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ACL or not, Obiena hunts for SEA Games pole vault gold

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “I told the father (and coach Emerson Obiena) we’re thinking of the long term here. We have the Asian Games, the Olympics and World Championships. SEA Games gold is good but if he aggravates his injury we don’t want it,” said Juico.READ: PH gold medal bet Obiena injures ACL, out of SEA GamesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe 22-year-old, 6-foot-2 Obiena hurt his ACL and was even reported by Juico as needing surgery last Friday, one day before the team departed for this city.But Juico said EJ and his father insisted that the young pole vaulter is healthy enough to hunt for a gold in the event where he bagged a silver two years ago in Singapore. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul SEA Games: PH stays unscathed at 2-0 in ice hockey Obiena, who has been training in Formia, Italy, has a personal best of 5.61 meters, which is deemed good for the SEA Games gold medal.The standing SEA Games record is only 5.30 meters.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim EJ Obiena has broken the national record 14 times and, at 21, looks very capable of raising the bar well beyond the 5.55 meters he achieved in a recent athletics meet in Singapore (photo).KUALA LUMPUR—Ernest John Obiena is set to compete in pole vault on Thursday despite fears that he injured his left ACL last week during training in Manila.This was confirmed by athletics chief Philip Ella Juico, who said Obiena will fly here in the morning just in time for the event in the afternoon at Bukit Jalil National Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

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Tickets for Tokyo Olympics may go on sale in late April

first_imgTokyo 2020 Olympics Games mascots Miraitowa (2nd L) and Someity (2nd R) ride on a boat during a parade in front of spectators with karate practitioner Kiyo Shimizu (L) and para athlete Hajimu Ashida (R) in Tokyo on July 22, 2018. – Japanese organisers formally introduced their doe-eyed 2020 Olympic mascots to the world on July 22, christening them with superhero names that could provide a tongue-twisting challenge to some. (Photo by Toshifumi KITAMURA / POOL / AFP)TOKYO — General tickets for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will go on sale as early as late April this year, it has been learned.The Games’ organizing committee is making final arrangements with an eye on promoting ticket sales in tandem with the Golden Week holiday period and heightening the mood for the event.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ The committee plans to sell tickets only on the internet for the time being. As a result of the crown prince’s accession to the throne this year, the Golden Week holiday period will last 10 days from April 27 to May 6, the longest stretch of holidays since the National Holidays Law took effect in 1948.The committee believes that people who want to buy tickets will have plenty of time to access the internet during that period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThose who want to buy tickets must register at a special website (https://id.tokyo2020.jp). Details will be provided via email after registration, such as whether a lottery will be held and the specific procedures for buying tickets. LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Phoenix’s Jason Perkins is PBA Rookie of the Year Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan PLAY LIST 03:03Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan05:18After the Typhoon Part 200:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 View commentslast_img read more

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Euro 2020 New Jersey Designs Unveiled for Germany, Spain, Belgium, Wales and Others

first_img adidasbelgiumEuro 2020germany First Published: November 12, 2019, 10:34 AM IST A number of teams will be sporting new kit this week ahead of next summer’s Euro 2020 tournament, with Adidas unveiling the home jerseys of its sponsored countries. According to the Adidas website, “each design is inspired by the similarities that exist between these territories.”Adidas revealed the process behind the creation of the jerseys, saying that the process started with hand-drawn sketches, following which, the artworks that were created by a “diverse collective of designers,” became the source inspiration for the jerseys. Germany, Wales, Hungary, Northern Ireland, Belgium, Spain, Russia, Scotland, and Sweden will be sporting the new jerseys.Speaking about the same, Juergen Rank, Senior Design Director at Adidas, said, “It was a unique challenge to develop a line of jerseys that would successfully convey the raw emotion and unifying effect of football.”He further added, “But beginning the creative process focusing on hand drawings enabled us to be more direct, human and emotional in what we created. We’re delighted with an end result that truly succeeds in uniting the worlds of art and football.”Germany’s new jersey will see its stripes reinterpreted in the style of contemporary hand-painted pinstripes, while Spain’s new jersey will feature original hand-painted artwork, that has deep shades of red and burgundy running through.Russia’s 2020 jersey is designed with red colour blocking as a nod to the nation’s flag, while Belgium’s has handcrafted brushstrokes, the Adidas website has revealed. The new kits of Hungary, Spain, Russia, Scotland, and Sweden. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. And last but least, Argentina’s new kit was also unveiled for the upcoming Copa America.last_img read more

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Football : Griezmann gives a fitting reply to Belgian keeper Thibaut Courtois.

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementFrench striker Antoine Griezmann takes a dig at Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for his comment on France national team after their semifinal loss to Les Blues. Griezmann’s statement throws light on the fact that he has put his country’s triumph over his personal glory. When questioned about Courtois’s comment on the French national team, the French player said,“Does Thibaut Courtois think that at Chelsea he plays Barcelona football? I don’t care how, I want a second star to be on this shirt. That is all.”He also said, “It’s a chance to win the World Cup, not the Ballon d’Or, I don’t care if I win the Ballon d’Or or not, I’d give everything to be a world champion.”Subtly taking a dig at the 6′ 5 shot stopper that Chelsea aren’t known for playing the style of football that he mocked France for.Following their loss earlier this week to France, Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said :“It is just an Anti football team”“Their striker plays 30 metres from his own goal.”“I would have preferred to have lost in the quarter-finals to Brazil, at least that was a team that wanted to play football.”Courtois along with fellow Chelsea star Hazard were among the various other players who mocked the Les Blues for playing with a lack of attacking gameplay and prowess.There is no doubt that Griezmann, who has scored 3 and assisted 2, will look to put up an inspired performance to guide his country to their greatest ever triumph on July 15 when they take on Croatia in the FIFA World Cup finals.Read also :Football: Luka Modric Says England Underestimated Us And That Was A Huge MistakeFIFA World Cup 2018: Croatia sacks their assistant coach over political reasonslast_img read more

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PM seeks opposition help in passage of GST, other bills

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 9 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today made a fresh pitch for passage of GST and other legislations in the Rajya Sabha considering the “conducive atmosphere” that has been prevailing in Parliament this session with cooperation from the opposition.Like in the Lok Sabha last week, he was both conciliatory and mocking towards the opposition, particularly Congress, during his hour long reply to the debate on the motion of thanks to the Presidents address in the Upper House.Referring to some 300 amendments that have been tabled to the motion of thanks, Modi appealed to the parties to withdraw them and passed the motion unanimously to ensure dignity of the Presidents office and in keeping with the high traditions of the House.However, despite his appeal, the government suffered an embarrassment when the House adopted the Motion of Thanks to Presidents Address with an amendment moved by Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad in a division in which 94 voted for the amendment and 61 against. The amendment regretted that the address did not commit support to rights of all citizens to contest Panchayat elections in the backdrop of law in Rajasthan and Haryana where matriculation has been fixed as the criteria for contesting the polls.During his speech, Modi invoked late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehrus words to say that Rajya Sabha is a chamber of ideas and there was need for coordination between it and the Lok Sabha because both of them are part of a structure.”I hope we give importance to Pandit Nehrus thinking and I hope all pending bills are passed in this session,” he said amid thumping of desks by the treasury benches.advertisementThe government has been having difficulties in getting through with its legislations, especially the crucial Goods and Services Tax bill, because of the lack of majority in the Upper House. MORE PTI AMR SKC AKK MPB VSClast_img read more

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PBA: Columbian spoils Alonzo Gee’s debut, beats Phoenix to end skid

first_imgColumbian and Phoenix take turns at defending conference champion Magnolia in their next contest.The Dyip play the Hotshots first on Sunday, Oct. 27, followed by the Fuel Masters on Nov. 6.The scores:Columbian 106 – Alston 30, Perez 25, Corpuz 18, McCarthy 16, Cahilig 7, Tiongson 4, Calvo 4, Khobuntin 2, Agovida 0, Camson 0, Celda 0, Faundo 0.Phoenix 104 – Gee 45, Perkins 20, Mallari 11, Gamboa 8, Marcelo 6, Jazul 6, Napoles 3, Chua 2, Kramer 2, Garcia 1, Potts 0,ADVERTISEMENT Jeep deal makes Juventus shirts worth more than $100 million DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers This jewelry designer is also an architect Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue CJ Perez and Rashawn McCarthy chipped in 25 and 16, respectively, while Jackson Corpuz had 18 off the bench in the stand that put the Dyip right in the middle of the draw with a 4-4 record.Debuting reinforcement Alonzo Gee scored 45 points for the Fuel Masters, while Jason Perkins and Alex Mallari added 20 and 11 points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceA replacement for the prolific Eugene Phelps, Gee had double-digit scores in the two middle quarters but only had nine points for the Fuel Masters in the final frame.Phoenix, which missed the services of star gunslinger Matthew Wright, slid to 2-6 in the season-ending tourney. Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicscenter_img Quarterscores: 28-20, 54-42, 74-76, 106-104.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Columbian vs Phoenix. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Columbian snapped its two-game slide at the expense of undermanned Phoenix Fuel, 106-104, in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.Import Khapri Alston had an all-around performance, firing 30 points and plucking 18 rebounds to go with four steals and three blocks.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Indumathi Kathiresan stars as India beat Hong Kong in women’s football

first_imgMidfielder Indumathi Kathiresan scored the solitary goal as Indian women’s football team completed back-to-back victories over hosts Hong Kong, securing a hard-fought 1-0 win in the second international friendly on Wednesday.This victory comes on the back of a 5-2 triumph over the same opposition in the first match on Monday.The Indian team will now set off for Indonesia for a couple of more preparatory friendlies.India got off to a good start as forwards Dangmei Grace, combined with Indumathi and Anju Tamang to produce swift attacks, while the home side depended on set-pieces in an effort to inflict damage on the Indians.Coach Maymol Rocky’s team earned a free-kick from just outside the 18-yard box on the 17th minute, but Ratanbala Devi’s shot was well negotiated by the Hong Kong defence.Hong Kong goalkeeper Yuen Ki NG was in top form as she made save after save on both sides of the half-time to deny India the lead.However, a substitution on the stroke of half-time seemed to do the trick for coach Maymol and her girls.Pyari Xaxa’s introduction after the changeover completely changed the tempo of the game, as India launched on a flurry of attacks.Yuen Ki NG made as many as six saves after half-time, before Xaxa was finally able to unlock the Hong Kong defence on the 68th minute, setting Indumathi through with a delicate pass, which the latter put into the back of the net with great aplomb.Unfortunately, Xaxa hobbled off with an injury in the dying moments of the match, and had to be replaced by Sandhiya Ranganathan.advertisementThe women’s team is now set to travel to Indonesia, where they will face off against the Indonesia women’s team on January 27 and January 30.last_img read more

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BCCI writes to ICC: Sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates

first_imgBoard of Control for Cricket in India CEO Rahul Johri has written to ICC asking for security for of Indian players, officials, fans. BCCI in the letter urges the cricketing community to sever ties with countries from where terror emanates.”The communicatoin is being addressed to voice the BCCI’s concerns and sentiments that have emerged after the recent dastardly terrorist attack which was carried out on Indian soil by a terror outfit based out of Pakistan which resulted in the death of 44 (40) Indian security personnel,” Rahul Johroi has written in the letter to ICC.”In view of the aforesaid terrorist attack, BCCI fears for the safety and security of players and match officials particiapting in upcoming ICC events including ICC Cricket World Cup,” Johri adds in the letter.The letter adds,”Most countries from which the members of the ICC hail (including United Kingdom) have strongly condemned this terrorist attack and expressed solidarity with India. BCCI urges the cricketing community to sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates.The BCCI also wishes to express its concerns over the safety and security of fans of Indian cricket at the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.The BCCI trusts that the ICC and ECB will ensure that the most robust security is provided to players, match officials and fans of Indian cricket for the upcoming World Cup. The BCCI reserves all its rights and entitlements in this regard.This communication is being issued for and on behalf of the BCCI by the Committee of Administrators for the BCCI appointed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.”advertisementHere is the full letter – The three-member Committee of Administrators (CoA) met in New Delhi on Firday but even after a four-hour-long meeting, they did not deciede on a stance on whether India should play Pakistan in the 2019 World Cup. COA chief Vinod Rai said that they will consult with the government before it can take a call.”The June 16 (India vs Pakistan) match is very far away. We will take a call on that much later. We will take a decision only after consultations with the government,” COA Chairman Vinod Rai told reporters after the meeting.India Today understands that BCCI officials are also concerned that such a stand might cost them the hosting rights of the 2021 Champions Trophy and the 2023 World Cup.”We’ll write to the ICC expressing our concerns about Pakistan and that security of players, officials and everybody else must be taken care of,” Rai said about the first decision taken at the meeting.”We’re telling the cricket community that in future we must sever ties with nations from where terror emanates,” he said.Also Read | No decision on India-Pakistan World Cup clash yet: Committee of AdministratorsAlso Read | ICC warns BCCI: India likely to lose proposal to ban Pakistan from World CupAlso Read | No decision on India-Pakistan World Cup clash yet: Committee of Administratorslast_img read more

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Dollar Shave Club is Getting into the Fragrance Field with New Line of Blueprint Cologne

first_img The Best Rums for Mixing to Turn Any Night Into Island Night Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair The brand that made the act of shaving an easier, more affordable venture for all of us has taken its expertise even further. With the launch of Blueprint Fine Fragrances, Dollar Shave Club can now check off the fragrance box in its men’s grooming arsenal.The Dollar Shave Club Blueprint cologne line features six premium scents split into two collections – Fresh and Warm. Its conception was formed in collaboration with fragrance world Hall-0f-Famer Ann Gottlieb, aka “The Nose.”Gottlieb has worked with high-end brands such as Estee Lauder, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, and Dior, helping them to develop some of the top-selling, lasting scents on the market today. Her expertise, along with Dollar Shave Club’s dedication to providing men with all their grooming needs, has resulted in a line of fragrances packed with ingredients that provoke particular emotions and memories.Its wide array of scents offers plenty of versatility to assure you smell your best in the moments you need it most. So, whether you need something to get you through your work day feeling fresh or a tantalizing scent for a night out to dinner, the Dollar Shave Club cologne line has all your bases covered.Each member of the Dollar Shave Club cologne line is free of all the B.S. — no synthetic dyes, no parabens, no sulfates. The Blueprint Fine Fragrances will be listed at $50 and made available on Dollar Shave Club’s website on Friday, November 16.Here’s a rundown of all the scents broken up by each collection. The Fresh Collection: Blueprint 100 SeriesA spring- and summer-ready line, the Fresh collection is a match for warm weather, but also a great complement to warm and toasty occasions.Blueprint 101The freshness in this scent is achieved through a watery sea spray blended with fruity notes of melon, a woodsy amber essence, and hints of Patchouli. It’s perfect as an everyday fragrance or something to throw on after grinding out a grueling workout.Shop NowBlueprint 102Inspired by the scent of the new DSC office, this classic fougere fragrance has a contemporary twist, sporting notes of the ever-popular scents of bergamot and lavender, blended with an alluring white musk. The result is a relaxed elixir that’s sure to calm and comfort your mood, while also leaving you smelling terrific.Shop NowBlueprint 103Freshness only comes after a cleansing and the Blueprint 103 scent is as clean as they come while still remaining masculine enough for your daily grind. Featuring aromatic notes of rhubarb, rosemary, and lavandin (a hybrid of regular lavender and spike lavender), this potent fragrance has a distinct smell that will leave your nose wanting more.Shop NowIf you aren’t the type of guy who wants to rush into such commitment, you can also get the Fresh Collection as a bundle, which offers all three Fresh scents for $35, so you or a loved one can test them before buying a full-sized bottle.The Warm Collection: Blueprint 200 SeriesThe Warm line is the perfect selection of scents for fall and winter because its fragrances exude heat, humbleness, and heroism.Blueprint 201This warm fragrance opens with the zesty spiciness of cardamom, giving way to hints of tonka bean and cedarwood. The outcome is a woody aroma that cuts through the cold of winter and stays strong all day long.Shop NowBlueprint 202This particular scent is the highlight of the Dollar Shave Club cologne line and is the perfect companion for the cold season. Boasting masculine hints of vanilla, which gives way to finishing notes of cocoa and black suede, the fragrance possesses a strong, yet soft and leathery presence that will tickle your nostrils in the best way.Shop NowBlueprint 203Rounding out the Warm Collection, this fragrance is centered around creamy, smooth notes of sandalwood, vetiver, golden musk, and sage, which work together to reinforce a dark masculine effect ready to take on the world.Shop NowAs with the Fresh line, you can cop the Warm collection in sample-size vials for $35 or a special collectors set of all six scents for $50.If none of these scents stand out, make sure you check out our roundup of the best fall fragrances here. How to Shave With a Straight Razor Editors’ Recommendations The 5 Best Margarita Mixes to Stock Up On Right Now 8 Best Rums for Piña Coladaslast_img read more

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Kleven Snags Six

first_imgzoom Norwegian shipbuilder Kleven has signed a contract with Maersk Supply Service A/S for the building of six anchor handling vessels, with options for up to four additional vessels.The 95 meter long vessels are of SALT 200 AHTS design from Salt Ship Design, and will be built at Kleven’s two shipyards in Norway, Kleven Verft and Myklebust Verft.“With this contract, Maersk Supply Service is once again placing a new building order in Norway, and with this we have taken the next step in our extensive new-building programme, renewing our fleet with focus on large Anchor Handling Tug Supply and Subsea Support Vessels,” said Maersk Supply Service CEO Carsten Plougmann Andersen.The first six vessels are to be delivered between Q4 2016 and Q3 2017. If all options are declared, the last vessel in the series is to be delivered in Q1 2018. Press Releaselast_img read more

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Tanker Market Outlook Stays Bullish

first_imgzoom The turbulent month of August which saw instability in global financial markets, especially in China, has not shaken the outlook for the tanker market which remains bullish and offers highly attractive earnings, according to the London-based shipbroker E.A. Gibson.Irrespective of market fluctuations, this year appears to be a great year for most tankers with rates being well above previous years, Gibson says. Record high world crude production supports the tanker market and demand remains strong as low oil prices typically stimulate growth in private consumption.At the same time, a persistent oversupply necessitates storage. Approximately 7% of the current very large crude carrier (VLCC) fleet is presently not actively trading, with the vast majority of these units engaged in storage (Iranian and non-Iranian crude, fuel oil). The VLCC spot market experienced a downwards correction in August, however rates have recently recovered and are now beginning to stabilise, the shipbroker says.The fact that China is moving away from a substantial growth phase will certainly affect the industry to some extent. China’s new stance will have most impact on the dry bulk segment since the country imported 66% of the world’s seaborne volume of iron ore, 34% of metallurgical coal and exported 22% of finished steel traded volumes in 2014.However, the impact is not as dramatic for tankers as high crude oil production is the key demand driver. Bottom line is that these record volumes of crude must be transported or put in storage and eventually used by the end consumer regardless of short-term market fluctuations, according to Gibson. Barring any major economic event, demand is still growing and the fact that Iranian sanctions are expected to be lifted combined with OPEC’s reluctance to reduce its daily production contributes towards appealing rates into next year. Yet, the weight of new vessel supply will begin to take effect in the latter stages of 2016 and into 2017. In the long term, Gibson predicts that reduced investments in oil exploration from non-OPEC countries observed currently may strengthen OPEC’s power, translating into an even stronger crude trade out of the Middle East.last_img read more

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European Yards Rack Up Cruise Ship Orders

first_imgzoom In a historically weak contracting environment the cruise sector has seen a strong level of newbuild ordering and investment in the year to date, according to Clarksons’ Shipping Intelligence Network.Cruise lines have continued to expand their fleets, with new markets such as China in their sights. While a number of yards have benefitted from this firm level of newbuilding activity, they have all been European and the region remains dominant in the cruise sector.In the first seven months of 2016, 17 cruise ships of a total 45,420 passenger berths have been reported contracted, already surpassing the 11 ships (33,788 berths) ordered in full year 2015.Following low levels of ordering in 2008 and 2009, cruise investment has increased and an estimated USD 10.4 billion of orders have been reported in 2016 so far.Generally, owners have been ordering larger cruise ships in recent years and over half of the vessels ordered in 2016 so far have a capacity of between 3,000 and 5,000 berths. Additionally, interest in smaller cruise ships of 1,000 berths or fewer increased and seven of these vessels have been reported ordered in 2016 so far.In terms of capacity, European yards account for 98% of the global cruise orderbook with 54 ships of a combined 143,722 berths. Three German yards’, Italy’s Fincantieri Group’s and STX France’s shares of the orderbook total 35%, 31% and 19%, respectively, in passenger berth terms. However, the recent joint venture between Fincantieri, China State Shipbuilding Corporation and US group Carnival may see Chinese shipyards take a share of future orders, according to Clarksons.“Year to date ordering in the cruise sector is already nearing full year records. Cruise lines have been investing heavily, many seeking to expand their operations in the Chinese market. In an otherwise challenging shipbuilding market, this has provided some good news for a number of European cruise shipbuilders,” Clarksons’ Christopher Pearce said.last_img read more

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Administrative Updates Proposed for Gaming Control Act

first_imgProposed administrative amendments to the Gaming Control Act will ensure the division regulating alcohol and gaming for the province will continue to run smoothly. The amendments will formalize in legislation the current structure of the Alcohol and Gaming Division of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. The existing legislation reflects a structure that was in place when the work was done by an arms’ length agency. This has not been the case since 2000. “Since the division is no longer an arms’ length agency, the province can eliminate the need for government to appoint positions, making the staffing process more efficient,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. The changes recognize that the directors’ positions at the Alcohol and Gaming Division are filled through the Public Service Commission, rather than being appointed by the government. These technical changes to the act will not make any noticeable difference to the public or regulated organizations.last_img read more

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Police trying to determine cause of death for woman found in NB

first_imgELSIPOGTOG FIRST NATION, N.B. – An autopsy was conducted on Sunday for a 22-year-old woman found dead in a New Brunswick First Nation — a death police have deemed suspicious.Police found the woman’s body outside a residence in Elsipogtog First Nation just after 2:30 a.m. Saturday, according to RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Jullie Rogers-Marsh.She says officers are now trying to determine the young woman’s cause of death in order to continue the investigation.A man was taken into custody and is being assessed in hospital, although Rogers-Marsh declined to comment on his condition and did not refer to him as a suspect.She also did not say if he and the victim knew each other.last_img read more

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Canadian music legends and first time nominees lead winners list at the

first_imgDrake received International Achievement AwardBuffy Sainte-Marie honoured with Allan Waters Humanitarian AwardOttawa, ON — The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today handed out 34 JUNOS and three special awards during a spectacular gathering of the Canadian music industry at the 2017 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards presented by SOCAN in Ottawa.Attended by over 1,500 guests, the event, hosted by cbc radio one q’s Tom Power at the Shaw Centre, recognized the industry’s top talent and Canada’s music milestones from the past year.FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS AT THE 2017 JUNO GALA DINNER & AWARDS, INCLUDING BIOGRAPHIES AND IMAGES, GO TO WWW.JUNOAWARDS.CAThe JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards presented by SOCAN kicks off the awards weekend, which caps the week-long JUNO celebrations in the nation’s capital. A signature event of Ottawa 2017, the week will end on a high note on Sunday April 2, when the nationally televised broadcast of the 2017 JUNO Awards reveals the remaining seven awards for this year’s JUNOS.In recognition of his tremendous success on what was to be his farewell record, Leonard Cohen was awarded Artist of the Year sponsored by TD. His son Adam Cohen, also producer of You Want It Darker, offered a heartfelt message while receiving the award for his late father. A tribute to the Canadian icon is scheduled for the Sunday awards broadcast with a moving rendition of one of Cohen’s classic songs performed by Feist.The evening was a big night for rock legends Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip, winning Adult Alternative Album of the Year and Rock Album of the Year, respectively. Downie’s solo project, Secret Path, also took home Recording Package of the Year.The industry also recognized the immense talent from Canada’s emerging artists, with first time nominees taking the stage for 15 of the 34 awards handed out: Bit Funk, Bria Skonberg, Jason Dufour, Jazz Cartier, Johnathan Shedletzky/Isis Essery/Jeff Lemire, Jordan Nobles, Kaytranada, Laurence Nerbonne, Mandroid Echostar, Okavango African Orchestra, Quantum Tangle, The East Pointers, The Dirty Nil, The Fretless, and William Prince, all took home their first JUNO statuettes.Additional highlights of the evening include the presentation of three special awards: The Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, presented by Kiefer Sutherland to Bell Media President and music industry veteran Randy Lennox. The International Achievement Award, given to Drake in recognition of his exemplary year for the success of his 2016 album, Views. Past recipients of this award include Bryan Adams, Alanis Morissette, Céline Dion, Shania Twain and Sarah McLachlan. Lastly, the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, handed out by Bruce Cockburn to Buffy Sainte-Marie for her lifelong work to protect and enrich indigenous culture.The 2017 JUNO Awards Broadcast will air live on Sunday, April 2, from the Canadian Tire Centre at 6:30 p. ET. Viewers can also get exclusive access to the pre-show red carpet and backstage interviews on www.junotv.ca starting 4:30 p.m. ET.Premier Partners of The 2017 JUNO Awards: CARAS acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters, Radio Starmaker Fund, Ottawa 2017, the Province of Ontario, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Ottawa Tourism, Google Play Music and TD Bank Group.Web Links:Official JUNO Awards website: www.junoawards.caJUNO TV website: www.junotv.caCTV website: www.ctv.caJUNO AwardsTwitter: @TheJUNOAwards / Instagram: @TheJUNOAwards / Hashtag: #JUNOS.About CARASThe Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of ongoing opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards, MusiCounts, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and other year-round initiatives. For more information on the 46th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit www.junoawards.ca Canadian music industry gather for a spectacular night of celebration and camaraderie Leonard Cohen, Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip receive Academy nods for evening’s top awards15 first time nominees took home their first JUNOSBell Media President, Randy Lennox, presented with Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Need global alignment on cryptocurrency policy BoC deputy governor says

first_imgTORONTO – The Bank of Canada’s senior deputy governor is calling for authorities to work toward a coherent set of globally aligned policies governing cryptocurrencies.Carolyn Wilkins told a University of Toronto conference on Thursday that such a strategy will need to cover risks in both cash and derivatives products, as well as the related ecosystems.Wilkins referred to cryptocurrencies as “crypto assets,” rather than currencies because “they do not perform any of the key functions of money.”“While activity might be too small right now to be systemic, at some point they could have implications for financial stability,” she told the audience at the Rotman School of Management.“The crypto world is moving fast, and is largely unchecked.”In a speech that was largely focused on lessons learned from the global financial crisis, Wilkins said that risk raises concerns about investor protection, market integrity and the use of crypto assets in illegal activities.She also said during a question and answer session after her speech that it was important to have a strategy on crypto assets that is as consistent as possible across countries. The different forms of crypto assets, such as tokens, should be put on a “level playing field” with other ways of raising money, she added.Her comments come after the central bank governor raised concerns earlier this year about cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin. Stephen Poloz in January said Bitcoin was more akin to gambling than investing.If a digital currency would be to be widely adopted in the future, that would present major challenges for the central bank to execute monetary policy, she said.“Whether we do it or someone else does it, at some point digital is going catch on,” she said.“And the only way to understand it in my view is get in early on the ground level and work with the technology, and the entrepreneurs and the industry who are also working on it.”last_img read more

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Sheep Prices See Decline for Eid Al Adha 2017

By Eddahmani AbdeselamRabat – The price for sheep for the Eid Al Adha feast appears to have dropped in 2017, compared to recent years.“I bought two good sheep for MAD 3500, which is a good price, while in the last few years their price could be more than MAD 4500,” a buyer in the “Rahba” (sheep market) of Massira 2  in Temara, a few kilometers from Rabat, told Morocco World News.   A cattle trader from Zhiliga, 73 kilomoters from Rabat, explained this drop by saying that his region “has seen a good agricultural year, thanks to God. Feed was available, and that has raised the quality of our cattle, which encouraged us to give good prices to sell them.”Earlier this month, the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests told the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) that national sheep and goat population had reached 25.47 million heads in 2017, 19.87 million sheep and 5.6 million goats, with an animal slaughter supply of about 9 million heads including 5.14 million male sheep, 1.75 million ewe lambs, and 2.11 million goats.[Office1] Last year the slaughter supply reached 8.6 million heads, including 4.9 million male sheep, and 3.7 millions heads of female sheep and goats.Last year’s agricultural season was marked with less rain falls which had an impact on agricultural productivity in comparison with this year.But despite the decline of prices, some sellers warned, buyers should be careful about the quality of the sheep they purchase. As a buyer our reporter, “Some sellers give their sheep medicines to make them look good in the market so they can sell them at good prices. If you don’t know how to choose you will end up with a sick sheep.”Security is also important, he added. “If you don’t have a car to carry your sheep, you should be careful not to get robbed by the transporters of cattle.”Eid Al Adha signals the completion of the Hajj pilgrimage, the fifth pillar of Islam. Morocco will celebrate Eid Al Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice) on September 1, which coincides with the 10th day of the Islamic month of Dhu Hijja. read more

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Annan calls for greater efforts to ensure access by poor to renewable

“One of the growing concerns of the international community is the persistent ‘energy poverty’ that is seriously impeding socio-economic development, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and in countries in South Asia,” Mr. Annan says in a report to the General Assembly on promoting new and renewable energy sources. Mr. Annan observes that accelerated development and increased use of new and renewable energy sources can offer multiple benefits for sustainable development. “Renewable sources of energy can be used to provide modern energy services to the poor, contribute to meeting the increasing global energy demand, reduce air pollution, mitigate climate change and delay the eventual fossil-fuel depletion,” he adds. The report concludes the UN’s follow-up to the World Solar Programme 1996-2005, the outcome of the World Solar Summit organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Harare, Zimbabwe. Mr. Annan says that while the initial plan of the Programme, which included assessment studies of renewable energy potentials and initiatives to boost investment in the area, was quite ambitious, the number of projects actually funded did not meet early expectations. Nevertheless, he says that a major impact of the Programme is that during the period of its implementation, new and renewable energy sources have begun entering the mainstream of national and international energy policy formulation and now constitute a major element of the global vision for sustainable development. But overall, Mr. Annan observes that although the share of energy derived from new and renewable sources is gradually increasing, the total share of commercial energy derived from solar, wind and other sources still remains far below its economic potential. And with large segments of the developing world without access to modern forms of energy, Mr. Annan says that meeting the UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving, by 2015, the proportion of the world’s population living on less than $1 a day would depend on providing these people with access to modern energy services for their basic needs and for income generation. read more

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Cenovus sees 14 per cent production bump in 2013 to miss 2012

CALGARY – Cenovus Energy Inc. expects to grow oil production by 14 per cent next year, mainly thanks to expansion at its Christina Lake oilsands project in northern Alberta.Output is expected to range between 180,000 and 196,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, compared with the rate of 165,000 Cenovus expects to end 2012 producing.Capital spending next year is expected to be between $3.2 billion and $3.6 billion, largely steady with what Cenovus expects to have spent in 2012.Meanwhile, this year’s cash flow is now forecast to come in lower than Cenovus (TSX:CVE) had previously anticipated because of lower crude prices, longer than expected maintenance downtime at U.S. refineries and a one-time cash tax expense.Cenovus shares were off about three per cent to $32.91 in midday trading Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.For all of 2012, cash flow is expected to be $3.7 billion, missing the range of $3.9 billion to $4.1 billion Cenovus forecast in October.“As we’ve moved through the fourth quarter, we have seen shifting market fundamentals,” CEO Brian Ferguson said on a conference call Wednesday.The widening gap between light oil and heavy oil, like that produced in the oilsands, shaved about $200 million off of Cenovus’ cash flow expectations this year, Ferguson said.But chief operating officer John Brannan said over 90 per cent of its exposure to light-heavy differentials will be mitigated in 2013.The two U.S. heavy oil refineries Cenovus jointly owns with Phillps 66 help cushion some of the blow, as do hedging programs and marketing arrangements that lock in a set selling price for its crude.The company also makes sure it has multiple options on the table to get its crude to market, Brannan added.“In 2013, we will continue to support major pipeline initiatives to a variety of markets. Specifically, we are supportive of pipelines to the U.S. Gulf Coast and the West Coast of Canada. We will be looking at East Coast projects to determine how each may fit into our marketing strategy,” he said.“Rail has also provided some flexibility on the transportation side. We are currently railing approximately 6,000 barrels per day of light oil and look to expand that to about 10,000 barrels per day in 2013. This helps us reach markets not currently available to us by pipeline.”In the refining business, cash flow was reduced by about $130 million as maintenance work took longer than expected and feedstock costs were volatile. For the full year, that segment is expected to bring in more than $1.3 billion in cash flow.Ferguson said next year, the refining business should be in good shape.“Refiners are now back up to full rates, which will benefit our refining performance in 2013 as cheaper feedstock purchased in the fourth quarter this year is going to be processed through the refineries next quarter.”Cenovus booked a $60 million tax charge during the quarter, but Ferguson said that move should lead to savings in the future.The company says the fourth phase of its steam-driven Christina Lake operation should hit full capacity around the middle of next year, when the project is expected to be producing 98,000 barrels per day. Later in the year, another expansion is expected to add an additional 40,000 barrels of daily output.Operational costs next year are expected to be slightly higher, as prices of natural gas, electricity and chemicals are expected to rise. by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 12, 2012 1:30 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cenovus sees 14 per cent production bump in 2013, to miss 2012 cash flow targets read more

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Microsoft offers up MSNflavored Firefox downloads just in time for the holidays

first_imgWhat’s that under the Christmas tree? Why, it’s a software gift from the folks at Microsoft! Only… it’s not a Microsoft app, it’s Firefox. Yes, it’s that time of year again — when Microsoft makes web surfers do a double take by setting up a site from which it offers up a customized version of a competitor’s browser (with Microsoft custom defaults).Firefox with MSN ships with Bing as the default search engine, and the usual suspects (Yahoo!, Google, Wikipedia, Amazon) are available via the dropdown menu. MSN.com takes over homepage duties, and MSN Now (Microsoft’s revamped social news site) pins itself as an app tab.Existing Firefox users that want to see what life is like on the MSN side of the tracks can simply install an add-on that quickly customizes their browser. You could make all these tweaks yourself with pretty minimal effort if you really like this trio of Microsoft services, but you’d still be missing out on the custom theme. That said, the custom theme is really just a big glob of cerulean on the right half of the toolbar.Let year, Microsoft handed out Firefox with Bing. Why? Because if someone’s going to use a browser other than Internet Explorer anyway, you might as well at least get them checking out MSN Now and searching with Bing. Internet Explorer is still losing ground in the worldwide race for browser supremacy, and it’s not Mozilla who’s stealing users at this point. It’s Google.Firefox with MSN is just one more cog in Microsoft’s not-so-secret Anything But Google machine, which also extends over to Outlook.com — where they’re trumpeting a commissioned study that says 4 out of 5 Gmail users who tried Microsoft’s totally overhauled webmail experience would be willing to switch. Microsoft has also dropped an Outlook.com app into Google Play, where it can go head-to-head against Gmail on Android devices.via Mozillalast_img read more

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