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  • Stephen Curry Dazzles for 51 Points in Sensational Start

    first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry appreciated the freedom from coach Steve Kerr to shoot from wherever he darn well pleased, no distance off limits.On this night, Curry could get away with anything. He was feeling it.“It is nice to turn around and not hear your coach on the sideline chewing you out,” Curry said. “I’d like to say I deserve that little wiggle room there for sure.”Even with another post-championship, whirlwind summer that included welcoming a son, more golf tournaments and travel, Curry considered it among his best and most productive offseasons.His body is fully healthy and recovered after the Golden State superstar played only 51 regular-season games during the latest championship run because of injuries.Through five games, Curry is as dominant as ever — as evidenced in a spectacular 51-point performance in Wednesday night’s 144-122 win against the Wizards playing only three quarters. He scored 18 straight for the Warriors during one stretch.“It was a joy to be on the same court with that, that was sick,” Kevin Durant said“That boy good!” teammate Shaun Livingston tweeted immediately after the game.His teammates notice Curry’s purpose when he takes the floor each day, whether practice or a game.“Just to be great, it’s that simple,” Klay Thompson said earlier Wednesday. “He’s never satisfied. We saw that after the first year he won MVP he came back even better and had an historic season. And nothing’s changed since four years ago or since he got in the league. That’s what makes him so great, is his humility and his ability to just keep working.”The Warriors are practically spoiled by the brilliance of No. 30, as great as ever at age 30 and in his 10th NBA season.Kerr insists Curry is stronger than ever and “at his physical and mental peak.”“He’s got a great life, doesn’t he?” Kerr said. “I just think that part of what makes Steph great is who he is as a person and what his life is about. He loves life. He takes so much joy out of every single day,” Kerr said. “… Steph has a joy about him that I think everyone in the building can see and feel, so he brings that and I think you talk about wanting people to have a balanced life and how powerful that can be. I think he’s a prime example of that.”Curry scored 31 in the first half, finished with his sixth career 50-point game and made 10 or more 3s for the 10th time. The 51 points matched his most at Oracle Arena.He hit his first five 3-pointers and had the ninth 30-point half of his career, drawing “MVP!” chants all evening long from an adoring home crowd.Curry shot 15 for 24, 11 of 16 from 3-point range and made all 10 free throws, missing his career high of 54 set in February 2013 by three points.“Some of the shots that he was making, you don’t see that,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “He’s a special player, a special scorer, a special shooter. He’s taking 35-foot shots, it’s hard to double team a guy who’s that far out, and he makes them like they’re layups. I’ve never seen anything like it.”Kerr and Brooks each considered Curry “video-game” good.“We are kind of used to it with Steph,” Kerr said before Curry’s latest brilliance. “He’s just so consistent and so lethal.”Curry hurt his left knee March 23 just as he had come back from a six-game absence with a right ankle injury. He also missed 11 games last December with a sprained right ankle.He then sat out the first round of the playoffs before returning for Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Pelicans.Then after another title was in hand, a third in four years to put the Warriors in dynasty status, Curry struck a balance during the summer to both push and pace himself to stay on the floor for the long haul because “There’s a lot to gain, there’s a lot more to accomplish.”“I definitely expect it, I expect it every year,” Curry said. “I don’t wake up when I do in the summers and put all those hours in just to show up during the season with no confidence and no kind of rhythm. This summer for a lot of different reasons it was a great kind of consistent approach to what I was trying to get out of my training and things like that. Had I started off cold, I would have had the same confidence because of the work that I put in and things would have hopefully turned around. The way that I started, I just want to keep going and not change what I’m doing.”How scary is it to think Curry can elevate his game to another level?“Not for me,” Draymond Green quipped. “For other people it may be scary. It’s exciting to me. He’s been real locked in. Everything’s been laser-focused, whether it’s him starting in the games, in practice, or getting his work in in the weight room, he’s been locked in. So it’s been good to see.”As Curry simply put it: “Every game is an opportunity to do something special.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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  • World Cup 2018: Putin gets his own umbrella as world leaders get drenched in rain

    first_imgThis World Cup has been about romanticism. From small teams putting their big hearts on the field to players showing excellent courage, the tournament in Russia has been the quintessential romantic ballad. And the whole story attached to that romaticism came to a perfect end on Sunday when the rain started pouring as the presentation ceremony began.It was all a perfect end to a brilliant tournament — unpredictable and beautiful.However, amidst all that beautiful footballing love story, Vladimir Putin gave social media its big joke. Even as the rain started pouring, FIFA president Gianni Infantino, French President Emmanuel Macron and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic stood at the podium, giving away medals and words of encouragement to both the teams.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThey did all that as the rain kept pouring and their clothes kept soaking up all that water.Russian president Putin, stood right in the middle of them, but he did not get drenched. Because he was the only one who had a man standing behind him with the umbrella over his head.As the world leaders beside him got outpoured by the rain, Putin stood straight in his impeccable suit without a hint of water on it.Also read – FIFA World Cup 2018: Full list of prize winnersOf course, social media was not going to miss that. Twitter immediately went abuzz with the moment of absolutely uniqueness.Some had a laugh over how Russia had just one umbrella to spare while some took a dig at the hospitality offered by Russia right at the fag end of the tournament.advertisementAlso read – World Cup 2018 final: Russian punk band invades pitch. Watch videoFor all comments, the moment indeed was a unique end to a month of exhilarating footballing entertainment. Right at the end though, it was Putin’s umbrella that hogged all the limelight.It’s now absolutely bucketing down at the Luzhniki. Lackeys have appeared with umbrellas for the heads of state and FIFA dignitaries. Putin was the first to get his umbrella as Infantino, Macron and the Croatian president got soaked.Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) July 15, 2018Bucketing down now. They’ve only brought one umbrella, and it’s for Putin. He is NOT sharing it.Rory Smith (@RorySmith) July 15, 2018Putin having his own Umbrella Guy while everyone else gets soaking wet in the rain is an absolute power move pic.twitter.com/KAoi8gXhUkClemquon (@TheClemReport) July 15, 2018Putin outsmarts other world leaders yet again by bringing an umbrella to a torrential downpour, while leaving Macron and Grabar-Kitarovic to soak pic.twitter.com/PYHNJsOvRxmax seddon (@maxseddon) July 15, 2018As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster. pic.twitter.com/KYzhucLPJMsouthpaw (@nycsouthpaw) July 15, 2018Do they only have one umbrella in Russia?!! ????Siobhan ?????? (@Sio_Chamberlain) July 15, 2018Umbrella priorities:Putin > World cup trophyAnirban Dasgupta (@adg_5) July 15, 2018Putin having a henchman hold an umbrella over him while the presidents of FIFA, France or Croatia get drenched is the ultimate boss move pic.twitter.com/iY5vpikajiSamuel Army (@BarstoolSam) July 15, 2018Talk about Russian hospitality. #Putin under the only umbrella while Macron & Kitarovic soaking. #Worldcup2018Russia pic.twitter.com/9R2hKJb4ikTara Kangarlou (@tarakangarlou) July 15, 2018Putin being the only one with an umbrella is hilarious pic.twitter.com/T1dEjjRRlaDusty (@DustinGiebel) July 15, 2018Only Putin gets an umbrella. ????????So Macron and Kolinda can stay wet. #WorldCupFinal pic.twitter.com/y6PjVbSec3Omo Ojeomogha (@OmoFizzy) July 15, 2018So the Russians only remembered an umbrella for their own President Putin… left the leaders of France and Croatia out in the rain for minutes… pretty much sums up todays international politics. #WorldCup18 pic.twitter.com/W5UDTTwMxSKeir Simmons (@KeirSimmons) July 15, 2018Why does only Putin get an umbrella? #WorldCupFinalNorm Kelly (@norm) July 15, 2018MVP of tournament: Putins umbrella guy. #WorldCupFinal pic.twitter.com/Nm3VAEW1IMJacob Rossi (@JacobARossi) July 15, 2018Meanwhile, France became the world champions after defeating Croatia 4-2 in 90 minutes of demanding and exhilarating football.Mario Mandzukic scored an own goal to give Russia the lead before Ivan Perisic scored to restore parity. However, he soon handled the ball in the penalty area and France got a penalty after a VAR review. Antoine Griezmann slotted home from the spot to give France a 2-1 lead at half time.France came out all guns blazing in the second half and within the first 20 mins, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe scored two stunning goals to give France a 4-1 lead.Also read – France equal 60-year-old record to win second World CupadvertisementMandzukic did get one back, courtesy a blunder from Hugo Lloris but in the end, France had done enough.last_img read more

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  • Why Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara have been India’s best over the last decade

    first_imgMurali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara batted strongly on a docile Rajkot pitch, scoring their respective hundreds to lead India’s reply to England’s mammoth first innings total of 537 on the third day of the opening Test of the five-match series. (Scorecard | Highlights)While Vijay slammed his seventh Test hundred, Pujara scored his second successive century and ninth of his Test career to lead India to 319/4 at the end of day’s play, 218 runs behind the visitors with two days left in the match. (Rajkot Test: England spinners strike back after Vijay, Pujara tons)Vijay and Pujara joined forces and forged a 209-run stand for the second wicket to deny England any early inroads after Stuart Broad removed seasoned opener Gautam Gambhir in the second over of the day. (Pujara’s hundred in hometown brings a smile on his father’s face)INDIA’S BESTBoth batsmen displayed immense concentration during their partnership as they became India’s best batting pair in Tests in the last ten years both home and away. (Vijay slams first century after 17 months)Overall, the pair has scored 2081 runs in 32 innings at an average of 65.03, including six hundred and nine fifty-run partnerships.PartnersSpanInningsRuns Average100Pujara, Vijay2010-201632208165.036Kohli, Rahane2013-201625157963.164Dhoni, Laxman2006-201225121455.183Dravid, Sehwag2006-201228148655.033Dravid, Gambhir2008-201239206554.345Gambhir, Sehwag2008-201268341051.669Laxman, Tendulkar2006-201243189747.425Kohli, Pujara2012-201628127047.033Dravid, Tendulkar2006-201253223643.846At home, Vijay and Pujara are now the most prolific pair among all Indian pairs who have put on at least 1000 runs together. In 16 innings, the pair has scored 1301 runs at an average of 81.31, which is easily the highest for any Indian pair at home.advertisementPartnersInningsNot OutsRunsBestAverage200-run standsVijay, Pujara160130137081.312Gavaskar, Vengsarkar3422296344*71.751Azharuddin, Tendulkar181114520267.351Sehwag, Dravid281175626865.043Tendulkar, Ganguly302177128163.252Gambhir, Sehwag511296823359.362Tendulkar. Laxman353183021457.191Gambhir, Dravid180101331456.281Chetan Chauhan, Gavaskar292151919256.260The 28-year-old Pujara, considered a Test specialist, thrived against England’s spin bowlers and also skilfully negotiated a hostile spell from Chris Woakes when the fast bowler hit him three times on the helmet. (Why Virat Kohli looks good for another big knock on Saturday)Vijay too looked solid at the other end. However, both were lucky to survive in the post-lunch session. Vijay was dropped by Haseeb Hameed at short cover off Broad.Pujara was on 86 when he was adjudged lbw to Zafar Ansari in the 71st over, but the umpire’s decision was overturned with reviews showing the ball going over the stumps.Pujara was out caught at wide slip by Alastair Cook off Ben Stokes in the 92nd over. In all, he faced 206 deliveries and hit 17 fours. It was his third Test hundred against England.Meanwhile, Vijay was dismissed just before close of play, caught at short leg by Haseeb Hameed off Adil Rashid. He faced 301 balls in total, and hit nine fours as well as four sixes.last_img read more

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  • John Hastings’ cricket career on hold after repeatedly coughing up blood

    first_img … 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. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. 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. Australia cling on at the death to deny Pakistan victory in first Test Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Topics Support The Guardian Share via Email Share on Messenger Big Bash League John Hastings admits his cricket career is over unless he finds a way to curb a potentially fatal illness that is causing him to cough up blood when he bowls.The popular 32-year-old has represented Australia in all three formats of the game and despite retiring from one and four-day cricket last year had his sights set on touring the world T20 circuit before hanging up the boots.But as it stands that will not happen until the big quick discovers why he continues to burst blood vessels in his lungs when he charges through the crease.center_img Cricket Share on Twitter news Share on LinkedIn Australia sport Share on Facebook Hastings first noticed the condition several years ago but despite extensive testing it has worsened and will sideline him for the upcoming Big Bash season, where he had signed with the Sydney Sixers.“Every time I’m bowling now it’s happening,” Hastings told RSN’s the Breakfast Club. “It’s literally just bowling. It’s not running. I can do boxing, weight sessions, rowing, anything like that.“When I step it up [at the crease], literally I burst blood vessels in my lungs and I walk back to my mark and cough up some blood. The uncertainty around not knowing whether any long term damage could be a side effect, or fatally bleeding on the field [is scary].”The former Melbourne Stars captain has played one Test, 29 ODIs and nine T20Is in the green and gold.“I’ve played this game my whole life and I wanted to keep playing it,” he said. “I wanted to play tournaments all around the world. That’s one of the reasons I retired early from one-day and four-day cricket.“To see it maybe slipping away, it’s pretty tough to take and at this stage, unless something miraculous happens, I won’t be able to bowl.”Hastings said he had been presented with two “invasive” treatment options that he wasn’t comfortable with, but that he will continue to work with doctors in an attempt to diagnose the illness. Share on WhatsApp Read morelast_img read more

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  • David Warner dealt injury blow while playing in Bangladesh

    first_imgDavid Warner Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… But while Smith faces a prolonged period on the sideline, Warner’s outlook appears somewhat better – with the opener free to play two more games in Bangladesh before heading home on Monday.“David has reported some pain in his right elbow,” a CA spokesman said. “He will return to Australia on Monday January 21 to be assessed, but is expected to play in remaining BPL matches until his return.“We will have a clearer understanding of the extent of his injury once he has been assessed.” Share via Email … 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. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. 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. Warner and Smith’s 12-month bans stemming from the ball-tampering scandal end on March 29, and it had previously been suggested the pair could play at least some of a yet-to-be scheduled one-day series against Pakistan in the UAE.Smith’s hopes of that are almost certainly shot though, the prominent run-scorer facing six weeks in a brace following Tuesday’s surgery for a ligament injury.He is however expected to return well in time for Australia’s first match at the World Cup in England on 1 June.Meanwhile Warner’s injury was seemingly suffered as he hit an unbeaten 61 from 36 balls for the Sylhet Sixers against the Rangpur Riders on Wednesday night, with his knock including a six and two fours while batting right-handed against Chris Gayle. Share on Messenger While there had been public conjecture over the future selection of Smith and Warner, the poor form of both the red and white-ball national sides headed into a World Cup and Ashes winter appear to now make that a mere formality. Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Australia sport Share on Facebook Topics Steve Smith and David Warner’s preparations for their long-awaited World Cup returns could both be thrown into chaos, with the latter set to follow his ex-skipper home from Bangladesh with an elbow injury.Just six days after Smith left the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) to have surgery on his elbow, Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed Warner would also head home to seek medical assessment on the same joint. Support The Guardian The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Cricket Australia’s former captain Steve Smith to undergo elbow surgery news WBBL’s elite level product pays off in numbers Share on LinkedIn Read more Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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  • Watch: Kalli Purie speech at Free Fire India Today League trophy

    first_imgOther Videos from Sports 22:37 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 A new start for BCCI: Sourav Ganguly after taking charge as board president 04:27 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Former India captain Sourav Ganguly takes over as 39th BCCI president 03:09 Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 Haven’t had a discussion about Ashwin’s future at KXIP yet, says coach Kumble 09:34 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Never aspired to become BCCI chief: Sourav Ganguly 05:16 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Sourav Ganguly likely to become new BCCI boss 09:04 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 We will create Indian champions in Free Fire: Kiren Rijiju 02:16 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Free Fire India Today League trophy unveiled 03:13 Wed, 09 Oct, 2019 Good to see Rohit Sharma opening in Tests: Harbhajan Singh to India Today Load More Other Video CategoriesIndiaSportsMoviesSo SorryProgrammelast_img read more

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  • Port Metro Vancouver’s Volumes Strong despite …

    first_imgzoom Port Metro VancouverCanada’s largest port, Port Metro Vancouver, has concluded the first half of 2014 on a positive note, with their mid-year report showing a 3.6 per cent growth in overall tonnage compared to the same period last year, handling more than 69 million tonnes of cargo in the first half of 2014.“At the mid-point of 2014 we are seeing ongoing growth as Canadian trade continues to increase with both strong demand for Canadian exports and for imports to Canada,” said Robin Silvester, President and Chief Executive Officer, Port Metro Vancouver.“Our focus on infrastructure projects that build capacity and maximize supply chain efficiency has been key as we always seek to ensure we balance this growth with the need to protect our environment and respect the quality of life of our neighbours.”Container traffic volumes continued to increase, showing a 4.6 per cent increase over the same period last year, and representing a quick rebound in traffic volumes that were impacted by the 28-day trucking disruption earlier in the year.Total foreign and domestic tonnage at Port Metro Vancouver both posted more than three per cent growth, with foreign tonnage at 54.6 million tonnes, and domestic at 14.5 million tonnes.Breakbulk and bulk volumes maintained overall growth at 1.4 per cent and 4.6 per cent respectively.“Strong growth at Port Metro Vancouver reminds us of the ongoing success of the Pacific Gateway Strategy, and British Columbia’s pivotal role in the gateway,” said the Honourable Todd Stone, Canada’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Port Metro Vancouver is a key enabler of British Columbia’s economy, supporting more than 76,000 jobs across the province.” Press Release; August 28, 2014last_img read more

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  • Nova Scotia a Leader in Road Safety

    first_imgA national study has found that Nova Scotia is a leader in reducing road fatalities and serious injuries. The Road Safety Vision 2010 Mid-Term Review noted that Nova Scotia’s fatality and serious-injury rates are lower than all but two jurisdictions and is considerably better than the Canadian average. It also recognized the province’s co-ordination between road-safety agencies in the province and the effectiveness of the Road Safety Advisory Committee. “This report confirms that we’re on the right track in Nova Scotia, however, we continue to look at ways to improve road safety,” said Transportation and Public Works Minister Angus MacIsaac. “Our goal is to further reduce fatalities and serious injuries through strategies that focus on drinking and driving, speeding, seatbelt use and distracted driving.” The report looked at road-safety performance in all provinces and territories from 2001 to 2005 and found that, overall, national performance is disappointing. The report, prepared by the Canadian Traffic Safety Institute for the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, is available at www.ccmta.ca/english/pdf/rsv2010_midtermreport_final.pdf . Nova Scotia’s efforts to improve driver safety were recognized earlier this month by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). MADD’s 2007 Progress Report cited Nova Scotia as setting a good example to other jurisdictions in Canada by introducing important legislative reforms. “The province takes the fight against drinking and driving very seriously, and we’re taking appropriate action,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “Laws and programs that we’ve introduced in the last year will help save lives and reduce injuries caused by drinking and driving.” Recent legislative amendments brought in by the province include strengthening the graduated licensing program, preparing an alcohol ignition-interlock program and a new vehicle impoundment program. The battle to reduce drinking and driving in Nova Scotia is also being fought through programs that support legislation. Programs include a social marketing campaign, the Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) program, and Operation Christmas enforcement activities.last_img read more

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  • Family friends excited as player from Saskatchewan First Nation makes NHL debut

    first_imgEDMONTON – About two dozen proud and excited fans were planning to attend an Oilers game in Edmonton on Thursday night to cheer on an Indigenous player making his NHL debut.Ethan Bear from the Ochapowace First Nation in southeastern Saskatchewan was called up from the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors, in California on Tuesday.Chief Margaret Bear said she was planning to go to the game at Rogers Place against the Nashville Predators along with the defenceman’s parents and 20 to 25 others from Ochapowace.She said many more supporters from First Nations across the province planned to go to Saturday’s home game.“It’s all about historic events, something that Ethan has truly achieved and we’re so proud of him,” the chief said before Thursday’s game.“Our community, our youth, our elders, our leaders, our families back home are just gleaming with joy right now.”Bear, 20, is one of about half a dozen players on NHL rosters who is of Indigenous descent.The chief, who is not related to Ethan, said he is not only a source of pride for her people, but has become a role model.“It’s all about … our youth (seeing) that no matter what you do in life, if you have your mind set to your goal and with hard work .. you can do what you want,” she said.The Oilers chose Bear in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL entry draft. He was the captain of the Seattle Thunderbirds when they won the Western Hockey League championship last spring and was named the league’s top defenceman.The five-foot-11, 209-pound Bear has six goals and 10 assists in 34 games with Bakersfield in his rookie professional season.(CKRM, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

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  • Mahindas expensive foreign visits raised in Parliament

    He said Sri Lanka’s improving relationship with other countries has also seen the European Union considering giving Sri Lanka the GSP plus trade concession once again.Sri Lanka lost the GSP plus trade concession after the former government failed to agree to conditions related to human rights. (Colombo Gazette) The Foreign Minister told parliament that since Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948 the country has had good relations with countries like China and India. However he said relations with some countries were affected as a result of the foreign policies of the former Government.Samaraweera said the current government has managed to reversed the downward trend in the relations Sri Lanka had with some countries, including the United States. The expensive overseas visits undertaken by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, was discussed in Parliament today.Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that Rajapaksa took large delegations with him during his overseas visits, wasting Government funds. Samaraweera also defended the foreign policy of the current Government which has resulted in a close relationship with all countries. read more

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  • Annan reappoints group of experts on Liberia blood diamond sanctions

    In a letter to the Council, Mr. Annan designated Arthur Blundell of Canada to serve as the Chairman of the panel, which includes four other expert members from France, India, Sierra Leone and the United Kingdom, now reappointed for six months, until 21 December 2006.The Security Council first imposed wide-ranging sanctions on Liberia in May 2001 after receiving reports that the West African country’s natural resources were fuelling conflict in the region. At the 20 June meeting, during which the diamond sanctions were extended, the Council lifted the ban on the export of round logs and timber, applauding the country’s new President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, for her efforts in managing the nation’s forests. read more

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  • Nike set to unveil Back to the Futures selflacing shoes

    first_imgWay back in 2007, there was a grassroots movement to convince Nike that it should actually produce the geektacular self-lacing shoes Marty McFly donned in Back to the Future II. Last year it looked like the Nike McFly 2015 project’s dream would come true — that Nike might actually Just Do It, filing a patent for the high-tech sneaks with the USPTO.Now it looks like you could be wearing a pair of Marty’s shoe’s a lot sooner than 2015.Nike is sending out invites to an event tonight where it’s strongly believed that the Nike Air Mag will be unveiled. Several not-so-subtle hints are included in the goodie box received by lucky invitees, including a bottle of Throwback Pepsi, a pair of wraparound shades just like those worn by Doc Brown, some nostalgia-inspiring candy, and the invite itself.The invite casts subtlety aside, too, proclaiming “it’s about time” in all caps and stating that tonight’s unveiling could change the course of time. That’s not true, of course. Anyone who’s seen the movie knows that you’d have to do something more drastic like steal a sports results book and travel back in time to place bets for that to happen.There’s also a teaser vid posted over on YouTube that shows off the contents of Marty’s closet — check it out below, and then buckle yourself in. The official announcement comes at 8:30 PST tonight. Once the Air Mag goes on sale, you’ll just need an auto-adjusting jacket and hoverboard to round out the trifecta.More at Nike Kickslast_img read more

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  • First Tizen developer phone makes a public appearance

    first_imgAs Android and iOS duke it out for smartphone OS supremacy, RIM and Microsoft continue refining their own mobile offerings in the hopes of making up some ground before the year is out. HP, meanwhile, steadily works away on Open webOS. And what about Tizen? Well, they’re talking things over at the 2012 Tizen Developer Conference right now — and several presenters have brought along the first Tizen developer smartphone we’ve seen, courtesy of Samsung.Like the recent BlackBerry 10 device shown by RIM, this isn’t a model that will ever be made available for sale to the public. That’s probably a good thing, because there’s a pretty good chance that someone in Cupertino won’t like what they see in the image above. The single, round home button nestled inside a thick bottom bezel, similarly-rounded corners, and thin, slotted speaker with an adjacent front-facing camera are all very iPhone-esque design elements.What, excatly, are Tizen partners working with here? The phone is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor (no mention of whether it’s Samsung’s own Exynos). It’s got a 4.3-inch display that runs at 1024×720 resolution, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, and both front and rear-facing cameras.The Tizen build that’s been shipped on this device is still very rough around the edges, and far from feature-complete. There’s no camera app, for example, but it’s far enough along that you can see several UI elements that Samsung has carried over from its work on both Bada and TouchWiz. It also boasts a web browser with the highest HTML5 Test score to date — around 423 out of a possible 500.More at Tizen Talk and The Handheld Bloglast_img read more

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  • When kids want a smoke its easier to buy

    first_imgRetailers across the state are making it easier for youths to get their hands on tobacco products.A new report shows Washington retailers are illegally selling tobacco to minors at the highest rate in the past decade.From January to June of this year, about 16 percent of tobacco retailers in the state sold tobacco to minors, the reports says.In Clark County, nearly 19 percent of retailers sold to minors, according to data provided by the Washington State Department of Health.The annual Synar Report tracks the results of tobacco compliance checks across the country. In Washington, the report uses figures from checks performed by the Washington State Liquor Control Board.During compliance checks, teens working with state officials try to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products at randomly selected retailers. Clerks who sell tobacco to minors can be fined up to $100, and retail owners can be fined up to $1,500. Licenses to sell tobacco are permanently revoked after multiple violations.For years, Clark County health officials also performed compliance checks, said Theresa Cross, a health educator for the county health department. Cross found that most often, retailers sold to minors without ever asking for identification. When clerks did ask for ID, they looked at the card but didn’t actually check the birth date, she said.The county ended its compliance program last year due to reductions in state funding.Higher illegal salesState and local compliance checks have yielded increasingly higher illegal sales numbers since 2009, Cross said.In 2009, about 10 percent of retailers statewide and 9 percent of local retailers sold to minors. In 2011, the state rate was about 11 percent, while the county rate had climbed to nearly 17 percent, Cross said.“It’s troubling when you see (the rates) going up because kids are only going to be purchasing cigarettes if they’re going to be smoking them,” she said.last_img read more

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  • Kremlin reacts to new US sanctions on Russia

    first_imgThe Kremlin on Monday warned that new US sanctions on Russia would hit the interests of both sides as Congress gears up to approved fresh punitive measures.”We consider such a continuation of the rhetoric of sanctions counter-productive and harmful to the interests of both countries,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.In mid-June, the US Senate overwhelmingly passed tough sanctions, but the text stalled in the House of Representatives, until agreement was reached on Saturday.The House is now set to vote Tuesday on a bill that targets Russia — for its alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 — as well as Iran and North Korea, for its ballistic missile tests.Initially, US president Donald Trump resisted the legislation, which would prevent him from unilaterally easing penalties against Moscow in the future — effectively placing him under Congress’s watch.But he seems to be left with little option but to sign off on the move as a political firestorm swirls over potential collusion between his campaign and Russia.Peskov said the Kremlin is still waiting and watching to see if Trump will approve the measures, after White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said the US leader was weighing his decision.Before Trump definitively takes a decision it is too early to talk about any potential counter measure from Moscow, Peskov said.Ties between Moscow and Washington have slumped to their lowest since the Cold War as the US slapped sanctions on Moscow over it meddling in Ukraine.Russia had hoped that Trump’s election might ease relations between the two sides, but those prospects have dimmed in the face of a major political pushback in Washington.last_img read more

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  • Anthony Weiner Investigation Leads To FBI Back To Clinton Email Server Case

    first_img Share Earlier this year, Comey closed the yearlong investigation without filing any charges against Clinton and her associates.The FBI confirmed to NPR’s Carrie Johnson that the letter to oversight committees went out today, but had no further comment. The Justice Department says it will have no comment either.Two sources familiar with the investigation also told Carrie that the matter does not relate to the WikiLeaks email release, which has been releasing hacked emails from Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta’s account. The newly discovered emails were not withheld by the Clinton campaign, the sources said, and it was not clear whether Clinton sent or received anything in the new pool of documents.Podesta issued a statement Friday afternoon calling on Comey to release more information about the reopened investigation, especially given its timing in relation to the election: Andrew Harnik/APHillary Clinton boards her campaign plane at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., on Friday. The FBI said Friday it will be looking into newly discovered emails related to Clinton’s private server.Updated Newly discovered emails being examined by the FBI in relation to Hillary Clinton’s email server came to light in the course of an unrelated criminal investigation of Anthony Weiner, a source familiar with the matter tells NPR’s Carrie Johnson.Weiner is the estranged husband of close Clinton aide Huma Abedin; he has been under scrutiny for sending illicit text messages to an underage girl.Earlier Friday FBI Director James Comey notified members of Congress that the FBI had reopened its investigation into the handling of classified information in connection with the Democratic presidential candidate’s use of a private email server while secretary of state.In a letter to the leaders of congressional oversight committees, Comey wrote: “In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation. I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday, and I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.”He added, “the FBI cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant, and I cannot predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work.” State Department spokesman Mark Toner says his agency has not received a letter from the FBI that he is aware of. He says the department learned of the letter from news reports, per NPR’s Michele Kelemen, and he doesn’t know whether the emails are from her time at State.Republicans quickly took the opportunity to renew criticism of Clinton’s use of a private email server.Donald Trump spoke about the story shortly after it broke at his rally in Manchester, N.H. “Hillary Clinton’s corruption is on a scale we have never seen before,” he said. “We must not let her take her criminal scheme into the Oval Office.”The Republican National Committee said the FBI’s decision ahead of the election “shows how serious this discovery must be” and “raises serious questions about what records may have been turned over and why.”House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement that he is renewing his call for the director of national intelligence to suspend classified briefings for Clinton “until this matter is fully resolved.” “FBI Director Comey should immediately provide the American public more information than is contained in the letter he sent to eight Republican committee chairmen. Already, we have seen characterizations that the FBI is ‘reopening’ an investigation but Comey’s words do not match that characterization. Director Comey’s letter refers to emails that have come to light in an unrelated case, but we have no idea what those emails are and the Director himself notes they may not even be significant.“It is extraordinary that we would see something like this just 11 days out from a presidential election.“The Director owes it to the American people to immediately provide the full details of what he is now examining. We are confident this will not produce any conclusions different from the one the FBI reached in July.”last_img read more

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  • Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday May 26

    first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uThe Memorial Day weekend in Baltimore brought more homicides to a city already reeling from violent crime. With 35 homicides and counting in May, it’s the most murders in a month since 1999. We’ll continue our dialogue about policing in Baltimore with our experts, as well as the response of city leaders. It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

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  • Study shows conservatives less likely to apologize than liberals

    first_img © 2017 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Social Psychological and Personality Science More information: Matthew J. Hornsey et al. Conservatives Are More Reluctant to Give and Receive Apologies Than Liberals, Social Psychological and Personality Science (2017). journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1948550617691096 A team of researchers led by the University of Queensland’s Matthew Hornsey has found evidence that suggests people who are conservative are less likely to apologize than are those who are more liberal. In their paper published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, the group describes their study and offer their results and some opinions on why there may be differences between the two groups. Apologies aren’t as good as people imagine they’ll becenter_img Credit: Francisco Farias Jr/public domain Explore further Citation: Study shows conservatives less likely to apologize than liberals (2017, March 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-liberals.html Apologies have taken on a new form in the mass media age—where once they were words used by one individual to another, or perhaps a small group, today, they can be messages from well-known people wishing to maintain a certain public persona. But as Hornsey noted in a recent interview with the press, some types of people seem to apologize more than others. He had noticed that liberal politicians and other notables seemed to offer more public apologies then their conservative counterparts. Intrigued, he gathered with colleagues to conduct a study.The first part of the study consisted of drafting a survey which they then sent to 2,130 people living in Chile, Hong Kong, Russia, Peru, Australia, China and the United States. The survey inquired about how willing people were to apologize and under what circumstances. In analyzing the results, they found that those who considered themselves conservative did, indeed, report apologizing less than those who considered themselves to be liberal. They also found that conservatives also appeared to be less influenced by an apology from another, which translated to being less likely to forgive a transgression just because someone apologized for it.The team then conducted a second experiment, this time with 65 volunteers, 38 from India and 27 from America. Each was asked individually to imagine they had been asked to water their neighbor’s lawn while the neighbor went on vacation and that they had done a poor job of it. The volunteers were asked to write down how things would go when the neighbors returned. In studying the written reports, the researchers found that those that self-identified as conservative were less likely to apologize for not doing a better job than did those that identified as liberal.The researchers cannot say for sure why there appeared to be differences in willingness to apologize but theorize that it might be because conservatives engage more in hierarchical thinking than do liberals, which might translate to feelings of losing power over others if they offer an apology.last_img read more

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  • New ASEAN campaign to launch at ITB Berlin

    first_imgTen countries part of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations will officially launch their new consumer destination marketing campaign at ITB Berlin this week.The campaign, Southeast Asia: feel the warmth, was created by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Tourism Association (ASEANTA) and the ASEAN Competitiveness Enhancement (ACE) project. It was soft-launched earlier this year at the ASEAN Tourism Forum in Brunei. At ITB Berlin, the Southeast Asian countries will unveil the campaign in conjunction with its meta-search site www.SoutheastAsia.org, which will allow travellers to plan trips, estimate costs, check availability and book through a unique map-based trip planner.ASEANTA will also launch a six-week e-marketing campaign on 15 March targeting special interest travellers, soft adventure seekers and young independents.A three-month content contest aimed at travel bloggers, writers and photographers will also launch on that day.The online campaign aims to attract quality text and images based on first-hand travel experiences, said ASEANTA. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1f131/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

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  • Statue of Liberty to reopen postSandy

    first_imgLady Liberty is set to reopen to the public later this year, almost nine months after she was closed due to Hurricane Sandy.The popular New York City (NYC) tourist attraction was closed on 29 October 2012, when Hurricane Sandy arrived, less than a month after the iconic landmark’s received a major renovation.Now, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and New York Senator Charles Schumar expects the Statue to reopen from 4 July 2013.“We are looking forward to putting our crew back to work carrying visitors to the world’s greatest symbol of liberty. In the interim, we offer a great cruise to Lady Liberty with uniformed rangers on board departing frequently from Battery Park,” Statue Cruises founder Terry MacRae said.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Lady Liberty to reopen to the public.last_img read more

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