thousands of children from China to Sierra Leone. We’re immensely proud of our partnership with Arsenal. By working together we can harness the power of football to inspire and transform children’s lives.”Arsenal Chief Executive, Ivan Gazidis, added: “We are proud to be partners with Save the Children and to support their fantastic work around the world. The £1million milestone is a significant moment in our relationship. It is testament to the generosity of our players and supporters, and the importance that the club places on the work that Save the Children do.”To find out more about The Arsenal Foundation and the partnership with Save the Children visit www.arsenal.com/thearsenalfoundation.
APTN National NewsTo this day, the Mohawk uprising of 1990 is an inspiration for Indigenous resistance.It’s also inspired countless works of art.A new exhibition commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Oka crisis has gone on display in Kanesatake.APTN’s Tom Fennario has the story.
Charlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsHealth and wellness is more than just a topic of discussion for Jennie Vandermeer.Her lifestyle has actually turned into a rewarding business.Vandermeer holds workshops on the land to teach people about healthy living in the Northwest Territories.Cmorrittjacobs@aptn.ca@aptncharlotte
WASHINGTON – There’s no question: The shock-and-awe approach to trade disputes is having an impact in the early days of the Trump administration, with the stunner of a 219-per-cent duty on Bombardier just the latest example of the new tariff-happy, America First climate in Washington.Donald Trump’s commerce secretary even bragged about it when announcing a first duty late Tuesday. In a statement, Wilbur Ross touted a 48 per cent increase from last year in anti-dumping and countervailing cases initiated by the U.S. Department of Commerce.That’s on the heels of a study that found a 26 per cent spike in U.S. trade actions against G20 partners in the first half of this year from the same period in 2016, according to the Center for Economic Policy Research’s Global Trade Alert.Just ask Canadian softwood-lumber producers. They’ve been tasting that punitive medicine for months.The latest decision rewarded Boeing with duties practically three times higher than the U.S. aerospace giant asked for, as it argued that Bombardier’s subsidies from Canadian taxpayers gave it an unfair entry into the U.S. market.Ross appeared to agree: ”The U.S. values its relationships with Canada, but even our closest allies must play by the rules.”It’s only the beginning.As a matter of fact, trade experts consulted late Monday agreed on two things: There’s time to fight back, and friendlier battlefields to fight on. They urged the Canadian government to choose its battles wisely, and not needlessly escalate the dispute.One trade-policy analyst at Washington’s free-market Cato Institute criticized the U.S. department that handled the initial decision.He said later arbiters won’t likely be as hostile.The raison d’etre of the Department of Commerce’s enforcement unit is to protect U.S. companies, said Dan Ikenson — it even offers counselling services to help U.S. companies prepare their complaint.It sides with American petitioners more than 90 per cent of the time and will certainly clobber Bombardier again with a new anti-dumping duty as early as next week, he said.”The Commerce Department is a pit bull,” Ikenson said.”They see it as a sign of success (when they impose a duty)… They’re political.”It’s different in other forums, he added.The case later heads back to the U.S. International Trade Commission, which must determine whether Boeing has actually suffered and, if not, could cancel the duties. Historical stats show a perfectly even track record: 39 per cent affirmative decisions, 39 negative, with 22 per cent of cases withdrawn.And he’s urging the Canadians to try their luck in a third venue: the U.S. domestic court system’s Court of International Trade. He said that court is actually friendlier to foreigners, siding with them in a majority of cases.He said that’s a smarter route than a fourth venue: NAFTA’s Chapter 19 dispute process. He said U.S. policy-makers might find Chapter 19 easier to ignore, given that the current Trump administration hates it, wants to get rid of it in the new NAFTA, and might relish the opportunity to pick a fight challenging its authority.”I’m convinced the courts will find mischief (from Boeing),” he said.”I can’t understand their claim of injury… They don’t even make these damned planes (Bombardier makes).”He compared Boeing’s complaint to a snow-plow salesman suing a bicycle-maker. He also noted the irony of Boeing suing anyone over government assistance, since it’s the No. 1 recipient of government support through the U.S. Export-Import Bank — referred to jokingly in Washington as “the Bank of Boeing.””Boeing is very much at the trough,” he said.Duties are still months away.That’s because the order of up to 125 Bombardier CS100s doesn’t start heading to Delta before the spring. That makes the dispute different from softwood, where producers got whacked immediately on log exports.That will buy both sides more time, said Canada-U.S. trade lawyer Mark Warner.”Everybody’s going to get worked up over this,” said Warner, of MAAW Law in Toronto. ”But calm down, everybody. There’s a ways to go.”It would be a mistake for the Canadian government to make rash decisions in two specific areas, Warner said: the purchase of Boeing Super Hornet fighter jets, and the Chapter 19 discussion in NAFTA negotiations.Canada, he said, should make those other decisions on their merits — and not muck up already-sensitive processes like military purchases and NAFTA.”Keep this out of NAFTA,” he said. ”Have a conversation about Chapter 19 that’s cold-blooded.”The same advice came from a Washington aviation consultant who said he thinks Boeing messed up. Richard Aboulafia said the giant risks hurting itself in a number of global partnerships, over a tiny plane purchase.But he thinks Canada would be compounding the mistake by dragging the issue into the NAFTA discussion: ”Will it? Yeah, you know it might,” he said. ”Should it? Oh God, no. Look this is a very discrete case best decided by experts.”
Government doctors staged a similar strike last month but the strike was later suspended following talks with the President.However subsequently the Government announced it will not have future talks with the GMOA on the SAITM issue. (Colombo Gazette) The Government Medical Officers’s Association (GMOA) has postponed the strike which was to be launched tomorrow on the SAITM issue by one week.The strike has been postponed taking into consideration several matters. The Catholic church had today requested that the strike be suspended owing to the spread of dengue.
The Police in Chennai have nabbed a couple from Sri Lanka at the Chennai airport for attempting to board a flight to London using fake Malaysian passports, the Times of India reported.The immigration officials handed over the couple to the Central Crime Branch (CCB) of police who launched a search for two people, who arranged the fake passports for Vijayan, 35, and Yasodha, 33, hailing from Vavuni Kulam in Sri Lanka. However, preliminary inquiries revealed that the couple was not part of any civil war in Sri Lanka. The two had planned and executed collecting the fake Malaysian passport to migrate to London. During interrogation, the couple told police they had approached a travel agent in Sri Lanka, who promised to get fake Malaysian passports for the couple through his contacts in Kuala Lumpur.As per the plan orchestrated by the travel agent in Colombo, he asked the couple to travel to Chennai with their original Sri Lankan passport and they reached Chennai on Air India flight. The Tamil Nadu ‘Q’ branch is investigating if the couple had any role in the Sri Lankan civil war, which end in 2009. The couple was asked to wait at the transit lounge where two others would come from Kuala Lumpur and hand over the fake Malaysian passports to them.Soon after receiving the Malaysian passports from the agents, the couple rushed to the British Airways (BA) check-in counter to get their boarding passes.The immigration officials, finding them suspicious, found out that the couple who used Sri Lankan passports on AI was about to board the BA flight using Malaysian passports. The couple were detained. On questioning, they confessed to buying fake passports. They were remanded to judicial custody after being produced before a magistrate court in the city. (Colombo Gazette)
The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the recent terrorist bomb attack against the Chinese Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, which caused injuries of embassy staff, stressing that diplomatic and consular premises must not be violated.In an overnight press statement, the 15-member Council “condemned in the strongest terms the serious terrorist bomb attack,” which took place in the capital on 30 August, while also expressing their deep sympathy to the injured and their families and to the Government of China and the Government of Kyrgyzstan and wishing the wounded a speedy recovery.The Council stressed the fundamental principle of the inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises, and the obligations on host Governments, including under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, “to take all appropriate steps to protect diplomatic and consular premises against any intrusion or damage, and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of these missions or impairment of their dignity, and to prevent any attack on diplomatic premises, agents and consular officers.”Underlining the need to bring the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors to justice, the Council urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with relevant governments and authorities in the investigation into the case.Furthmore, the Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.The Council also reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and all obligations under international law, including international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.
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Oshane Thomas took three wickets for Jamaica Tallawahs Randy Brooks – CPL T20 / Getty(ESPNCricinfo) With the league stage tapering to a close, the CPL’s fourth week was full of drama and emotion. Two teams dropped out of the playoffs race, while two left-hand batsmen lit up the tournament in between some ordinary umpiring decisions. ESPNcricinfo brings you the major highlights from the week gone by.Home advantage? What’s that?After Jamaica Tallawahs lost all their designated ‘home games’ in Florida earlier this season, it was Barbados Tridents’ turn to suffer the same fate – in their proper backyard too. They were assigned five games at Bridgetown’s Kensington Oval, but five straight losses – including three last week – sunk their chances of qualification.That, together with St Lucia Stars’ six-wicket win against Tridents on Sunday, ensured we already know the four playoff teams, despite four league games remaining to be played. Trinbago Knight Riders and Guyana Amazon Warriors – with two games in hand – are best placed to secure a top-two finish, while St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and Tallawahs are set to round off the top four.Kieron PollardPollard’s unfulfilled return to BarbadosStars’ Kieron Pollard is never too far away from a controversy, and he was in the middle of one last week when Tridents’ Jason Holder had him lbw off a full toss.Pollard, captain of the Tridents franchise for the past four years, had left the team before this edition and was clearly looking for a big innings against them when he walked in at 80 for 3 in the tenth over, but Holder’s inswinging full-toss rapped him on the pads and appeared to be missing the leg stump, when the umpire raised his finger.The Stars captain looked flummoxed and was visibly upset as he ended his season with a first-ball duck against his former team. However, when the decision was not reversed despite replays showing Holder overstepping, Pollard wore a bemused look in the dugout, sarcastically clapping the umpires’ decision and forcing coach Brad Hodge to visit the third umpire’s office to fully understand why the lbw decision was not overturned. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the first poor umpiring decision of the season, and Pollard’s men won the game by six wickets anyway.Batsman of the weekColin Munro has struck five half-centuries in his last eight CPL innings, none better than his 56-ball 90 against Warriors on Wednesday. The innings took Munro to within 23 runs of the CPL record of 458 runs in a season – set by Chadwick Walton last year – with two league-stage games still in hand.Munro plundered ten fours and four sixes in his innings, smacking both Imran Tahir’s legbreaks as well as Rayad Emrit’s medium-pace to all corners of the Queen’s Park Oval. He reached his half-century in 39 balls before going into overdrive, taking Guyana captain Emrit to the cleaners. He was eventually out in the 17th over, looking to slog Romario Shepherd, falling ten short of a fifth T20 hundred. But by the time he was dismissed, Trinbago were set for a big first-innings total.Bowler of the weekTwenty-one-year-old fast bowler Oshane Thomas of the Tallawahs was the best bowler of the week. He’s taken at least one wicket in every game so far, and his performances with the new as well as the older ball have been impressive. Over the past three weeks, Thomas has shone for Tallawahs every time his captain Andre Russell has thrown him the ball. Barring his first match – where he took three important wickets – Thomas has not conceded more than eight per over in any game. Some are deeming his toe-crushing yorker to dismiss Tridents’ Shai Hope last week the ball of the CPL.Smith, Warner watchDavid Warner during his match with the TKR (CPL T20 image)The season ended early for Tridents’ Steven Smith, as he flew back to Australia with an abdominal strain. The injury was revealed by Tridents captain Holder ahead of their game against the Stars. Smith fared modestly through the season, scoring 185 runs in seven innings at an average of 26.42 and a strike rate of 127.58, while also taking three wickets and winning Player of the Match in one of Tridents’ two league-stage victories.David Warner, on the other hand, finally produced a match-winning innings, after some good scores earlier in the season that just didn’t translate into wins. With Stars chasing 136 against Tridents, Warner – in at No. 4 – anchored the innings after an early wobble, grinding out an unbeaten 45-ball 42 to secure a Stars victory in their final game of the season. Warner finished with 220 runs in nine innings, at an average of 31.42 and a strike-rate of 111.67. He hit only four sixes and 19 fours in the whole season. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2018 takeaways: Associate stars shine bright; Smith and Warner, not quiteSeptember 18, 2018In “latest news”HERO CPL 2018 VENUES AND TIMES CONFIRMEDJuly 27, 2018In “latest news”CPL 2017: Pollard wants big effort as Tridents chase playoff spotAugust 22, 2017In “latest news”