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Malaysian icon thwarts rising PH star

first_imgKaitlin de Guzman bags the silver medal in floor exercises in Gymnastics in the 2017 SEAG Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR—Going for gold in her pet floor exercise, Kaitlin de Guzman ran into a Malaysian gymnastic icon Wednesday here in the Southeast Asian Games.The 17-year-old novice, daughter of a former SEA Games champion, ended up settling for silver against Malaysian Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, the very popular defending champion.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “Kaitlin also performed very well and had a clean routine as well,” said Ortega, who sees a bright future for Philippine gymnastics with De Guzman in the fold.“We are very happy to have her with the team,” said Ortega of De Guzman, who only had one month to train with the team. “And she jibes well with the team like she’s been part of it for a long time.” Read Next SEA Games: Bejar fades vs Indonesian, settles for silver View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC READ: More medals from PH gymnastics as De Guzman, Capellan bag silver, 2 bronzes“I knew it was gonna be tough because she (Hadi) had a high-start value and which she executed cleanly,” said women’s artistic gymnastics team coach Jasmin Ortega of the Malaysian, whose face is splashed on LRT and MRT lines all over this city.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 shutoutHadi won the event two years ago in Singapore and came into the finals at MITEC Hall as the prohibitive favorite for the gold.READ: Young gymnast captures PH’s fifth gold medal Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensioncenter_img LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

Lanete gets boost from starting gig, pounces on chance to make impact

first_imgLATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “That’s one of the adjustments we did, with me starting for Baser. Luckily, I made my shots, Papa Rey (Hugnatan) made his shots, so it was easier for Allen (Durham) to work down low. I’m just thankful that I didn’t waste the opportunity that was given to me,” he said.Black’s gamble paid off big time as Meralco finally found its mark from the outside, going 12-of-28 for the game to force a winner-take-all Game 7.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 shutoutBut the Bolts, the league’s best three-point shooting in the season-ending conference, knew that they were bound for an explosion downtown despite a dismal showing in the championship series.“The coaches always tells us of the law of averages. It’s about time that we make out shots. For the past few games, it was only Papa Rey who’s been consistent, so we really needed to step up, and good thing that those things happened,” said Lanete. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img View comments Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Vanguardia steps down, Alas appointed as new Phoenix coach Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa And now, with one final game separating the two teams from their dreams of winning the championship, Lanete said that it’s essential for the Bolts to calm their nerves and put their eyes on the prize.“Game 7 excites us. We’re happy about the win today but we need to leave our happiness in the dugout. It’s another day and we need to focus on the Game 7. It’s our first time, and we wish to play this well again,” he said.Game 7 is on Friday, still at the Philippine Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Garvo Lanete. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Misfiring all series long, Garvo Lanete was surprised that coach Norman Black inserted him in the starting lineup for Meralco’s do-or-die Game 6 against Ginebra on Wednesday.Apparently, the starting role gave the sophomore guard the confidence boost he needed as he shot 3-of-5 from beyond the arc to wound up with 15 points, five rebounds, and two assists in the Bolts’ 98-91 Game 6 victory.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:34Google unveils motion-sensing Pixel 401:37Protesters 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 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAlast_img read more

No evidence of fixing in Pakistan-England Oval ODI says ICC

first_imgThe International Cricket Council on Wednesday said there was no compelling evidence into allegations that the Oval ODI between England and Pakistan was fixed.The ICC had decided to probe the last month’s match, which Pakistan won by 23 runs, after British tabloid The Sun passed on some information to the world governing body.The ICC had said that a certain scoring pattern emerged during the match as has been reported by The Sun but had made it clear that no England player was involved. “Following extensive investigations into allegations about the One-Day International between England and Pakistan at The Oval in London on 17 September, the ACSU has verified all the available information and concluded that there was no compelling evidence to suspect individual players or support staff,” a statement after the ICC Board meeting in Dubai said.”The investigation is now complete but if new and corroborating evidence comes to light then clearly the ACSU will reopen the matter.” The allegations emerged after the paper was notified of calls between a Dubai-based matchfixer and a New Delhi bookmaker, the newspaper report added.Pakistan’s one-day captain Shahid Afridi and coach Waqar Younis welcomed the decision to clear the team of some spot-fixing claims levelled against them. Afridi, who led Pakistan to victory by 23 runs in England but lost the five-match series 2-3, said he was delighted that the findings – announced after the ICC’s board meeting in Dubai – were in his team’s favour.”I am very happy after hearing the news,” Afridi said. “I had and will always have full confidence in my team that they will not do anything like that.advertisement”I have told the players to always remain focused on cricket and forget anything else, and that’s what they were doing in the one-day series in England.” Afridi is to lead the team in the limited-over matches series starting in the United Arab Emirates later this month. From Agencieslast_img read more

NCAA: San Beda mauls Mapua, extends perfect streak to 16

first_imgLATEST STORIES Alyssa Valdez leads Philippines past Vietnam in Asean Grand Prix opener This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MOST READ Noah Lugo had 14 points and 10 boards for Mapua. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own man Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? View comments The Red Lions maintained their royal status atop the league with a 16-0 record while the Cardinals dropped their second straight game to a 7-8 card.San Beda held a comfortable 38-28 lead at the end of the first half but went into hunting mode in the third, outscoring the Cardinals 21-9 in the penultimate frame for a commanding 59-37 buffer heading into the final quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manJames Kwkuteye led all scorers with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Calvin Oftana added 15 points and seven boards.Evan Nelle orchestrated the offense for San Beda with 14 points and eight assists while AC Soberano added 12 points. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MANILA, Philippines—Defending champion San Beda extended its perfect run to 16 games after ripping Mapua apart, 83-55, in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicallast_img read more

Dybala: No-one can match Messi & Ronaldo

first_imgJuventus striker Paulo Dybala insists he cannot match the achievements of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and is instead out to be “first among the humans”.The Argentina international has scored 72 goals in just 147 appearances for the Bianconeri, and at the age of 24 Dybala is among the next generation of players looking to break the duopoly of Juventus team-mate Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Messi.Alessandro Del Piero has tipped Dybala and PSG star Kylian Mbappe to be take over from the two superstars, but the forward is insistent that no mere mortal can ascend to the throne while the eternal rivals are still playing. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “For that to be the case, Messi and Ronaldo would need to be at the twilight of their careers, but they are still doing extraordinary things,” Dybala said, per La Gazzetta dello Sport.“Messi and Cristiano are beyond the norm. My objective is to be first among the humans.”Speaking about other players who could potentially become the best in the world, Dybala has also hailed Real Madeis playmaker Isco, and insists he has always dreamed of being recognised as the finest player on the planet.”Of the other humans, I like Isco, because he never loses the ball, but Neymar and Mbappé are also excellent players,” he added.“When I was a child, sitting in front of the campfire, I wished that I could win the Ballon d’Or. If you want to improve, you have to set high targets.”last_img read more

Nadal braced for ‘complex’ Djokovic in 52nd meeting

first_img\R London, Jul 13 (AFP) Rafael Nadal described long-time rival Novak Djokovic as “one of the more complex” players he’s ever met as they prepare to clash for the 52nd time with a Wimbledon final spot at stake. World number one Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion at the All England Club, trails Djokovic, the 2011, 2014 and 2015 winner, 26-25 in a rivalry which began at Roland Garros 12 years ago. Along the way, they have fought out a series of classic and epic battles including Djokovic’s 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 7-5 Australian Open final victory in 2012. At five hours and 53 minutes, it was the longest final ever at a Slam.The following year, Nadal downed the Serb, who was world number one at the time, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7, 9-7 in the semi-finals in Paris, this time in four hours and 37 minutes. “It’s always a big challenge to face Novak,” said 32-year-old Nadal who is back in the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time since 2011 when he finished runner-up to Djokovic. “He is one of the more complex players that I ever saw in our sport. You know that you can’t win against him if you don’t play very well.” Nadal is chasing an 18th Grand Slam title which would put him just two behind Roger Federer who was sensationally knocked out in the quarter-finals by Kevin Anderson. For his part, Djokovic is eyeing a 13th major after making the semi-finals of a Slam for the first time since finishing runner-up at the 2016 US Open.This time last year, few would have expected to see either man back in the last-four at the All England Club.advertisement Nadal was knocked out in the fourth round, losing 13-11 in the final set to Luxembourg journeyman Gilles Muller. On four of his previous five visits to south-west London, he had been defeated by players outside the top 100. Djokovic’s 2017 Wimbledon campaign ended in a quarter-final retirement with an elbow injury which led to surgery and precipitated a worrying dip in form and confidence. When he lost in the French Open quarter-finals to world number 72 Marco Cecchinato last month, he even suggested he was ready to skip Wimbledon this year as his ranking slipped to 22, his lowest since August 2006. But the 31-year-old has been rejuvenated at Wimbledon, sweeping into the semi-finals for the eighth time.- ‘Not up to standard’ -======================== “My results were not up to the standard that I had before,” said Djokovic after beating Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals. “At the same time, I’m trying to use the experience and memories that I have of being in the final stages of Grand Slams, just take things very simple, day by day.” Nadal had not dropped a set at the tournament until the quarter-finals where he fought back to defeat Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 6-7 (7/9), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday. That four-hour and 48-minute epic put him into his sixth Wimbledon semi-final and 28th at the majors. Friday’s other semi-final pitches Anderson, the eighth seed who lost to Nadal in last year’s US Open final, against ninth-seeded American John Isner.Both men are in the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time. Anderson is the first South African to make the last-four since Kevin Curren in 1983. Isner had never got past the third round at Wimbledon before this year while a run to the last-eight at the 2011 US Open had been his previous best at the majors. The surprise presence of Anderson and Isner means this year’s Wimbledon semi-finals will feature players all over the age of 30 for the first time in the Open era. Their clash, however, may not be easy on the eye. Isner hasn’t been broken in 95 service games and has fired 161 aces,fuelled by a sweet tooth. “I think after each win throughout these 10 days, I’ve had a Kit Kat. I’m not going to change that now,” said the American. Anderson has 123 aces to his name. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

Horse dies at Cheltenham before race abandoned in sweltering heat

first_img Hide Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Cheltenham racecourse took the unprecedented decision to abandon one of its races on Thursday on the grounds the three‑and‑a‑quarter‑mile trip was too extreme on one of the hottest April days for many years. The decision followed the death of a runner after crossing the line in the opening race.Dame Rose, a five-year-old mare trained by Richard Hobson, was one of two runners in the first race, a Listed mares’ novice hurdle, set to carry a 5lb penalty, which took her weight to 11st 5lb. She passed the post just under five lengths behind the winner, Dame De Compagnie, but collapsed and died soon afterwards.Banjo Girl, who finished third in the same race, and Angels Antics, who was sixth, were reported to be “suffering from heat stress post-race” following a veterinary examination. Tara Mist, fourth home in the two‑mile and five-furlong mares’ novice chase which followed was also reported to be suffering from heat stress.All runners at Cheltenham on Thursday were being drenched with water after crossing the line, as the temperature climbed to almost double the average for April of 14C. After consulting with veterinary officers as well as senior jockeys and trainers including Richard Johnson, Noel Fehily, David Pipe and Martin Scudamore, the decision was taken to abandon the Jrl Group Mares’ Handicap Chase.The official notice of the inquiry reported that “having heard their evidence, the stewards decided to abandon race four – as it potentially posed an unacceptable risk to horses over this extreme distance in the prevailing heat, especially as horses appear not to have acclimatised to the exceptionally warm weather following a prolonged cold spell”.A post mortem is expected to be carried out on Dame Rose in an attempt to determine whether her death was related to the high temperature.Robin Mounsey, the British Horseracing Authority’s head of media, said the regulator hoped those affected by the decision to abandon a race would understand that horse welfare was paramount.“While we appreciate that this decision may be frustrating to some,” Mounsey said. “It was discussed at length with vets, jockeys, trainers and the racecourse and we hope those affected will understand the decision was taken with welfare in mind. news Horse racing tips Share via Email Charlie Appleby’s Soliloquy makes winning pitch for 1,000 Guineas Topics Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback.center_img Show Cheltenham Share on Facebook Reuse this content “Hot weather provisions have been put in place across the country, such as extra water and tired horses not returning to the parade ring after races but the decision was made to cancel this one race as an extra precaution.”At Newmarket, Charlie Appleby’s Masar was a big mover in the betting for the 2,000 Guineas on 5 May after an impressive front-running success in the Group Three Craven Stakes over the same one-mile trip as the Classic. He is now top-priced at 8-1 with SkyBet, having been a 50-1 chance on Thursday morning.Roaring Lion, the runner-up to Saxon Warrior in the Racing Post Trophy last October, was sent off at odds‑on to confirm himself on course for the Classic but Masar did not give any of his rivals a chance to lay down a challenge as he quickened and stayed on strongly to beat White Mocha by nine lengths with Roaring Lion only third. “He’s wintered in Dubai and done fantastically well,” Appleby said.“There was never an intention to run him there but he was getting too well and we wanted to take a bit of the gas out of him. Masar was always going to be on the front end because we thought if it turned into a bit of a dogfight up the hill, his fitness was going to be his edge. William said he quickened before the dip and then quickened up the hill again, and he’s a far stronger individual this year.“He was professional today from the moment he turned up for the race. Last year we had a hood on him in the preliminaries and he just wanted to get on with it. On what I’ve seen out there, he’s going to be a big [Guineas] contender, for sure.” … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.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 hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Quick guide Horse racing tips for Friday 20 April Fontwell Park 1.40 Risk And Roll 2.15 Toviere 2.50 Dandy Dan 3.25 Theo’s Charm 3.55 Celma Des Bois 4.25 Onehelluvatouch 4.55 Spiritofchartwell 5.30 Regarding Ruth Newbury 1.50 Well Done Fox 2.25 Qaysar (nap) 3.00 Hazarfiya 3.35 A Momentofmadness 4.05 Injam 4.35 Bartholomeu Dias 5.05 Contrive Ayr 2.05 Fin And Game (nb) 2.40 Wot A Shot 3.15 Darius Des Bois 3.45 Theinval 4.15 Copain De Classe 4.45 Haul Us In 5.15 General Mahler Bath 4.40 Big Brave Bob 5.10 Kinks 5.45 Marie Of Lyon 6.15 Marietta Robusti 6.45 Cowboy Soldier 7.15 Dougan 7.45 Prominna Southwell 4.50 Dartford Warbler 5.25 Western Miller 5.55 Captain Mowbray 6.25 Shimla Dawn 6.55 Dakota Grey 7.25 Cosmic King 7.55 IndefatigableTips by Greg Wood. Share on Pinterest Horse racing Since you’re here… Read morelast_img read more

Europa League: Karius drops clanger in Besiktas defeat, Dudelange shock Apoel

first_imgEuropa League Read more Share on Messenger Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball)Oh no Loris Karius!The former Liverpool keeper makes a huge blunder to gift Slovan Bratislava the lead against Besiktas 😩 19, 2019 Sheyi Ojo gives Rangers win against Feyenoord on emotional night Lazio Reuse this content The hosts then rallied dramatically, scoring three goals in four minutes. Andrija Pavlovic netted either side of Tomas de Vincenti’s penalty to put the Cypriot side 3-2 ahead in the Group A match.Dudelange’s hopes of a shock looked over, but goalkeeper Jonathan Joubert produced a string of saves to keep them within one goal, before Dominik Stolz grabbed an equaliser and Sinani’s second goal eight minutes from time snatched victory.In the other Group A game, Javier Hernández’s free kick broke the deadlock for Sevilla just after the hour mark at Qarabag, before Munir El-Haddadi and Óliver Torres added late goals. Share via Email Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Pinterestcenter_img Pinterest Mario Leitgeb scored twice as Austrian underdogs Wolfsberger claimed a remarkable 4-0 away success in Group J, with Shon Weissman and Marcel Ritzmaier also adding to a bleak night for Borussia Mönchengladbach. In the group’s other game, Roma thrashed Istanbul Basaksehir by the same scoreline, with Edin Dzeko and Nicolo Zaniolò on target.In Group H, CSKA Moscow led 1-0 at half-time through Igor Diveev but unravelled in the second half, Romanian forward Claudiu Keseru scoring a hat-trick as Ludogorets ran out 5-1 winners. Espanyol narrowly avoided an upset, Matías Vargas’s equaliser earning a point at home to Ferencvaros.Apoel Nicosia, former Champions League quarter-finalists, were booed off at half-time after Danel Sinani had given Dudelange the lead at the break – and Antoine Bernier pounced on a defensive error to double the visitors’ lead after 51 minutes. news Share on Facebook Antoine Bernier celebrates after doubling Dudelange’s lead in Cyprus. Photograph: Yiannis Kourtoglou/Reuters Lazio fell to defeat at CFR Cluj in their opening Group E game. Bastos put Simone Inzaghi’s side ahead in the 25th minute, but the hosts equalised four minutes before half-time through Ciprian Ioan’s penalty. Billel Omrani then won it for Cluj in bizarre fashion, heading home after his initial effort struck the bar.PSV beat Sporting 3-2 in a battle of European giants. Goals from Donyeli Malen, Timo Baumgartl and an own goal from Sebastián Coates gave the hosts victory in Eindhoven, with a Bruno Fernandes penalty and Pedro Mendes strike not enough for the visitors.Two goals from Tiquinho Soares helped Porto defeat Young Boys 2-1 in Portugal, while Gent overcame Saint-Etienne in a five-goal thriller, Jonathan David scoring twice for the hosts. In Manchester United’s group, Partizan and AZ Alkmaar played out a 2-2 draw. Share on LinkedIn Lorius Karius had a night to forget as Besiktas lost 4-2 to Slovan Bratislava on a Europa League evening filled with surprise scorelines. Austria’s Wolfsberger AC won 4-0 at Mönchengladbach, while Bulgaria’s Ludogorets thumped CSKA Moscow 5-1.In the day’s earlier games, Luxembourg’s Dudelange stunned Apoel Nicosia with a 4-3 win in Cyprus while Lazio slumped to a 2-1 away defeat against Cluj.Karius was at fault for the hosts’ opening goal in Slovakia, charging off his line to deal with a long ball but misjudging it completely, allowing Slovan striker Andraz Sporar to slot home. Besiktas rallied to lead 2-1 at half-time, before Sporar struck again on the hour mark.With the game heading for a draw, the hosts struck twice in stoppage time through Marin Ljubicic and Mohammed Rharsalla. The result leaves Group K wide open, after Wolves were beaten by Braga at Molineux in their opener. Share on WhatsApp Topics Apoel Nicosialast_img read more

Comment Sought on Gambling Research Project

first_imgNova Scotians have an opportunity to provide written comment on the terms of a proposed study into gambling in the province. A draft copy of the request for proposals for the study was made available today, March 1, by the Department of Environment and Labour. The study, which is to assess and understand the social and economic impacts of gambling in Nova Scotia, is a commitment of the provincial Gaming Strategy and will put Nova Scotia at the forefront of gambling research in Canada. The department is seeking comments from interested parties, including potential bidders, to ensure the requirements in the request for proposals are clear and complete. The draft request for proposals is available on the department’s website at . Printed copies can be obtained by telephoning 902-424-2579. Comments can be forwarded by e-mail to or by mail to: Gambling Study RFP, c/o Business Services, Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour, 5151 Terminal Rd. Halifax, NS, B3J 2T8. Responses must be provided in writing by Wednesday, March 15. All comments will be reviewed. Responses from potential bidders will not be included in the bid evaluation process.last_img read more

Quebecs maple syrup producers losing ground as US imports rise report

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec’s government-sanctioned maple syrup cartel is hurting the domestic industry with its strict quota system and price controls, says a report published Thursday.Competitors in the United States and elsewhere in Canada are free to produce as much as they want and they benefit from price stabilization due to Quebec’s influence on the market, says the document produced by the right-leaning Montreal Economic Institute.“Quebec still has a strong position but our competitors are getting closer and they are growing faster than we are,” Alexandre Moreau, author of the report, said in an interview.The report says the federation of maple syrup producers in Quebec sets bulk prices and has a monopoly on bulk sales of the product, or 85 per cent of the province’s annual yield.Producers have to go through the federation in order to sell syrup in a container larger than five litres.The cartel helps stabilize the price of maple syrup and ensures a stable revenue for the province’s producers.According to the federation’s latest numbers, Quebec’s 13,500 producers harvested about 148 million litres of maple syrup in 2016, worth roughly $436 million. The province produced about 72 per cent of world maple syrup production.Moreau says his study reveals Quebec’s global market share began falling in 2004 — the year the federation introduced a quota system — from a high of 82 per cent in 2003 to 72 per cent.Since 2004, the number of taps harvested in Quebec has increased by 17 per cent compared with almost a 90 per cent hike in the United States, he said.The report states Quebec imported $20 million worth of maple syrup in 2016, almost all from the United States.Simon Trepanier of the maple syrup federation said he’s not concerned by the growth south of the border.Markets in Europe and Asia are underserved and there is space, he said, for both the Quebec and American markets to grow.“We’re not competing for the same clients,” he said.Moreau says Quebec’s farmers should be free to produce and sell as much maple syrup as they want.“Otherwise, their share of the global market will likely continue to fall.”Nicole Varin, a third-generation maple syrup farmer in Oka, Que., agrees with Moreau and has found out in the past how dangerous it can be to act against the cartel.She and her husband ignored the quota system and now face fines up to $450,000.Varin appealed and her case is before the Quebec Superior Court.“We are penalized because we have been real entrepreneurs,” she said. “We built our own client list and we serve them directly. We don’t need the federation.”— With files from Julien Arsenaultlast_img read more

Kristin Johnston died within five minutes medical examiner tells Butcher trial

first_imgHALIFAX – A Montreal-born yoga instructor who was found dead in her Halifax home had “defensive injuries” on her hands and fingers, a medical examiner testified Tuesday at Nicholas Butcher’s second-degree murder trial.“It looked as though an altercation or struggle had occurred at the scene,” Dr. Marnie Wood told the 14-member Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury.Wood said she went to Kristin Johnston’s home on Halifax’s outskirts on March 26, 2016, hours after the 32-year-old woman was found dead on a blood-soaked bed in the master bedroom.She performed an autopsy on Johnston’s body the next day.Wood said Johnston’s death was caused by sharp force injuries to her neck that led to a fatal amount of bleeding, and that the injuries were consistent with being caused by a single-edge blade.The trial has heard that a steak knife was found on the bed next to Johnston’s lifeless body.Wood, who was qualified to give opinion evidence at the trial, said there were injuries to Johnston’s right and left jugular veins. She estimated that with those injuries, Johnston would have died within “five minutes or less.”Wood also described injuries on her fingers and the palms of her hands as “defensive.”She agreed with defence lawyer Peter Planetta that there’s no way to determine the type of knife used to cause the injuries.“Exactly which single-edged blade and the exact size of that blade is impossible to determine with certainty,” she said.The jury has heard that officers were called to the scene in Purcells Cove after Butcher called 911 and told the dispatcher he had killed his girlfriend and tried to kill himself. He also told the dispatcher he had cut off his hand.Police have testified that a mitre saw was found in the bedroom next to an amputated hand.RCMP Sgt. Adrian Butler, a blood stain pattern analyst, testified Tuesday about the gruesome scene inside Johnston’s home.Butler said a large saturation stain found on the bed was consistent with Johnston receiving injuries to her neck and bleeding in the spot in which she was found — lying on her back.“Saturation stains and hand transfer stains were located on the bottom half of the pillow,” said Butler, as the jury flipped through a book of crime scene photos.“A minimum of two hand transfer stains were located on the pillow. A large, concentrated saturation stain — 60 centimetres by 121 centimetres in size — was located on the north side of the bed.”Butler, an expert witness, said there were also hundreds of blood spatter stains on a pillow, comforter and the floor.He said there were pools of blood on the bedroom floor near the mitre saw, along with hundreds of “cast off” spatter stains on the wall near the saw as well as stains on the saw’s handle.It appears Butcher’s hand has been reattached, as it is occasionally visible in the courtroom as he sits at his lawyer’s bench during the proceedings.The jury has heard that the businesswoman had just shut down her yoga studio and spoke to friends about ending her relationship with Butcher.The 36-year-old man, a graduate of Dalhousie University law school who worked with Young Drivers before his arrest, has pleaded not guilty.Earlier Tuesday, RCMP Cpl. Christian Hochhold testified that he analyzed a cellphone that belonged to Johnston.Hochhold, an expert in the forensic analysis of computers and other electronic devices, said he extracted a “plethora” of data, including emails, text messages, photos and Facebook messages.Those messages included exchanges Johnston had with friends in the weeks, days and hours before her death.Hochhold told the jury it would take “an extreme amount of dedication” to alter the text messages sent and received on the phone.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

John Legend Performs One Night For ONE DROP

first_imgOn Friday, March 20, some of the biggest names in entertainment came out to support One Night for ONE DROP imagined by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, featuring Academy Award-winning recording artist John Legend.One Night for ONE DROP benefit feat. John Legend raises more than $6 million for global water projectsCredit/Copyright: Erik KabikThe third annual, one-night-only benefit sponsored by MGM Resorts International raised more than $6 million for ONE DROP, the non-profit organization created by Cirque du Soleil Founder Guy Laliberte, with all proceeds supporting water access initiatives across the globe.The glamorous event brought fantasy to life as more than 100 Cirque du Soleil performers came together for an extraordinary performance directed by Mukhtar O.S. Mukhtar inside The Beatles LOVE Theatre. Legend provided a memorable moment during the show with a special rendition of his smash hit “All of Me,” and closed the show with a standing ovation as he performed “Dreams.”Notable names in attendance for One Night for ONE DROP included Cirque du Soleil Founder Guy Laliberte; ONE DROP CEO Catherine B. Bachand; lifestyle expert, designer, model Camila Alves; American pop punk band Plain White T’s; “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” stars Mauricio Umansky, Kyle Richards, Camille Grammar and Faye Resnick; British producer Nigel Lythgoe; President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Daniel Lamarre; UFC Hall of Famer/Former Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin; British-American actress Jane Seymour; Mayor of Las Vegas Carolyn Goodman and husband Oscar Goodman; Bree “DJ 88” DeLano; American chef/TV personality Susan Feniger; international Spanish actor Miguel Angel Silvestre; Burlesque superstars Romeo and Lada; Canadian Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu; Professional poker player and TV personality Maria Ho; supermodels Karlina Caune, Constance Jablonski, Valentina Zelyaeva, Daria Strokous and Ginta Lapina; guest performer/solo cellist Philip Sheppard; guest performer/Quixotic violinist Shane Borth; Emmy-award winning choreographer Anita Mann and more.This year marks a major milestone for ONE DROP as it receives special recognition from the United Nations with the closing of the International Decade for Action on Water (2000-2015). Honored with the ‘Water for Life’ Best Practices Award, ONE DROP is celebrated specifically for its artistic approach to change behaviors in how people deal with water.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Tamsen Fadal And Mike Woods To Host The 8th Annual ADAPT Community

first_imgEdward R. Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network, announced today that they will kick off the Holidays with its 8th Annual Santa Project Party on Wednesday, December 6th at the Down Town Association.The event features entertainment, a silent auction, passed hors d’oeuvres and a selection of wine & champagne.The Santa Project Party, a benefit for ADAPT Community Network, and will be co-hosted by Tamsen Fadal, eight-time Emmy winning Anchor of PIX 11 News, Host, Broadway Profiles & best-selling Author, along with Mike Woods, Meteorologist, FOX 5’s Good Day New York, and People Magazine’s “Sexiest Anchor Alive.” This marks the fourth consecutive year Tamsen has hosted the Santa Project Party, and the fifth consecutive year for Mike. In addition to a strong showing of support from a diverse young professional crowd, the event expects to draw celebrity guests from fashion, film, television and Broadway.Co-Chairs of the Santa Project Party this year include Isiah Whitlock Jr., Acclaimed actor, The Wire, Veep, Cars 3, Chips, Survivors Remorse, and Cedar Rapids; Liza Huber, Founder & CEO of Sage Spoonfuls, and award-winning author; Steve Lacy, 5PM and 10PM weekday anchor at FOX 5 News; Teresa Priolo, Emmy winning reporter, and fill in anchor for FOX 5 News; Javier Gomez, Artist, Designer, Maison&Objet Ambassador of the Americas. Featured in BVLGARI, FENDI Casa, People Magazine’s “Sexiest Artist Alive;” and Camilla Barungi, Principal, GreyFire Holding, founder, African Moringa and model of “Project Runway” fame.The Santa Project Party Committee Members for 2017 include: Tom Doyle, Patrick Hazlewood, Andy Peeke, Michelina Mandarano, and Melanie Mandarano.“ADAPT is extremely grateful this holiday season for our hosts, sponsors, donors and friends.” says Edward R. Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network, “Their support and concern for our children and families in need is truly exemplifies the spirit and generosity of New Yorkers.”“I am delighted to co-host the Santa Project Party with Mike Woods,” says Tamsen Fadal. “ADAPT Community Network reaches thousands of families and individuals living with disabilities throughout New York City. I am continually impressed by the scope and magnitude of their programs and ability to positively impact people’s lives.”“I am thrilled to co-host the 8th Annual ADAPT Community Network Santa Project Party with its longtime supporter Tamsen Fadal says Mike Woods. I am a big supporter of ADAPT and their vital ongoing work to provide programs and services for children, families, and adults living with disabilities.”The Santa Project Party is on Wednesday, December 6th from 6:30pm – 9:30pm at Down Town Association; 60 Pine St, New York, NY 10005 Individual tickets are $125 dollars and sponsorship opportunities are now available.last_img read more

Indian eves beat Nepal clinch 5th SAFF title

first_imgBiratnagar: India continued its dominance at the SAFF Women’s Championship with the team lifting its fifth straight title on Friday in Biratnagar, Nepal with a 3-1 win over the hosts in the final. The win extends India’s unbeaten run in the tournament’s history to 23 games as goals from Dalima Chhibber, Grace Dangmei and substitute Anju Tamang saw India lift the trophy in front of a partisan crowd at the Sahid Rangashala Stadium. The pace of the match was intense from the word go, with both sides pressing hard from the first whistle. Grace Dangmei fashioned a couple of early chances down the right wing for India while Nepal registered a couple of shots from a distance, with Manjali Kumar testing Indian custodian Aditi Chauhan in the 14th minute. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhJust three minutes later, after some excellent build-up play down the right, Sandhiya laid off a ball for Sanju to shoot from the top of the box. The winger’s effort was a powerful one but was saved by the opposition keeper. On the other end, Sabitra Bhandari posed a threat for India inside the penalty area but her curling effort was off target. In the semi-final against Bangladesh, it was Dalima who opened the scoring for India and this time around too, it was the right-back who gave India the advantage. In the 26th minute, she smashed the ball past the keeper from a free-kick from 30 yards with a powerful drive and put the defending champions into a 1-0 lead. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterRatanbala Devi could have added a second goal six minutes later but her shot from a distance was saved by the Nepal goalie. In the 34th minute though, Sabitra equalized for the hosts as she rose high above her marker and headed the ball into the back of the net. The break saw both sides locked at a goal apiece but it could have easily been either team with the lead. Grace failed to connect well with a cross from Sanju down the left in the 41st minute and Aditi made a brilliant double save to deny Sabitra in first half stoppage time. The second half began with India creating the majority of the opportunities, with Sanju and Ratanbala putting their respective efforts just over the bar. Nepal were under the cosh and India’s pressure paid off in the 63rd minute after Sanju put Grace through on goal with a delightful through ball. The winger swiftly broke through and showing great composure, she rounded the goalkeeper and slotted the ball home to restore India’s advantage. It proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back as the away side continued to keep the Nepal side at bay and almost added another as Ratanbala’s shot was spilled by the keeper. Coach Maymol Rocky brought on Anju Tamang in place of Sandhiya midway through the second half at the top of the pitch and in the 78th minute, the move paid rich dividends as she slammed the ball on the volley for India’s third after a crafty first-time assist from Indumathi Kathiresan. Towards the end, Nepal threw everything they had at the Indian defence but they stood firm. Sabitra and Renuka Nagarkote threatened to halve the deficit but could not get past Aditi in goal as India romped to a fifth SAFF trophy in a row.last_img read more

Peruvian man Arrested in Morocco in Possession of 25 Kilos of

Rabat- A Peruvian national was arrested Saturday at the Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca in possession of two kilograms and a half of cocaine, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The Peruvian national, a trader by profession, was on a flight from the Brazilian city of Sao Paolo. Upon his arrival in the airport, he drew the suspicion of customs officers who searched his luggage and discovered a large quantity of drugs carefully concealed at the bottom of a suitcase.The alleged drug trafficker, born in 1958, was handed over to the judicial police in the airport for further investigation, according to the same source. read more

Indias Lok Sabha discusses arrest of fishermen in Lanka

“The Governemnt of India should send its team to the state to assess the damage and provide assistance to the fishermen community to the state,” he said. Besides, he also demanded the release of Rs 1,520 crore for deep sea fishing. The government should also provide Rs 5,000 crore for meet food requirment of the state, he said.Another AIADMK member S Rajendran said floods in Tamil Nadu have also affected the fishermen community.About 65,000 fishermen has been affected, prawn culture industry has been negatively impacted. “Along with boats, they have to be released. There has to be a permanent solution to this,” he said, adding, the Centre should intervene so that the fishermen are released by Sri Lanka. “The Centre should immediately release funds to the state for developing deep sea fishing,” he said.V Elumalai (AIADMK) demanded the release of Rs 2,000 crore from the Centre for a special housing scheme in Tamil Nadu which was affected by floods recently. The issue of 45 Indian fishermen in the custody of the Sri Lankan Navy was discussed in India’s Lok Sabha yesterday.K Ashok Kumar of the AIADMK told the Lok Sabha that 45 fishermen are in the custody of the Sri Lankan Navy, the PTI news agency reported. read more

What Syrian refugees arriving at Pearson will see

We are getting our first look at the port of entry being set up at Pearson Airport for Syrian refugees arriving in Canada.They will enter at gate 521, which is in a separate area from the arrivals area travellers use. It’s in a section built during the renovations of terminal one, and is only used for special events such as the G8-G20 summit in 2010.The area’s been given a fresh coat of paint, fresh art work for the refugees, and fresh signage that includes arabic. After being prioritized they will head down the hallway where 30 cubicles have been set up by Canada Border Services Agents, where they will be processing paperwork, checking fingerprints and making sure the refugees are who they say they are.There is another section after that where Service Canada will be issuing Social Insurance Numbers so they can get jobs and access services. They will also get immigration identification documents. There’s another section where public health officers will be assessing how the refugees are feeling and dealing with any health issues.And yet another area has been set up where full winter clothing will be handed out. There’s a play area for kids, there’s a place where they’ll be given snacks, and we’re hearing from Canada Border Services Agents that they had a wave of volunteers from across the country who wanted to come here to help process these refugees.The CBSA’s Christine Durocher: “Our goal is to help individuals get through becoming permanent residents as securely and efficiently as possible for them to move on to the important task of integrating into our society. When our new arrivals leave the airport, they will do so as permanent residents of Canada.”The whole process is expected to take about four hours, and then the refugees will be bussed to their next destination. We are told that they can process about three planefuls a day.The Pearson port of entry is expected to remain active until February and the first wave of 160 refugees is expected this week; the rumour is Thursday and that has yet to be confirmed by the immigration minister. read more

World must step up battle against bird flu to prevent human pandemic

The global community needs to step up the battle against bird flu in affected Asian countries to avoid a potential global human influenza pandemic, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.The virus continues to circulate in poultry and specifically in wetland ducks in Asia, and major efforts are needed to curb it before other regions of the globe are affected by the virus, which in a worst-case scenario could mutate into a human pandemic with potentially disastrously deadly results. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-20, which is not related to bird flu, is thought to have killed 20 million people worldwide.Countries hit by the virus, H5N1, will have to invest more in controlling the disease by improving animal health and veterinary systems, the FAO and the World Animal Health Organization (OIE), a 167-member inter-governmental organization, said in a joint statement. Donor funding is required to support national bird flu campaigns, especially in the poorest countries, they added.The latest scare has been sparked by a new outbreak of the disease, which has already infected 13 people in Viet Nam, 12 of them fatally, since mid-December. In addition there has been one confirmed and one suspected case, both fatal, in neighbouring Cambodia. Last year H5N1 sickened some 50 people, over three dozen fatally, and led to the deaths or culling of more than 100 million birds in nearly a dozen Asian countries.The two agencies are organizing a regional meeting on avian influenza in animals in Asia next week in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.Chief veterinary officers from the region, national scientists, representatives of international and regional organizations and donor representatives will discuss scientific advances, diagnosis, surveillance, prevention and control, rehabilitation and restructuring, trade and international cooperation and human health implications. read more

Condemning new death sentence UN rights chief highlights alarming use of capital

“Taheri’s multiple convictions on a variety of vague charges, his alleged detention in solitary confinement and now his sentencing to death bring into stark focus serious issues with the administration of justice and the terribly worrying use of the death penalty in Iran,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a press release.Taheri was sentenced to death on Saturday by the Revolutionary Court on a charge of Fesad fel Arz (corruption on earth).“Iran’s use of the death penalty has long been problematic, with many executions on drug offences, several executions of people who were below the age of 18 when the crime was committed, as well as other cases where broad, ill-defined charges led to the imposition of capital punishment,” Zeid added.The High Commissioner stressed that under international law, and in particular the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, ratified by Iran, in countries which have not abolished the death penalty, it may only be used for “the most serious crimes” which has been interpreted to mean only crimes involving intentional killing. Even then, the case has to meet stringent fair trial standards. “I call on the Iranian authorities to immediately withdraw the charges against Taheri and ensure his unconditional release. For an individual to be sentenced to death for peaceful exercise of freedom of expression, religion or belief is an absolute outrage – and a clear violation of international human rights law,” High Commissioner Zeid stated. Iran has reportedly executed more than 600 individuals so far this year. Last year, at least 753 people were executed in the country.“I urge the Government of Iran to immediately impose a moratorium on all executions and to work with us and other partners on alternative strategies to combat crime,” the UN rights chief demanded. For its part, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, urged the Iranian authorities to immediately commute the death penalty handed down to Mr. Tehari. “It is unacceptable and a clear violation of international law for an individual to be imprisoned and condemned to death for peacefully exercising his rights to freedoms of religion and of expression,” the UN expert stressed. Mr. Shaheed’s call has been endorsed by the UN Special Rapporteurs on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt; on torture, Juan E. Méndez; on extrajudicial executions, Christof Heyns; on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye; and on human rights defenders, Michel Forst.The UN opposes the use of the death penalty in all circumstances and the global trend is towards abolition. read more

Ban condemns explosion reportedly caused by car bomb in Ankara

“The explosion, which occurred at rush hour in the heart of the city, claimed the lives of at least 28 people and injured dozens more,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.“The Secretary-General hopes the perpetrators of this terrorist attack will be swiftly brought to justice,” said the statement, adding that Mr. Ban sends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, and that the United Nations stands in solidarity with the people and the Government of Turkey at this tragic time. read more