FIFA World Cup 2018: Champions Curse Prevails As Germany Are Knocked Out From The…

first_imgGermany became the third reigning champions to get knocked out from the group stage following Italy & Spain as they were beaten 2-0 by Asian underdogs South Korea in Group F.The four-time World Champions lost to South Korea 2-0, conceding a brace of injury time goals while being well aware of the fact that a 1-0 victory would be enough for them to get their golden ticket to the round of sixteen. The defeat saw Germany ending up last in Group F while Sweden and Mexico made it to the round of sixteen.It was the first time Die Mannschaft has been eliminated from the tournament in the first round since 1938. Korea’s Kim Young-Gwon opened the scoring account for Asian underdogs as he scored a spectacular goal in the third minute of the injury time. However, initially the goal was ruled offside but after having seen the replay of it, referee changed his decision.Tottenham Hotspur starlet Son Heung-Min made it 2-0 for the Asian underdogs after he slotted the ball into an empty net after Germany’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer came outside the penalty box to help his teammate.The defeat won’t be easy for Germany to forget. Die Mannschaft boss Joachim Low will find him surrounded by million of questions as he failed to get his squad to the round of sixteen. Advertisement(Photo Credits: Getty Images) Advertisementlast_img read more

I-League: Indian Arrows rally from behind twice to draw with Aizawl FC

first_imgIndian Arrows showed immense spirit against defending champions Aizawl FC as they came from behind twice to draw 2-2 in their Hero I-League match at the Tilak Maidan, Vasco on Friday.The young unit of India U17s and U19s showed their quality and fightback once again to stun the 10-men Aizawl, who are now sixth on the I-League table with 18 points from 14 matches.Edmund Lalrindika, who was given a start by coach De Matos today courtesy his impactful substitute performance in their last match against Churchill Brothers, further strengthened his position today.Having being given the task of leading the line in place of Aniket Jadhav, Lalrindika did not disappoint and found the back of the net for Indian Arrows’ first goal of the day.With the win, Arrows are now placed eighth in the table with 15 points from 16 games and sit above Gokulam and Chennai City, who have played 13 and 15 games respectively.Aizawl’s new coach Santosh Kashyap had promised to go out all for a result and decided to bring in David Lalrinmuana and C. Lalrosanga in place Syhlo Malsawmtluanga and F. Liandala Senawere.Aizawl began the match with intent, going forward with solid attack on the Arrows defence. Courtesy the pressure, Masih Saigani put Aizawl ahead in the 40th minute.Even as the Arrows went into the break trailing 1-0, they reacted strongly and scored in the 48th minute of the match.Right-back Asish Rai put through a brilliant cross from the right towards Edmund, who dribbled past two defenders, created space for himself and curled in a shot past Aizawl goalkeeper Avilash Paul.advertisementHowever, Aizawl went up once again in the 54th minute when Dodoz got a soft touch on Albert Zohmingmawia’s low cross in the box and beat Prabhusukhan Gill from three yards out.It was Aizawl’s inability to keep up their intensity towards the end that gave Arrows the chance to force the draw.In the 87th minute, Lalrosanga clumsily brought down Rahul KP inside the box and gifted a penalty to the young Arrows. Along with that, he received his second yellow card and left Aizawl with 10 men on the field.Arrows captain Amarjit Singh stepped up to take the penalty and struck the ball over the diving Paul to make it 2-2.Aizawl will next face their Northeastern rivals Shillong Lajong on February 19 while the Arrows will have ample rest before they face Aizawl once more in the reverse fixture on February 23.last_img read more

I’m a long way from Ballon d’Or – Mbappe

first_imgKylian Mbappé Mbappe: I’ve a long way to go before I can win the Ballon d’Or Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 20:10 10/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kylian Mbappe PSG Paris Saint-Germain Getty Images Kylian Mbappé PSG PSG v Anderlecht Anderlecht UEFA Champions League Neymar The teenage striker says that moving to his hometown club has brought him into a “new world” while he has praised team-mate Neymar Kylian Mbappe is aware that he is a long way short of yet challenging the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar for the Ballon d’Or.The Paris Saint-Germain striker is set to become the world’s second most expensive player when he makes his move to Parc des Princes from Monaco permanent next summer, with the fee reportedly standing at €160 million before bonuses.PSG 17/4 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Nevertheless, the 18-year-old says that he has a lot of work to do before he can be considered at the pinnacle of the sport.“I still have a lot of steps to go for the Ballon d’Or, I’m learning,” he told TF1’s ‘Telefoot’. Indeed, he believes it is likelier that team-mate Neymar will claim the prize before he is at that standard, but he is pleased to be able to learn from such a player.“Ney has this technical quality that allows you to interact with him. He took me under his wing and if I can help him to win the Ballon d’Or, I’ll do it, but the important thing is the team,” he said.Mbappe has now been in Paris for a couple of months and admits that moving to such a club has proven to be something of an eye opener.”I feel like it’s been a while since I came here, it’s a new world,” he said. “More is always being asked of us and it is up to us to provide the necessary efforts. We’re not machines either, we’re still humans, but we’re not going to complain that people love us and support us.”PSG have made a terrific start to the season, surging to the top of Ligue 1 while also taking control of their Champions League group, in which they tackle Anderlecht on Tuesday.last_img read more

2012 ACT Super League

first_imgTouch Football ACT’s 2012 Super League will commence on Thursday, 18 October at the Deakin Playing Fields and will be contested by Canberra’s best teams over nine rounds.The Canberra City Bears, Tuggeranong Vikings, Woden Eagles and the Riteway Belconnen Phoenix will battle it out again this season in both the Men’s and Women’s fixtures.Last year saw an exciting finals showcase with the Phoenix taking out the Men’s division title by one touchdown,  Canberra City won the Women’s division in a drop-off and the Bears were also winners in the 16’s Mixed division by one touchdown. Round one will see Canberra City take on Woden and the Phoenix battle it out against Tuggeranong in both the Men’s and Women’s fixtures  with games starting at 6.50pm. For news, fixtures and results from the 2012 Super League stay tuned to Touch Football ACT’s website:http://www.acttouch.com.au/ 2011 ACT Super League final resultsMen’sNorthern Phoenix 7 defeated Woden Eagles 6Women’sCanberra City 6 defeated Tuggeranong Vikings 5 (drop-off)Under 16’s MixedCanberra City 9 defeated Northern Phoenix 8Related LinksACT Super Leaguelast_img read more

Ryan Watts, 2020 Four-Star Cornerback, Announces Commitment

first_imgA closeup of a football pylon with Oklahoma's logo on it.NORMAN, OK – AUGUST 30: A general view of the field during the Oklahoma Sooners vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs game August 30, 2014 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Bulldogs 48-16. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)A four-star prospect in the Class of 2020, cornerback Ryan Watts, has been weighing his commitment options for a while now. With the choice largely narrowed down to a pair of Big 12 titans, Watts has made his decision.Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Watts announced that he was committing to the Oklahoma Sooners over Texas. “I am #COMMITTED to The University of Oklahoma,” he wrote in a post.Watts is considered the No. 341 overall prospect in the Class of 2020, per 247Sports. He is the No. 29 cornerback prospect in the country, and the No. 51 prospect from the state of Texas.The announcement comes less than 10 days after Watts made his official visit to the school.C O M M I T T E D 🌹 🌹 Happy Easter Sunday! 🐰 #OUDNA #20Deep ⭕️🙌🏾@OU_CoachGundy pic.twitter.com/LNi0MP72Rv— Ryan Watts (@RyanwattsIII) April 21, 2019In joining the Sooners, Watts becomes the seventh recruit for Oklahoma’s 2020 recruiting class.Watts is the fifth player with a rating of four stars or better, and is the second to commit to Oklahoma in as many weeks.Fellow four-star cornerback Dontae Manning announced his commitment to the Sooners one week before.Head coach Lincoln Riley will certainly be happy to have as many talented defensive backs on his team as possible. Last year the defense was the team’s Achilles heel, allowing over 33 points per game – putting them in the bottom 30 in all of FBS.A 247Sports scouting report notes that he draws comparisons to New York Jets star cornerback Trumaine Johnson.last_img read more

Nick Saban Says Alabama Never Offered Zach Smith Because Of “Background Check”

first_img Saban revealed the team did, in fact, interview Smith but never officially offered him a job. Why not? Well, Saban said the team did a background check and decided to hire someone else instead.“When we did a background check, we decided it was better to hire someone else,” Saban said via Alabama beat writer Charlie Potter.Saban said #Alabama interviewed Zach Smith but never offered him a job.”When we did a background check, we decided it was better to hire someone else.”— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) August 3, 2019Alabama dodged a bullet by not hiring the troubled former assistant coach.Smith was fired before the 2018 college football season. Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer received a three-game suspension and later resigned his position after the 2018 campaign.Ryan Day took over the team’s new head coach heading into the 2019 season. He and transfer quarterback Justin Fields could prove to form a vicious offensive duo. alabama head coach nick saban at the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 35-28 in the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)On Friday night, Ohio State released 2,000 texts/emails relating to the Zach Smith allegations.Mixed in with a myriad of random text messages and emails was an interesting tidbit about Smith and Alabama. According to the text messages, Smith interviewed for a job on the Crimson Tide coaching staff after the 2017 season.In the messages, Smith said he turned down the job to remain at Ohio State.On Saturday morning, reporters asked Alabama head coach Nick Saban about Smith.last_img read more

K Line Nets Coal Transport Deal in Malaysia

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has secured a long-term contract to transport steaming coal for Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), the largest electric utility company in Malaysia.Namely, K Line has established a joint venture company owning Malaysian-flag panamax vessel with Halim Mazmin Group (HMG) in order to participate in a tender for long-term contract with TNB Fuel Services Sdn Bhd (TNBF), a subsidiary of TNB which supplies coal and fuel to the TNB Generation.A subsidiary company of HMG has signed one long-term consecutive voyage charter contract with TNBF, within a tender that involved signing of five long-term contracts with four Malaysian shipping companies.Under the terms of the contract, the co-owned panamax vessel will transport 1.5 million ton of steaming coal per year from Indonesia or South Africa or Australia to Malaysia consecutively for 10 years from September of 2016.The past year and the beginning of this calendar year have been pretty challenging for the Japanese carrier.Very low freight rates in container ships and dry bulk have prompted K Line to lower its earnings for the fiscal year ending 31 March, 2016.In addition, K-Line has reduced its ordinary profit target for the fiscal year ending 31 March, 2020 by 47% to JPY45 billion compared to its plans set a year ago.last_img read more

2009 Year End Stats Available

first_imgNova Scotia welcomed 2,093,500 visitors in 2009, which provided an the economic impact of $1.31 billion according to a preliminary revenue estimate. The total number of visitors to the province increased by one per cent in 2009 and the number of room nights sold decreased by 97,000 or four per cent. “We held our own in 2009 and are doing all we can to attract visitors in 2010,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “As we get ready to roll out our marketing activities for the coming year, we will continue to work with the industry as we move forward to strengthen tourism here in Nova Scotia.” Overall in 2009, the majority of visitors, 88 per cent, came from other parts of Canada, with nine per cent from the United States, and three per cent from overseas. About 70 per cent of visitors to Nova Scotia travelled by road, with the remaining 30 per cent arriving by air. The number of visitors from other parts of Canada increased slightly by 23,600 or one per cent. There was a six percent decrease or 4,300 fewer overseas visitors. The downward trend of American visitors to Canada continued in 2009, with 6,500 or three per cent fewer visitors from the United States. Nova Scotia’s comprehensive system for reporting tourism statistics includes counting overnight visitors, excluding Nova Scotia residents, at all entry points to the province, and gathering the number of room nights sold from all licensed accommodation operators. Detailed tourism statistics and the 2009 Tourism Activity Review can be found on the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage website at www.gov.ns.ca/tch/tourism/research.last_img read more

After rocky relationship Rachel Notley congratulates Brad Wall for his service

first_imgDespite a sometimes turbulent relationship involving spats over their respective budgets and jostling over energy companies, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is thanking Brad Wall for his time in Saskatchewan politics.Wall announced his retirement after 10 years as Saskatchewan premier Thursday, prompting congratulations from political leaders across the country.Speaking in Hardisty, Notley acknowledged his contribution.“No matter what your political stripe, I think anyone who is in this business knows that public service is a very large commitment and often a big sacrifice on a number of difference levels,” she said. “Premier Wall made that commitment and made that sacrifice for many, many years.“He certainly has my gratitude and certainly my congratulations to him on his decision.”She also acknowledged Wall’s loved ones.“Thanks of course to his family who’ve stood by him for those many years,” she said.Wall said serving as premier has been and always will be the honour of his working life.“This was such a difficult decision to make, it is hard to lay this duty down,” he said. “But it is time, so I leave you with something you will hear me oft repeat in the months ahead and for the rest of my life: thank you Saskatchewan.”The two leaders traded barbs several times earlier this year.In March, after Notley said she wouldn’t do “almost everything” that Wall did in his provincial budget; Wall responded on Twitter by saying “Thanks, but no thanks” on the budget advice.A few days later, Notley took issue with Wall sending a letter to an Alberta-based energy company, suggesting it relocate to his province.“This is my job, to try and attract permanent new jobs to the province and try and improve our corporate presence,” Wall said at the time. “I think all provinces will continue to do that and will do that.”Notley replied by saying it doesn’t demonstrate good wisdom.“If we’re going to grow prosperity throughout Canada, what we need to do as government leaders is invest in growing businesses in our own provinces, not try to steal businesses from other provinces, Notley said, arguing it probably broke rules in the New West Partnership.”That’s a zero-sum game and it doesn’t help anybody out in the long run.”In July, Notley also said she wasn’t ready to back Wall’s call for a list of possible trade retaliations Canada could use in NAFTA talks.– with files From the Canadian Presslast_img read more

Edmonton theatre troupe cuts ties with former artistic director over rape culture

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter Craddock served as Rapid Fire’s artistic director from 2004 to 2008 but had continued to work alongside the troupe as an actor, director, producer and playwright, largely during the annual Edmonton Fringe Festival. Craddock is a mainstay of Edmonton’s theatre and film industry, with more than 30 years of credits to his name.In the statement, Rapid Fire management indicated that Craddock had “publicly admitted to unacceptable behaviour” in violation of the company’s own zero-tolerance harassment policy.The ongoing scandal surrounding sexual violence and abuse of power in the entertainment industry — triggered by reports about film producer Harvey Weinstein — provoked the theatre company to cut ties, the statement suggests.‘Enough is enough’“This week so many people around the world have engaged in a large conversation of sexual harassment and abuse; much of that conversation focusing on issues of sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment industry.“The improv industry has its fair share of predators and we know that at times in Rapid Fire Theatre’s 37-year history we have featured some of those individuals in our performing ensemble. Enough is enough.”The statement said Craddock “has publicly admitted to unacceptable behaviour in violation of our own harassment policy.”READ MORE An Edmonton theatre company is cutting ties with its former artistic director after the acclaimed actor and playwright said on Facebook he has contributed to “rape culture.”The Rapid Fire Theatre, a local improv troupe, issued a public statement on Wednesday announcing that Chris Craddock will no longer be affiliated with the company.Rapid Fire’s move comes after Craddock posted a confession on his personal Facebook page about the way he has treated women. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Deadpool creator cried while watching the sequel

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook The first Deadpool film taught us that “house blowing up builds character,” but for series creator Robert Liefeld, so does watching your beloved comic book opus come to life on the big screen.“I cried at the end of Deadpool 2,” the notorious writer and artist, who co-created the character with Fabian Nicieza, tweeted Friday morning — one week out from the film’s May 18 theatrical bow. “Part was the nostalgia of the particular track blasting but mostly the emotion that they had landed the plane in such spectacular fashion. The plane is the movie in this analogy, there is no important plane landing sequence I’m referencing.”I cried at the end of Deadpool 2. Part was the nostalgia of the particular track blasting but mostly the emotion that they had landed the plane in such spectacular fashion. The plane is the movie in this analogy, there is no important plane landing sequence I’m referencing.— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) May 11, 2018 Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Still, Liefeld admitted he “wiped those tears away as fast as [he] could before the lights came up” because he “couldn’t have everyone going ‘Why is Liefeld crying over Deadpool 2?’”last_img read more

Tatiana Maslany to star alongside Bryan Cranston on Broadway in Network

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Regina star Tatiana Maslany is set to make her Broadway debut in a play with Bryan Cranston.Producers say the two will share the stage in Lee Hall’s media satire Network, which is set to begin performances at the Belasco Theatre on Nov. 10.The Regina-born Maslany recently made her New York stage debut in an off-Broadway production of Tracy Letts’s Mary Page Marlowe. Facebook In Network, which is based on the Oscar-winning film, the Emmy Award-winning Orphan Black star will play a TV executive.Maslany can be seen in the film Destroyer, which is screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.She’s also up for another Emmy next Monday for playing multiple clones on Orphan Black.Network is directed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Ivo van Hove.last_img read more

Former Real Madrids Player Adebayor Converts to Islam

Rabat – Togolese footballer and Tottenham Hotspur forward Emmanel Adebayor converted to Islam.The former Real Madrid player has announced his reversion to Islam at an event in his home country of Togo. A YouTube video shows the 31-year-old striker taking the Shahada, the Muslim declaration of faith that one must utter prior to his or her conversion to Islam.In May, London-based club Tottenham gave the player compassionate leave for the second time during the season to return to Togo to resolve some family issues. The Togo international took to Facebook to write about his family issues and said he had considered to commit suicide at some point.Tottenham are said to be willing to sell Adebayor during the summer transfer window but they are also reported to be concerned about his mental well-being.Adebayor played for many European clubs including, Metz, Monaco, Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

Ban urges renewed push for IsraeliPalestinian peace

11 May 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need to generate momentum in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, warning that the situation on the ground could worsen easily without fresh efforts by both sides as well as the international community. “After the inconclusive results of last year’s negotiations, and the bloodshed in Gaza, the last three months witnessed almost no progress on the two key resolutions – 1850 and 1860,” Mr. Ban told today’s Security Council meeting, chaired by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.The Council, in the two resolutions adopted earlier this year, called for a durable and fully respected ceasefire, prevention of the illicit supply of weapons to Gaza; reopening of the crossings in accordance with the Agreement on Movement and Access; and progress on Palestinian reconciliation under the legitimate Palestinian Authority.“The challenge is to begin implementing transformative changes on the ground; and to kick-start a renewed and irreversible drive to achieve an Israeli-Palestinian agreement,” stated Mr. Ban. The Secretary-General cited the need to be “determined as we are patient, as insistent as we are supportive, as principled as we are empathetic to the very real concerns of both parties,” adding that the parties need confidence that the process will address their vital interests. They also need confidence that commitments made will be commitments monitored and commitments kept, he added, noting a “deep crisis of confidence” among ordinary people on the ground.Mr. Ban noted that in the period ahead, United States President Barack Obama will host the Israeli and Palestinian leaders and key regional parties in Washington. He also expected that the Middle East Quartet – comprising the UN, European Union, Russia and US – will meet soon. “Like a bicycle that falls over when left at a standstill, the situation on the ground could easily deteriorate unless proper direction is given and real momentum is quickly generated,” he stated.“Violence and terror will not bring the Palestinians statehood and dignity, and settlement expansion and closure will not bring Israel security or peace. And no two-State solution can be reached if the situation between Gaza and southern Israel continues on its present destructive course, or if Palestinians remain permanently divided,” said the Secretary-General.Mr. Ban called on the parties to honour all existing agreements and previous commitments and pursue an irreversible effort towards the two-State solution, including by fully implementing commitments on the ground. “I also believe the international community’s credibility is at stake,” he added. “We are a long way from where we hoped to be when we embarked on a fresh push for peace less than two years ago. However, I take heart that there is a deep consensus about the scale of the challenge and the importance of meeting it.” Mr. Ban added he remains “extremely worried” about the situation in and around Gaza, with internal Palestinian divisions and Israeli-Hamas tensions trapping the civilian population in a “vortex of hopelessness.”He noted that nearly four months after the conflict in Gaza – in which 3,800 houses and 2 health care centres were destroyed, and 34,000 homes, 15 hospitals, 41 health care centres and 282 schools sustained varying degrees of damage – it is difficult to get anything beyond food and medicine into the area. “This is completely unacceptable,” he stressed.In a presidential statement read out by Mr. Lavrov at the end of today’s meeting, the Council stressed the urgency of reaching comprehensive peace in the Middle East. “Vigorous diplomatic action is needed to attain the goal set by the international community – lasting peace in the region, based on an enduring commitment to mutual recognition, freedom from violence, incitement and terror, and the two-State solution, building upon previous agreements and obligations,” it stated.The Council also voiced support for Russia’s proposal to convene, in consultation with the Quartet and the parties, an international conference on the Middle East peace process in Moscow in 2009. read more

Lankan judge in UN tribunal resigns

“The resignation of Judge Pinto will not affect the procedure of the arbitral proceedings,” Hernandez said. Manila insisted that arbitration is “a peaceful and durable form of dispute settlement pursuant to international law.”China, which frowns upon efforts to involve a third party in the disputes, prefers to negotiate one on one with other claimants which would give it advantage because of its sheer size compared to rival claimants which are smaller and have less military force. (GMA News) He said the Philippines is prepared to present its case once the fifth judge to replace Pinto is appointed by International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea or Itlos President Shunji Yanai and soon as the panel advises Manila to meet on the case. China has resisted the Philippines’ move to let a U.N. body intervene in the disputes, saying the Philippines’ case was legally infirm and carried unacceptable allegations.UNCLOS is a 1982 accord by 163 countries that aims to govern the use of offshore areas and sets territorial limits of coastal states. The Philippines and China are both signatories to the treaty.It also allows member-states to seek legal remedy on territorial disputes through mediation. “The Solicitor General acknowledged the disclosure statement and requested the President thru a letter dated May 27, 2013 to name another judge to ensure the impartiality of the arbitral proceedings,” Hernandez said.Jardeleza also asked Yanai to “assure that any Award that might be rendered in these proceedings is accorded the full degree of respect to which it is entitled, and is as safe as possible from attack by anyone who might be motivated to undermine it.” Manila took a bold step when it initiated an arbitration process under the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea or UNCLOS on January 21 to try to declare as “illegal” China’s nine-dash claim, which covers nearly the entire resource-rich waters, where some parts are called by the Philippines as West Philippine Sea. The Itlos President has 30 days to make the appointment of his replacement.“We expect the replacement judge within June,” Hernandez said.The Philippines is locked in a long-running dispute with China over the South China Sea or West Philippine Sea, where Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also have overlapping claims over the waters where undersea gas deposist have been discovered in several areas. A Sri Lankan member of a United Nations five-man tribunal that will hear the Philippines’ complaint over what it call’s China’s “excessive” claim to the resource-rich South China Sea has resigned, disclosing that his wife is a Filipino, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in the Philippines said on Friday.In a letter addressed to Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza dated May 6, 2013, Judge Chris Pinto of Sri Lanka stepped down as judge of the Arbitral Tribunal, citing his wife is a Filipino national, Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez told a press briefing. read more

India sends water rice as Sri Lanka faces severe drought

Water shortage has also compounded problems for the energy sector of the country that depends on hydro-power. (Colombo Gazette) “In response to a request from the Government of Sri Lanka for drought relief assistance, Government of India has announced the decision to provide 8 water bowsers and 100 metric tonnes of rice to Sri Lanka. The supply of these items is in the nature of emergency assistance to augment relief measures undertaken in the wake of severe drought faced by Sri Lanka,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told Parliament in a written reply. The lorry-mounted water bowsers were given to the Government of Sri Lanka on March 21. “India has always been among the first to respond to requests from the neighbouring countries in times of crisis. The current gifting of the water bowsers and rice is part of that policy,” Swaraj added. With Sri Lanka staring at one of the worst droughts in the last four decades, India has provided an emergency assistance of water and rice to the Island country, The New Indian Express reported.The Government has already handed over eight water bowsers to the Sri Lankan authorities and the consignment of rice would be delivered soon. Sri Lanka is suffering from the worst drought in 40 years with over a million people facing acute water shortages. The Island country has experienced prolonged dry season with some districts having 60-70 percent less rainfall. The local wells and reservoirs are running dry.The harvest of rice is going to be hit due to water shortage and the prospect of rice shortage later this year is looming large. The Sri Lankan Government has also taken slew of measures to contain the fallout of the rice shortage. It has already waived off taxes on rice imports and is expected to increase rice imports to meet the demand at home. read more

Investigator says fake IRS agents demand money from more than 366000 in

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Investigator says fake IRS agents demand money from more than 366,000 in nationwide tax scam FILE – This March 22, 2013, file photo, shows exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington. Fake IRS agents have targeted more than 366,000 people with harassing phone calls demanding payments and threatening jail as part of a huge nationwide tax scam that has cost taxpayers $15.5 million. More than 3,000 people have fallen for the ruse since 2013, Timothy Camus, a Treasury deputy inspector general for tax administration, said Thursday, March 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) by Stephen OhlemacHer, The Associated Press Posted Mar 12, 2015 9:06 am MDT WASHINGTON – Fake IRS agents have targeted more than 366,000 people with harassing phone calls demanding payments and threatening jail as part of a huge nationwide tax scam that has cost taxpayers $15.5 million.More than 3,000 people have fallen for the ruse since 2013, Timothy Camus, a Treasury deputy inspector general for tax administration, said Thursday.The scam has claimed victims in almost every state, Camus said. One unidentified victim lost more than $500,000.“The criminals do not discriminate. They are calling people everywhere, of all income levels and backgrounds,” Camus told the Senate Finance Committee at a hearing. “The number of complaints we have received about this scam make it the largest, most pervasive impersonation scam in the history of our agency.”The scam is so widespread that investigators believe there is more than one group of perpetrators, including some overseas.Camus said even he received a call from one of the scammers at his home on a Saturday. He said he had a stern message for the caller: “Your day will come.”So far, Camus said, two people in Florida have been arrested. They were accused of being part of a scam that involved people in call centres in India contacting U.S. taxpayers and pretending to be IRS agents.“These criminal acts are perpetrated by thieves hiding behind telephone lines and computers, preying on honest taxpayers and robbing the Treasury of tens of billions of dollars every year,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. “Taxpayers must be more aware of the risks and better protected from attack and these criminals must be found and brought to justice.”The inspector general’s office started warning taxpayers about the scam a year ago, but it has since ballooned. Tax scams often increase during filing season.As part of the scam, fake IRS agents call taxpayers, claim they owe taxes, and demand payment using a prepaid debit card or a wire transfer. Those who refuse are threatened with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license, Camus said.The callers might even know the last four digits of the taxpayer’s Social Security number, Camus said.They request prepaid debit cards because they are harder to trace than bank cards. Prepaid debit cards are different from bank cards because they are not connected to a bank account. Instead, consumers buy the cards at stores, and use them just like a bank card, until the money runs out or they add more.Real IRS agents usually contact people first by mail, Camus said. And they never demand payment by debit card, credit card or wire transfer.“Our message is simple,” Camus said. “If someone calls unexpectedly claiming to be from the IRS with aggressive threats if you do not pay immediately, it is a scam artist calling. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by telephone. If you do owe money to the IRS, chances are you have already received some form of a notice or correspondence from the IRS in your mailbox.”The inspector general’s office started receiving complaints about the scam in 2013. Immigrants were the primary target early on, the IG’s office said. But the scam has since become more widespread.___Follow Stephen Ohlemacher on Twitter: http://twitter.com/stephenatap read more

March car production boost lifts full year forecast

Production figures released today by the Office for NationalStatistics/SMMT show: UK car output rose by 7.4 per cent in March to 163,123 units Output up for seven consecutive months Full year forecast for car production revised upwards to 1.7 million units Commenting on the latest car production figures, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘Today’s figures reflect the strength of car making in Britain following years of investment in key car plants across the country. March saw a 7.4 per cent rise, the 10th boost for UK output in the last 12 months. So far in 2004, car production is up five per cent and if the market continues to grow as expected, we will see total output hit 1.7 million units in 2004. This will be the best performance since 1999.’ UK van, truck and bus production up again Provisional production data from the Office for National Statistics today show: March production figures up 17.3 per cent on March 2003 Figures for January to March up 17.7 per cent, year on year Home demand gives best growth but exports up too ‘These latest figures are more good news from the CV sector,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘The March figures show a strong, successful recovery for the UK’s van and truck makers in the first quarter of the year. Sustained record-breaking demand at home and the recent pick-up on the European mainland all help. Improving economic prospects in the UK suggest strong demand for the year ahead, too. We think we’ll see the annual production total hit 200,000 units this year, underlining the positive outlook for CV making in the UK.’For further tables and comments please click on the link below.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

PASTOREVOLUTION Spanish coach extends contract in Szeged

Juan PastorPick Szeged Spanish coach Juan Pastor has “bought” all the hearts of the fans in Szeged by winning the EHF Cup in Berlin’s F4 last May. The next step, new contract for the World Champion with Spain in 2005, was something expected. Pastor signed new deal for the next two season with possibility of prolongation for one more. His assistant Marko Krivokapic will stay with him…PICK Szeged waiting Hungarian title since 2007. ← Previous Story Ljubomir Vranjes declined DHB offer! Next Story → VIDEO: PSG Handball finished “Qatar Handball Tour”

Nintendo warns young kids off 3DS 3D games

first_imgDepending on how you look at it, Nintendo is taking a pretty big risk with the introduction of the 3DS. Even though there is a slider to turn down the 3D effects, this is a handheld meant for games to be played in 3D. Not everyone can view 3D, and not everyone likes viewing it, so there’s already a segment of the market Nintendo cannot cater to.Now some new guidance (Japanese) has been put out by Nintendo for young kids using the 3DS, and for the regularity of breaks when using the device. In both cases, play seems more limited if you want to stop your eyes getting too tired or your vision to be impacted.In the case of young children (under 6), Nintendo suggests they don’t use the 3DS at all to play 3D games. 2D viewing is fine, but 3D is a big no-no. This is because such young eyes are still developing so viewing 3D may be detrimental to that continued development. Parents will find controls to stop 3D being displayed if they do intend on buying a 3DS for a child in that age group.As for everyone else, Nintendo used to state that a break every hour was recommended on previous 2D devices, but with the 3DS that has been cut in half to 30 minutes. This is due to viewing 3D content making your eyes tired more quickly. Even 30 minutes may be too long, with a break suggested at the first signs of you not feeling great.While the 3DS is sure to be a hit when it launches in March, the decision to go 3D does bring with it a few extra limits. Will those same people who got sick watching Avatar in 3D be unable to stand more than a few minutes of 3DS play? Or will it be a completely different type of person who suffers the ill effects?One thing’s clear, this is the first Nintendo hardware that may not be universally playable.Read more at KotakuMatthew’s OpinionI don’t think anyone takes any notice of the guidance given for any piece of electronic entertainment. When was the last time you played a DS game and kept an eye on the clock for a break every hour?If anyone is going to get sick playing on a 3DS it will be after a purchase has been made. Hopefully Nintendo’s 3D slider will allow for such sickness to be controlled or removed completely. If it can’t then we’ll hear a few complaints, but Nintendo must know the majority of players will be happy and sickness-free.The issue of tired eyes occurring quickly isn’t going to have an impact on sales, but it could make playing for long periods of time pretty tough. Once you have really tired eyes it’s difficult to carry on looking at the screen. That may not be a bad thing, forcing kids to go and do something else for a while.last_img read more