MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I defended his takedowns, and it was very tough for me.”With the win, Belingon could find himself in a fight against Bibiano Fernandes for the bantamweight gold in the near future. Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Bolick shrugs off fatigue to deliver in clutch for San Beda Kevin Belingon opened up title shot in the ONE Championship bantamweight division after taking a unanimous decision win over Kevin Chung in Legends of the World card Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort The 30-year-old Belingon (17-5) won his fourth straight fight in the promotion while stopping Chung’s (4-1) win streak at four fights.“Kevin is a tough fighter, I did what I did,” said Belingon. “I wanted to keep the fight standing, and I just defended his takedown attempts.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlthough the fight lasted all three rounds, Chung never found his rhythm against Belingon who is six years his elder.Belingon constantly spoiled Chung’s attempts to bring the fight to the ground with knee strikes and timely transitions. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa
Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “The team is capable of winning without her,” said Creamline assistant coach Oliver Almadro after the Cool Smashers downed BaliPure in five sets in Game 1 of semifinals Saturday.READ: Valdez-less Creamline survives Bali, nears finals FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“The team is ready to play without Alyssa.”Valdez is expected to miss the rest of the playoffs to prioritize her national team commitments but she is confident Creamline can get the job done. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith Alyssa Valdez cheering, Creamline proved it can win minus its superstar spiker even in the big stage.The Cool Smashers improved to 4-0 without Valdez in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference and it won’t be of any surprise if they end up winning it all in the absence of the three-time UAAP MVP.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “They’ve already played without me and everyone stepped up. I’m just really happy and proud of the team,” said Valdez.“The players showed their heart,” Almadro said.READ: LVPI okays Valdez return to Creamline for playoffsValdez thinks Creamline will be up to the task of sweeping BaliPure less than 24 hours from now in Game 2.Momentum is with Creamline, but Almadro knows it will take more if the team wants to continue its winning ways.“I guess it’s going to be the mentality of the players for tomorrow’s game. We hope to duplicate our heart and intensity.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After all, the Cool Smashers have easily figured out how to play sans Valdez, whose contributions are nearly impossible to replicate.And it’s all about playing collectively.READ: Valdez out for Creamline for remainder of PVL conferenceOn Saturday, Creamline did just that with Rose Vargas leading the way with 19 points.Pau Soriano added 18 points while Jing Balse turned back the clock with 10 points, four of which off blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Air Force stuns Pocari to inch closer to PVL Finals National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’
“we hear rumours but we’ll go to the Camp Nou…”. This win might not be enough for Julen Lopetegui to save his job at Real Madrid. When Emilio Butragueño was asked whether Julen Lopetegui would be at the managerial position of Real Madrid in the upcoming El Clasico, he told AdvertisementReal Madrid have got an important win against Viktoria Plzen with a margin of 2-1 in the Group Stage match of UEFA Champions League. With this win, Real Madrid moved to the second position in their Group with 6 points from 3 matches. The group might be a little tricky at the end as AS Roma have already got 6 points and they are situated at the top of the table with better goal difference than Real Madrid. On the other hand, CSKA Moscow are also having 4 points from their three encounters so far. “Yes, yes, [we’re approaching that game] with absolute normality. In situations like this it is very important to stay calm, be united and trust in the players.” Real Madrid got the early lead in the match with the goal of Karim Benzema at the 11th minute of the match. Marcelo has doubled the lead for the Los Blancos at the 55th minute of the match. But the Spanish Giants were not able to keep a clean sheet in this match also as Viktoria Plzen put one back when Patrik Hrosovsky scored at the 78th minute. The match has ended with a scoreline of 2-1 in favour of Real Madrid. With this win under their belts, the Los Blancos will gain some confidence ahead of the upcoming El Clasico at Camp Nou. Advertisement
Sony launched its 2017 flagship phone, aka the Xperia XZ Premium, in India on Thursday at a price of Rs 59,990. First announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, in February, the Xperia XZ Premium is follow-up to last year’s Xperia X Performance. Spiritually however the Xperia XZ Premium succeeds 2015’s Xperia Z5 Premium. The Xperia XZ Premium sports a 19-megapixel Motion Eye camera system on the rear assisted with predictive phase detection and laser autofocus, but no Optical Image Stabilisation. There is EIS for videos though.The USP of Sony’s Motion Eye camera system is said to be the fact that it can do 960-frames-per-second slow-motion videos, 4X times slower than any other smartphone available in the market right now, and ‘dramatise your every moment’ according to Sony.Sony has been able to achieve this by fitting a 128MB DRAM layer of memory onto the camera sensor itself. The 960 fps slow-motion mode is activated via a dedicated toggle inside the camera app. The phone, in addition, can also record 4K videos.Sony’s Motion Eye camera system, on-board the Xperia XZ Premium, also supports Predictive Capture. The phone’s rear camera apparently has a knack for moving objects. As soon as you fire up the camera app and should there be some sort of motion in view the phone’s sensor is able to predict the same. The sensor then captures three random shots of the object in motion before you actually press the shutter key. The focus is on getting the best possible — blur-free — result out of the given scenario.advertisementOnce you’ve taken the picture, the camera app would show you four different cases of the same photo — three taken automatically by the sensor and one taken by you — and you can then chose to keep either all of them or select the best possible outcome.On the front, the Xperia XZ Premium comes with a 13-megapixel camera with auto-focus.Erstwhile, the Xperia XZ Premium, much like the Xperia Z5 Premium, comes with a 4K screen (3840×2160 pixel resolution) and adds HDR 10 into the mix. The phone, in addition, also supports Sony’s signature Triluminos Display for mobile, X-Reality for mobile and Dynamic Contrast Enhancer technologies.The Xperia XZ Premium comes with what Sony calls loop surface design. The phone is essentially carved out of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5, but, uses healthy doses of metal and plastic as well. While the sides of the phone are metal, the top and bottom ends are plastic. The Xperia XZ Premium is also IP68-certified for dust and water resistance and uses USB Type-C for charging and data syncing. There’s also a side-mounted fingerprint scanner on-board the device.Hardware specs include: 5.5-inch IPS LCD display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 256GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The phone comes with a pair of stereo speakers and support for high-res audio via compatible headphones. The dual-SIM Xperia XZ Premium runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based Xperia UI and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready). It also supports what Sony calls as adaptive charging. The Xperia XZ Premium uses intelligent charging to prevent battery decline, according to the company. It learns your charging patterns and adapts to them, resulting in up to twice the battery lifespan, it claims.The phone is backed by a 3,230mAh battery and supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0. It ships with a Quick Charger UCH-12 in the box which is claimed to charge the phone by up to 60 per cent in 45 minutes.The Xperia XZ Premium can be pre-booked at all Sony Center, select retail outlets and online exclusively on Amazon India from June 2 to June 11. Those who pre-book the device during the period will receive a wireless Bluetooth speaker, SRS-XB20 which costs Rs 8,990 for free, the company announced. The Xperia XZ Premium will be available for buying from June 12 in the colours: Luminous Chrome and Deep Sea Black.Also Read: Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: To 4K or not to 4K is the question
Defending champion Chris Froome’s Tour de France campaign went from bad to worse on Wednesday.After his chance for a fifth title was all but dashed, he was ‘crash-tackled’ by police, who mistook Froome for a fan He was looking to win a record-equalling fifth Tour and cracked two kilometers from the finish in a 16-km punishing climb up to the Col du Portet. He now trails his fellow Briton by 2:31 with three competitive stages left and Dutchman Tom Dumoulin sandwiched in between them.After the race had finished, Froome was caught by a police official and tackled down. The police are duty bound to keep the roads clear for the riders and the officer who brought Froome down thought he was a fan. The defending champion was wearing a grey jacket, possibly why the police officer thought he was dealing with a fan.Gendarme trekt Froome van fiets in afdaling na de finish. Dacht dat het een toerist was die naar beneden ging… pic.twitter.com/3oEByf9fhRRaymond Kerckhoffs (@raykerckhoffs) July 25, 2018Froome was brought grabbed by the arm and he fell off his bike. After a short verbal exchange, the officer apologised and the rider was on his way.Froome’s wife Michelle told Reuters that she thought he had been mistaken for a fan because he was wearing a black raincoat. She added that he was not injured in the crash.A lot of fans climb up the mountains on their bikes before the riders to find a spot where they can watch the peloton ride by.advertisementFroome was very angry: Fuck you! @BorjaCuadrado @ProCyclingStats @DiarioMarca_ @diarioas @CiclismoInter @teledeporte @esport3 @pedrodelgadoweb @Eurosport @antoalix pic.twitter.com/2JEFpjCneMAlbert Secall (@albertsecall) July 25, 2018The incident comes a day after police used tear gas to disperse a farmers’ protest that had blocked the road with bales of hay. Froome was among a large group of riders whose eyes needed treatment due to the tear gas.Froome has been a repeated target of fans in this Tour after he was cleared of doping five days before the race began. He had been racing under the cloud of a potential ban for using twice the permitted level of ‘salbutamol’ during his victory at the Spanish Vuelta in September.He said he has been repeatedly spat at since the race started, and spectators have punched him and tried to make him fall off his bike.(With inputs from Reuters and AP)
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Read more features France switch between implosion and height of accomplishment France rugby union team Jonny May hat-trick spearheads England’s crushing win over France Reuse this content Facebook England rugby union team Share on WhatsApp Read more Twitter May used to seem like a bit of a headless chicken on the pitch, running this way and that, sideways and back, but he has grown into a ruthless finisher. He is a real roadrunner of a wing, now, always three steps ahead of whatever clunking traps Wile E Coyote has laid for him. “Jonny is one of the hardest working guys in our team,” Jones said.He needs to be, Jones explained, because England have so much competition for places in the back three. Ashton was superb too, even if he could not catch a break. He almost scored once when he was clean through at the end of an overlap, but he fumbled Manu Tuilagi’s one-handed pass.Ashton had another near-miss when he was chasing Farrell’s kick through, but he was hauled down by Gaël Fickou. England got a penalty try instead. But if May got all the glory Ashton’s all-round contribution stood out too.England’s back three were a class apart from France’s but then Jacques Brunel had not done himself any favours when he decided to put a couple of centres, Penaud and Fickou, on the wings and a wing, Huget, at full-back. Anyone who wants to beat England, when they are in this form, will need to come armed with a better plan than that. Since you’re here… This Six Nations is starting to feel like a slasher flick, with England ticking off their victims one by one. They are taking bloody revenge on everyone who beat them in 2018, Ireland last weekend and now France. This was another pitiless performance.The idea France might surprise them, and everyone else, was shattered in the opening 60 seconds with a couple of nightmare tackles. Yoann Huget ran smack into both Vunipolas. He may as well have burst in on the Krays in the back room of the Blind Beggar. Then Guilhem Guirado was splattered by Courtney Lawes. Guirado coughed up the ball like he had been choking on it and someone had just whacked him on the back. Take that. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Rugby union Share on LinkedIn Sportblog Share via Email Topics The third, five minutes later, was the easiest of the lot. Morgan Parra spilled a high kick, Ashton gathered it, glanced up and then stabbed through a little chip for May to collect. So that was the hat-trick. It took him just under 30 minutes. It was not the fastest scored by an Englishman in the Six Nations – it was not long ago Jonathan Joseph took 17 minutes against Italy and Austin Healey scored one in 10 minutes against them too. But it was the first an Englishman had made in the first half of a match and the first for an Englishman against France since 1924.It won May the man-of-the-match award, though he did make one conspicuous mistake. He missed a tackle on Huget in the run-up to France’s try. England are such nit‑pickers these days that you guess that error will be almost as galling for him as the tries were gratifying, because May is one of the players who seems to have responded best to Jones’s ruthless perfectionism. Chris Ashton Share on Facebook Michael Aylwin at Twickenham Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Jonny May scores his second try after bewitching Damian Penaud with is footwork. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO/REX/Shutterstock France were reeling already. And here came Jonny May and Elliot Daly speeding down the left wing, which seemed, all of a sudden, to have opened up in front of them as the French defenders scrambled to make their ground.When Eddie Jones explained why he had picked Chris Ashton on the wing ahead of Jack Nowell he said it was because he had a feeling he would sneak the team an early try. Turned out that was a feint. It was not England’s right that landed on France, but their left instead. Daly slipped out of a tackle from Camille Lopez during a lovely, jinking run and then threaded a grubber kick through for May to chase. All he had to do was tap it down.So just over a minute in, England were leading and there was already an irresistible feeling about which way the match was going, the result as inevitable as the black rain clouds coming over from behind the West Stand. The rain arrived midway through the half. It did not dampen England’s play in any way.It was May’s 20th try for England, which brought him level with Ashton in eighth place on their all-time list. Twenty minutes later, May overtook him, just like he did all those defenders. His second try was made by Owen Farrell, who ran a cunning switchback and then threw a sweet 15-yard pass that left May squaring off with France’s young wing Damian Penaud. For a second they stood a yard apart, each watching the other and waiting for the draw. May twitched left, then right, and then set off on his left again. Penaud, who had been turned inside-out, turned the right way around just in time to watch him score. Six Nations 2019
Editors’ Recommendations Templeton Rye has come a long way from its illicit, bootlegging past. At the beginning of April, they broke ground on a brand new distillery, eleven years after the product was first introduced (legally) to the market.Located in its namesake Templeton, Iowa (about ninety miles from Des Moines), the Templeton Rye distillery will be located on the company’s 20-acre parcel and will consist of a 34,500 square-foot distillery that will be able to produce 500,000 proof gallons of whiskey annually as well as an aging warehouse that will be about to hold 40,000 barrels at a time.The goal, according to co-founder Keith Kerkhoff, is to have the new distillery open within eighteen months. Once open, tours of the production facilities will be available, allowing visitors to get a peek at how they make their rye.Templeton currently has three expressions—their flagship rye whiskey and two age statement whiskies (a six year and a ten year) that are intended to be the first releases in a special reserve line of whiskies. If you’ve tried any of them, it was whiskey sourced from a Lawrenceburg, Indiana (something that Templeton has, thankfully, not shied away from disclosing) that was then finished and bottled at the Iowa facility. While it’ll be a few years before Templeton Rye is fully made in Templeton, the new distillery is certainly a big move in the right direction.And Templeton isn’t the only whiskey distillery to open a new plant. Bulleit opened their new facility earlier this year as well. The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries How to Make a Rye Whiskey Smash All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall Atomik Vodka Is a New Spirit Distilled From Chernobyl-Grown Rye The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50
EMERGENCY MEASURES ORGANIZATION–Take Precautions Because ofHeavy Rainfall Advisory The Nova Scotia Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) is advisingthe public to take precautions as the remnants of tropical stormsGaston and Hermine move toward Nova Scotia later today, Aug. 31. Environment Canada is forecasting heavy rains, with up to 50millimetres estimated in heavier downpour areas, and possiblethunderstorms. “Nova Scotians should be listening for updated weather forecastsand act accordingly,” said Ernest Fage, Minister responsible forthe Emergency Measures Act. “People living or working in low-lying areas, or areas prone to flooding, should watch the weatherforecasts and motorists should also use extreme caution whentravelling.” For more information on how to be better prepared for severeweather visit EMO’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo . Weather warnings are available on the Environment Canada websiteat www.weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca/warnings/ns_e.html .
Hakkasan Group and its resident DJ Calvin Harris are partnering in an initiative to eliminate all single-use plastic straws from its nightclubs and restaurants.The hospitality company will begin phasing out plastic straws immediately.“My friend and tour photographer Conor McDonnell has been working closely with the World Wildlife Fund and has been sharing his first-hand experience of the damage plastic waste is doing to the environment,” said Calvin Harris. “We want to reduce the impact of harmful plastics, so we decided to take action. I am grateful to Hakkasan Group for supporting us and helping us make a difference. I hope other venues in the city and around the world will do the same.”Research indicates that 500 million straws are used and discarded every day in the United States alone. Throughout the year, 175 billion single-use plastic straws find their way into the environment, filling up landfills and littering waterways and oceans.Many Fortune 500 companies are also joining the initiative to eliminate plastic straws.While single-use plastic straws constitute just a small percentage of the plastic that ends up in the world’s waterways, small actions can make a big difference.“In the fast-paced environment in which we operate, it’s easy to lose sight of wider social issues on which we have an impact,” said Hakkasan Group CEO Nick McCabe. “We’re incredibly proud to partner with Calvin on this initiative to reduce our consumption of single-use plastics.”
Madrid – The Spanish Foreign Affairs Ministry voiced, on Wednesday, its satisfaction with the release of young Sahrawi woman Mahjouba Mohamed Hamdidaf, held captive since last summer in the camps of Tindouf (south-western Algeria).A spokesperson of the Spanish ministry, quoted by “Europapress” news agency, said he was glad of the happy ending of this woman’s story.Mahjouba is currently in Algiers waiting to be brought home to Spain, said the news agency. The young Sahrawi woman, who has been working for the London-based “Marie Curie Foundation Care” and intended to pursue her studies in the British capital, visited last summer the camps of Tindouf in order to see her biological parents.
In a statement read out on behalf of the Council, its president for October, Ambassador Mihnea Ioan Motoc of Romania, warned that the measures, set to take effect tomorrow, “will have serious implications for UNMEE’s ability to carry out its mandate and for the safety of its staff.”Eritrea’s decision gravely contravened the Council’s previous call on both parties “to provide UNMEE with the access, assistance, support and protection required for the performance of its duties,” according to the statement.Eritrea’s decision also contravened the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities the two Governments signed in Algiers on 18 June 2000, the Council said.The Council urged both Eritrea and Ethiopia to show maximum restraint and refrain from any threat of use of force against each other.Both parties bear the primary responsibility for implementing the Algiers Agreements and the decision of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission in 2002, the Council said, underlining the need to implement the Commission’s decision on demarcating the boundary without further delay.The Council further called on both parties to normalize their relationship fully through such means as political dialogue leading to the adoption of more confidence-building measures.Last month as the Council extended the five-year-old UNMEE’s mandate to monitor the Temporary Security Zone between Ethiopia and Eritrea until mid-March, it expressed concern about the high concentration near to the zone of troops from the two countries.At that time, the Council urged both Governments to refrain from escalating tensions or threatening to use force and to consider returning to the deployment levels that had prevailed as of late last year.
Mr. Annan made his remarks at an open ministerial-level debate on regional-global security cooperation in the Security Council, which also involved representatives from the European Union (EU), the League of Arab States, NATO and seven other regional and sub-regional organizations.“The reality of the next decade is that the demand for peacekeeping and these other services will continue to grow. And we must be ready. That means the time has come for us to take the regional-global partnership to a new level of clarity, practicality and seriousness.”Mr. Annan said that partnerships between the UN and regional organizations were already stronger than in the early 1990s, citing examples such as cooperation with the African Union in Sudan and working with NATO in Afghanistan and Kosovo, but emphasized there was still room for improvement.“Much as we have strengthened our capacities over the years, it is essential that we do even more… the breadth of our involvement in mediation efforts, the growing awareness of the fragility of post-conflict situations, and the increased emphasis on prevention, have also been major features in our work.”The meeting was initiated by Greece, which holds the revolving Council Presidency for this month, and Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis said it was an important step on the way to creating a “Regional-Global Security Mechanism.”The delegates also reviewed progress already made in strengthening such partnerships, particularly following a Council resolution on the matter last October, and focused as well on Mr. Annan’s latest report covering improved cooperation.In his speech, the Secretary-General highlighted that both the UN and the various regional and sub-regional organizations now have a “better sense” of each others respective strengths and weaknesses, and he emphasized that recommendations contained in his report seek to build on this knowledge.The recommendations cover conflict prevention, peacemaking, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, disarmament and non-proliferation, as well as the more generic issues of clarification of roles, guidelines for cooperation and formalizing the partnerships.Detailed suggestions included within each recommendation cover a wide range of topics from setting up a databank on conflict prevention capacities of partner organizations, to closer links between partners and the recently set up Peacebuilding Commission, and establishment of a general statement of principles that would act as a guiding mechanism for collaboration.
Legal arguments bog down court argument over Chinese miners in B.C. by Dene Moore, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 9, 2013 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – Legal wrangling bogged down what was to be the first day of a Federal Court judicial review of temporary foreign worker permits issued to a northern B.C. coal mine.On Tuesday, lawyers for one of the companies involved in the project, Canadian Dehua International Mines Group, asked the court to disregard some of the affidavits submitted by the unions among the thousands of pages of documents filed in the case.“These written submissions are full of extraordinarily inflammatory language, accusing HD Mining of being a liar, of misrepresenting, of blowing hot and cold and all sort of other spurious allegations which we would submit are not found in evidence,” Laura Best, lawyer for Dehua, referring to the second company involved, HD Mining International.Among the “behemoth” of information filed by the unions in their pursuit of a judicial review, are affidavits based on hearsay and false allegations, Best said.The unions fired back with written arguments labelling the application by the companies to dismiss the affidavits an abuse of process.Two unions are challenging the government decision last year granting HD Mining permission to bring miners from China to perform preliminary work at its proposed Murray River project near Tumbler Ridge, B.C.The company received positive labour market opinions — documents that confirm a skilled labour shortage — from Service Canada that allowed them to bring 201 miners from overseas to perform bulk sampling work at the proposed mine.The Construction and Specialized Workers Union, Local 1611, and the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 115, say Canadian workers are willing and able to perform those jobs.But the unions are attempting to have the court weigh different evidence than is required by Service Canada, a lawyer for HD Mining told Federal Court Judge Russell Zinn.“The role of the court on judicial review is really to look at the legality of the underlying decision. It’s not to hold a full trial on the merits, which is, in our submission, what the unions are attempting to do by introducing the numerous affidavits that they have filed in these proceedings,” Joan Young said in court.As the judicial review was to get underway, HD Mining said in an email response to questions that the court action has delayed the mine project by six months. Sixteen workers who had arrived last fall to commence work returned to China in late January and no more workers will be brought over “until the litigation is complete and we have reasonable certainty.”An internal government memorandum to the Human Resources Minister obtained by The Canadian Press noted that there are applications from other companies “involving relatively large numbers of foreign workers,” and HD Mining said the outcome of the judicial review will have implications for many companies.“Our company, and others too, are watching very closely to determine if goalposts can be changed after a company has invested much time and $50 million on a project in this country, and after having built very strong relations with the local community,” the unidentified spokesperson said in the email.The unions agree the outcome of the review will have far-reaching consequences — for Canadian workers.“I think this is going to shed a lot of light on the integrity of the existing program,” Brian Cochrane, business manager for the International Union of Operating Engineers local, said prior to the hearing.Several days have been set aside for the hearing this week.
According to the press release issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), its Director General Yukiya Amano met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Vice-President and President of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi, and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, during a visit to the capital, Tehran.Since January 2016, the IAEA has been verifying and monitoring Iran’s implementation of its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was endorsed unanimously by the UN Security Council in 2015.The accord between its five permanent members (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States), plus Germany, the European Union (EU) and Iran, set out rigorous mechanisms for monitoring limits on Iran’s nuclear programme, while paving the way for lifting UN sanctions against the country.The release said that the IAEA’s verification and monitoring activities are conducted in an impartial and objective manner and in accordance with the modalities defined by the JCPOA and standard safeguards practice.Mr. Amano reiterated that the JCPOA represents a clear gain from a verification point of view, and stressed the importance of full implementation by Iran of its nuclear-related commitments in order to make the JCPOA sustainable.
Raptors aid Kissi’s developmentBrock University men’s basketball coach Charles Kissi spent a season apprenticing under Toronto Raptors head coach Dwayne Casey in 2012-13. Kissi tells The St. Catharines Standard about the lasting impact that experience had on his coaching style. He says Casey taught him many lessons including people skills and defensive strategy. The coaches stay in touch throughout the season and Kissi continues to attend Raptors practices.The employee argument against defined-benefit pension plansThere are several financial risks to companies when providing pension plans to their employees, but Goodman School of Business Professor Michael Armstrong also argues that there are risks for the employees as well. Armstrong defines what it means for employees to opt into pension plans in The Globe and Mail.Brock profs reveal how to combat brutality of Tour de FranceWith competitors reaching the halfway mark in the annual Tour de France, Professor Brian Roy discusses how cyclists take care of their mental and physical health through the taxing competition: Niagara this Week
Senior reliever Seth Kinker snags a comeback hit to finish off Ohio State’s 5-4 win against Indiana on April 21. Credit: Mac Connor | Ohio State AthleticsSeth Kinker is not the first Ohio State pitcher from Huntington, West Virginia.When the now-senior pitcher arrived at Ohio State, he was following in the footsteps of Huntington native Trace Dempsey, a reliever who played from 2012-2015 and held the record for most career appearances in a Buckeye uniform.That is, until Kinker broke his record in Friday’s 4-2 win over Purdue.“He texted me the other night and he said, ‘Man, I never thought it would be broken, especially this fast, but I am damn happy it was you who broke it,’” Kinker said. Entering the game in the sixth inning of Friday’s matchup with the Boilermakers, Kinker broke the school record with his 103rd career appearance, throwing three innings for his 12th save of the season.Kinker knew this day was coming. This accomplishment was something he had been working towards. However, that did not change his persona on the mound. For Ohio State head coach Greg Beals, that level of consistency helped develop a trust in his reliever to put him in many different situations throughout his college career. “At this level, at a program like Ohio State, we don’t just run guys out there,” Beals said. “You are pitching the guys and putting them in situations and that tells you that Kinker has been competitive, really competitive for a long time here.” For the past four seasons, Kinker has developed into the more consistent options out of the Ohio State bullpen, posting a 2.07 ERA and a .232 opponent’s batting average in 186.2 career innings. Kinker felt like he physically had the ability to break the record for most appearances in Ohio State history, but he wasn’t sure he would get that many chances. “I knew I had the capability to,” Kinker said. “Was I going to be put in the position that early to be able to rack up that many in the span of a year between last year and junior year? No, not really. There were a lot of better arms in front of me.” What he felt he needed most was a change in mindset when he was on the mound. Kinker found the perfect example of what he needed in his roommate: former Ohio State pitcher Jake Post. “He’s taught me everything I needed to know when it comes to a mentality, when it comes to being a pitcher at Ohio State,” Kinker said. As he watched Post become a leader in the dugout for the Buckeyes, Kinker solidified his own confidence, therefore establishing his role in the bullpen. That confidence is something he still utilizes to this day. “If you are confident in yourself, you trust yourself. No one is going to take that away from you,” Kinker said. “That’s why I was able to be put in that situation. I trusted myself, I had confidence in my teammates and myself, so there’s nothing really holding me back.” With the senior leading the team with 24 appearances and a 1.22 ERA in 51.2 innings of work, Beals said he sees how the mix of confidence and composure Kinker brings to any in-game situation. “He plays with a great deal of confidence and a great deal of awareness of who he is and a trust in his ability and knows how he is going to go about doing it and does it,” Beals said. “You have heard me say it before, it’s one thing to have awareness and it’s one thing to know how and it’s another thing to be able to execute and he executes. That’s what makes it special.”Execution. No matter what the situation is, this is something that Kinker will always strive for each time he comes out of the bullpen for Ohio State. “I was going to be the same person,” Kinker said. “I always am and I have been for 102 appearances prior to that one.”
Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Transport Minister Shane Ross Source: Sam BoalMinister Ross announced the opening of a public consultation on powered personal transporters until 1 November. He said that until this process is completed, such vehicles are illegal for use on public roads.Ross said e-scooters are defined as “mechanically propelled vehicles” and must be covered by insurance, have motor tax and the driver must be licensed if they’re used in public places.He said that according to the Road Traffic Act, e-scooters and similar vehicles “must be covered by insurance, have motor tax and the driver appropriately licensed to operate them”.“Due to the nature of these vehicles, under existing road traffic law they are only suitable for use on private property, “Ross said.In a recent report, the Road Safety Authority suggested training schemes, licences and helmets should all be considered if electric scooters are to be properly legalised in Ireland.Get our Daily Briefing with the morning’s most important headlines for innovative Irish businesses. Written by Laura Roddy and posted on Fora.ie 15,791 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Sep 3rd 2019, 2:52 PM Saturday 7 Sep 2019, 7:15 AM By Fora Staff Image: Shutterstock/Akaberka Retail reps have rubbished claims they’re ‘obliged’ to clamp down on the misuse of e-scooters Transport Minister Shane Ross said stores must inform consumers of the vehicles’ legal status. 50 Comments A GROUP REPRESENTING Irish retailers has rubbished Transport Minister Shane Ross’s warning that store owners must tell customers that electric scooters are illegal to use on public roads.The minister said today that retailers that sell the vehicles are “obliged” to inform customers that the use of so-called ‘powered personal transporters’ – machines like e-scooters and segways – is not legal on public roads and thoroughfares.He said actual enforcement of the current legislation is a matter for An Garda Síochána.Chief executive of Retail Excellence, David Fitzsimons, described Ross’s comments as “nonsense” and said the onus is not on retailers to inform customers on how to use such vehicles. He likened the purchase of an e-scooter to other modes of transport.“People go in and buy quad bikes, motorbikes and cars and the sales rep will sell it to them and won’t give them a demonstration of the rules of the road,” Fitzsimons said.“The customers are buying the product and using the product and it’s not for the retailer to tell them how to use it … it’s up to the customers to use the product responsibly.” Image: Shutterstock/Akaberka Share1 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4798766
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Amongst the many Greeks in Greece and abroad that jumped into the cold waters to retrieve the cross and get the priest’s blessing on Holy Epiphany Day there was one lady that stood out.A yiayia in Dilesi, Greece surprised everyone whan fully clothed – in a coat, with tights and shoes on – not to mention carrying a handbag, she jumped into the sea and walked on water catching the cross before anyone else had a change to take the image in.One of the local parishioners, Aggelos Mavrokefalidis, captured the incident on video and later uploaded it on Facebook getting thousands of comments and dozens of shares. Watch the facebook video below and enjoy:
Watchmen is one of those revered classic comics that nearly everyone seems to love. Many consider it to be one of the greatest graphic novels of all time, and because of that, it’s been tricky to adapt. In 2009, Zack Snyder directed a film adaptation of the comic that drew mixed reactions. Some loved it, saying it was the best possible adaptation we were likely to get. Others criticized the excessive use of slow motion, changes to the ending, and comics-style pacing that didn’t fit a feature film. Now, HBO is taking their own shot at adapting the beloved comic.Damon Lindelof, fresh off the series finale of HBO’s The Leftovers, is in talks to develop a Watchmen TV series for the premium cable network, Variety reports. HBO previously tried to turn the comic into a TV series back in 2014, but that effort never went anywhere. Lindelof’s series will reportedly be starting from scratch, having nothing to do with HBO’s earlier effort or Snyder’s 2009 movie.When the comic came out in 1985, Alan Moore used the series to take a critical look at the nature of superheroes. It made sense to turn it into a film in 2009 when superhero movies were rapidly becoming each year’s biggest blockbusters. Now that they’ve improbably gotten even bigger than they were back then, it’s the perfect time for someone to take another look at Watchmen. While Damon Lindelof’s work has been met with mixed reactions in the past, The Leftovers was near-universally beloved by critics and audiences alike. Coming off that success, it’ll be exciting to see what Lindelof can do with Watchmen. Gal Godot (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Warner Bros.)Another exciting DC development involves the only DCEU film to be an unqualified success. DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns confirmed in an interview with Variety that he and director Patty Jenkins are currently writing Wonder Woman 2. As great as the first movie is, the fact that they’re making a sequel is no surprise. It was interesting to learn recently that Jenkins was not contractually locked down for a sequel, meaning she now has some negotiating leverage when those contract discussions start up, if they haven’t already. Either way, she is definitely involved in writing the sequel.“Patty and I are writing the treatment right now,” Johns said. “The goal is to make another great “Wonder Woman” film. I had a blast making it with Patty the first time. We’ve got a cool idea for the second one.”Johns, of course, didn’t say what that cool idea was, nor did he confirm that Jenkins was definitely going to direct the sequel. Still, the fact that she’s still involved in Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure is promising. After the way Wonder Woman turned out, it’d be ridiculous for DC not to do whatever it takes to sign her for the sequel.Johns also said the studio is learning from the mistakes of past DC movies, which sounds promising. Specifically, he recognizes that Batman v. Superman was too dark, and too unlike what people want from a Batman or Superman movie. Wonder Woman, he said, celebrated everything people love about her character and that’s why it worked so well. While the characters of Batman and Superman aren’t going to change, and the universe won’t suddenly shift to be happy and optimistic from now on, we might get movies that are more in line with who Batman and Superman are as characters.Via Warner Bros./DC EntertainmentFinally, those who prefer the animated versions of DC’s characters have something to look forward to at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Warner Bros. will premiere the upcoming Batman and Harley Quinn movie at Comic Con on July 21 in the San Diego Convention Center’s Ballroom 20, IGN reports. After the premiere the cast and crew of the movie will take the stage for a panel discussion.Directed by Sam Liu, who did the Killing Joke animated adaptation, the film involves Batman, Nightwing and Harley Quinn teaming up to fight Poison Ivy and The Floronic Man. Kevin Conroy reprises the role of Batman, Melissa Rauch plays Harley Quinn, Loren Lester is Nightwing, and Paget Brewster is Poison Ivy. DC’s animated output has been some of the best comic book movies to come out of the studio, so this is definitely a panel Dark Knight fans won’t want to miss.Those of us who can’t make it to Comic Con this year will just have to wait for the movie’s digital release on August 15, or pick it up on Blu-ray August 29.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Batman Loses a Dad Again, Another Ben Affleck Update & More DC Movie NewsSecret Aquaman Role, Wonder Woman’s Throwback Photo, & More DC Movie News Stay on target