LeBron’s status for opener vs. Celtics still unclear

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James answers questions during the NBA basketball team media day, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Independence, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Following Cleveland’s final practice before a season opener against Boston with playoff-level hype, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue still wasn’t sure if LeBron James was playing Tuesday.J.R. Smith knows.ADVERTISEMENT “Oh, he’s gonna go,” Smith said of his celebrated teammate. “He’s gonna go, trust me that. I don’t care what he’s gotta do, he’s gonna play.”While Smith may be giving James the green light, Lue and other team officials remained unsure of James’ status for the game against the Celtics and former Cavs guard Kyrie Irving, whose ballyhooed return to Cleveland is expected to be part homecoming, part hate-fest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJames didn’t speak to reporters following Monday’s practice, but the three-time champion was in a playful mood while engaging in a competitive outside shooting contest with teammates Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Jeff Green.James has been slowed by a sprained left ankle suffered in practice on Sept. 27. He played in only one of Cleveland’s five exhibition games, and his absence has kept a starting lineup that now includes Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose from getting much floor time together. Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Cavaliers have struggled mightily when James has been out of the lineup, losing 11 straight regular-season games and going 4-23 without him since 2014.With a revamped roster and more offensive options than ever, Lue believes the Cavs are more equipped to compete when James is on the bench.“We’ll be a lot better off,” he said. “I think we got a lot of different pieces. We’re deeper. A lot of versatile players. A lot of different lineups we can play. So, it will be different but I think we have a better chance.”Irving spent six seasons with Cleveland but left on shaky terms.His demand to be traded this summer rankled some Cavaliers fans, and he created a larger divide last week when he described Boston as a “real, live sports city.”That didn’t sit well with many Cleveland residents, and he’s certain to get an earful Tuesday night.The Cavaliers plan to honor Irving, who made the biggest shot in franchise history, with a video tribute at some point during the game. Irving’s 3-pointer in the waning moments of Game 7 in 2016 lifted Cleveland to the city’s first championship since 1964.Lue wasn’t sure what else Irving should expect from the fired-up, sellout crowd.“We’ve got the best fans in the world and they’re going to do whatever they see best,” he said. “Whatever decision they make, that’s the right one. Because they’ve been behind us for three straight years, since I’ve been here, they’ve always made the right decisions. So whatever they decide to do, I embrace whatever they do.” View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The 32-year-old James hasn’t missed an opener in his previous 14 seasons, and it would be hard to imagine sitting this one out given the attention with Irving coming back following this summer’s blockbuster trade between the teams — and the All-Star guard’s recent swipe at Cleveland.Just so he’s protected, Lue has made a contingency lineup in case James doesn’t play. Smith will take his spot in the Cavs’ “B” lineup.Lue has said for days that he doesn’t know for sure if James will be ready.“You know I never hide stuff from you guys,” Lue said when pressed about his superstar’s availability. “I really don’t know, I mean, just depends on how he feels after today. … I’m preparing that he is (playing).”Smith, who is beginning his third full season with Cleveland, knows it will take a lot more than a sore ankle to keep James off the floor.“Just because he loves the game,” he said. “We were talking about it, he’s never missed, since he was 8 years old and he started playing, he’s never missed a first game. I’m preparing for him to play.”ADVERTISEMENT Gins can’t relax–Cone LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

Isa Molde rues UP’s lack of mental toughness in loss to Ateneo

first_imgHong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end UP Lady Maroons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines had the chance to claim sole possession of first place in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament when it faced Ateneo Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Maroons entered the game against the Lady Eagles with so much anticipation but instead of reaching the top, they floundered down to the lower half of the league.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Ginebra tops Phoenix, climbs to 4-3 View comments LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policycenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ateneo, which entered the game tied with UP at 3-1, wound up taking sole ownership of the top spot after a resounding, 25-21, 25-15, 28-26, giving the Lady Eagles a 4-1 record.UP star Isa Molde, who was limited to just six points, rued her team’s lack of mental fortitude against the Lady Eagles who showed that they wanted the win more than the Lady Maroons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“The problem is the team’s mental toughness and that’s, what I think, was missing from us,” said Molde in Filipino.UP showed a semblance of fight in the third set when it went tit-for-tat with Ateneo but Deanna Wong ended the Lady Maroons’ persistence with a well-placed kill. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Molde, who’s averaging 16.8 points heading into the game, added her team just couldn’t hold on and eventually gave in against the Lady Eagles.“I think we fell short and I guess Ateneo wanted this more than us,” said Molde, whose Lady Maroons dropped to fifth spot in the standings.Molde also said that they can’t let the losses affect their emotions and they know that they have to win their remaining two games in order to get momentum entering the second round.“The coaches always tell us that we shouldn’t feel sorry for ourselves because if we let our morale down in the next two games it would be harder for us to bounce back,” said Molde.“They told us to just forget about this loss and we have to recover for our next match.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Baseball finds itself with a real numbers problem

first_imgMore worrying, perhaps, is that average attendance is down some 3,500 a game since the 2015 season, not coincidentally a time when advanced analytics began changing the way the game is played.Yes, that includes the paltry turnouts in Miami and Tampa Bay, where on typical nights there are less — in some cases much less — than 10,000 fans in the ballpark. Baseball has become a tough sell in Florida, as anyone who tunes into a game can readily see.But it goes further than that, even in markets that traditionally have supported their teams over the years.The Giants sold out every game in San Francisco for nearly seven years running, before the streak of 530 straight was broken in July 2017. It’s true the Giants are a shell of the team they were in winning three world championships, but they’re down to 32,401 fans this year in a ballpark that holds more than 41,000.In Minnesota the early turnouts were so alarming for the best team in baseball that the team began selling $5 tickets just to get people in seats. Still, the Twins are averaging just over 22,000 a game at Target Field, down more than 5,000 from 2015.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Fans watch a baseball game between the Miami Marlins and San Francisco Giants, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Miami. Major League Baseball’s average attendance of 26,854 is 1.4% below the 27,242 through the similar point last season, which wound below 30,000 for the first time since 2003. Baltimore, Cincinnati, Minnesota and Tampa Bay set stadium lows this year. Kansas City had its smallest home crowd since 2011, and Toronto and San Francisco since 2010. Miami and the Rays drew 12,653 Wednesday night combined. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)The official culprit last season was the weather, which Major League Baseball cited as a big reason for a 4 percent slide in attendance over the previous year.This season? Well, attendance is down once again — only this time there are new excuses.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Commissioner Rob Manfred blames increased competition for the entertainment dollar, which he says has led to a decline in season ticket sales in some markets. The players’ union, meanwhile, says fans simply won’t come out to watch bad teams that aren’t trying hard enough to get better.Take your pick, but here’s a third possibility: Baseball is becoming hard to watch, and fans are registering their displeasure by staying home in increasing numbers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut first, let’s recap MLB’s increasingly troublesome turnstile figures.Attendance at major league ballparks peaked at an average of 32,785 a game in 2007, not coincidentally at the tail end of baseball’s steroid era. It stood at 26,854 through midweek this season, a drop of nearly 6,000 fans a game in 12 years. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:151.108M crowd estimate at Manila North Cemetery since Oct. 30 to Nov. 202:42PH 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 And on a beautiful night in Pittsburgh this week, only 13,059 were motivated enough to come to one of the best ballparks in baseball and watch the Pirates play the Milwaukee Brewers.It could be that baseball is just finding its new level after new ballparks and more (steroid aided) home runs helped fuel the attendance boom that peaked in 2007, just before the great recession. Indeed, it might be unrealistic to expect that baseball would average 2.5 million fans a season again across each of its 30 teams.Still, 6,585 for an early season game against Oakland in a Baltimore ballpark that once automatically sold out every game? Or, more recently, 8,076 on Thursday night in Tampa Bay for the first place Twins?One theory is that baseball is losing its true fans, the ones who appreciate the game and how it unfolds over nine innings. They’re increasingly frustrated watching a game that features little strategy, lots of time consuming pitching changes, and more strikeouts than hits.They wonder what happened to the stolen base, the sacrifice and the hit-and-run. They’re baffled when they see teams playing the shift with the bases loaded in the ninth inning of a tie game with a hitter who doesn’t even try to beat it to win a game.They’re tired of watching everyone swing for the fences with two strikes, and weary of the game being stopped so umpires can gather with headsets to see whether someone’s fingers came off a bag for a nanosecond.Yes, the casual fans still come for family outings and the experience of a night at the ballpark. Teams like the Cardinals and Dodgers still draw big crowds, and the Phillies with Bryce Harper are packing them in.But the trend is unmistakably downward, much like World Series television ratings that are near all-time lows.Baseball has a numbers problem in more ways than one. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Center of attention: How best to use DeMarcus Cousins? Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too View commentslast_img read more

DU announces first cut-off list, Ramjas highest at 99.25% for BCom (H)

first_imgIn a shift from previous years, no Delhi University college has kept the ceiling at 100 per cent in the first cut-off list for admission to undergraduate courses which was announced on Thursday.Admissions to the academic session 2016-17, for which the varsity had received 2.5 lakh applications, will begin on Thursday.The highest cut-off for the academic session has been announced by Ramjas college at 99.25 per cent for BCom Honours, 98.75 for BCom and 98.5 for Economics Honours.The cut-off for Hansraj College has remained unchanged across stream with Eco(H) being the highest at 98 per cent.Miranda House ‘cutoff for science courses is also same as last year with the highest being for Economics Honours at 97.75 per cent.Lady Sri Ram College has announced its cut-off for Psychology at (98.50 per cent), English (98.25 per cent), Economics (98 per cent) and Commerce (H) (98 per cent).The cut-off for Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College for BSc Electronics is 99 per cent. Students can check the cut-offs online and if they meet the eligibility they can log into the university’s admission portal and choose the college and course.They will have to take a printout of the completed form, along with the listed documents and their self-attested copies and visit the designated college on any of the three days of admission.DIP IN APPLICATIONS In previous years, the 100 per cent cut-offs announced by various DU colleges have been slammed as unrealistic and bizarre. However, for the first time the university saw a dip in the number of applications.advertisementThis year, a total of 2,50,914 applications were received by the university for the 54,000 seats in 63 colleges, as compared to last year’s 2,91,819 applications.Out of total applications, 1,30,354 applicants are male and 1,20,545 are female applicants.The university has received 15 applications in the others category. However, the number of applicants under the disabled category has increased. This year, 1,187 applicants under the disabled category have applied.SPORTS, ECA APPLICATIONS For the first time, the university had also made sports and ECA category application centralised and online. Under the sports quota, there are 10,382 applicants, and 8,273 under the ECA quota.Each college reserves not more than 5% quota in the category.Also, this year, the applicants under the Children of War Widows and Kashmiri migrant quota also filled the centralised form.There were just 430 applicants under Kashmiri quota. Under the Defence Category (CW) there are 318 applications. The university reserves 5 per cent each under the category.This is for the first time that the university has introduced completely online admission procedure for UG admissions unlike previous years when it used to be both online and offline.The online registration process began on June 1 and will continue till June 22.  Also read:India’s Best Colleges Looking to pursue Arts? Lady Shri Ram College for Women is the right stop From sessions on supply chain to accounting frauds, SRCC does everything to produce a good businessman Healthy mix of faculty, engaging classrooms makes St Stephen’s the best science collegelast_img read more

Johanna Konta conquers Heather Watson in Nottingham’s battle of Britain

first_imgShare on Messenger Amazon launches its assault on sport coverage with tennis at Queen’s … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Tennis Since you’re here… Share via Email Support The Guardian Topics Konta’s confidence remains fragile but, aside from a host of errors at the net, this was a good performance from the 27-year-old. Watson struggled to deal with the Konta return in particular, and a single break in the fifth game was enough to decide the opening set. Watson made the better start to the second and led 4-1 but Konta fought back and edged a close tie-break.Konta said: “One hundred per cent it was not easy and conditions made it that much harder. It’s never easy to play a compatriot. I just tried to keep my focus on my side of the court. I feel fortunate to come through, there was very little in it.“It was not easy for either of us and the conditions made it harder here,” Konta said. “It is never easy playing a compatriot. I feel fortunate because there was very little in it.”The No 4 seed, who will next face Slovenia’s Dalila Jakupovic, was the second British player to make it through to the last eight after an excellent win for Katie Boulter over the former US Open champion Sam Stosur.The 21-year-old wild card will play in a WTA Tour quarter-final for the first time following a 7-6 (6), 6-1 triumph and is set to break into the world’s top 50. Boulter, the British No 4, said: “It’s really exciting. It’s a huge step for me. She’s a grand slam winner and it’s the first one of those that I’ve beaten.“It was a really quick second set but I dug in really deep in the first. I thought I held my nerve really well and found a way to win.” Boulter’s reward is a quarter-final meeting with the top seed Ashleigh Barty, who brushed aside China’s Duan Yingying 6-3, 6-2.“I feel like I always play well in Nottingham,” Barty said. “So hopefully it’s third time lucky.” The Australian has been beaten in the quarter-finals in the last two editions of the tournament.Meanwhile, the Argentinian Federico Coria has been banned for eight months and fined $10,000 for anti-corruption offences. Six months of the ban and half of the fine was suspended on condition there were no further offences by Coria, the brother of Guillermo Coria, a French Open finalist in 2004. He can resume playing from 12 August. match reports Johanna Konta won the all-British battle against Heather Watson to reach the quarter-finals of the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham.It was a second meeting on the WTA Tour for Britain’s top two female players and, like the previous one in Indian Wells last year, Konta came out on top.The windy conditions made life difficult for both players but ultimately it was the extra power of Konta, who reached the final here 12 months ago, that made the difference in a 6-4, 7-6 (5) victory.center_img Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Johanna Konta Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Read more Heather Watsonlast_img read more

Wellington becomes first international side to win NTL title

first_imgWellington is the first international team to win a National Touch League title after their 12-8 win over Sydney Scorpions in the Seniors Mixed division.The high scoring affair saw Wellington players Richard McKenzie and Clint Rohloff both score hat tricks as they led their team on an undefeated run in their first year at the tournament.Wellington started their scoring spree in just the second minute, with Andre Robinson touching down to make the score 1-0. Tracey Elliot scored six minutes later for the Scorpions to get them back into the game. George Albert-Jahnke crossed for Wellington in the next set to take back the lead, and McKenzie scored soon after to take the score to 3-1.Amy Mitchell reduced the deficit for the Scorpions at the midway mark of the first half, and when the Scorpions scored again in the 13th minute the score was even.McKenzie then scored two consecutive touchdowns to put Wellington two tries ahead, and Rohloff scored his first in the 16th minute to put Wellington in front 6-3. Amy Mitchell put the Scorpions back into the game with her touchdown in the 19th minute, but Albert-Jahnke made sure his team had a solid lead going into the break, scoring just before half time. Wellington went to the break leading 7-4.It took six minutes for Wellington to get on the scoreboard in the second half, when Laurissa Kerei put her team in front 8-4. Tries to Andrew Windsor and Katrina McIlwraith put the Scorpions within two touchdowns of Wellington, but another touchdown to Kerei, and two more to Rohloff put the Scorpions four points in front. Eric Kho’s touchdown in the 16th minute got the Scorpions back into the game, but an intercept touchdown to Wellington’s Ben Moceiwai put the score beyond doubt. Lisa Walker scored a consolation touchdown in the final minute of the game, with the game ending at 12-8.last_img read more

Province Welcomes Growing Interest in Offshore Oil Gas

first_img “This industry is a big contributor to the provincial economy, creating jobs and more than $500 million in royalties that help pay for hospitals, schools, and roads,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “It is important that we continue to stimulate activity. We will continue to work with the board and the federal government on new and enhanced geoscience, policies, regulations R&D, and marketing to continue building momentum in our offshore.” co-funding the board’s data-management centre, an online centre of geological data, seismic studies and core samples reprocessing government-owned seismic data for north of Sable Island, with a release to potential investors and explorers an economic-scoping model for small-field development around Sable Island, available at no cost ongoing efforts to market Nova Scotia’s offshore in major oil and gas centres around the world Growing interest in Nova Scotia’s offshore oil and gas resources is good news for the province, said Energy Minister Richard Hurlburt. The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board today, Nov. 7, announced the successful bidders for two parcels in offshore Nova Scotia. Shin Han F&P Inc., a Nova Scotia-based company, has won rights to explore a deep-water parcel 275 kilometres southwest of Sable Island, with a work-expenditure bid of $129 million. Another company, 1164214 Alberta Ltd., will be issued a new exploration licence for a shallow-water parcel in the Sable Island area, with a work-expenditure bid of $7.87 million. “Nova Scotia’s new policies were designed to attract more customers to our offshore, and this is proof these policies are working,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “Our congratulations go to these two companies for choosing Nova Scotia as a place to do business, and to my colleagues at the offshore board, the federal government, and the provincial government for making this new type of exploration licence a reality.” Nova Scotia now has more flexible, lower entry-cost licences that reward early activity and encourage a broader range of companies to explore offshore Nova Scotia. Mr. Hurlburt said the board’s announcement, combined with two other exploration licences issued in September to Ammonite Corporation and Catheart Energy Inc., shows momentum is building in Nova Scotia’s offshore. The province, with the federal government and board, has been a leader in stimulating activity, through measures such as:last_img read more

CM visits Dattapur village lends ear to grievances of residents

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee went to Dattapur village situated at the Bengal-Odisha border on Wednesday and distributed clothes and sweets among the people.She listened to their grievances and instructed the district magistrate of East Midnapore Partha Ghosh to take necessary action to build houses for them. The villagers, who have set up thatched mud huts on state government land, said some people often come there and threaten to evict them. Banerjee assured them that they would not be evicted from the place. It may be recalled that on Monday, she had visited a village comprising mostly fishermen, at Digha. People were very happy to have the Chief Minister among them. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOn her way back to Kolkata she went to a roadside tea stall and prepared tea for the ministers and officials who were accompanying her. Sishir Adhikari (MP), Subrata Mukherjee, state minister of Panchayat and Rural Development and Suvendu Adhikari, state Transport minister, enjoyed tea served by her. It may be mentioned that Banerjee is an expert cook and earlier, she used to prepare special dishes to treat her party leaders and workers. In all the party meetings held recently, she had asked the leaders and workers to go to the people and build contact with them. “Go to the tea stalls and markets and talk to people. Listen to what they say,” she had said in party conferences.last_img read more

Jessica Alba Prepares Moroccan Tagine in Instagram Video

Rabat – A new video circulating the Internet shows Jessica Alba preparing a chicken and lamb tagine for a dinner on Sunday.The American actress is seen browning the lamb, adding prunes to it as it marinates and spicing the meet during the one-minute clip that has garnered 428,000 views since it appeared online.The 35-year-old marinated the chicken for three hours for a Lemon and Olive Chicken tagine, the video, originally posted on her Instagram account, said in a caption. She also prepared a vegetable stew, or hareera, filled with yellow and green zucchini, tomatoes, carrots and garbanzo beans.Some of the Fantastic Four-starrer’s followers offered her advice on preparing the Moroccan dishes next time around.“Next time, try to caramelize onions and prunes before adding them to the rest, since these ingredients require more time during cooking, “ one user said.Sunday’s presidential debate between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton played in the background as the tagine cooked.“Sunday dinner and the debate,” Alba said. “Wonder how its gonna go.” read more

UN Cambodia talks on Khmer Rouge court to restart next week

Legal Counsel Hans Corell will lead the UN team, and Senior Minister Sok An, who is in charge of the Council of Ministers, is expected to head Cambodia’s delegation to the talks, which are slated to start Monday morning at UN Headquarters in New York, spokesman Fred Eckhard said.Last week, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen accepted an invitation by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to send a delegation to New York for an exploratory meeting to prepare for the resumption of negotiations on the special court.In February 2002, the UN ended negotiations with Cambodia over the tribunal, saying the court as planned would not be fair and that the Government had rejected a proposed agreement governing the assistance that the UN would provide.The UN had been in talks with the Cambodian Government for nearly five years to set up a special court to try former Khmer Rouge leaders for genocide and crimes against humanity committed between 1975-79. In 1999, Phnom Penh rejected a proposal by Mr. Annan for an international court and instead decided to establish a national tribunal with the participation of foreign judges and prosecutors. read more

Wendys net loss narrows adjusted results beat expectations

Wendy’s net loss narrows, adjusted results beat expectations NEW YORK, N.Y. – Wendy’s third-quarter loss narrowed as more customers snapped up its new Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger and Pretzel Pub Chicken sandwiches, along with other menu items.Results beat expectations and the company raised its guidance Thursday.However, the company said it expects adjusted earnings, before taxes, interest, and other items, to fall 10 per cent in the fourth quarter, as it invests in future growth initiatives.Shares fell 13 per cent in morning trading, retreating from a five-year high on Wednesday.Fast-food companies have been facing tough competition from chains such as Chipotle, which have a more upscale image and the ability to charge higher prices for their food.In response, Wendy’s Co. has been offering new items such as more premium buns. On Thursday the chain said it is bringing back its Bacon Portabella Melt and serving it on a toasted brioche bun. Wendy’s is also pushing renovations to make its restaurants more inviting.Wendy’s CEO Emil Brolick said the strategy is “proving to be effective” against both its traditional quick-serve restaurant competitors and new entrants.While the Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger did well during the quarter, another new product, a grilled chicken flatbread, did not do as well as expected and sales momentum slowed at the end of the quarter, Brolick said.The company, based in Dublin, Ohio, says sales rose 3.2 per cent at restaurants open at least a year, a key retail metric.For the quarter, Wendy’s net loss totalled $1.9 million, or break even per share, compared with a loss of $26.2 million, or 7 cents per share last year. Excluding costs related to paying back debt early and selling some restaurants, net income was 8 cents per share.That’s two cents better than Wall Street had expected. Revenue edged up nearly 1 per cent to $640.8 million, which was also better than most analysts had projected.Janney Capital Markets analyst Mark Kalinowski said Wendy’s will generally continue to rise as it’s “a cut above” brand positioning resonates and more stores are remodeled.The company now expects adjusted earnings of 25 cent per share for fiscal 2013, from prior guidance of 20 to 22 cents per share. Analysts had expected 23 cents per share.Shares fell $1.20, or 13.2 per cent, to $7.89 during midday trading. The stock has nearly doubled since the beginning of the year, up 93 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Nov 7, 2013 6:15 am MDT read more

Bucks win set sights on No 1 rank

On a day of celebration for Michigan athletics — a day that they introduced Brady Hoke as the program’s new football coach — the Ohio State men’s basketball team put at least a mild damper on the spirits of Wolverine fans. With Hoke sitting courtside, the No. 2 Buckeyes (17-0, 4-0 Big Ten) beat the Wolverines, 68-64, in Ann Arbor, Mich. No. 1 Duke lost to Florida State, 66-61, Wednesday night. The Wolverines began the game firing on all cylinders from beyond the 3-point line, jumping out to a 16-10 lead. But OSU answered with an 8-0 run and took a 35-34 lead to the break. Michigan began the second half struggling from the field. After tying the game 41-41 with more than 16 minutes remaining, the Wolverines went nearly six minutes without scoring, sending OSU on a 12-0 run. But just as Minnesota did to OSU on Sunday, Michigan mounted a comeback and eventually cut the lead to two with less than a minute remaining. Although the Buckeyes had struggled from the free-throw line all night, junior William Buford and freshman Aaron Craft each made two free throws in the final minute to put away the game. OSU shot just 68.8 percent from the free-throw line, a percentage not helped by senior forward David Lighty’s 6-of-13 effort. Buford, who along with Lighty played all 40 minutes, led the Buckeyes with a game-high 19 points. Craft finished with 10 points and, for the fourth game straight, played more than 30 minutes despite coming off the bench. Freshman Jared Sullinger fouled out for the first time in his career and, due in large part to Michigan’s defense, had perhaps his worst game as a Buckeye. Although he scored 12 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, Sullinger had a career-high six turnovers and often looked out of sync when faced with a double-team. Sophomore Darius Morris scored 18 points for the Wolverines and junior Zack Novak added 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. Wednesday night’s game was the second consecutive close loss for the Wolverines, who took No. 3 Kansas to overtime on Sunday before eventually losing, 67-60. The Buckeyes return home to play Penn State at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. read more

Motorola Xoom Gets Teardown Treatment

first_imgI seem to remember a time when a new gadget was allowed to exist for a week or so without having someone with a screwdriver go all Alien Autopsy on it with a screwdriver. Those days are long gone, of course, thanks in large part to folks at iFixit.In this week’s installment, the site got its hands on the Motorola Xoom–the great hope of the Android tablets, which hit shelves this week. First up on the iFixit checklist: an investigation into the “convoluted” process for getting the company to upgrade the thing to 4G.The discovery: “It looks like the Xoom was specifically designed with this upgrade in mind.” iFixit estimates that the whole process should take a user with the right screwdrivers 10 minutes or less to complete. “Heck, a donkey could probably pull it off in less than two hours.” Fair enough, but with those hooves, using the touchscreen is probably a real pain in the, well, you know.last_img read more

Apple unveils new iPhones and streaming service to rival Netflix

first_imgApple unveils new iPhones and streaming service to rival Netflix The TV+ service will launch in more than 100 countries on 1 November and is set to cost €4.99 per month. Tuesday 10 Sep 2019, 10:20 PM By AFP Share6 Tweet Email3 https://jrnl.ie/4803906 Short URL Image: Tony Avelar/PA Images Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, talks about the new iPhone 11 Pro and Max, during an event to announce new products. Image: Tony Avelar/PA Imagescenter_img 52 Comments Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, talks about the new iPhone 11 Pro and Max, during an event to announce new products. 29,519 Views TECH GIANT APPLE launched a range of new iPhones today as it readies itself to unveil its own streaming service on 1 November.The TV+ service will launch in more than 100 countries and will cost €4.99 per month. It will include a “powerful and inspiring lineup of original shows, movies and documentaries,” the company said. Apple also announced its game subscription service as the tech giant ramped up efforts to reduce its dependence on the iPhone.Apple is featuring scripted dramas, comedies and movies as well as children’s programs in the service, which will compete against streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon.The company also launched its iPhone 11 models today, replete with dual cameras and ultra-wide lens capabilities as it updated its popular smartphone lineup. The newest handsets come as Apple seeks to spur new upgrades in a slumping global smartphone market.The new iPhones are “jam-packed with new capabilities and an incredible new design,” Apple chief executive Tim Cook told a launch event in Cupertino, California.The new iPhone 11 featuring a new wide-angle lens, brighter flash and an improved front-facing camera will go on sale from €829. It will also have a 6.1″ liquid retina display and comes in six different colours.The iPhone Pro 11, meanwhile, starts at €1,179, with the Pro Max costing from €1,279. The new models will ship later this month. Apple chief executive Tim Cook said the new Pro devices are the “most advanced and most powerful” the company has ever made.Apple said customers who purchase an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch or Mac will get the first year of Apple’s new streaming service – which costs $4.99 per month – for free.“With Apple TV+, we are presenting all-original stories from the best, brightest and most creative minds, and we know viewers will find their new favorite show or movie on our service,” said Zack Van Amburg, Apple’s head of video.The company’s online gaming subscription service, Apple Arcade, will launch next week, offering exclusive titles for mobile and desktop users.“You can’t find these games on any other mobile platform or subscription service, no games service ever launched as many games, and we can’t wait for you to play all of that,” product manager Ann Thai told the Apple media event.Apple also unveiled updates to its iPad tablet and Apple Watch smartwatch including an updated iPad with a bigger 10.2-inch screen and an Apple Watch with an always-on display.- © AFP 2019  Tue 10:20 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

ERT reinstated by new government

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Lawmakers from Greece’s new left-wing government have voted to reinstate the country’s public broadcaster, ERT, which was abruptly shut down two years ago as part of austerity measures.Parliament voted early Wednesday to re-hire more than 1,500 ERT workers and incorporate a protest TV station operated online by fired employees.In June 2013, ERT television and radio broadcasts were abruptly taken off the air by the previous conservative government. A new broadcaster was later opened, using fewer staff.Greece had been under pressure from international lenders to swiftly reduce the size of its civil service in return for continued bailout loans. Source: APlast_img

Chili les SaintJacques détruites par le tsunami japonais

first_imgChili : les Saint-Jacques détruites par le tsunami japonaisDans la baie de Tongoy au Chili, le tsunami japonais du 11 mars a eu des effets dévastateurs sur les coquilles Saint-Jacques. De 50 à 100% de la production aurait été détruits selon les éleveurs chiliens. “Je ne crois pas que je vais continuer. Il y a trop de pertes. Il y avait toutes les Saint-Jacques qu’on voulait, et là, regardez…”. Comme la plupart de ses collègues, Patricio, éleveur de la baie de Tongoy au Chili, s’apprête à changer de vie face à la désastreuse situation. En effet, l’onde provoquée par le tsunami japonais du 11 mars a apporté le coup de grâce à la production locale de coquilles Saint-Jacques, détruisant 50 à 100% des coquillages.À lire aussiUn plongeur se fait attaquer par un lion de mer”Jamais on n’aurait imaginé que cela ferait tant de dégâts. On pensait que la vague mourrait avant d’arriver, ou que viendrait juste une vaguelette. Mais ce n’était pas une vaguelette, c’était un courant sous-marin qui a laissé tout sens dessus-dessous”, a raconté à l’AFP Eduardo Briones, un autre conchyliculteur de Tongoy, village de 5.000 habitants placé en alerte tsunami lors de la catastrophe. Près de 24 heures après le séisme, le littoral chilien a subi de faibles vagues qui selon les autorités n’ont pas fait de victimes ni de “dégâts significatifs”. Pourtant, plus d’un mois et demi après le tsunami, la situation se révèle être beaucoup plus grave que cela. Filets emmêlés, mollusques entraînés au fond de la baie : les pertes s’élèveraient à 4,4 millions d’euros selon la presse locale alors que la baie de Tongoy était devenue le “fief de la Saint-Jacques” au Chili, l’un des premiers producteurs mondiaux. Ces dernières années, le pays avait déjà dû faire face à la concurrence du Pérou et à une baisse des prix. Désormais, les éleveurs prévoient donc de reprendre leur ancienne activité, la pêche en mer, qu’ils avaient abandonnée au profit de l’élevage artificiel du mollusque, moins aléatoire et moins dangereux.Le 30 avril 2011 à 11:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les chèvres reconnaissent encore le cri de leur petit plus dun an

first_imgLes chèvres reconnaissent encore le cri de leur petit plus d’un an après Royaume-Uni – Publiant leur étude dans Proceedings of the Royal Society B,, des chercheurs britanniques ont montré expérimentalement que les chèvres pygmées reconnaissent le cri de leur nourrisson 12 à 18 mois après en avoir été séparés.Le Dr Elodie Briefer et le Dr Alan McElligott, de l’école Queen Mary de Sciences Biologiques et chimiques, et Monica Padilla, de l’Université de Nottingham, ont enregistré les appels de bébés de chèvres pygmées âgés de 5 semaines, et les ont rediffusés à leurs mères respectives (9 au total) 12 à 18 mois plus tard (soit 7 à 13 mois après le sevrage).À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ils ont alors constaté que ces mères, capables de reconnaître les appels de leurs rejetons en bas âge, l’étaient encore un an à un an et demi plus tard. Ce comportement pourrait aider les femelles et leurs filles à entretenir des relations sociales, et empêcher les mères de s’accoupler avec leurs fils lorsque ceux-ci sont sexuellement matures.”En raison des difficultés rencontrées dans le suivi à long terme des mêmes individus au fil des années, [ce type de] reconnaissance n’a été étudié que chez quelques espèces seulement. Notre étude montre que les animaux se souviennent des partenaires importants dans leur société…”, explique le Dr Briefer.”Comprendre les capacités cognitives de nos animaux domestiques est important pour le bien-être des animaux et pour leur fournir les meilleures conditions de vie possibles, en particulier s’ils ont des souvenirs de longue durée”, conclut le Dr McElligott. Le 24 juin 2012 à 19:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Success out of this world

first_imgIt turns out science is record-breakingly good for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.The VSO broke all previous attendance records for May after joining up with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry for a performance of Gustav Holst’s seven-part suite called “The Planets.”As part of the show, Jim Todd, OMSI’s planetarium manager, discussed various aspects of the solar system’s planets to go along with Holst’s music.About 3,700 people turned up for four performances of the show, the most in any month in the orchestra’s 33-year history, said Richard Brase, a former member and part-time spokesman for the VSO.“All kinds of attendance records were broken,” Brase said. “These sorts of records are not strictly kept, but we had about 1,900 people show up for our two public performances of The Planets and 1,800 turn up for our two performances for students.”In general, audience numbers grew with each performance during the 2011-2012 season, which ran from October through May, said Igor Shakhman, orchestra manager.“It’s extremely exciting and encouraging,” Shakhman said. “I think it’s a combination of everybody’s work. The board is doing an amazing job, all the volunteers in the office, at the concert, and of course our amazing orchestra and our world-class conductor (Salvador Brotons).”last_img read more

University employees vote to accept proposal to resolve pension dispute

first_imgUniversity employees, who are members of the trade union University and College Union (UCU), have voted to accept proposals aimed at resolving the university pensions dispute.Just under two-thirds (64%) of members voted in favour of accepting the proposal. The decision has averted a second series of strikes that were scheduled to take place in May and June.Strike action was called after Universities UK (UUK) proposed to remove the guaranteed defined benefit pension for members of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), a move UCU estimated would cost each member £10,000 a year in retirement.UUK has agreed not to return to the original proposed change to end a guaranteed pension and has committed to defined benefits. The organisation has also agreed to discuss a wide range of issues outlined by the UCU, including inter-generational fairness, comparisons with the Teachers’ Pension Scheme and the government’s support of the USS. The plans will be presented by UCU and UUK to the USS board and The Pensions Regulator.A joint expert panel will also be established to re-examine the USS valuations and make recommendations.Sally Hunt, general secretary at the UCU, said: “Members have participated in record numbers in the consultation, with a clear majority voting to accept the proposals. The union has come a very long way since January when it seemed that the employers’ proposals for defined contributions were opposed.“Now we have agreement to move forward jointly, looking again at the USS valuation alongside a commitment from the UK employers to a guaranteed, defined benefit scheme. USS, the regulator and government now need to ensure that UCU and UUK have the space to implement the agreement effectively.“We hope this important agreement will hearten workers across the UK fighting to defend their pension rights and was won through the amazing strike action of the UCU members.“UCU has more work to do to ensure that the agreement delivers the security in retirement that university staff deserve.”A spokesperson at UUK added: “The decision by UCU members to support the creation of a joint expert panel means that strike action is immediately suspended. . ​“Reviewing the methodology and assumptions in the current valuation will build confidence, trust and increase transparency in the valuation process. It will provide an opportunity to consider the questions raised about the valuation by scheme members and employers. It is important that interested parties engage with the panel and remain open-minded about its possible findings.“Working in partnership with UCU, we will now appoint a jointly agreed chair for the panel as soon as possible before developing its terms of reference, order of work and timescales.“Alongside UCU, we will seek support for this process from USS and The Pensions Regulator, fully recognising their statutory responsibilities and accountabilities. Current pension benefits are guaranteed until at least 1 April 2019​, so the panel will need to conclude its work in time to put in place a sustainable way forward for USS from that date.”last_img read more

Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of May 12 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of May 12, 2019:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:John F. Conner, 89Natalie E. (Anderson) Redfearn, 82Previously Lived In Wilmington:NoneWorked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:Patrick C. Bourgelais, 74Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 21, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more