Federer not keen on his kids following in footsteps

first_imgRoger Federer. APRoger Federer says he’s a big believer in kids playing sport, but he’s not keen on his own children following in his footsteps.The Swiss great and wife Mirka had identical twins Myla Rose and Charlene Riva in 2009 and another set came along five years later, Leo and Lenny. ADVERTISEMENT They are occasionally seen watching their dad ply his trade, but after years travelling the world on the tennis tour, the 36-year-old would prefer not to have to do it all over again.“I mean, I hope they don’t just because we don’t need another 25 years on tour,” he said at the Australian Open when asked if he would encourage them to be professional players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut he added: “No, I’m just a supportive parent. I can’t tell which direction they’re going to go. “If there’s going to be anything in sports or somewhere in finance or business, I have no idea where they’re going to go. All I know is I’ll be incredibly supportive of them.” MOST READ Suarez Navarro rallies into Open quarterfinal Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I think it’s great for them to do sports early on in their life. I think it’s good for them,” he said.“Winning, losing, that comes a little bit later, but you learn a lot from that. I did anyway. I think also you make a lot of friends through sports.“You get to know yourself a bit better. It’s healthy. You move around. You go outside. I’m a big believer in these things.” Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH He did reveal they already play tennis, not because he has been encouraging them, but because their friends all do and he doesn’t want them to feel left out.“I’m happy they all do play tennis a little bit because basically literally all our friends who have kids as well, they all play tennis,” he said. “I wouldn’t want my kids to be the only ones who don’t play tennis, so with my wife we have sort of a little requirement on things they have to do in their life, and tennis is unfortunately one of them. “It’s not because we want them to. It’s because I think it would be a pity if they played no tennis at all.”Despite the reluctance for his children to follow in his footsteps, Federer, who is chasing a 20th Grand Slam in Melbourne, is a great believer in kids playing sport more generally, believing it can teach them a lot.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles04:59DOH: Breastfeeding, proper knowledge of child feeding can combat malnutrition00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Para athletes seek public help for funding through ‘Alay Para Atleta’

first_img“Alay Para Atleta” is expected to be launched at around July to August.“We cannot just sit back and hope that things will happen. We have to be proactive, help the government to support sports as a whole, especially sports for people with disabilities. We can’t just let the government do all the spending and supporting us. We need the private sector and the Filipino to come out and support the paralympic movement to help them in the long run, and I hope this call to arms will generate the enthusiasm and provide inspiration to come around and help the cause,” said Barredo.Athletes of the PPC-PHILSPADA have their sights set on the 9th ASEAN Para Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this September, the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia, the 10th ASEAN Para Games in Manila, and the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.Also in attendance in the summit were Philippine Olympic Committee president Peping Cojuangco, Paralympic bronze medalists Josephine Medina and Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta, swimmer Ernie Gawilan, and representatives from the Philippine Sports Commission.ADVERTISEMENT The social media-based drive, which is seeking to get help from the masses, is a nationwide campaign that encourages the general public to participate in the paralympic movement via a P50 annual contribution through mobile phone access.“It will be digital, social media-based to help us. We’re targeting P1 million for the people to buy in to the paralympic movement, which will fund research, hiring professionals, so that we can help the athletes more,” said Barredo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMobile donations can be made through texting “ALAYPARA (amount)” to 3456, where the public can donate from P10 to P500.Also, Information Gateway will release Juan2Run mobile game, reminiscent to the popular app “Temple Run,” with proceeds from downloading the app going to benefit PPC-PHILSPADA. LATEST STORIES Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 What ‘missteps’? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Ravena: Chooks-Pilipinas raring to bask in 3×3 limelight Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagecenter_img 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire PPC-PHILSPADA president Mike Barredo. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOIn hopes of gathering more for sports for disabled athletes, the Philippine Paralympic Committee (PPC) and the Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled (PHILSPADA) is set to launch “Alay Para Atleta” program.PPC-PHILSPADA president Mike Barredo announced the development Friday during the First Philippine Para Sports Summit at Microtel by Wyndham in Quezon City.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi 4, Redmi 4A and Redmi Note 4 up for pre-orders in India on

first_imgXiaomi Redmi 4, Redmi 4A and Redmi Note 4 will be available for pre-orders in India via The pre-orders of the devices will be start at 12PM today. Under this pre-order, all the three smartphones by Xiaomi will be available only under online payment, and no cash on delivery (COD) will be available. That being said, the consumers who wish to pre-order the Redmi 4, Redmi 4A or the Redmi Note 4 will have to pay the entire amount online while pre-booking.The pre-orders at the company website – starts at 12 noon. So, after pre-booking one of the device, the buyer will reportedly get the smartphone delivered with 5 days of time. No cash on delivery available. Xiaomi Redmi 4, Redmi 4A and Redmi Note 4 are also available on Xiaomi India’s first Mi Home in Bengaluru, and all the three devices are said to be the most popular devices among the Xiaomi fans.Launched last month, Redmi 4 is available in three variants on today. One with the 2GB RAM and 16GB at Rs 6,999, the second one come packed with 3GB RAM with 32GB storage at Rs 8,999, while the third variant features 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and is priced at Rs. 10,999.In terms of specifications, the Xiaomi Redmi 4 comes with a 5-inch HD with 2.5D curved glass display, Snapdragon 435 SoC, and runs on MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Further, the device It sports an all-metal body and features a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and LED flash and 5-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture. The smartphone is further backed by a 4100mAh battery.advertisementOn the other hand, Xiaomi Redmi 4A was launched in India in March at Rs. 5,999. In terms of specifications, the Redmi 4A comes with a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, Snapdragon 425 SoC, and runs on MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. While on the camera front, the smartphone features a 13-megapixel sensor with PDAF, a 5-lens system, an f/2.2 aperture and is also coupled with a LED flash that sits right next to the camera. On the front, the smartphone comes with a 5-megapixel selfie snapper. Redmi 4A is backed by 3120mAh battery with fast charging support and is coupled with 16GB internal storage which can be further expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.Redmi Note 4 sports a 5.5-inch full-HD with 1080×1920 pixels resolution and 2.5D curved glass IPS display. Further, the smartphone runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is powered by Snapdragon 625. The smartphone is available in two RAM variants — 3GB and 4GB of RAM memory. On the camera front, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 features a 13-megapixel camera on the rear, which is further coupled with PDAF (phase detection autofocus), an f/2.0 aperture, 77-degree wide angle lens, and also dual-tone LED flash. Note 4 further sports a 5-megapixel selfie shooter which comes coupled with an 85-degree wide angle lens. Further, the device is backed by a 4100mAh battery.Also Read: Xiaomi just beat Apple to become world’s top wearable company, it claimsAlso Read: Xiaomi’s first Mi Home store in India is now open for everyonelast_img read more

Rafael Nadal sues ex-French sports minister over doping allegations

first_imgWorld number one Rafael Nadal has sought 100,000 euros in damages from former French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot after she levelled doping allegation against the Spanish tennis maestro.Roselyne Bachelot, who served as Minister for Health and Sport of France between 2007 and 2010, had alleged that Nadal’s seven-month injury break in 2012 was due to the failed drug test.However, neither Nadal nor Bachelot were present at the court hearing, which took place in Paris on Friday.Nadal’s lawyer, Patrick Maisonneuve, informed the court that the doping allegations levelled by Bachelot could have had “major consequences” for his client, concerning his “existing or future sponsors”.The lawyer further told that Nadal had asked him to put the matter to rest by passing on his medical file, which clearly reveals a very serious left knee injury.On the other hand, Bachelot’s lawyer Olivier Chappuis argued that the International Tennis Federation’s anti-doping programme was at fault and that the governing body “has always been astonishingly lax”.”There is a vast gap between the success he enjoys and the weakness of anti-doping controls.What sponsor has abandoned Rafael Nadal because of these comments? None,” he claimed, suggesting the court award symbolic damages to Nadal if his client is found guilty of one euro,” Sport24 quoted Chappuis, as saying.It should be noted that the 16-time Grand Slam champion has never failed a drugs test and had defended his training methods and out-rightly rejected to have used any banned substance in order to speed up his recovery from injury.advertisementA verdict is likely to be declared on November 16.last_img read more

Yanks’ Bird Clips Twins, 4-3

first_imgNEW YORK — Greg Bird shrugged his shoulders a few times, gave a bashful smile or two and talked about how he’s just honored to be helping his Yankees teammates. Nothing seemed to faze this 22-year-old rookie.Not even those two soaring homers he hit in his fourth big league start.Bird hit a pair two-out, two-run drives Aug. 19, supporting an overpowering effort by Nathan Eovaldi and leading the New York Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins for a three-game sweep.“His composure. You feel like he’s been here already six months,” teammate Chase Headley said. “He’s very calm.”Eovaldi (13-2) did not allow a baserunner until Chris Hermann singled with one out in the sixth. Topping 100 mph on the scoreboard radar a handful of times, Eovaldi was touched for three runs in the inning when he lost command of his secondary pitches.In seven electric innings, Eovaldi gave up four hits and struck out eight. He walked three in improving to 8-0 in his last 11 starts since June 20.Dellin Betances pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save — first since July 1 — for the AL East leaders, winners of six of seven.Called up from Triple-A on Aug. 13, Bird has been in the lineup since replacing Mark Teixeira on the field Aug. 17 after the switch-hitter fouled a ball off his right shin. He connected twice off Ervin Santana, who fell to 0-8 in his last 11 starts against New York.“This whole week’s been crazy,” Bird said, “but at the end of the day I’m just trying to do my job here, nothing more nothing less.”Bird got a ride to the ballpark from his parents, then he gave them something to remember in the fourth inning, sending an 0-1 pitch into the second deck in right field after Carlos Beltran squirted a hit off the glove of diving second baseman Brian Dozier.He put New York back in front in the sixth, this time after Beltran was walked by Santana (2-4), with a homer into the Yankees bullpen for a 4-3 lead. The 38,086 fans demanded a curtain call and he obliged with a quick wave of the helmet from the top step of the dugout.“The first one at any level,” he said.Bird did not get to face Santana for a shot at three long balls. The right-hander with a red glove was lifted for Trevor May with two outs in the eighth and Bird due up. With fans in the bleachers chanting, “Greg Bird!” he struck out.The lefty swinging first baseman from Colorado got his first career RBI on Aug. 18 and received plenty of praise from Manager Joe Girardi about 12 hours later.“This is a big comparison and I’m not saying this is what my expectation is, but Miguel Cabrera had a slow clock and really had an understanding of what he wanted to do. And I think Greg Bird has an understanding of who he is and what he wants to do,” said Girardi, who managed Cabrera with the Marlins in 2006.Shane Robinson followed Hermann’s one-out hit in the sixth with a single. After an out, Dozier walked — following a 102 mph fastball — on a splitter in the dirt. Joe Mauer laced an 87 mph slider into right-center for two runs. Trevor Plouffe drove in another with a chopper to third for an infield single on a splitter.“That split combination with the velocity was too much for us to handle today,” Twins Manager Paul Molitor said.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

India vs Australia 2nd T20I: Ben McDermott frustrated as rain plays spoilsports at MCG

Ben McDermott feels Australia will have the upper hand when his side meets India in the third and final T20 International of the three-match series on Sunday.India were a shot at drawing parity in the series after rain halted proceedings in the second T20I at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.Australia head into the final T20I with a 1-0 lead after winning the opening T20 in Brisbane on Wednesday by four runs.”It is not every day you have the opportunity to win a series for Australia (against a team like India). We’re doing the right things and we’ve got one win on the board, we just need that one more,” McDermott said after the match in which Australia posted 132/7 in 19 overs.India vs Australia, 2nd T20I: HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD | REPORTThe target was first revised to 137 in 19 overs for India, curtailed to 90 in 11 overs and 46 from five overs. But the visiting side could not even lay foot on the crease to give any of the targets a shot owing to the weather.”It was very frustrating especially with the rain following us around (in all T20 matches). We had set ourselves up nicely for the 19th over but we lost momentum with Jasprit Bumrah bowling the 18th over. But overall it was very frustrating night being on and off with rain,” said McDermottAustralia didn’t get off to a great start and were reduced to 41-4 soon enough. McDermott said that it made the difference in not getting a big score as compared to the Brisbane game.advertisement”Three down in the powerplay as opposed to one the other day made the difference. We saw at the Gabba we were 1 for 38, which isn’t a massive powerplay, but we only lost one wicket, so I think that was the main talking point,” he said.”If we’re building a big total then we need to get those guys (Australian top-order) batting for longer periods of time. They’re some of the best batters in the world,” he added.McDermott put on a recovery partnership with Glenn Maxwell, albeit only worth 21 runs. He said contending with Kuldeep Yadav in the middle overs was tough but he is trying to get the hang of it.MATCH ABANDONED. Australia will take a 1-0 series lead into the T20 decider at the SCG on Sunday.The Aussies applaud the dedicated fans who have stayed around to watch in the rain tonight #AUSvIND (@cricketcomau) November 23, 2018″I just wanted to bat with Maxwell to start with and try to get him on strike as much as possible and I was struggling to do that early, which I wasn’t that pleased with.”Losing wickets throughout the whole innings was tough. But I was happy I could contribute and get us to when we came back out it was 90 off 11, which is actually pretty good for us,” he said.”We were picking him pretty well. I was struggling a bit early but started to pick him a bit better as my innings progressed, which is pretty normal. We just need to sharpen up on that and I think that’ll come with hopefully a nicer day and wicket (in Sydney),” he added.(With inputs from PTI) read more

Mi Days and Mi Super Sale back on Amazon, Flipkart: Redmi 6A, Poco F1, other Xiaomi phones get big discounts

first_imgNow could be the right time to buy a Xiaomi phone, or a Xiaomi Mi Band, if you are thinking of buying one. This is because Xiaomi has kicked off Mi Days and Mi Super Sale on Amazon, Flipkart and its own Mi online store. The Mi Days and the Mi Super Sale is already underway, as it started on July 5, and you have time till July 9 to make use of discounts that Xiaomi is offering on phones like the Redmi 6A, Redmi Note 5 Pro, Mi A2 and Poco F1.Mi Days and Mi Super Sale on Amazon, Flipkart, and offer a number of top deals and discounts on the Xiaomi smartphones. Some of the discounts that you can avail on Xiaomi’s popular smartphones are — Redmi 6A at Rs 5,999, Redmi Note 5 Pro at Rs 11,498, Poco F1 at Rs 18,300.The price of a particular smartphone could be different on Amazon and Flipkart depending on the colour variant you choose.Just to make it easier for you, here is a quick look at the top discounts in the Mi Days and Mi Super Sale:– One good deal is Redmi 6A variant that comes with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It can be purchased for Rs 6,199, which is Rs 300 less than its usual price of Rs 6,499. This offer is available on and Amazon.– The Redmi Note 5 Pro, which comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, is selling at a rather nice price of Rs 11,999. This is after Rs 2,000 discount considering the usual price of the Redmi Note 5 Pro is Ts 13,999. You can avail this offer on Amazon, and Flipkart.advertisement– As part of Mi Days and Mi Super Sale, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S can be bought at a price of Rs 11,285. There is also additional exchange discount of Rs 1,000 for this phone on and Flipkart. Similarly, Xiaomi Redmi Y3 priced at Rs 9,999, is also getting an additional exchange discount of Rs 1,000 on and Amazon.– Xiaomi Poco F1, a phone with Snapdragon 845 chipset, is available with an exchange discount of Rs 3,000 on both and Flipkart.– Xiaomi Mi A2 is available with additional exchange discount of up to Rs 2,000 on Amazon,– Other than phones, Xiaomi is giving decent deals and discounts on Mi Sports (Bluetooth Wireless Earphone), Mi TV Soundbar, Mi Band 3, Mi Band HRX, Mi LED Wi-Fi Smart Bulb etc. All the three e-retailers: Amazon, Flipkart, and are also providing some banking offers which you can use to buy Xiaomi smartphones.ALSO READ | Redmi 7A vs Redmi 6A: New budget phone from Xiaomi gets big upgrade but price remains sameALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi 7A comes for Rs 5,999 in India but you can get it for lower price in July: All details hereALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 to launch in 2019 with camera better than Samsung’s 64MP GW1 sensorlast_img read more




first_imgDAY 2 ALL NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIPS Here are all the results from day two of the All Nations Championships in New Zealand. These results will be updated regularly throughout the day as results come to hand from TouchNZ. Christchurch weather for today: Maximum 26 degrees, low 11 degrees. For all the results please click here: ***************************************************************** MENS OPEN: Round 4 New Zealand (14) def Fiji (1) Australia (13) def England (1) New Zealand Maori (15) def Niue (1) Cook Islands (14) def Tonga (2) Round 5 Australia (7) def New Zealand (6) Fiji (11) def Niue (2) Cook Islands (9) def England (4) New Zealand Maori (7) def Tonga (3) ***************************************************************** WOMENS OPEN: Round 3 New Zealand (20) def Singapore (0) Australia (14) def Cook Islands (1) New Zealand Maori (14) def England (2) Niue- Bye Round 4 Australia (7) def New Zealand (2) New Zealand Maori (14) def Singapore (0) England (2) def Niue (1) Cook Islands- Bye Round 5 New Zealand (6) def New Zealand Maori (1) Singapore (6) def Niue (3) Cook Islands (4) def England (2) Australia- Bye ***************************************************************** MIXED OPEN: Round 4 New Zealand (6) def Australia (4) Singapore (4) def Scotland (3) Samoa (8) def Cook Islands (2) Niue (11) def Thailand (3) Round 5 New Zealand (10) def Singapore (0) Australia (17) def Cook Islands (0) Niue (14) def Scotland (2) Samoa (9) def Thailand (3) ***************************************************************** MENS 30’s: Round 4 Australia (7) def New Zealand (4) Samoa (7) def USA (1) Cook Islands (7) def Fiji (6) Wales- Bye Round 5 New Zealand (7) def Samoa (3) USA (5) def Fiji (4) Cook Islands (12) def Wales (1) Australia- Bye ***************************************************************** WOMENS 30’s/35’s: Round 2 New Zealand 30 (14) def Cook Island 35 (0) New Zealand 35 (2) def Oceania 35 (0) Australia 30 (3) def Australia 35 (0) Round 3 New Zealand 30 (6) def Oceania 35 (1) Australia 30 (5) def Cook Island 35 (0) Australia 35 (8) def New Zealand 35 (2) ***************************************************************** MIXED 30’s: Round 3 New Zealand (7) def New Zealand Maori (3) Australia (12) def Samoa (1) Round 4 New Zealand (17) def Samoa (1) Australia (6) def New Zealand Maori (4) ***************************************************************** MENS 35’s: Round 3 New Zealand (12) def Niue (0) Australia (9) def Samoa (0) Round 4 New Zealand (10) def Samoa (1) Australia (10) def Niue (0) ***************************************************************** MENS 40’s: Round 5 Cook Islands (10) def Singapore (3) Australia (6) def New Zealand Academy (3) New Zealand- Bye Round 6 New Zealand (10) def Cook Islands (6) Australia (15) def Singapore (1) New Zealand Academy- Bye Round 7 New Zealand (8) def New Zealand Academy (2) Australia (7) def Cook Islands (2) Singapore- Bye ***************************************************************** MENS 45’s: Round 3 New Zealand (7) def Niue (1) Australia (4) def New Zealand Academy (0) Round 4 New Zealand (4) drew New Zealand Academy (4) Australia (9) def Niue (1) By Rachel Grant, read more

Hyundai Heavy Seeks USCG BWMS Type Approval

first_imgThe United States Coast Guard (USCG) Marine Safety Center (MSC) has received its fifteenth application for type approval for a ballast water management system (BWMS).The HiBallast BWMS has been manufactured by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).MSC said it will review the application for compliance with USCG regulations. Once it has been determined that the application meets the requirements, the MSC will issue a type approval certificate.The USCG has so far granted a total of seven type approvals for BWMSs to different manufacturers, the most recent being Techcross. News of the approval, the first for a Korean BWMS manufacturer, came during Posidonia 2018 shipping event in Athens.“It took a little longer than we expected, which might be due to USCG having scrutinizing the first application tested by KR. We now have a system approved by both US Coast Guard and the IMO,” Jay Lee, director of sales & promotion for Techcross, said.Apart from HHI, Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Panasia are among Korean BWTS manufacturers waiting for USCG type approval for their systems, according to information provided by USCG MSC.last_img read more

Woody Harrelson Speaks At Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts

first_imgLast week students at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from one of Hollywood’s leading actors.Mark Featherstone-Witty and Woddy HarrelsonWoody Harrelson visited LIPA to take part in a one-hour question and answer session with students during which he talked about some of his most famous and celebrated roles.Speaking to a packed and excited audience in LIPA’s Paul McCartney Auditorium, the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning actor reflected on his work over the last three decades. The conversation was chaired by the Founding Principal/CEO of LIPA, Mark Featherstone-Witty, who introduced clips throughout the session from Harrelson’s roles in films such as ‘Natural Born Killers’ and ‘The Messenger’ (for which he received one of his two Oscar-nominations), last year’s acclaimed detective drama ‘True Detective’ and the sitcom ‘Cheers’, the show which first brought him to the public’s attention.Asked by one of LIPA’s BA (Hons) Acting students how he approaches creating characters for film, Harrelson replied: “As you’re reading a script, you get a feel for your character, and how they fit in to the piece. You need to look for the thing that opens the door to that character.”One of his main pieces of advice was for students not to hold back when bringing their characters to life: “I want to encourage you guys to be bold with your choices, and not go with what’s safe. I would rather go for it and get pulled back by a director, than play it safe and not do something special.”Harrelson talked about how he felt about working with film icons such as Robert Redford, with whom he worked on ‘Indecent Proposal’. He said: “It was daunting, but pretty exciting to be working with Robert Redford. It was a great experience, but definitely nervous doing scenes with him.”Featherstone-Witty asked him about how he chooses what projects to go for and whether he looked at money or the quality of the material. Making a direct reference to Featherstone-Witty’s own advice, Harrelson said: “A man I’ve recently come to admire told me ‘Find out what you love doing and how to get paid for it’.”He added: “I don’t do projects just for money. If you do that, your career isn’t going to last. Someone once told me, careers aren’t made by how many times you say yes, but how many times you say no. If money is the prevailing thing, then you’re lost.”Harrelson was also asked whether he would be returning to the stage, or if he felt his future was in television and film. He disclosed that he has been writing a comedy and that he might try and put it on in London and said: “I prefer theatre. I think it’s the best way to get psyched as an actor. Getting up on stage is so exciting.”Speaking after the event, Harrelson commented on his visit to LIPA, saying: “I love it here. It’s learning at its best. The students are so enthusiastic and love what they are doing. What better environment could they have? There’s a great vibe.”Woody Harrelson’s appearance was the latest of LIPA’s regular masterclasses and question and answer sessions, which give its students the opportunity to learn from successful figures across different areas of the performing arts industry. In the past, LIPA has hosted sessions with Sir Ian McKellan, Alan Rickman, Dionne Warwick, Dawn French, and Will Young alongside luminaries in senior roles that are about making performance possible (such as award-winning producers and lighting designers).LIPA is located in Paul McCartney’s old school, the Liverpool Institute for Boys, which underwent a multi-million-pound renovation to turn it into a state-of-the-art performing arts higher education institution. It was founded by Paul and Mark Featherstone-Witty and opened in 1995 with the aim of providing the best teaching and learning for people who want to pursue a lasting career in the arts and entertainment industry, whether as performers or those who make performance possible.For further information about LIPA please click here.Source:Liverpool Institute For Performing Artslast_img read more

Number of patent applications is growing worldwide says UN agency

In its latest report, based on the most recent available figures from 2006, WIPO said today that the number of patents granted worldwide had grown by 18 per cent in one year to 727,000. The UN agency added that the total number of patents in force was some 6.1 million. “A major increase in innovative activity in China, the Republic of Korea and the United States has driven the overall growth of patent filings in 2006. This reflects a consolidation of earlier trends which demonstrate a marked shift in innovation hubs around the world,” the Director General of WIPO, Kamil Idris, said.“While use of the patent system remains highly concentrated among a group of countries, statistics show an increasing level of patent activity in emerging countries. This is an encouraging trend,” Dr. Idris added. The statistics also indicate a growing tendency for applicants to file in multiple countries, through the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), an agreement administered by WIPO which provides a simplified method for international patent filing. More than 158,000 patent filings were made through the PCT in 2006, an increase of about 6 per cent over the previous year.Applicants from Japan (514,047 applications), the USA (390,815), the Republic of Korea (172,709), Germany (130,806) and China (128,850) accounted for 76 per cent of the total number of patent applications filed worldwide in 2006.WIPO said that patenting activity in emerging countries also increased in 2006, with India receiving 24,505 filings, Brazil 24,505 and Mexico 15,505. The UN agency said that the volume of patent filings was highly correlated with a country’s level of investment in research and development.Citing figures from 2005, WIPO said that the most intense patenting activity was evident in the following sectors: computer technology (144,594), telecommunications (116,770), and electrical machinery (121,350). Between 2001 and 2005, patent filings in computer technology, optics, and semiconductors all grew by about 5 per cent. There was a modest increase in pharmaceuticals filings and a decrease in biotechnology filings.Recent pressures on energy resources have boosted patenting activity in the energy sector, in particular in relation to solar energy, fuel cells and wind energy. Applicants from Japan accounted for the largest number of applications in the fields of solar energy and fuel cells, while Germany joined Japan as one of the top two countries of origin for wind energy technologies. 31 July 2008Increased patent applications in China and the Republic of Korea, as well as in the United States, have pushed the total number of filings to 1.76 million, according to a new report from the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). read more

Security Council votes to end UN mission in Chad and Central African

In a unanimous resolution, the Council ordered that the military component of the UN mission in the CAR and Chad (known as MINURCAT) be reduced from its current 3,300 troops to 2,200 military personnel – 1,900 in Chad and 300 in the CAR – by 15 July. Withdrawal of the remaining troops will begin on 15 October, and all military and civilian personnel are to be withdrawn by 31 December.The resolution was in line with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s recommendations in his latest report, and he welcomed today’s vote, stressing that under the new mandate, Chad assumes full responsibility for protecting civilians as MINURCAT starts withdrawing its military on Friday. The mission was set up over two years ago amid increasing unrest in eastern Chad, which hosts at least 250,000 refugees from neighbouring Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region and 180,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) driven from their homes by inter-communal unrest. The CAR, particularly in the northeast, has also been troubled by violent unrest.But with new agreements on border security between Chad and Sudan, and with the Chadian Government stating that MINURCAT was not strong enough to provide complete security, the Government said in February that it felt it was better for Chadian forces to take over. Earlier this month Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes said he was “extremely worried” about the potential impact of a withdrawal on the civilians that the UN has been trying to help in eastern Chad.Today, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said the new mandate will allow MINURCAT’s civilian component to work with the Government to consolidate gains achieved so far and help it to develop plans for their sustainability after 31 December.In its resolution, the Council stressed that the Government has committed to ensure the security and protection of all refugees and IDPs, facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid, and work towards the voluntary return and secure resettlement of IDPs and the demilitarization of refugee and IDP camps.During its remaining months, MINURCAT will help support Chadian police forces, primarily the UN-trained Détachement intégré de sécurité (DIS), in taking over security responsibilities, assist in relocating refugee camps that are close to the Chadian-Sudanese border, and liaise with national and regional authorities on banditry and emerging threats to humanitarian activities.The mission will also assist in resolving local tensions and protecting human rights, with particular attention to sexual and gender-based violence. Moreover, it is authorized, in consultations with the Chadian Government where possible, to respond to imminent threats of violence to civilians in its immediate vicinity.In CAR, MINURCAT is to contribute to the creation of a more secure environment in the north-eastern region of Birao and to aid UN personnel and humanitarian workers in danger. 25 May 2010The Security Council today voted to end the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Chad and the Central African Republic by the end of the year, with a military withdrawal starting this week, after the Government requested the move despite concerns that it could impair aid to some 430,000 people. read more

West African States back UN resolution promoting role of women in peace

Representatives of 16 countries across the region adopted the Dakar Declaration after a three-day forum in the Senegalese capital that considered how West Africa can better implement resolution 1325.That resolution, adopted by the Council 10 years ago this month, is considered historic for its recognition of the vital role that women can play in preventing, diminishing and ending conflicts.The Dakar Declaration stresses the need for the effective participation of women in peace processes, the protection of women and girls from conflict-related sexual violence and a reduction in conflicts through the greater involvement of women in preventive diplomacy.It also emphasizes the importance of adequate care and humanitarian services during the relief and recovery periods after conflicts, disasters or other crises.Gender ministers in West Africa have made commitments under the declaration to draw up national action plans outlining what steps they will take to implement resolution 1325 in their countries, while monitoring and evaluation mechanisms will also be set up to check what progress is being made.This process will be shepherded by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in collaboration with the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA) and United Nations Women (UN Women), the new UN entity dedicated to gender issues.Said Djinnit, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, attended the forum and told the UN News Centre that this week’s forum represented the first time that such issues were being discussed at the regional level.UNOWA, which Mr. Djinnit heads, organized the forum in cooperation with several other UN agencies, including the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Dakar. 17 September 2010West African countries today moved towards ensuring the equal participation and full involvement in all peace and security issues in compliance with a landmark Security Council resolution. read more

Why the oilpatchs pain could be CGI Groups gain

MONTREAL — CGI Group said Wednesday the recent drop in energy prices presents an opportunity for the IT services company to win new business from customers in the oilpatch who are looking for ways reduce costs.“There is a lot of interest in how costs can be managed or brought down rapidly against a dropping commodity price,” CGI chief executive Michael Roach said Wednesday during a conference call ahead of the company’s annual meeting.There is a lot of interest in how costs can be managed or brought down rapidlyIt’s an approach that Montreal-based CGI used several years ago to attract business from U.S. states that were undergoing fiscal challenges.Meanwhile, Roach said the lower Canadian dollar — which has tumbled along with the price of oil — improves CGI’s competitive advantage in the global market for IT services.Armed with lots of cash and access to credit, Roach said the company is on the hunt for acquisitions again. Areas of focus for acquisitions are the United States and Britain.CGI Group Inc poised to deploy capital, upgraded at ScotiaHere are 30 stocks to own in 2015CGI said earlier that cash generated from operating activities in the September-December quarter increased more than five-fold from a year earlier to $339.2 million. CGI also said its net debt at the end of December was $1.9 billion, down $965.9 million from a year earlier.Net income in the fiscal first quarter ended Dec. 31 increased 24.5% from a year earlier to $236.3 million. That equalled 74 cents per diluted share, one penny below analyst forecasts but up from 60 cents per share or $189.8 million a year earlier.CGI’s revenue was down $100 million from a year ago to $2.54 billion. Revenues declined 12% in the United States and 9% in Canada. However, excluding extra work a year earlier from federal Obamacare and state health care exchanges, the sales were flat according to Roach.The results propelled CGI’s shares to hit an all-time high of $50.65 in intraday trading on Wednesday. They were up $3 or 6.39% at $49.92 later in the session.The IT services company announced separately that it will renew a stock buyback program that expires Feb. 10, but it hadn’t repurchased any of the publicly traded A shares between February 2014 and Jan. 23, 2015.Maher Yaghi of Desjardins Capital Markets said the results were in line with expectations, although revenues and contract bookings were below expectation and an area of ongoing concern.“That may raise questions about the sustainability of the revenue base or potential for organic growth,” he wrote in a report. read more

Ranil briefs Japan Parliament seeks support

Twenty-two days later, he was dead.   A month after his death, Sri Lanka fulfilled his policies byestablishing diplomatic relations between the two countries.  D S Senanayake was of the view that the post-war world should not be dominated by Western powers and the USSR. Therefore he did not waver in the belief that it was necessary to encourage Japan to re-start its economic development.  His thinking was similar to that of Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida and because of this conviction and foresight he waived war reparations from Japan to Sri Lanka. As a part of this strategy,D S sent J R Jayewardene, the Minister of Finance to lead our delegation to the San Francisco Peace Conference.  When I entered politics, I remember J R Jayewardene telling us of the conditions of the war ravaged Japan when he stayed at the Imperial Hotel on his way to San Francisco.  On this occasion he also had the opportunity to meet with Prime Minister Yoshida.  This is why he took a strong stand on the Peace Treaty when others in Asia were undecided or hesitant.Commending J R Jayewardene in Parliament for this speech, D S Senanayake described him as “our representative with a backbone, who made it clear that we were not going to yield to the  game played by the Soviet Union”.During this phase Japan-Sri Lanka relations were both emerging from World War II as we re-established our independence.  Twenty-five years later, in 1977, J R Jayewardene himself became the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and the following year he became the first Executive President of the country.   By then Japan had become Asia’s economic miracle.  During his tenure of office, relations between our countries became closer and stronger.I was his first Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1977. One of the first foreign envoys sent to meet us wasyour Vice Minister representing the Prime Minister at the time, Mr. Fukuda.  At that time, Mr. Jayewardene,beinghighly taken with the Fukuda Doctrine, sought the support of the Japanese Government to establish a market economy and to implementa massive development programme in Sri Lanka.  Friendship between the two countries led to this much needed support. And we must remember with gratitude the gift of a hospital with 1001 beds by the Japanese Government to the new capital Sri Jayewardenapura. One of the members of the Japanese Government who was involved at the initial stagein developing of economic relations between the two countries was the Minister of International Trade and Industries – Mr. Shinatro Abe, the father of the present Prime Minister.  I must also mention the support given by the Prime Minister Nakasone and Foreign Minister Abe when Sri Lanka faced with communal unrest, terrorism and the ethnic conflict from1983 onwards.  I myself had the opportunity of coming here as the representative of President Premadasa to seek the assistance of your Government when we werethe unfortunate, indirect victims of the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq and the resultant economic crisis.  Prime Minister Kaifu was generous in his response.When I became the Minister of Industries, Science and Technology, I sought the advice of Mr SaburoOkita. Then, when I became the Prime Minister in 2001, I was given the mandate by our people to engage in Peace Talks with the Tamil Tigers.  And I must mention again, with appreciation, the help given by Prime Minister Koizumi in hosting the donor conference for Sri Lanka in Tokyo and for being a Co-Chairman of the Peace Process.Today, the world order has seenfar reaching transformations -politically, economically and technologically, especiallysince the time of President J R Jayewardene and Prime Minister Nakasone.  Therefore it is imperative that these changes are reflected in the future direction of the relationship between our two countries – in particular, the new Japanese ODA Charter 2015.My visit to Japan is primarily to discuss the Declaration of the Comprehensive Partnership between our two countries.  I believe this will be a framework for collaboration in the following spheres:The political,The economic,The technological,The cultural, andSecurity.The Comprehensive Partnership willdelineate our cooperation in these important areas.Sri Lanka elected a new President in January and a new Government in August of this year -I wish to take this opportunity to place this on record. Today, democratic norms including that of good governance, transparency, the rule of law and the rule of justice are being entrenched in the country.  On 1st October 2015, the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Resolution on Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka commended the new Government for the initiatives already taken.This Governmentconsists of the United National Party and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party – the two largest political parties in Sri Lanka. Traditionally rivals,they entered into a Grand Coalition similar to what prevails in Germany … beginning a new era in political collaboration.This has given us the mandate to restore peace, inclusivity, transparency and stability. As Abraham Lincoln stated “Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets”.Our political goals include a new Constitution,the consolidation of human rights and the strengthening of democratic institutions.But what is most important to us is to incorporate a political settlement to the outstanding issues relating to national unity, ethnicity and religion.We have already started informal discussions with the Tamil National Alliance and other parties on a political solution. The language and ethnicity issues, which dominated the country over five decades, and religious discord that were stirredup during the last decade, must be resolved if a strong Sri Lankan identity – based on equality – is to be established.  Only this will bring about an inclusivesettlement acceptable to all communities.We also look forward to Japan contributing to National Reconciliation and Peace Building in Sri Lanka. Once again we are seeking Japanese assistance to summon a meeting of donors to assist in the reconstruction and in revitalizing thesocio economy of the conflict-affected areas.With women being a majority in our population, the Women’s Rights law will incorporate the UN principles on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women.  Currently, all elected women representatives in the country are less than 5% of the total number of political representatives.  Therefore another law will provide reservations for 25% women representatives in Municipalities and Provincial Councils. The Parliament will give affect to recommendations of the Task Force on Sexual and Gender based Violence. We are also in the process ofestablishing a national centre for women headed households – with its headquarters in the North of the country.The Government gives priority to protecting the environment since we are all in agreement tosafeguard the rich bio-diversity in Sri Lanka. Tackling climate change will receive priority under this policy.  The Parliament will alsoestablish, by law,a Sustainable Development Council to enact the Sustainable Development Goals.The 19thAmendment to the Constitution limited the powers of the Executive Presidency.  We are now discussing measures to strengthen Parliament.  This will include the introduction of oversight committees, similar to the National Diet, the US Congress and the EU Parliament.   There will also be a Parliamentary Budget Office.  The Mandate of the J R Jayewardene Centre will be expanded to include research and training for Parliamentarians thereby forming a back up office to Parliament and core political training on the enactment of legislation, parliamentary conventions and procedures, ethics and good practice for new legislators.The Tamil National Alliance, nowthe third largest party holds the leadership of the Opposition, while the JVP the Peoples Liberation Front has the office of Chief Opposition Whip.    Therefore the main parties hold Office in either the Government or in Parliament, resulting in the Parliament becoming the national forum.  We will also televise Parliamentary proceedings. We will, thereby, attempt to build on Lord Buddha’s advice to the Lichchavi Republican Assemblies in the Ganges, “to meet in harmony, to discuss in harmony and depart in harmony”.Let me now say a few words on the recent developments in regard to a nationalmachinery for reconciliation and accountability.  In this, we will be guided by the same words  of Lord Buddha that J R Jayewardene quoted in San Francisco.  “Hatred ceases only by love”.  Therefore, we are discussing with South Africa, the architecture of a new structure for a truthmachinery. This will include,first, a Truth Commissionto record the instances of violence and violations. Second, we will establish an innovativenew mechanism – a Compassionate Council – headed by the leading clergy of all the religions – Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and Muslim.  They will give us advise on the measures to be taken on individual cases. Finally, we will be devising a new judicial structure to inquire into the violation of human rights.The Government is planning to carry out the next generation of economic reforms to make Sri Lanka a highly competitiveeconomy – we are aiming to be the most competitive in South Asia – on par with South East Asia. The Ministry of Development Strategy and International Trade will coordinate all investments and economic relations.  The barriers to Direct Foreign Investments including the bottleneck and delays to doing business will be removed.There will also be reforms in the Financial and Monetary sectors and a more stringent control of the Budgets.   We have created a new Ministry for Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure.Sri Lanka will also strengthen its social sector programme especially Universal access to Education and Health by increasing the budgetary allocations to both these sectors.Finally, a new set of laws will be put in place to combat corruption and financial crimes.Since time immemorial Sri Lanka has been at the heart of Indian Ocean trade, and more preciselyin the Bay of Bengal.  We will continue this tradition by entering into an Indo-Lanka Economic and Technology Collaboration partnership, Free Trade Agreementswith Pakistan, Bangladesh and the ASEAN nationsbordering the Bay of Bengal – Myanmar Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.We are preparing ourselves for an Asia Pacific based on the Trans Pacific Partnership.   Sri Lanka will also negotiate with the EU for GSP+ concessions and with China for a Free Trade Agreement.Today the global economy is still recovering from the 2008 financial crisis. I believe that two major economic developments will determine the fate of medium term global growth.First – the normalization of the US monetary policy.The second is China’s slow transformation to an economy relying on consumption, which will lead to slower and sustainable growth in China.In this background, the Managing Director of IMF, Christine Lagarde has described the medium term growth prospects as “the new mediocre”.I am advocating that we, in South Asia, respond to this predicted low growth scenario – by creating a High Growth South Asia Region.The economies of UK and US are performing well while the EU and Japan are on the way to full recovery.  India is expected to sustain its growth.The new national Government in Sri Lanka is providing stability for economic restructuring which is expected to lead to a high rate of growth. However Japanese participation in South Asian Economic Development will add momentum to enable higher growth rates in South Asia. This requires multiple options to be pursued – including Japanese Connectivity to India through Sri Lanka.Speaking at the STS Forum in Kyoto, I proposed a partnership between Japan and the South Asian countries to enable the application of Japanese Science and Technology to transform the regional economy.  I am convinced that we have to make this happen – not only will it profit South Asia but it will benefit Japan too, giving her a lead role in shaping the South Asian economy.Today South Asia has a population of 1.6 billion people and a GDP of US$ US$ 2.6 trillion.  By 2050 the region’s population is projected to increase to about 2 billion, which will make it larger than East Asia. Let us ponder on that.Let me reiterate, we will look to Japan to take the lead in the economic transformation of Sri Lanka and South East Asia. To create a South Asian High Growth Area enabling the region to fulfill its economic potential and bring higher living standards to its people.  This will also have a positive impact on the medium term Global Economic growth.  It is in this context that we are discussing a new collaboration partnership with Japan.  Sri Lanka is willing to make the start on this new journey, which will also offer many new opportunities for Japanese investors.The proposed collaboration, as I stated before,also aims to utilize Japanese science and technology, to overcomethe economic challenges to development.  This requires multiple approaches to utilize Japan’s experience, namely,Collaboration between existing institutionsBuilding Centres of Excellence in Science and Technology InnovationStrengthening of Science and Technology education and the establishment of an Institute of Technology with a Japanese ethos.Assistance to strengthen human security and to counter climate change.Finally, I would like to invite Direct Japanese Private Investments in all sectors and we will put in place the appropriate environment for this. We also hope to improve bilateral trading and enhance inter-personal relations by attracting Japanese tourists.The proposed collaborations will be parallel to the existing infrastructure development programmes and the financial assistance programmes aiming to create synergies and a strategic platform for Japan’s activities in Sri Lanka and the South Asian region.I further propose that this economic collaboration be buttressed by political collaboration, which will further strengthen the ties between our two countries.I believe that we have a common interest in Maritime Security and Oceanic issues especially in regard to the Indian Ocean:The reduction of tension in Asia,The maintenance of free, open and stable seas- based on the Rule of Law,Improved maritime connectivity, andReforms to the UN Security Council.In conclusion, I wish to take this opportunity to recordthe gratitude and appreciation of the Government, the peoples of Sri Lanka and of myself to the Government and the peoples of Japan – for the cooperation and assistance extended to Sri Lanka, in a myriad of ways, over the past decades.Further, being afforded the opportunity to address the members of the National Diet of Japan is deeply valued and appreciated by my delegation and by myself. I will be failing in my duty if I do not mention the role played by Mr Koji Omi who ensured that this visit was a success.May I also add that over the last several decades the Government and the peoples of Japan have been exceptionally and remarkably generous in extending assistance and cooperation towards the advancement of the developing and less developed nations in the world (including Sri Lanka). By being so benevolent, the happiness, comfort and the well-being of the peoples of Japan will surely never decrease.And I wish to quote, the judicious words of Lord Buddha:“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Sri Lanka – Japan Relations: Future Direction It is with great pleasure and privilege and respect that I address this august audience.We have been in your country for three days and we leaving back to Sri Lanka tomorrow.  My Delegation, including my wife and of course myself, were made to feel more than at home by your unique, sincere and warm hospitality andthe courtesies integral and inherent to the peoples of Japan. We were extremely touched by the most cordial and congenial reception extended by the Government of Japan as well. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe briefed the Japanese Parliament (Diet) today and sought support to rebuild the war affected areas.Wickremesinghe is the third leader to speak at the Japanese Parliament after US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On this momentous occasion, I wish to take this opportunity to conveyour good wishes and sincere appreciation on behalf of President Maithripala Sirisena, the Parliament and the peoples of Sri Lanka, to His Imperial Majesty the Emperor, the Prime Minister, the Government, the National Diet and the peoples of Japan.The last speech made by the First Prime Minister of independent Sri Lanka, D S Senanayake was on the Japanese Peace Treaty.  Speaking on 29th February 1952, he said,“We can congratulate ourselves on being a party to this Peace Treaty. This is the first opportunity that Japan is getting to establish herself.  We should not harbour anger and try to keep the Japanese people down.” He told the Japanese Parliament that he hopes Japanese investors look to invest in Sri Lanka at a time when Sri Lanka’s economy is stable and when Sri Lanka is looking at rapid economic growth in the future. Full speech:  read more

100 anniversary of the Iron Scow

Today marks the 100th anniversary of one of the most daring and dramatic rescues in the history of the Niagara River. The remnants of a now rusted boat intrigue visitors from around the world.Known as the ‘Iron Scow’, the boat has been trapped 600 metres from the brink of the Horseshoe Falls since August 6th, 1918. Thats the day the Scow broke loose from its tugboat during a dredging operation, leaving 2 American workers stranded and surrounded by the raging Niagara River.And so began a 17-hour rescue mission, involving first responders from both sides of the border..“This was before anybody had invented a helicopter. They had to figure out how to get these guys off it, and no one was going out there in a boat of any kind.” says Jim Hill, Superintendent of Heritage, Niagara Parks.So the U.S. Coast Guard supplied a cannon that shot a rope from the roof of a nearby power plant to the stranded men.Hill Continued, “At this point there’s probably 100 people involved trying to rescue these guys, but the sun is going down and the problem is the lines get tangled.”Enter Legendary Niagara Daredevil William ‘Red’ Hill Sr.Kipp Fin the Great-Grandson of William “Red” Hill Sr. says, “He volunteers. I believe his exact words were, yeah i’ll do it, its certainly isn’t impossible.”After a second trip into the water hill is able to untangle the lines, and the two men are brought safely ashore.Tonight Niagara Parks hosted a ceremony at Toronto Power Park to commemorate the occasion. And in honour of not only Hill, but all the first responders who risk their lives every day for our safety, read more

Rayonier ups offer for Tembec wins support from shareholders who opposed deal

MONTREAL – Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. has raised its takeover offer for Tembec Inc. to win the support of two of the forestry company’s largest shareholders who had threatened to block the friendly deal.Rayonier and Tembec (TSX:TMB) said Oaktree Capital Management LP and Restructuring Capital Associates LP have now agreed to support the takeover.The deal requires support from a two-third majority vote at a shareholder meeting Thursday.Oaktree and Restructuring Capital, who had raised concerns the offer was too low, together hold a 37 per cent stake in Tembec, enough to kill the deal.U.S.-based Rayonier increased its offer to $4.75 or 0.2542 of a Rayonier share per Tembec share late Sunday night, subject to a cap that limits the amount of cash to be paid to two-thirds of the deal.Tembec shares had been trading for more than Rayonier’s earlier bid of $4.05 in cash or 0.2302 of a Rayonier share, subject to a limit of 63 per cent on the cash portion of the offer. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 24, 2017 5:08 am MDT Last Updated Jul 24, 2017 at 5:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Rayonier ups offer for Tembec, wins support from shareholders who opposed deal read more

UN refugee chief special envoy Angelina Jolie warn of mounting crisis in

“We all need to wake up to the scale of this crisis,” stressed Ms. Jolie, a UNHCR Special Envoy, during a visit on Sunday to the naval rescue headquarters in Malta.“There is a direct link between the conflicts in Syria and elsewhere and the rise in deaths at sea in the Mediterranean. We have to understand what drives people to take the fearful step of risking their children’s lives on crowded, unsafe vessels; it is the overwhelming desire to find refuge.”A UNHCR press release said Ms. Jolie and UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres met three survivors of one of the tragedies, who had been rescued by a commercial vessel and brought to Malta by the Maltese authorities.Just this weekend, new boat sinkings were being reported off Egypt and Libya claiming more innocent lives. In all, more than 2,500 people have drowned or gone missing attempting the Mediterranean crossing this year, including over 2,200 since the start of June.In the Maltese capital of Valletta, Jolie also visited Syrian refugee families who survived a similar devastating boat tragedy last October. They included a couple from Damascus whose three small children perished during the crossing, and a doctor from Aleppo whose wife and three-year-old daughter drowned. Upon meeting with the survivors, Ms. Jolie said that the situation in the Mediterranean was part of a bigger problem of soaring numbers of people displaced by conflicts around the world. “Unless we address the root causes of these conflicts the numbers of refugees dying or unable to find protection will continue to rise,” she stressed.Some 130,000 people have arrived in Europe by sea so far this year, more than double the 60,000 recorded in 2013. Italy has received over 118,000 arrivals, most of them rescued at sea. Warning that “we don’t have many chances to get this right,” Mr. Guterres said Europe’s response needs to be a truly collective effort. It must offer safer ways to find protection while maintaining a strong capacity to rescue people. “If it fails, many more lives will be lost at Europe’s doorstep,” he warned.To that end, UNHCR is calling for legal, safe alternatives for those fleeing conflict and persecution, so that they are not forced to attempt the crossing into Europe by sea. Such alternatives can include resettlement, admission based on humanitarian needs, private sponsorship schemes, access to family reunification and student or employment visas. read more

President to unilaterally appoint Basil Williams advisor as new GECOM Chair

-Opposition Leader says Party will challenge ‘undemocratic’ decision in courtOutside of the three lists and 18 nominees provided by the Opposition Leader, the President of Guyana, David Granger, on Thursday evening unilaterally selected the new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).Retired High Court Judge, Justice James PattersonJames Patterson, 84, a retired High Court Judge who holds the position of the legal advisor to the Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams will be sworn in as the new GECOM Chairman later tonight (Thursday) at the State House.Information has revealed that this decision was made following a meeting between the President and the Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo earlier this evening to discuss the third list of nominees who were submitted by Jagdeo for the post.The Opposition Leader is a press briefing after the meeting was held said that this was their plan from the inception, highlighting that it was a plan to frustrate him into folding by rejecting his nominees, but after he consistently provided names, lists after list, the “charade” was ended and the President will now appoint someone of his own choosing.According to Jagdeo, President Granger has acted undemocratically and in defiance of the Court ruling by the Chief Justice. He posited that he will be engaging the international community on this matter, while calling on the his party’s entire support base not to cooperate with the move by the incumbent Administration.Moreover, Jagdeo said he hopes civil society will see “this for what it is… an attempt to rig the next elections ” and will also raise their voice in relation to this matter.Additionally, he said his party “we will be challenging the decision in court.”Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoAccording to the Opposition Leader, “Government will not have our cooperation on any issue in this country until they start complying with the Constitution.”The first list of nominees submitted to the President for the position of the new GECOM Chairman and rejected consisted of Former Army Chief, Norman Mc Lean, Attorney and Political Analyst, Christopher Ram, Former Chairman of the Private Sector Commission, Ramesh Dookhoo, Peace and Governance Consultant, Lawrence Lachmansingh, Businesswoman, Rhyaan Shah and Professor Dr James Rose.The second list – which was also rejected- consisted of Justice of Appeal B.S Roy (ret’d),   Justice William Ramlall (ret’d), Ms. Oneidge Walrond-Allicock, Attorney-at-law and a former Magistrate,  Kashir Khan, Attorney-at-law,  Ms Nadia Sagar, and Captain Gerald Gouveia.The most recent list of names- which was also rejected-included Major General Joseph Singh, Teni Housty, Sanjeev Datadin, Mrs Annette Arjoon-Martins, Onesi La Fleur and Krishnadatt Persaud.According to an advisory from the Ministry of the Presidency, the swearing in will occur at 20:30hrs at the State House. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGECOM Chair: President’s unilateral act a “clear threat to democracy”- PSCOctober 20, 2017In “Business”Patterson new GECOM Chair: Says he was approached hours before swearing inOctober 19, 2017In “latest news”GECOM Chair: President says Constitution does not require him to give reasons for rejecting nomineesOctober 23, 2017In “latest news” read more