’16 champ Djokovic stunned by Thiem in French Open quarters

first_imgKnown for tremendous footwork and court coverage, the No. 2-seeded Serb even stumbled and tumbled to the court, his racket flying out of his hands, early in the second set. Djokovic was left on his knees, and soon he would be out of the tournament entirely.“All in all,” Djokovic said, “it was decided, I think, in the first set.”How unlikely was this result? Djokovic entered the day having won all five previous matches — and 11 of 12 sets — against Thiem, including in the French Open semifinals a year ago.“It’s amazing for me,” Thiem said. “To beat him for the first time in the quarters of the French Open is a dream.”Plus, Djokovic had appeared in a record six consecutive semifinals in Paris. But this continued what has become something of a 12-month downward slide for him since he finally grabbed ahold of the French Open championship he had so long sought.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Serbia’s Novak Djokovic slips in his quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Austria’s Dominic Thiem at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (AP Photo/David Vincent)PARIS— Novak Djokovic’s French Open title defense ended with a surprisingly lopsided 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0 quarterfinal loss to sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria on Wednesday.A year ago, Djokovic became the first man in nearly a half-century to claim a fourth consecutive major championship and completed a career Grand Slam at Roland Garros. But his form has dipped considerably since then, and now he has gone four majors in a row without earning a trophy.ADVERTISEMENT Since then, though, the highlight for Djokovic was a runner-up finish at the U.S. Open. Otherwise, he lost his No. 1 ranking to Andy Murray and lost in the third round of Wimbledon, the first round of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, and the second round of the Australian Open.Along the way, he split with one of his coaches, Boris Becker, and then his other, Marian Vajda, along with other members of his entourage. Djokovic enlisted Andre Agassi for coaching help during Week 1 of the French Open, but Agassi had some prior commitments and so was gone by the time Djokovic faced Thiem.The 23-year-old Thiem will face nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal next.“You have to play the best guys round after round,” Thiem said. “It’s not getting easier on Friday.”The other men’s quarterfinals scheduled for later Wednesday: 2016 runner-up Murray vs. No. 8 Kei Nishikori, and 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka vs. No. 7 Marin Cilic.Thiem is a talented, up-and-coming player, to be sure, and he is the only man to beat Nadal in the Spaniard’s 23 matches on clay in 2017. That came in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open last month.Earlier Wednesday, Nadal reached his record 10th French Open semifinal when No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain retired from their match early in the second set because of an injured abdominal muscle he said began bothering him on a serve at 5-2 in the first.Nadal led 6-2, 2-0 when Carreno Busta stopped.Nadal has dropped only 22 games so far in the tournament, the fewest he has lost on the way to any of his 26 Grand Slam semifinal berths.“I don’t know how many games I lost this year, but I really don’t care about this, no?” Nadal said. “I only care that I am in the semifinals.” MOST READ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV “It’s a fact that I’m not playing close to my best,” Djokovic said. “This is a whole new situation that I’m feeling.”On Wednesday at a windy Court Suzanne Lenglen, Djokovic was out of sorts in so many ways, even before that 20-minute third set in which he won only 8 of 34 points. That was only the second time that Djokovic lost a final set by the score of 6-0 in his 937 career tour-level matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It was not there for me today,” Djokovic said with a sigh.He wasted two set points in the opener. By the end of the match, he wound up with nearly twice as many unforced errors, 35, as winners, 18. His backhand was particularly problematic. 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Lourdes Clemente slowly showing true potential for La Salle as she adjusts to UAAP grind

first_imgMOST READ Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Clemente scored her first points in the UAAP in the Lady Spikers’ 25-10, 20-25, 27-25, 25-22  victory over National University Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center, effectively putting her name on the board.After playing out her first four collegiate years with University of Perpetual Help in the NCAA, Clemente made the jump to the UAAP and enrolled in La Salle’s Master of Marketing Communication program.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesClemente finished with five points in her third game with the Lady Spikers but she’s far from satisfied with her performance.“I got a little bit of confidence but I’m really not satisfied with how I played because there are still a lot of areas that I have to focus on,” said Clemente in Filipino. “The coaches always tell me not to be contented with how I play.” “It’s a big difference, I don’t want to compare, but it’s really harder here,” said Clemente. “My first goal is to adapt to the system of coach Ramil.” View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Clemente scored her first point with a quick kill for the 22-all tie in the third set but her highlight play of the day came in the fourth set when she drilled Jennifer Nierva for the Lady Spikers’ 23-21 lead.La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus said that Clemente has yet to push her limits especially in the UAAP where games are longer due to rallies.“I think in the other league one attack and the play is finished, there’s no rally since Lourdes is already big and her limits haven’t been stretched,” said De Jesus in Filipino of the 6-foot-1 middle blocker.“She not only has to block, but she also has to anticipate what the opponents would do,” added De Jesus.Clemente admitted that she’s had a harder time in the UAAP since she’s also trying to quickly adapt to De Jesus’ system with De La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ramil de Jesus frustrated with La Salle’s latest showing: You can’t blame mistakes on your opponents Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—It took some time but Lourdes Clemente finally made her impact for De La Salle in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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first_imgPut Mother Teresas picture on USD10 note: US prez aspirant From Lalit K Jha Washington, Sep 17 (PTI) Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresas picture should be put on the redesigned USD 10 note, a prominent US Republican presidential candidate said today, describing her as an inspiration to everyone. The suggestion came during the Republican presidential debate when all the 11 candidates on the podium were asked which woman they thought should take Alexander Hamiltons place on the USD 10 bill (note), which the Department of Treasury has announced will be redesigned in 2020. “Well, its probably not, maybe, legal, but, I would pick Mother Teresa, the lady that I had a chance to meet, a woman who lived a life so much bigger than her own,” Ohio Governor John Kasich said. “An inspiration to everyone when we think about our responsibility to love our neighbour as we love ourselves,” he said in response to the question which was posed to each of the 11 candidates. Mother Teresa was the recipient of numerous honours including the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2003, she was beatified as “Blessed Teresa of Calcutta”. A second miracle credited to her intercession is required before she can be recognised as a saint by the Catholic Church. After having lived in Yugoslavia for some thirty years, she moved to India in 1929, where she lived for most of her life. Ex-Florida Governor Jeb Bush opted for former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher as his choice for the honour. “I would go with Ronald Reagans partner, Margaret Thatcher. Probably illegal, but what the heck?” he said. Presidential candidates Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruzopted for Rosa Parks, an African-American Civil Rights activist, whom the United States Congress called the first lady of civil rights and the mother of the freedom movement. Carly Fiorina, the only woman on the podium, did not give any name. “I wouldnt change the USD 10 bill, or the USD 20 bill. I think, honestly, its a gesture. I dont think it helps to change our history. What I would think is that we ought to recognise that women are not a special interest group. “Women are the majority of this nation. We are half the potential of this nation, and this nation will be better off when every woman has the opportunity to live the life she chooses,” she argued. PTI LKJ NSAlast_img read more

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Champions League: Messi-less Barcelona beat Inter 2-0, Tottenham held by PSV

first_imgBarcelona came through their first test without the injured Lionel Messi, earning a convincing 2-0 win at home to Inter Milan to take control of Champions League Group B on Wednesday.Midfielder Rafinha opened the scoring against the club where he spent the latter half of last season, bursting through the middle and finding Luis Suarez, then turning the Uruguayan’s cross in on the volley in the 32nd minute.Spanish left back Jordi Alba killed off Inter’s resistance late in the second half with a thumping low finish, snapping the Italian side’s winning streak of seven games in all competitions and sealing a third straight win in the Champions League for Ernesto Valverde’s side.Barca top Group B with nine points while Inter are second on six, with PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham Hotspur locked on a point each.Teamwork pic.twitter.com/VSet68qDieFC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 24, 2018A victory for the Catalans away to Inter at the San Siro in two weeks’ time will seal their place in the last 16 of Europe’s elite competition, in which they have underachieved since lifting the trophy in 2015.”We still miss Messi but we wanted to miss him while winning. We had a great opponent in front of us and we prevented them from playing and got a great result,” Valverde said.”We were very happy because it was a vital game, we were all waiting to see what would happen without Messi but we responded well.”With Messi watching on from the stands, his right arm in a cast after fracturing it against Sevilla on Saturday, the Catalans initially appeared to lack some of their usual swagger.advertisementThey survived an early scare when a low cross fell to Inter captain Mauro Icardi but the Argentine, a former Barca youth player, sent the ball over the bar.Barca soon began to dominate the game, however, with Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo dictating the pace from deep in a manner reminiscent of former midfield great Xavi. He helped Barca monopolise possession and starved Inter of any memorable chances before the break.”Barca are better with Messi around, but they also know how to do well without him, as we saw today,” said Inter coach Luciano Spalletti.”They know exactly how they want to play, they move the ball with speed and they press you a lot high up the pitch.”The Italians reacted well after the interval and had a couple of dangerous spells without troubling Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.But Barca quickly retook control and Alba wrapped up a win which should give them plenty of confidence heading into Sunday’s ‘Clasico’ against Real Madrid and, above all, the belief they do not need Messi on the pitch to beat one of Europe’s best sides.”Winning this game gives us an emotional boost for the ‘Clasico’,” added Valverde.”It will be an exciting game but I don’t think we’ll have any advantage. We need to keep playing with the solidarity and team spirit which we showed today.”PSV 2 – 2 TOTTENHAM HOTSPURWell that was fun! @psveindhoven 2-2 @SpursOfficial #UCL pic.twitter.com/bvnypzB7vOUEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) October 24, 2018Captain Luuk De Jong struck a late equaliser for PSV Eindhoven as they drew 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, a result that did little for either side’s Champions League ambitions.Hirving Lozano’s deflected effort gave PSV the lead after 30 minutes of the Group B clash but Lucas Moura equalised before halftime, and when Harry Kane headed Tottenham in front after 54 minutes the visitors looked in complete control.A moment of madness saw Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris sent off in the 79th minute, though, and a rejuvenated PSV grabbed a point with De Jong’s close-range flick.The result left PSV and Tottenham on one point from three games with Barcelona and Inter Milan already both on six before their meeting later on Wednesday in the Nou Camp.With both sides having lost to Barcelona and Inter Milan in their first two matches their was precious little margin for error for either in a rocking Philips Stadion.Tottenham, with playmaker Christian Eriksen restored to the starting lineup after recovering from an abdominal injury, settled quickly and Kane had a flurry of early chances, sending one header against the woodwork and firing another effort over.PSV went ahead though, with a goal Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld will not enjoy watching again.His careless pass gifted possession to Mexican Lozano and although Alderweireld did superbly to make a recovery tackle, Lozano’s shot deflected up and over Lloris.advertisementTottenham responded with Davinson Sanchez having a goal ruled out but the north London side went in at the break deservedly level thanks to Moura’s deflected finish after good approach play by Eriksen and right back Kieran Trippier.Gaston Pereiro hit the woodwork for PSV just before halftime but after the interval Tottenham looked the more likely to kickstart their campaign.Eriksen was again the spark as Tottenham went ahead, this time linking with Son Heung-min down the left before curling a cross invitingly for Kane to head home from close range.Erik Lamela skimmed the crossbar with a shot as Tottenham continued to assert themselves, but with victory looking in the bag they allowed PSV off the hook.Lloris came charging out of his goal and took out Lozano — the French World Cup winning captain giving referee Slavko Vincic little choice but to brandish the red card.Worse was to follow for Mauricio Pochettino’s side as they conceded a soft late goal, failing to clear the ball before De Jong flicked the ball past substitute keeper Michel Vorm.last_img read more

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U-17 World Cup 2017 – The key clashes in Kolkata

first_imgU17 World Cup U-17 World Cup 2017 – The key clashes in Kolkata Shivayan Roy Last updated 2 years ago 01:18 20/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium U17 World Cup England U17 Iraq U17 Mexico U17 Chile U17 Counting down towards the FIFA U-17 World Cup, Goal provides you with a guide to the key clashes to be held at Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium. The Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium is situated in Kolkata. Its current capacity is 85,000 and is the largest stadium in India. However, it once had a seating capacity of 1,20,000 and was the second largest football stadium in the world. The stadium is set to host every Group F game bar one and shall also be hosting a Group E game. European heavyweight England is slotted into Group F along with North American giants Mexico, South American side Chile and the southwest Asian side, Iraq.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing England has only qualified for the Under-17 World Cup on three occasions prior to this year’s edition – in 2007, 2011 and 2015. The Young Lions clinched a spot in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India following a second-place finish in the 2017 UEFA European Under-17 Championship. This will be the 13th time that two-time champions Mexico will be taking part in the U-17 World Cup. They qualified for the U-17 World Cup through the recent CONCACAF U-17 championship. The 2017 edition of the tournament will be Chile’s fourth appearance in the history of FIFA Under 17 World Cup with their best result being a third-place finish back in 1993. For Iraq, this will be their second ever appearance in this tournament. Iraq qualified following their triumph in 2016 AFC U-16 Championship.The key clashes to look out for at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium are:engvchileengvmexengviraqlast_img read more

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Castleford hold off Wakefield charge to stay in Super League top three

first_imgWakefield Trinity Share via Email Reuse this content match reports Read more Share on WhatsApp Rugby league Super League Topics Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Wigan v St Helens: Lachlan Coote eyes derby win to extend impressive form Leading 22-0 midway through the first half and 28-6 on the hour, Castleford appeared to be heading for a comfortable night’s work. But as much as the Tigers appeared to drop off in allowing Wakefield to mount a remarkable comeback, Trinity showed spirit and endeavour to score three quick tries and set up a grandstand finish. In the end they were left to rue a dire opening 40 minutes, falling short by two points. “It was a missed opportunity,” their coach, Chris Chester, said. “We were our own worst enemies.”Wakefield were blown away in the first half by two tries from James Clare complemented by scores from Jesse Sene-Lefao and Cory Aston, whose magnificent debut was almost overshadowed by the chaotic finish. Aston, son of the former Sheffield half-back Mark, has had to wait more than two years for his Super League debut since stepping up from the Championship, but the 24-year-old showed plenty of promise, particularly in helping the Tigers establish a commanding half-time lead. “He’s been training well and I thought he carried that into tonight,” said his coach, Daryl Powell. “I thought he did well.”Powell was equally impressed with the manner of his side’s display for the opening hour. “Some of the things we did then were as good as I’ve seen in a long time but you could sense the nerves amongst us at the end.”When Greg Minikin scored Castleford’s fifth try early in the second half it again appeared as though they would have a hassle-free match. But tries from Mason Caton-Brown either side of half-time kept Trinity in the hunt, before they came home the stronger of the sides in the final quarter.Joe Arundel’s initial try to make it 28-14 seemed to be no more than consolation before, two minutes later, Ben Reynolds marked his Super League debut with a try. Suddenly it was 28-20 and when Tinirau Arona crossed Castleford were hanging on for dear life to preserve their four-year unbeaten run against Trinity. There were one or two nervy moments thereafter, and had Wakefield showed a shred more composure it may have been them sitting third before the Good Friday games. Castleford Mata’utia; Clare, Minikin, Shenton, Eden; Trueman, Aston; Watts, Milner, Sene-Lefao, Holmes, McMeeken, Massey.Interchange Moors, Clark, O’Neill, Smith.Tries Clare 2, Sene-Lefao, Aston, Minikin. Goals Mata’utia 4.Wakefield Jowitt; Jones-Bishop, Arundel, Lyne, Caton‑Brown; Reynolds, Hampshire; Fifita, Wood, Arona, Ashurst, Kirmond, Crowther.Interchange Pauli, Kopczak, King, Hirst.Tries Caton-Brown 2, Arundel, Reynolds, Arona. Goals Hampshire 3.Referee C Kendall. Attendance 9,314. Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Castleford These are the nights when, given the drama and high stakes, it is perhaps easy to forget that little over a decade ago Castleford and Wakefield were playing one another to avoid relegation from Super League. Now they are both play-off contenders.For Trinity that will be little consolation but the entertainment both teams served up to kick off the Easter weekend was befitting of sides with lofty ambitions this season.Yet the very nature of Castleford’s win – as well as the up-and-down performances of both teams – underlines there is perhaps still a gap to bridge between these famous West Yorkshire clubs and the top two of St Helens and Warrington. Share on Messenger Share on Facebooklast_img read more

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Security Forces Need 500 Vehicles per year – Bunting

first_imgNational Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting, said that the security forces will need approximately 500 vehicles per year, over the next six years, to operate effectively. He said the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will need some 400 vehicles, and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), 100 units per year, over the period. The National Security Minister was a addressing the weekly meeting of Rotary Club of Liguanea Plains held yesterday (January 10), at the Eden Gardens Complex, St. Andrew. He noted that of the JCF’s fleet of 1,800 vehicles, some 200 had to be abandoned as they were deemed “non-functional” and “we just had to scrap them,” while approximately 50 per cent of the remaining units are over 10 years old. These vehicles, he said, are used for patrol of communities, 24 hours per day, seven days per week, “so a 10-year old police vehicle is like a 25 or 30 year old domestic vehicle, so you can imagine, (it will become) very, very inefficient,” the Minister explained. Mr. Bunting informed that the Government has a “steady programme replacement of our fleets,” with some $600 million spent during the last six months of 2012, to purchase vehicles for the JCF. More than half of these were delivered during the final quarter of last year and the remainder, are slated for delivery during the first three months of 2013.   “Meanwhile, Mr. Bunting informed that the Ministry will be moving to streamline the models and brands of vehicles acquired for the security forces.   “(To have) 28 different makes and 129 different models of vehicles in the police force…that’s just a nightmare for storing parts, maintenance, etcetera. So that’s one of the things that we are focused on,” he stated.last_img read more

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Civil Aviation Master Plan for Vernamfield

first_imgMinister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, says upon the reactivation of aviation activity at Vernamfield, a National Civil Aviation Master Plan will need to be completed to inform an airport master plan for the area.“Based on the airport master plan, the timely development of the cargo logistics hub will be pursued,” he said during a Statement to the House of Representatives on December 4.In addition to serving as a cargo logistics hub, the Vernamfield aerodrome is also intended to accommodate aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul; aviation training for the global market; and a potential warehousing depot for humanitarian relief supplies, among others.Mr. Henry told the Lower House that the flat real estate, which the area boasts, allows for the potential expansion of the airport to accommodate a parallel runway of 14,000 feet.“This will facilitate long-range, heavy-lift traffic, allowing Jamaica to receive and launch aircraft to markets beyond our current reach, where forecast compounded annual growth rates are much higher than that of the traditional source market for visitors,” he said.Mr. Henry argued that “without a long runway, Jamaica will be bound to being a minor airport that does not facilitate the level of economic growth that (the country) requires”.“Against the background that the World Bank projects that Jamaica will lose 22 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) owing to coastal dislocation from sea-level rise, offsetting measures need to be taken to facilitate major economic growth. The construction of a long runway is one such measure,” he added.last_img read more

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ClassNK Releases Guidelines for Gas Fuelled Ships

first_imgzoom Leading classification society has released its second version of the Guidelines for Gas Fuelled Ships. This updated version reflects the requirements for the design of natural gas fuelled ships based on  the outcome of discussions held at IMO regarding the International Code of Safety for ships using gases or other low flash-point fuels (IGF Code). With regulations curbing atmospheric pollution and greenhouse gas emissions growing stricter amid stronger calls for a greener shipping industry, the industry is turning towards the use of natural gas  as a potential cleaner alternative to liquid fuel oil. Expected reductions in gas prices due to the recent development of non-conventional energy resources such as shale gas has also led to an increase in gas fuelled ship newbuildings and projects.For this reason, discussions on the IGF Code at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) have been accelerated in order to extend safety regulations to this growing sector of the industry. The  Code will govern safety aspects of the application of natural gas for propulsion and auxiliary purposes. A draft of the Code has been in place and regularly updated since 2009, and is set to be finalized by 2014.ClassNK published the Guidelines for Gas Fuelled Ships to provide comprehensive information on key design features including bunkering, hull structure, fire safety, and explosion prevention measures in line with the results of IMO discussions on the IGF Code.ClassNK, December 12, 2013last_img read more

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ACP: Reinforced Cocolí Locks Pass the Test

first_imgzoom Testing of the reinforcements in sill #3 of the Cocolí locks within the Third Set of Locks Project of the Panama Canal has been successfully completed by the project’s contractor Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) said.GUPC technical personnel, the designers and ACP specialists monitored the testing process which consisted of gradually raising the water behind the lock gate to the level in which the seepage was first detected in the sill #3 last August.The seepage found in the concrete sill between the lower and middle chamber of the Panama Canal’s expanded Pacific Locks was the result of insufficient steel reinforcement in the area which was subjected to stress from extreme condition testing, according to GUPC’s findings.The work on the repairs was completed early this month.ACP also said that the testing was inspected by a team of independent experts, professors and structural engineers from the Technological University of Panama (UTP), all of whom expressed satisfaction with the final results.Following the completion of this work, GUPC will proceed to test the electromechanical components necessary for the Expanded Canal to operate.Less than four percent remains to complete the overall project, which is expected to be inaugurated in the second quarter of 2016.The expanded canal was last scheduled to open in April, however the date was pushed due to repairs.last_img read more

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Province Renews Funding Agreements for Frenchlanguage Services Education

first_imgThe province and the government of Canada have renewed two cost-sharing agreements to promote and support French-language services and education in Nova Scotia. Acadian Affairs Minister Graham Steele and Education Minister Marilyn More were joined by Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore in Halifax today, Aug. 9, to make the announcement. The province and the government of Canada are contributing equally to the Canada-Nova Scotia Agreement on French-language Services 2009-2013, worth a total of $11.2 million. “Supporting the planning and delivery of French-language programs and services in Nova Scotia helps make life better for families,” said Mr. Steele. “I am pleased that the collaboration between our governments and will continue to allow the Acadian and francophone community to access provincial government services in their maternal language.” Funding from the agreement will be used to support French-language programs and services, language training for government employees, translation services and French-language services co-ordinator positions. The agreement will be managed by the Office of Acadian Affairs through the Nova Scotia Strategic Plan for French-language Services. The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia have also renewed the Official Languages in Education Protocol agreement — a four-year cost-sharing agreement to promote and support French-language education in Nova Scotia schools. The governments are contributing equally to the bilateral agreement, worth a total of $61.2 million. The funding will help the province offset additional costs to provide quality French-language education and French second-language instruction at all levels. “This agreement is an investment in our young people from the Acadian and francophone community, as well as young Nova Scotians who want to learn French as a second language,” said Ms. More. “The agreement helps ensure that Nova Scotia can continue to provide quality French first- and second-language education to students of all ages.” The agreement provides funding for curriculum development for French first-language education and second-language instruction, student bursaries and summer camps, teacher support programs, and educational materials and resources. It also includes funding for numeracy and literacy programs for students of the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. Nova Scotia has about 75,000 public school students enrolled in French language programs. Both agreements span from April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2013.last_img read more

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Josh Groban To Be Honored At YoungArts Backyard Ball

first_imgOn Saturday, January 10, 2015 the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) will host the organization’s annual Backyard Ball on the YoungArts Campus (2100 Biscayne Boulevard).The 2015 Arison Award Honoree is renowned visual artist Jeff Koons and this year’s Arison Alumni Honorees are Grammy Award-nominated recording artist, singer, songwriter, actor, YoungArts Master Teacher and 1999 YoungArts Winner in Theater, Josh Groban, and Grammy and Country Music Association Award-nominated singer-songwriter and 2003 YoungArts Winner and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Chris Young.The celebratory evening of artistic immersion will bring together prominent artists, community leaders, philanthropists and celebrities to recognize the 2015 YoungArts Winners, 786 of the nation’s most outstanding young artists in the literary, visual, design and performing arts. The Gala is YoungArts’ largest annual fundraiser and the culmination of YoungArts’ signature program, National YoungArts Week, which provides a select group of YoungArts Winners with life-changing experiences, including master classes, workshops, interdisciplinary activities, performances and exhibitions.The 2015 Gala Co-Chairs are Tracey and Bruce Berkowitz and Elizabeth and Facundo Bacardi. The Presenting Sponsor of the 2015 Backyard Ball is Max Mara.The evening will be emceed by YoungArts Alumna and Master Teacher, actress Zuzanna Szadkowksi (1997 Winner in Theater and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) and will include a post-dinner performance directed by renowned Tony Award-winner, dancer, choreographer and YoungArts Artistic Advisor, Bill T. Jones. The performance will feature YoungArts Alumni from around the nation, including jazz musicians Pascal Le Boeuf (Piano, 2004 Winner), Martin Jaffe (Bass, 2012 Winner and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), Jake Goldbas (Drums, 2007 Winner), Gabe Schneider (Guitar, 2011 Winner); vocalists Julia Easterlin (Voice, 2008 Winner) and Tatiana Mayfield (Jazz Voice, 2006 Winner); classical musicians Rebecca Hargrove (Soprano, 2008 Winner), Aaron Casey (Tenor, 2011 Winner), Molly Joyce (Composer, 2010 Winner), Jeanette Fang (Piano, 2003 Winner and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), Mariella Haubs (Violin, 2014 Winner) and Anna Litvinenko (Cello, 2012 Winner); tap dancer Joseph Wiggan (Dance, 2004 Winner and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) and modern dancers Alexzandra Sarmiento (Dance, 2011 Winner), Maxwell Perkins (Dance, 2011 Winner and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), and Rory Freeman (Dance, 2006 Winner); as well as actors Katie Kleiger (Theater, 2011 Winner) and Ryan Brophy (Theater, 2014 Winner). In addition, YoungArts alumni Caleb Teicher (Dance, 2011 Winner) and Danny Rothschild (Writer, 2011 Winner) are serving as the assistant director and playwright, respectively. The magical evening will conclude on the YoungArts Plaza with dancing and dessert under the stars.“The YoungArts Backyard Ball exemplifies all that YoungArts works to accomplish. It celebrates the incredibly talented 2015 YoungArts Winners; includes a world-class performance featuring YoungArts Alumni directed by the outstanding Bill T. Jones; and honors Jeff Koons, Josh Groban and Chris Young, three remarkable individuals who serve as inspirations for emerging artists everywhere,” stated Paul T. Lehr, National YoungArts Foundation President & CEO. “I look forward to welcoming guests to our home on the YoungArts Campus and acknowledging the hard work and dedication of all of these passionate artists.”Previous Gala honorees have included YoungArts alumni Doug Aitken (Visual Arts, 1986 Winner), Kerry Washington (Theater, 1994 Winner), Adrian Grenier (Theater, 1994 Winner) and Andrew Rannells (Theater, 1997 Winner); and renowned artists Debbie Allen, Joshua Bell, Zaha Hadid, Rita Moreno and Robert Redford.Additional support for the Backyard Ball is provided by Bacardi, Braman Motors, EventStar, James Royal Palm Hotel, the Miami Herald, MIAMI Magazine, Rolls Royce, and Seabourn.For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit: www.youngarts.org/gala.last_img read more

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ARITZIAS FIRST OUTLET STORE JUST OPENED NEAR TORONTO

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement One of Canada’s most successful modern fashion brands is finally, at long last, throwing a bone to those of us who drool over their window displays but refuse to spend $200 on a plain brown cardigan.Aritzia, the Vancouver-born upscale retailer turned cool girl cult favourite, just launched its first-ever North American outlet store in the GTA.You can find it at Toronto Premium Outlets in Halton Hills, where a brand new, 140,000-square-foot luxury expansion opened to the public on Thursday morning. Twitterlast_img read more

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US newhome sales fell 69 in April

WASHINGTON — Sales of new U.S. homes sank 6.9% in April, driven by a decline in the sale of homes worth less than $300,000 that are generally bought by middle class and first-time buyers.The Commerce Department said Thursday that new homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 673,000 in April, down from 723,000 in March. Still, year-to-date home sales are running 6.7% above the pace set in 2018.Buyers have been helped by lower mortgage rates and a solid job market. Yet higher prices and a lack of sales listings have been an obstacle this year for sales of new and existing homes, limiting the number of people who can afford to buy.The median sales price of a new home jumped 8.8% from a year ago to $342,200.Josh Boak, The Associated Press read more

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UN envoy urges Liberians to prevent mob violence another police station opened

13 August 2007Speaking at the opening of a new police station in Liberia, which was built by Nigerian blue helmets, the United Nations envoy to the West African country has called on local people to prevent mob violence while a senior Liberian police officer has urged his colleagues to be “servants of the community.” The station, which is in New Kru Town Community in the capital Monrovia, will be staffed by officers from Liberia’s National Police (LNP) and will serve around 28,000 people in the surrounding area, the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) said in a press release. “You should report any criminal activity or suspicious behaviour to the police,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Alan Doss, said at the weekend opening ceremony. “Any return to mob violence could be dangerous for Liberia’s stability. Do not be misled by rumours.” Mr. Doss thanked the Nigerian UN peacekeepers for constructing the police station and also reassured local people that security remained UNMIL’s top priority, pointing out that additional police and military patrols had been conducting night patrols in high crime areas. Also speaking at the opening, LNP Deputy Inspector-General Gayflor Tarpeh encouraged the police officers of the New Kru Town station to be “servants and not bosses of the people in the community,” adding that they must “dispense justice without fear or favour.” The building of the new police station is the latest of ongoing efforts by the UN to help Liberia rebuild after a brutal 14-year civil war. read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 24, 2016 2:48 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 24, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,923.01, down 16.03 points):B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down eight cents, or 2.17 per cent, to $3.61 on 7.6 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:CGC). Drug manufacturer. Down 35 cents, or 5.13 per cent, to $6.47 on 6.5 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down 30 cents, or 2.03 per cent, to $14.45 on 6.5 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down 14 cents, or 2.43 per cent, to $5.63 on 5.7 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up 14 cents, or 0.72 per cent, to $19.62 on 5.4 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 10 cents, or 1.97 per cent, to $4.98 on 5.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX:QSR). Fast food restaurants. Down $2.81, or 4.49 per cent, to $59.80 on 811,352 shares. Restaurant Brands International Inc. says it earned US$86.3 million in its latest quarter, up from US$49.6 million in the same quarter last year. The corporate parent of Tim Hortons and Burger King, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, says the profit amounted to 36 cents per diluted share for the three months ended Sept. 30 compared with 24 cents per diluted share a year ago. On an adjusted basis, Restaurant Brands says it earned $201.4 million or 43 cents per diluted share. That was up from an adjusted profit of $151.6 million or 32 cents per diluted share a year ago. read more

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Developing nations policies push renewable energy capacity to record high says UNbacked

In the beginning of this year, 95 developing countries had renewables support policies in place – up from just 15 in 2005, reported the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), whose secretariat is supported by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). “Markets, manufacturing, and investment expanded further across the developing world, clearly illustrating that renewables are no longer dependent upon a small handful of countries,” states REN21’s Renewables 2014 Global Status Report. The report credits such support policies with driving global renewable energy capacity to a new record level last year – more than 1,560 gigawatts, up more than 8 per cent from 2012. Overall, 144 countries have renewable energy support policies and targets in place.The report will be formally launched at the first annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum, a three-day event which will kick of tomorrow at UN Headquarters in New York and brings together leaders of government, business and civil society to assess progress on sustainable energy, showcase innovation, present new commitments and spur further action. The forum will also add momentum towards the UN climate summit in September, and advance the dialogue on how energy issues should be reflected in the post-2015 development agenda.Launched in 2011, the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative aims to accomplish three objectives by 2030: ensuring universal access to modern energy services; doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.“Global perceptions of renewable energy have shifted considerably,” said Arthouros Zervos, Chair of REN21.“Over the last 10 years, continuing technology advances and rapid deployment of many renewable energy technologies have demonstrated that the question is no longer whether renewables have a role to play in the provision of energy services, but rather how we can best increase the current pace to achieve a 100 per cent renewables future with full energy access for all.”For this to become reality, current thinking needs to change, he noted, adding that “continuing the status quo of a patchwork of policies and actions is no longer sufficient.” Overall, renewables account for more than 56 per cent of net additions to global power capacity in 2013, according to the figures cited in the latest report. China, the United States, Brazil, Canada, and Germany remained the top countries for total installed renewable power capacity. Meanwhile, China’s new renewable power capacity surpassed new fossil fuel and nuclear capacity for the first time, the authors found.In the European Union, renewables in 2012 represent the majority of new electricity generated capacity, in contrast with conventional fossil generation that accounted for 80 per cent of new capacity. “The past decade has set the wheels in motion for a global transition to renewables, but a concerted and sustained effort is needed to achieve it. With increasingly ambitious targets and innovative policies, renewables can continue to surpass expectations and create a clean energy future,” said Christine Lins, Executive Secretary of REN21. read more

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Welcome to your first weekend of FIVE in August

first_imgTHERE IS AN Internet legend on the go that we only get months with five weekends every 823 years.And that, in China, they are seen as money-making opportunities and Feng Shui power times.If true, that would make this month of August pretty rare.But, we’re afraid, it is an easy myth to debunk.Just look at this calendar from March last year.Five weekends. Count them.The pattern? If a 31-day month starts on a Friday, there will be five weekends. And that happens quite a bit.The next one will be in May of 2015, according to TimeAndDate.com.And Internet mythbuster David Emery has also written a warning about the multiple chain letters which get sent across the wires when a five-weekend month approaches.A sample: This is the only time you see this phenomenon in your life.August, 2014, will have 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens only once every 823 years. The Chinese call it ‘Silver Pockets full. “So: send this message to your friends and in four days the money will surprise you. Based on Chinese Feng Shui. Whoever does not transmit the message …. may find themselves clueless …. This is not fun at all ….  So, although we won’t be making an extra money (in fact, we’ll have to make our pay cheque stretch over four weekends), we will have five glorious summer weekends to enjoy.AND, this one is an extra-long one. Enjoy! Source: iXpyre/YouTubeWhat will you be doing for them? Let us know in the comments section. Debunked: Is it better to keep bread in the fridge or a bread bin?Debunked: Is it possible to have a photographic memory?last_img read more

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Tourism Ireland really wants Chinese tourists to come visit Ireland this winter

first_img Chinese tourists visiting Government Buildings in Dublin Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie By Christine Bohan 10,404 Views Share10 Tweet Email2 THERE MAY BE more than 8,000 kilometres between their capital cities, but a new plan aims to encourage Chinese tourists to come visit Ireland on their holidays.The joint campaign between Tourism Ireland and one of the biggest travel companies in China is trying to get people to come visit Ireland in the winter months between now and early next year.From this week, there will be virtual reality displays in 30 stores around Beijing which will show footage of the Wild Atlantic Way and Belfast to prospective tourists. Package holidays will also be on sale in the stores.Around 100 million Chinese travel overseas every year – up from just 10 million in 2000. Some 45,000 Chinese tourists came to Ireland last year. One of the VR devices which will show footage of the Wild Atlantic Way Source: Tourism Ireland“Our aim is to win a greater share of the 4 million Chinese visitors who travel to Europe each year,” said James Kenny, Tourism Ireland’s manager for China.Visitors from China are more likely to stay longer in Ireland than other tourists, and spend more than other visitors, Tourism Ireland has found – perhaps no surprise given the distance and the cost involved in coming this far.Around 9.5 million people visited Ireland from overseas last year.Read: British banker ‘tortured woman for three days’ before murder in Hong Kong Read: ‘I hated corrupt officials but I became one in the end’: Chinese documentary is a hit with viewing public Chinese tourists visiting Government Buildings in Dublin http://jrnl.ie/3060988 Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.iecenter_img Saturday 5 Nov 2016, 6:20 AM 28 Comments Nov 5th 2016, 6:20 AM Tourism Ireland really wants Chinese tourists to come visit Ireland this winter Bring a warm coat, folks. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Cabinet reshuffle on the cards

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and his coalition partner Evangelos Venizelos are said to be planning a bold reshuffle to refresh the government and show that they have heeded the message sent in European Parliament elections on Sunday when leftist SYRIZA achieved a historic victory.SYRIZA garnered 26.5 percent in the vote, leaving Samaras’s conservative New Democracy in second place with 22.7 percent while neofascist Golden Dawn got 9.4 percent. Elia (Olive Tree), the PASOK-backed center-left alliance, garnered 8 percent, with newcomer To Potami getting 6.6 percent, followed by the Communist Party (KKE) on 6 percent and Independent Greeks with 2.7 percent. Democratic Left, formerly the third party in the coalition, got a crushing 1.2 percent.As parties assessed their victories and licked their wounds accordingly, government officials insisted that there would be no early elections after SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras reacted to his party’s win – the first by a leftist party in Greece – by calling for snap polls.Tsipras on Monday repeated his call for national elections “as soon as possible” after visiting President Karolos Papoulias. Noting that the leftists had scored nearly four percentage points more than the coalition parties, Tsipras pointed to a “major disharmony between the public will and the representation in Parliament.“ “We should go to national elections as soon as possible, in an organized and calm manner, to restore democratic normality,“ he told reporters.His demand was shot down almost immediately by government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou, who described it as an “unprecedented institutional aberration,” while PASOK leader Venizelos deemed it “unconstitutional.” Earlier, in a televised statement reacting to the vote results, Samaras railed that “those who tried to turn the European election into a plebiscite failed.”The premier is due in Brussels on Tuesday, where he is to attend meetings with his European peers and with members of the European People’s Party. He is scheduled to meet with Venizelos in Athens on Thursday for talks expected to take stock of the government’s progress in enforcing reforms demanded by international creditors as well as discussing a cabinet reshuffle. One departure regarded as almost certain is that of Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras, who is expected to assume the top job at the Bank of Greece. Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis is also likely to be removed, as is Labor Minister Yannis Vroutsis, while Aris Spiliotopoulos, ND’s failed candidate for mayor of Athens, is expected to be among the different faces in the government.As regards Greece’s new MEPs, the 21-member list had yet to be finalized by late last night. SYRIZA’s six MEPSs include 91-year-old World War II hero Manolis Glezos and Constantina Kuneva, a Bulgarian unionist who suffered serious injuries in a 2008 acid attack. ND’s six MEPs include journalist Maria Spyraki and the captain of Greece’s Euro 2004-winning soccer team, Theodoros Zagorakis, while Elia’s two MEPs include Eva Kaili. Golden Dawn is to send three MEPs, including Lambros Fountoulis, the father of Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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