Durant says will boycott White House, slams Trump

first_imgRobredo: 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 MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Nzeusseu tows Lyceum to 8th straight win “Nah, I won’t do that,” Durant told ESPN at an event in his hometown of Seat Pleasant, Maryland. “I don’t respect who’s in office right now…I don’t agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that.”Durant stressed that his decision was a personal choice, but added that he expected many Warriors players would follow suit if the team was invited.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“That’s just me personally, but if I know my guys well enough, they’ll all agree with me,” Durant said.Durant’s team-mate Stephen Curry has already said he would be unlikely to attend while Warriors coach Steve Kerr has been a vocal critic of Trump. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant gestures as he holds the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award after Game 5 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017. The Warriors won 129-120 to win the NBA championship. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant said Thursday he would boycott the White House if the NBA champions are invited, accusing President Donald Trump of escalating racial tensions in the country.In an interview with ESPN, 2017 NBA Finals MVP Durant said if the Warriors were invited to Washington in keeping with recent tradition of honoring sports teams, he would skip the event in protest.ADVERTISEMENT Durant was speaking amid an outcry over Trump’s response to violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend which saw neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups clash with counter-protesters.Durant said he believed Trump bore responsibility for stoking racial divisions in the United States.“He’s definitely driving it,” Durant said. “I feel ever since he’s got into office, or since he ran for the presidency, our country has been so divided and it’s not a coincidence. When (Barack) Obama was in office, things were looking up. We had so much hope in our communities where I come from because we had a black president, and that was a first.“So to see that and to be where we are now, it just felt like we took a turn for the worse, man. It all comes from who is in the administration. It comes from the top. Leadership trickles down to the rest of us.“So, you know, if we have someone in office that doesn’t care about all people, then we won’t go anywhere as a country. In my opinion, until we get him out of here, we won’t see any progress.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Durant meanwhile saluted athletes who have spoken out about race in America, citing former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and NBA superstar LeBron James amongst others.“As far as what’s going on in our country, for one as an athlete, you have to commend Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, CP3 (Chris Paul), Dwyane Wade for starting that conversation last year.“For us to move forward, we need more athletes and people of power and influence to come out and speak,” Durant added.“It’s great to see a lot of athletes coming together and trying to direct a positive path for a lot of kids and a lot of people in this country who look up to us.“It’s huge for us. It’s huge for sports. It’s huge for the influence we have, because we’re leaders at the end of the day. It feels good to see my brothers in the NBA and across sports speaking out.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Watch: Beyonce teases a minute-long promo of her HBO project Lemonade

first_imgBeyonce Knowles and HBO teased a mysterious “world premiere event” called Lemonade on Saturday.The singer and channel posted a video on their sites and social media platforms with the air date April 23, 9 p.m. ET.The 1-minute clip shows Beyonce — sporting blonde cornrows and a fur coat — leaning against the hood of a car while she whispers, “What am I gonna do love, what am I gonna do,” with the phrase “gonna do” echoing. She slowly rises, but we can’t see her face.Another scene shows her wearing a white gown with a chunky necklace and the next moment, she is seen rocking French pigtail braids and a crop top.According to rumours, Project Lemonade is an album film. The songstress started posting lemon-themed photos on Instagram six months ago. HBO aired the 2014 concert special On the Run Tour: Beyonce and Jay Z, as well as the 2013 documentary Beyonce: Life Is but a Dream.Beyonce recently launched her Ivy Park clothing line, and it’s been two months since she debuted a surprise first single and music video, Formation, from her upcoming album ahead of her Super Bowl halftime performance.She also announced a world tour, which will kick off on April 27 in Miami. She’s expected to release a new album later this year, but has not disclosed a date.  Watch the teaser here:last_img read more

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Meghalaya most corrupt: Shah

first_imgShillong, Jan 6 (PTI) BJP President Amit Shah today termed the Congress government in Meghalaya as the “most corrupt” in the country and said BJP would not try to form the government in the state just for the sake of doing so.Assembly polls are due in the north eastern state this year and eight MLAs, including five from the Congress, joined BJP ally National Peoples Party earlier this week.Shah, who was speaking at a meeting of party leaders here, said over Rs 56,000 crore had been given to the north eastern state but was not part of the national movement for development.Charging Chief Minister Mukul Sangma?s government for being the “most corrupt in the country”, he said it has failed to deliver in all sectors such as health, infrastructure, tourism facilities and also in creating jobs.Shah said “Our mission is not to form the government for the sake of forming it. BJP is in no mood for it. The mission is to ensure that people get their due and that Meghalaya should become a model state – one of the most developed states.”He said, “The 14th Finance Commission under Prime Minister Narendra Modi allotted Rs 25, 413 crore to Meghalaya. But are the people in the state seeing development in villages? Where are the roads, the doctors and the nurses? Where are the teachers?”Compared to this, the 13th Finance Commission under the UPA regime had released only Rs 5817 crore to the state, which has a Congress government for 15 years.advertisementContinuing his criticism of the Sangma government, he said in addition to the 14th Finance Commission allotment various development schemes amounting to Rs 31,000 crore was also given to the state. Rs four crore for Clean India, Rs 46 crore for urban transportation, Rs 100 crore to Umiam Lake, Rs 9000 crore for Agia-Mendipathar-Tura road, Rs 6000 crore for Jowai-Nartiang-Khanduli road and Rs 1400 crore each for two sports stadia.”The money was given to the state for development. But Meghalaya is stuck in time and is not part of the national movement for development. Electricity is available for 24 hours in Gujarat, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh for years but it is not the same in Meghalaya,” he said.In both the meetings today, Shah urged party leaders and grassroot workers of the party to alert the people about bad governance of the present Congress regime and to vote for BJP to form the government. PTI JOP KK KKlast_img read more

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Current India team can beat anyone: Kapil Dev

first_imgAhead of India’s high-profile South Africa tour, former captain Kapil Dev on Thursday said the current side are at a level to beat any team.Following the ongoing series against Sri Lanka at home, India are slated to visit South Africa for three Tests, six One-Day Internationals (ODI) and three Twenty20 Internationals in January.”I think the team has reached a level where they can beat anyone,” the 58-year-old said at an event.”Be it South Africa..or Australia, I think we have a captain who understands how the team functions,” added the country’s first World Cup-winning skipper.The legendary all-rounder emphasised on the fact that India are going to face a problem of plenty, with many young talents to be picked up from.”The only problem that the team is going to face is that whom they are going to pick in the playing XI, as we have a very strong bench,” Dev said.last_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar backs India-Pak World Cup clash: Would hate to give them 2 points

first_imgCricket icon Sachin Tendulkar Friday said he would “hate” to see India concede two points to Pakistan by not playing them in the upcoming World Cup as such a move would only help the arch-rivals in the mega-event.Tendulkar endorsed Sunil Gavaskar’s view that India would be better off beating Pakistan in the World Cup than forfeiting the June 16 tie in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack that killed more than 40 CRPF personnel.”India has always come up trumps against Pakistan in the World Cup. Time to beat them once again. Would personally hate to give them two points and help them in the tournament,” said Tendulkar in a statement to PTI.”Having said that, for me India always comes first, so whatever my country decides, I will back that decision with all my heart,” the legendary batsman added.pic.twitter.com/H1z68cLygsSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 22, 2019While the likes of Harbhajan Singh and Yuzvendra Chahal have called for complete cricketing boycott of Pakistan, Gavaskar on Thursday said India will be the loser if they decide to not play against Pakistan on June 16.”Who wins if India decide against playing Pakistan in the World Cup? And I am not even talking about the semis and the finals. Who wins? Pakistan win because they get two points,” Gavaskar had told ‘India Today’.”India have so far beaten Pakistan every time in a World Cup, so we are actually conceding two points when by beating Pakistan, we could make sure that they don’t advance in the competition,” he had said.advertisementThe World Cup begins in the United Kingdom on May 30.On Friday, the Committee of Administrators running Indian cricket decided against taking any position on the matter for now.Also Read | ICC warns BCCI: India likely to lose proposal to ban Pakistan from World CupAlso Read | No decision on India-Pakistan World Cup clash yet: Committee of AdministratorsAlso Read | BCCI likely to consult Team India top brass over Pakistan boycott at ICC World Cuplast_img read more

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French Cup final: Kylian Mbappe sent off as PSG stunned by Rennes

first_imgStade Rennes rallied from two goals down to stun Paris St Germain 6-5 on penalties in the French Cup final after a 2-2 draw on Saturday as the Ligue 1 champions’ season heads for a gloomy finale.Thomas Tuchel’s side, French Cup winners for the last four years, were 2-0 up after 22 minutes following goals by Dani Alves and Neymar, only for Presnel Kimpembe to score an own goal before Mexer equalised to send the game into extra time.PSG’s France striker Kylian Mbappe was sent off two minutes before the end of the extra period, depriving his team of a key asset for the shootout.Christopher Nkunku missed his spot-kick to hand Rennes their first Cup title since 1971 and a spot in next season’s Europa League, leaving PSG with only the Ligue 1 trophy at the end of a season in which they exited the Champions League at the last-16 stage and lost their League Cup crown.A week after making his comeback from a three-month injury layoff, Brazil forward Neymar was a constant threat as he gears up for the Copa America, but his team mate Mbappe lost his nerve after a disappointing night at the Stade de France.Rennes, who eliminated Lille and Olympique Lyonnais en route to the final, looked out of sorts after conceding two early goals but Kimpembe’s own goal put them back into contention and proved a turning-point in an entertaining game.”It’s an outstanding performance, the fans had been waiting for this for such a long time,” said Rennes striker Mbaye Niang.advertisement”We showed character, it’s a deserved win.”Tuchel struggled to understand the loss.”It’s hard to explain, I have no explanation. We lost our concentration,” he told a news conference after PSG failed to win multiple trophies in a season for the first time since 2012-13.”It’s too soon to assess our season, I need a few days to think about it.”PSG choked in key moments this campaign, knocked out of the Champions League by Manchester United after building a two-goal advantage at Old Trafford and thrashed 5-1 at second-placed Lille on a night they were hoping to seal the Ligue 1 title.FIRST GOALS CONCEDEDPSG made the perfect start when Alves’s volley from 20 metres put them ahead in the 13th minute and Neymar doubled the lead with a fine lob after being played through by Angel Di Maria.But Rennes, 11th in Ligue 1, pulled one back five minutes before the interval when Kimpembe deflected Hamari Traore’s cross into his own net.It was the first goal PSG had conceded in the competition this season and they let in another 21 minutes into the second half when Mexer headed home at the near post from Clement Grenier’s corner.PSG missed several chances through Neymar and Mbappe and Tuchel brought Edinson Cavani on for Julian Draxler in extra time.Eight minutes into extra time, Mbappe collected a through ball from Neymar but his attempt crashed on to the far post, prompting a protest from Cavani who was unmarked in an ideal position to tap in a potential cross.Mbappe was shown a straight red card for stamping on Damien Da Silva’s knee.He was in the locker-room when Nkunku skied his spot-kick over the bar after his team mates, including Neymar, had converted their penalties.Also Read | Messi boosts iconic status at Barcelona with 10th La Liga crownAlso Read | West Ham United inflict first defeat on Tottenham Hotspur at new stadiumAlso See:last_img read more

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TFA’s New App

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) now has its own Smartphone/Tablet TFA App! TFA is delighted to announce the trial of a new App with Team App; a platform that allows organisations and teams to improve engagement and communications via smartphone/tablet apps. The trial of this application is to aid the reach and accessibility of information in relation to Touch Football within the community. As we are still in the initial stages of implementation, TFA will trial this new application during the 2015 National Touch League (NTL) event, from 11th-14th March, 2015 as the first opportunity. Various access groups have been set up within the app to incorporate audiences including players, supporters and team managers.TFA will use the trial app to communicate various information and promotions such as:News – including push notifications and event updatesScheduled EventsPhotosSocial Media LinksHard Wrap MagazineWebsite LinksThe app will be used as an additional method of communication for TFA, complementing, not replacing, the traditional methods. Download your awesome new TFA App now and stay up to date with all the latest information. Install the TFA App on your smartphone now by following these steps: 1. Download Team App from the Apple or Google Play app store. 2. Sign up to Team App: www.teamapp.com. You will be sent an email to confirm your registration. 3. Log into the App and search ‘Touch Football Australia’. 4. Choose your applicable access group(s). Team managers will need to request access before being confirmed. For more information please view the two documents attached below.Related Filestfa_app_image-pdftfa_app_memorandum-pdfRelated LinksTeam App and TFAlast_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri: Ampadu can replace Cahill

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri: Ampadu can replace Cahillby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is happy to promote from within to replace wantaway defender Gary Cahill.Cahill has been linked with a move Southampton as well as several clubs abroad, and Sarri broached the subject of his future at his press conference ahead of the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg tie against Tottenham at Wembley on Tuesday. “His mind is not completely involved in our situation,” said Sarri.”We have to wait. For Cahill, the situation is different. We have (Ethan) Ampadu so we don’t need a replacement.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Jayden Channels Grief into Top GSAT Marks

first_imgStory Highlights Jayden, who will be attending Wolmer’s Boys in September, scored 100 per cent in Mathematics, 100 per cent in Social Studies, 99 per cent in Language Arts, 98 per cent in Science and 12/12 in Communication Task. For St. Andrew Preparatory School student, Jayden Ebanks, achieving the top marks for his school in the 2018 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) is bittersweet.Jayden, who will be attending Wolmer’s Boys in September, scored 100 per cent in Mathematics, 100 per cent in Social Studies, 99 per cent in Language Arts, 98 per cent in Science and 12/12 in Communication Task.While Jayden, his family members, friends, teachers and the entire school community are reveling in his success, there is one person, who is not around to share the joy.His mother, Deborah Poyser, passed away last October after a period of illness, just a month after he started grade six.Jayden channeled his grief into his exam preparations and feels that his mother would have been proud of his results.He tells JIS NEWS that his achievement is for “my mom.”He says he is looking forward to attending Wolmer’s. “I feel good. I am looking forward to going to Wolmer’s because it has a good sports programme and is also good in academics,” he notes.St. Andrew Preparatory Principal, Janet Walsh-Davis and teacher, Phyllis Ramsay, who were with Jayden when JIS NEWS visited the school last week, say they are very proud of him.Mrs. Walsh-Davis, who fought back tears as she hugged Jayden, says she knows his mother would have been extremely pleased as well.“Jayden epitomizes what St. Andrew Prep School is all about – strength of character. Jayden’s achievement means so much more to me than you can imagine. In the middle of getting ready for the GSAT exam, he lost his mom, who was his biggest champion. Everything that you see here is his mom.“When I tell you that she was the best parent, she parented this child, she taught him how to stand on his own, so all of what you see, he did on his own,” Mrs. Walsh-Davis says.She informs that Jayden is a lover of sports and plays football and tennis for the school. She says his mother was very supportive and would be present at every match to cheer him on.“She was involved in everything. When her son was involved in football and table tennis, she was on every bus leaving with all the children. She wasn’t the parent who was just for her son. She was for every other child that was going out; always supportive. It didn’t matter how late they were out there, she was there with them,” she says.Mrs. Ramsay adds that Jayden never missed a class, and would come to her for any information he may have missed during extra lessons that would coincide with sports competitions or practice.“Most times he does his home work before he leaves school. If he does not understand something, he is coming to me and not leaving until he understands. If he has to shed a tear or two, he’s going to shed a tear or two, but he’s not moving until he understands,” Mrs. Ramsay says.“With all of what he goes through…he is the only one from my class receiving perfect attendance. Despite everything he did not miss a day,” she stresses.Mrs. Walsh-Davis and Mrs. Ramsay commends Jayden’s father, Eric Ebanks for his love and unwavering support.“He is not lacking anything… he’s not lacking in terms of support,” Mrs. Ramsay says. His mother, Deborah Poyser, passed away last October after a period of illness, just a month after he started grade six. For St. Andrew Preparatory School student, Jayden Ebanks, achieving the top marks for his school in the 2018 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) is bittersweet.last_img read more

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Nova Scotia Seeks Tobacco Smuggling Costs from JTIMacdonald

first_imgThe province of Nova Scotia has filed a legal claim against tobacco manufacturer JTI-Macdonald Corporation (JTI) to recover $326 million in taxes given up when taxes were reduced to prevent smuggling in the early 1990s. A notice of Crown claim was filed Friday, June 24, with Ernst and Young in Toronto, the court-appointed monitor who will evaluate the claims for JTI under provisions of the Companies and Creditors Arrangement Act, a form of bankruptcy protection. “We reduced taxes to try and curb smuggling in 1994 and gave up hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue as a result,” said Finance Minister Peter Christie. “Since JTI Macdonald profited from its participation in a smuggling scheme, we believe they should cover the cost picked up by Nova Scotians.” The tobacco manufacturer is already facing billions of dollars of tax-related claims from the governments of Quebec, Ontario, and Canada. June 27 was the deadline set by the court monitor to receive any other claims, and Nova Scotia may be among a number of provinces to file. The government of Canada launched a lawsuit against JTI in 2003, after RCMP laid charges against JTI and related companies for smuggling tobacco products between 1991 and 1996. It is alleged that the tobacco companies supplied U.S. smugglers with untaxed Canadian blend cigarettes that were shipped back to Canada through the Akwesasne Reserve near Cornwall, Ont., for sale on the black market. Nova Scotia was one of several provinces that reduced taxes in the early 1990s to try to curb tobacco smuggling. The notice of claim says JTI profited from illegal activities by “engaging in smuggling, deceit, fraudulent misrepresentation, and civil conspiracy resulting in a tax liability owed to the province of Nova Scotia.” The government of Nova Scotia is seeking a total of $326 million from JTI Macdonald. The majority of the claim is for forgone revenues from 1994 to 2001, a period when tobacco taxes were kept lower to curb smuggling. The remainder includes taxes that should have been paid on cigarettes and other tobacco products sold illegally between 1989 and 1995. The province has raised tobacco taxes in recent years as a health-promotion strategy to reduce consumption. In the government of Canada action, JTI acknowledged that smuggling, fraud and deceit did occur but it submitted that little could be done to stop the smuggling activities, that it was dealing only with legitimate wholesalers and did not know the identity of the criminals involved. The Ernst and Young monitor is expected to evaluate the claims and develop a process to respond to them over the next few months.last_img read more

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Norfolk Southern posts betterthanexpected results in 4Q

NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk Southern Corp. reported better-than-expected results in its fiscal fourth quarter.The Norfolk, Virginia-based company said Thursday it earned $702 million, or $2.57 per share.The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.30 per share.The railroad posted revenue of $2.9 billion in the period, which also topped Street forecasts. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.85 billion.Norfolk Southern shares have risen 11 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has climbed slightly more than 5 per cent. In the final minutes of trading on Thursday, shares hit $165.94, a climb of 11 per cent in the last 12 months.The Associated Press read more

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Opposition economists business advocates weigh in on budget

by News Staff Posted Oct 27, 2015 6:49 pm MDT Opposition, economists, business advocates weigh in on budget As he tabled his first budget as finance minister, Joe Ceci said the wants and needs heard from Albertans during the provincial election were met in the budget.“Albertans know that lower oil prices mean deficits for the government of Alberta, since we are currently so dependant on oil revenues to pay for public services,” he said. “The citizens of this province want to see a plan to budget within a reasonable amount of time without reckless cutbacks that will only have to be repaired later.”“Albertans are well aware that the recent drop in the price of oil is presenting our province with a serious challenge, Albertans also know that by making better decisions, we can and we will get through our current challenges to better days.”Earlier this week, Wildrose Leader Brian Jean warned that Alberta going too far into debt could affect the province’s credit rating and after the budget came down, he touched on the province borrowing money for daily operations for the first time in 20 years.“When families are hurting and the private sector sheds jobs, a realistic plan to get Albertans back to work and grow the economy should’ve been considered, I’m very disappointed that the NDP government is not looking at any opportunity to do that whatsoever,” he told 660 NEWS. “It’s going to be more expensive to borrow money for all the agencies to borrow, whether it be the Alberta government or those agencies that work them.”PC MLA for Calgary-Greenview Manmeet Bhullar said the government is unwilling to make a tough decision, also noting the NDP borrowing money to pay for daily expenses.“That is a very, very scary proposition,” he said. “Albertans really need to look and say listen, who in their right mind, when they don’t have enough money to pay for their every day expenses and their household, goes out and pays more money? That’s exactly what this government is doing.”Liberal Leader David Swann said there’s progress in addressing the infrastructure deficits.“I’m glad to see that we’re investing and putting in place the cancer centre in Calgary, the ring road, some of the hospitals in Edmonton that have desperately needed refurbishment,” he said. “I’d like to see a repayment plan, a debt repayment plan that would address some of the long-term needs of Albertans.”Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark said it’s not realistic to think the NDP will be able to balance the budget by 2019-2020.“I’m worried that we’re going to get ourselves into a debt-spiral we can’t get out of,” he said. “We need to create an innovative public service.”Amber Ruddy with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business is also concerned about the new debt.“If they’re not raising taxes to the same level that the PCs were going to and yet, they are borrowing at an unprecedented rate, that means taxes on tomorrow’s generation and that’s simply unacceptable,” she said.Calgary Chamber of Commerce Director of Policy Justin Smith said there’s positives and negatives.“Overall I think the budget takes a step in the right direction in terms of restoring fiscal balance and overall economic stability,” he said. “I think it does miss the mark a little bit in terms of support it gives the business community and we’ll be working with the government to try and shore up some of those provisions.”Chief Economist with Dominion Lending Centres Sherry Cooper said the budget is a compromise between stimulus and austerity and it was the right approach.“If it were strictly austerity, it would only mean further slow down in economic activity and if the stimulus was much bigger, it would jeopardize returning to a balanced budget anytime in the next five years,” she said. “The real fact is no one really knows what level oil prices will be.”As for borrowing, Cooper said it’s necessary.“They have no choice is the fact of the matter, Alberta hasn’t needed to borrow money for a very long time, Alberta has a triple-A credit rating and of course the lowest tax structure in the country and still does have the lowest tax regime in the country.”“The good news is that interest rates remain incredibly low and Alberta will have no problem financing this debt.”Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said in a statement that while he is disappointed the issue of affordable housing wasn’t really addressed, he’s pleased about the commitment to infrastructure spending.“We will continue to work closely with the province to finalize this important work,” he said. “Furthermore, we are intrigued by the language in the budget around regional planning and cooperation.”Jonathan Teghtmeyer with the Alberta Teachers Association also said there’s good and bad.“We’re seeing that enrolment growth is being funded, we’re seeing there’s going to be an inflationary increase for the first time in three years and there’s some good measures in the years ahead,” he said. “Unfortunately at the same time, it’s not going to address some pretty significant systemic issues that haunts the budget.”Executive Director for Friends with Medicare Sandra Azocar said she’s pleased that in a difficult time the government is moving forward with health care.“They were able to achieve quite a few of the very important platforms that certainly Albertans were looking forward to having on the budget,” she said. “Something that we did notice was the fact that the funding for primary care networks was reduced significantly and we would love to follow up a little bit more on how this government is going to be proceeding with primary care.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Snapshot Robbie Keane helped out his old club Crumlin United yesterday

first_imgROBBIE KEANE WAS back where it all began yesterday.A long career has seen Ireland’s record goalscorer ply his trade in England, Scotland, Italy and the USA.But it was Crumlin United where he started off and he returned yesterday to perform the official opening of the Dublin club’s new astro-turf pitch at Pearse Park. Pic: @crumlinunitedInterview: Robbie Keane talks Ireland, coaching and the Ballon d’OrRobbie Keane scores a brilliant volley as LA Galaxy win 3-0last_img

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Adrian Flavin Noone deserves to have their head sliced open by a

first_imgTHERE WAS A lot of talk this week, following the Ian Evans and Nathan White stamps, about players getting what they deserve and I couldn’t hold my tongue on it any longer.Both incidents were red cards. The referee did not deem White’s a red card but that it needed sanctioning. He got a three week ban after his stamp on Brad Barritt and I don’t think there was any complaints.My gripe was that a lot of current and ex pros coming out on Twitter with some reckless opinions. The attitude was that if a player was lying offside, slowing down play or dragging down mauls then they get what they deserve. I’m sure the players that received the stamps — Barritt and Leinster’s Mike McCarthy — would have expected some rakes to the body and legs but the head is sacrosanct. You don’t go near it.What annoyed me was that plenty of players were excusing Evans’ actions. Players [you can see who by clicking here] were saying that because McCarthy was pulling down a maul that he deserved to get his head sliced open and leave the game after 20 minutes. I don’t know Ian Evans; I played against him but never spoke to him. I’m sure that he didn’t mean to stamp on McCarthy’s head and I’m also sure that if he had known the damage it was cause he would not have been so careless.Evans’ stamp on McCarthy.You can’t underestimate the impact those comments would have on people watching them game and who follow their accounts. The last thing we want to see is a young player going out and replicating those stamping actions on a Sunday morning.The boundaries when it comes to the ruck are often cloudy but there has to be a clear backwards motion as you are trying to move someone out. There is a simple judgement though — the head is a red. It is an area of the game that needs clearing up.If a guy is lying on the wrong side of a ruck and they get stamped on their body, it is part and parcel of the game. Some players revel in that and wear their injuries like a glorified scar. I remember Jonathan Davies of Bath used to take pride in throwing his body in there. You can be assured, however, that if full rucking was allowed today there is not a hope in hell that most players would end up in there as they’d get a shoeing. INPHO/James CrombieAnother part of the game that is bordering on embarrassing — and we saw it during the Saracens v Connacht game last week — is the pushing, shoving and jersey grabbing that is going on. You simply can’t throw a punch anymore so we are left with this form of ballroom dancing and a game of who can hold onto a jersey the longest.You can’t fight now so just get on with it. I was watching the game last week thinking ‘What the hell are you doing?’ It has gotten to a ridiculous level and the Connacht game was held up for two minutes by guys pushing each other. Of course, during fracas like that, there are always one or two players that get involved that would run a mile if anything really kicked off.If you want to level up the score, hit him hard with the next tackle. Hit him hard at the ruck. Don’t stand there for 30 seconds saying ‘Go on’.Cracking backlineI played twice for the Wolfhounds — against England and Scotland — but neither had a favourable ending. It was a good step-up from the provincial level and gives international experience to the younger lads. Ireland will want to win this evening, without a question. You don’t put on your country’s jersey and not want to win.The Wolfhounds have a cracking backline — Jones, McFadden, Henshaw, Cave, Gilroy, Madigan and Boss — that just screams ‘tempo’. They will be eager to play with the ball-in-hand and have a crack. The pack is full of ball carriers too and I’m looking for Dave Kilcoyne, Martin Moore and Robin Copeland to make an impact. There are always four or five [or more] injuries in every Six Nations so these lads could put themselves in the mix with a good game at Kingsholm.@adrianflavin played 159 times for Connacht between 2006 and 2013 and earned two Ireland Wolfhounds caps.Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >12-week ban for McCarthy stamp rules Ian Evans out of Six NationsVIDEO: Nathan White was a lucky Kiwi to avoid red for this stamplast_img read more

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Dark energy physicists nab Nobel Prize for Physics

first_imgNo, not that kind of dark energy.Dark energy is a mysterious phenomenon in the study of the physical universe. Its theoretical existence has been bandied about for years, with little understanding of what it actually is. But three astronomers who made the study of dark matter their lives’ missions have helped to shed some light on the mysterious darkness. As a result, they have snagged the 2011 Nobel Prize for Physics.Dark energy refers to a curious phenomenon. Scientists know that the universe is expanding. That has been well-documented for years. But the part that left many scratching their heads was that this expansion is actually picking up in pace. The idea is that something must be making it do that. While it still isn’t known exactly what the force is that causes this acceleration, dark energy is the term that scientists use to describe it.Saul Perlmutter, Brian Schmidt, and Adam Riess, all astronomers, have spent years collecting data, attempting to document and understand the concept of dark energy. They were the first astronomers to observe the increasing expansion of the universe over 20 years ago, when the light from distant supernova were weaker than expected.After coming to the conclusion that this meant the universe was expanding faster, they took it upon themselves to largely carry the torch in the continued study of dark energy since then. It is now thought that dark energy makes up about 75% of the universe. 21% is supposed to be dark matter, with the rest being ordinary matter.In presenting the Nobel Prize to the group, the Academy stated that their work has “helped to unveil a universe that to a large extent is unknown to science. And everything is possible again.”Shaking us out of our collective delusion that we understand everything there is to understand about the universe? I’d say that’s worth a Nobel Prize, for sure.via Physics World and Discover Magazinelast_img read more

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Sixth month drop in Fuel Factor Rate means lower power bills

first_img FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Mar 2015 – The fuel factor rate has dropped again this month; FortisTCI reporting that it is the sixth consecutive month that the rate has shown a decrease. CEO Eddinton Powell agrees that, “the lower fuel factor, as a result of what is happening in the world market, is good for our customers who are seeing much-needed relief on their electricity bills.” A week after the nation learned from the Cabinet that Energy & Utilities Commissioner, Malike Cummings has completed his review of fuel costs in the country, Powell explains that “FortisTCI will continue to explore infrastructure development that would streamline and simplify our fuel supply chain which would reduce, on a long term basis, the cost of electricity to our customers.” During the opening of the Salt Cay power plant, Powell announced that FortisTCI had signed a contract to investigate the viability of its own fuel offloading rig. Related Items:drop, eddinton powell, fortis tci, fuel factor, power bill TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieveslast_img read more

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Proposed oil terminal focus of forum

first_imgVancouver’s East Old Evergreen Highway Neighborhood Association, with residents living near BNSF Railway tracks, wants information about a proposal to build the Northwest’s largest oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver. To that end, the association will convene a forum from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Vancouver Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way in Vancouver.The forum will include brief presentations by proponents and opponents of a plan by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies to build a transfer facility capable of handling as much as 380,000 barrels of crude per day, which would be hauled to the port on BNSF tracks from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota. The project is estimated to cost between $150 million and $190 million.But the port, which approved a lucrative lease deal with Tesoro-Savage in October, says it won’t attend. Its reason is prompting criticism from neighborhood association leaders.Those expected to participate in Wednesday’s forum include: representatives of Tesoro and Savage, BNSF, Columbia Waterfront LLC, Columbia Riverkeeper, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 4, Vancouver Fire Department and the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency.In addition to brief presentations, the forum will feature a formal question-and-answer period and, later, an opportunity for audience members to meet and speak directly with presenters.last_img read more

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Inside Asian Gaming and Alphaslot join forces for Financial Technology Asia Forum

first_img RelatedPosts JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner The morning session will be chaired by IAG CEO Andrew W Scott, and the afternoon session will be chaired by VP of International Business for iClick Interactive Asia Kelly Leung.Alphaslot’s CEO Raymond Chan, Chief Marketing Officer Wayne Hu and Chief Operating Officer Albert Yu will be among those presenting and moderating throughout the day, alongside a variety of industry experts. Inside Asian Gaming has announced its involvement in the Financial Technology Asia Forum at G2E Asia 2019, in partnership with forum curator Alphaslot.The Financial Technology Asia Forum will bring together international industry leaders to share their insights on the challenges and opportunities for FinTech in the gaming-entertainment industry. The forum will also examine blockchain technology from the casino operator and supplier’s perspective, including academic implementation, potential use case studies and implications for responsible gaming. Inside Asian Gaming named Lead Media Partner of G2E Asia @ the Philippines Load More 300-seat cap revealed for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner at Galaxy Macaulast_img read more

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IBM sacks 300 employees from services dept may hire talent in automation

first_imgAn employee speaks on a mobile phone as she eats her lunch at the cafeteria in the Infosys campus in the southern Indian city of Bangalore September 23, 2014.Reuters fileTech giant IBM recently laid off 300 employees from its software services division to make room for people with upgraded skills in automation, machine learning and cloud computing. The development comes days after US-based Cognizant cut off at least 200 mid-senior level positions from its India offices creating ripples in the IT industry. IBM has taken the decision “to reinvent itself” and meet the changing needs of customers.”This in accordance with IBM’s strategy to re-invent itself to better meet the changing requirements of our business and to pioneer new high-value services. IBM “remains committed to being an essential part of its (India’s) growth,” the company’s official statement said, according to Economic Times.The entire IT industry is currently doing away with the traditional software roles and undertaking training employees or hiring fresh talent which has upgraded skillset on emerging technologies. IBM said that it took the decision after a reassessment of the current workforce and an increasing demand of adding workforce to the cloud, artificial intelligence and other evolving areas. It added that several employees are even being re-trained to be able to meet the new challenges.Notwithstanding the claims made by multinational as well as India-based IT firms of increased hirings, a report by the McKinsey & Company suggested that nearly half of the workforce in the IT industry will become irrelevant in next two years. This poses a serious challenging to India’s IT industry which employs nearly 3.9 million people.The fact remains that new technologies will also add 14 lakh new jobs to India alone by 2027 but for that, the firms would have to retrain its existent workforce to cater to the demands of their clients.  ReutersEven as the IT firms have been reluctant to state that automation is slowly replacing the human workforce in the sector, the companies are looking for a replacement of basic jobs such as in services sector that no longer addresses their needs. The retraining of a majority of the existent employees could be an extensive exercise which is not preferred by the tech giants in India or elsewhere.last_img read more

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Suspension of VAT to reduce revenue collection by Tk 200b PM

first_imgWhile placing his budget in Parliament on June 1, Finance Minister AMA Muhith proposed imposing the flat 15 percent VAT rate, which drew a widespread criticism from both the ruling and opposition parties in the House. Mentioning that the country is marching forward, she said it will continue its journey towards prosperity. Later, the Prime Minister, during her speech on the proposed budget, requested the Finance Minister to suspend the law for a few years. Prime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said the suspension of the uniform 15 per cent VAT will bring down the revenue collection by Tk 200 billion in the current fiscal year, reports UNB.”The postponement of the VAT law will result in the reduction of Tk 200 billion of the targeted revenue as we’ve formulated our budget considering the new rate,” she said.The PM was delivering her winding-up speech in parliament.While formulating the budget, the government calculated everything taking into consideration the new VAT law and the revenue that will come from the mobile companies, Sheikh Hasina said.She, however, said the government will have to do something to recoup with the revenue loss. “We’ve to do something… we’ve to take loan from banks or cut short our development budget,” she said.Apprehending that there might be devastating flood in the country this year, the prime minister said, “For this, we’re importing food grains from abroad and stockpiling those so that if we can face any kind of calamities. The country’s people mustn’t suffer.”She made it clear that the government has taken all the steps for distributing relief materials among the victims of natural calamities. “We’ve taken measures for the rehabilitation of the affected people.”Hasina said each and every official concerned has been assigned, and everyone knows his/her duty. “Everyone is performing their duties sincerely.”She also said the leaders and workers of Awami League are doing their respective jobs.Reiterating her government’s ‘zero-tolerance’ stance on militancy and terrorism, the PM said there will be no place of militancy in Bangladesh.She said the main aim of the government is to contain corruption, curb terrorism and ensure people’s peace and security. Hasina hoped that the poverty rate will be reduced following the implementation of the new budget. “Our aim is to make the country a middle-income one by 2021 and a developed one by 2041. We believe that we can do that.” Later, Muhith kept the law on hold for the next two years.last_img read more

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