Former MVP Yap finds old groove, thanks to faith showed by his coach

first_imgThe sample size is just four games, but there are a lot of encouraging signs to draw from it, especially if you’re a former MVP many feel is on the down slope of a glorious career.James Yap has been tearing it up lately for Rain or Shine in the PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Yap, now 36 and with seven PBA titles under his belt, said he credits this resurgence of sorts to Garcia.“As a player, when your coach tells you he’s going to cash in on you, that’s a big thing,” he said. “I have the go-signal from coach. I may miss two straight shots but he keeps me in the game and gives me a chance to break out of my slump.”Rain or Shine’s victory over San Miguel was the team’s third in four outings.ADVERTISEMENT “Coach and I talked,” Yap told the press in Filipino. “Actually he asked me to be ready this conference. When he told me that, I started conditioning my body to be ready.”Painters coach Caloy Garcia revealed that the coaching staff intended to bump up Yap’s usage, even whipping up “a system where Yap and the other players could be comfortable.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“When we changed [our] system, especially when we were in Bahrain (for tuneup games), one thing we were actually trying to implement is to bring back the game of James,” Garcia said.After four games, Yap is averaging 17.5 points per outing.  He tallied 21 points as Rain or Shine whipped out a 108-98 victory over San Miguel Beer Friday night. View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga towncenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES Kat Tolentino hopes to finally experience winning UAAP title before leaving Ateneo ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes 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 Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Vacancies in state Human Rights panel; SC slams Rajasthan

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 18 (PTI) The Supreme Court today came down heavily on the Rajasthan government for not appointing the Chairperson of the State Human Rights Commission for five years, saying this “very sad state of affairs” was “totally unacceptable”. The social justice bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit asked the state government to take steps and fill other vacancies as well in the human rights panel. The bench also strongly objected to the fact that there were no human rights courts in the state. “We are distressed that the State Human Rights Commission has been without the services of the Chairman since 2010 (since 16.7.2010) ? that is almost five years. … this is a very sad state of affairs,” it said. “It is totally unacceptable and subverts the provisions of the Protection of Human Rights Act 1993,” it said. “What do you mean by the right person? All Chief Justices of the High Court are right persons,” it said when the counsel for the state submitted that it has not found a “right person” for the top post of the State Human Rights Commission. The court also noted the “tremendous staff shortage” at the panel and said the Commission members cannot work as they do not get support staff. “They (commission members) dont get staff, they cant work,” the court said, giving Rajasthan three weeks to tell the court the time-frame in which all the deficiencies as pointed out would be remedied. PTI SJK RKS ARClast_img read more

World Athletics Championships: Annu Rani Qualifies for Javelin Throw Finals with National Record Effort

first_img annu ranifinalsiaafIAAF World Championshsips First Published: September 30, 2019, 10:25 PM IST Doha: Top Indian woman javelin thrower Annu Rani qualified for the final round of the World Athletics Championships by smashing her own national record here on Monday.The 27-year-old Annu sent the iron spear to a distance of 62.43m in her second-round throw, bettering her earlier national record of 62.34m, which she achieved in March, to book a place for Tuesday’s finals. In the process, she became the first Indian to reach the finals of the women’s javelin throw in the World Championships.Annu finished third in Group A and qualified for the finals as the fifth-best performer of the qualification round.Only two javelin throwers, Asian champion Lyu Huihui (67.27m) of China and Christin Hussong (65.29m) of Germany, could cross the automatic qualification mark of 63.50m while another 10, including Annu, made up the 12, who will compete in the finals.Annu opened with a 57.05m before coming up with her career-best throw in the second round. She had a 60.50m in her third and final throw.#AnnuRani improved her own #Indian Record in Javelin Throw at @IAAFDoha2019 World Championships & qualifies for final as 5th best in the field.First Indian women 💪to reach #WorldAthleticsChamps javelin final— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) September 30, 2019World leader and Asian Games champion Liu Shiying (63.48m) of China and Ratej Martina (62.87m) of Slovenia finished ahead of Annu in Group A, while reigning Olympic champion Sara Kolak of Croatia was sixth with a best throw of 60.99m.The other two Indians who competed on Monday, Archana Susheendran and Anjali Devi, failed to go past the first round in the women’s 200m and 400m, respectively.The 25-year-old Archana, who got a last-minute invite from the world governing body IAAF to take part in the showpiece, finished last in heat number 2 and 40th overall out of the 43 participants who completed their races, with a time of 23.65 seconds. She has a personal best of 23.18.Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain, who had won a silver in the 100m dash on Sunday, topped the overall timings chart of 200m first round heats with 22.32 seconds.The 21-year-old Anajli, meanwhile, finished sixth in heat number 6 and 36th overall out of 46 athletes, with a time of 52.33 seconds.Anjali, who underwent a confirmatory trial before being cleared for this championships, has a personal best of 51.53, which she achieving while winning gold during the Inter-State Championships in August in Lucknow.The top three finishers in each of the six heats and the next six fastest qualify for the semifinals. The slowest time that made the cut for the semifinals was 52.23. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Leander Paes-Jeremy Chardy lose Delray Beach Open semis

first_imgThe Indo-French combine of Leander Paes and Jeremy Chardy lost their men’s doubles semifinal on the outdoor hard courts of the $514,065 Delray Beach Open.Defending champions Bob and Mike Bryan needed just 55 minutes to beat Paes, who reached last year’s final here with South African Raven Klaasen, and Chardy 6-2, 6-3 at the Delray Beach Tennis Center on Saturday.The top seeds will take on Austrian-French pair of Oliver Marach and Fabrice Martin in the final. The Americans dominated the match, starting with converting both their breakpoint chances to get ahead in the first set.The unseeded pair of Paes and Chardy also did not help matters as they served three double faults. Their first service was correct only 52 percent, compared to 80 of the Bryan brothers.Paes and Chardy tried harder in the second set but did not find the winning touch on the five breakpoint chances they earned, wasting all. On the other hand, the top seeds converted one of the two opportunities they got which was enough to seal the set and match.Paes and Chardy’s first service deteriorated to 45 per cent in the second set, in which the pair double faulted four times.last_img read more

Future Group to add 6 more stores to Central brand

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 15 (PTI) Future Group would add six more larger format stores under its Central brand by the end of this year taking its total count to 40.The company would add more stores in the existing markets as in Mumbai and Bengaluru and also target the emerging tier II & III places.”We are planning to have six more stores by the end of this year. We have plans to add 2.5 million square feet this year,” Future Group CEO Kishore Biyani told PTI.The company is operating 33 central stores in large cities including Mumbai, Benagluru, Hyderabad, Pune and some in small cities such as Indore, Patna, Baroda and Surat.On expansion, he said:”We would continue to focus on tier I & II. Wherever there would be a suitable customer, we would be there”.However, on the location of the Central store, he said it all depends on the right property as it is a large format store and needs more space.The company today opened its 34th store in Delhi, which is its first Next Generation Central Store. Located at aerocity, the new store would house 500 brands.Future Group, which owns several retail formats as Central, Brand Factory, Planet Sports, Big Bazaar, Easyday, Food Bazaar, Foodhall, HomeTown & Ezone, is adopting omni channel system by integrating online e-commerce with its traditional stores.”We are working on this very rapidly. We have completed in Ezone and we are working on trial basis on other formats. It would be operational in all Big Bazaars in next six months,” he added.advertisementFuture Group, which is aiming to have Rs one lakh-crore business by 2021, would continue to grow between 20 to 30 per cent every year.”We would continue to grow 20 to 30 per cent every year. The growth would mainly come from food, fashion and home category,” he added. PTI KRH ANUlast_img read more

Gareth Bale to extend Real Madrid contract to 2022

first_imgGareth Bale has agreed to sign a six-year contract extension with Real Madrid and the European champions are set to announce new deals for Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Luka Modric, Spanish media reported on Wednesday.Radio station Cadena Ser said Bale, who joined Real for a then world-record fee of 100 million euros ($112 million) in 2013, will sign a new contract until 2022 in the next two weeks.Central defender Pepe, whose existing deal was set to end next year, will extend his contract until 2018.Ronaldo, Real’s all time top scorer, is poised to sign a four-year contract until 2020 while midfield playmaker Luka Modric is also about to be offered a new deal.Wales international Bale has won two Champions Leagues and a King’s Cup in three full seasons with Real, scoring 65 goals in all competitions.France midfielder Paul Pogba replaced him as the world’s most expensive player when he completed a 89 million-pound (105 million euros) move from Juventus to Manchester United this year.Real midfielder Toni Kroos has agreed a new contract until 2016, which the Germany international will sign at the club’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Thursday.Real are banned from registering new arrivals for the next two transfer windows due to a ban imposed by FIFA for breaking rules regarding the signing of under-age foreign players.last_img read more

PAOK Fan Given Suspended Sentence for Assault

first_imgTHESSALONIKI (AP) — A PAOK Thessaloniki soccer fan has been given a suspended 12-month jail sentence for assaulting Olympiakos coach Oscar Garcia, an act which cost the northern Greek club the game and a three-point deduction last season.A court in Thessaloniki found the 26-year-old man guilty of causing bodily harm to Garcia, who was hit in the face by a roll of paper thrown from the stands during warmups. The defendant was also banned from attending PAOK matches for two years.The Feb. 26 match was canceled before play started because of the incident, and was later awarded to Olympiakos.In addition to the points deduction, PAOK was ordered to play its next two home matches without fans.The PAOK supporter told the court Wednesday that he had not been aiming at Garcia.TweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img read more

Kirsten, Prasad and Raman in 3-way battle for India women’s cricket coach job

first_imgIndia’s World Cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten and former India cricketers Venkatesh Prasad and WV Raman were shortlisted for the role of head coach of the Indian senior women’s team on Thursday.A total of 28 cricketers, including incumbent Ramesh Powar, had applied for the job. 10 of them were interviewed by a Board of Control for Cricket in India-appointed ad-hoc committee, which included legendary India all-rounder Kapil Dev earlier in the day.Kapil along with Anshuman Gaekwad and Shanthan Rangaswamy, who are all part of the three-member panel, suggested the three names to the apex body of Indian cricket, according to the Press Trust of India. Manoj Prabhakar, Trent Johnston, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Brad Hogg, and Kalpana Venkatachar were the others who were interviewed on Thursday.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) meanwhile, had distanced itself from the selection process after treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry told the Committee of Administrators (CoA) that the board would have nothing to do with the appointment of the coach.”An appointment that may be a result of this process can in no manner be called an appointment for and on behalf of BCCI,” Chaudhry was quoted as saying by ANI.”Since there is no decision of the CoA in the selection of the women’s coach, the process and appointment, if any, in the present facts & circumstances, are without jurisdiction & without authority,” he added.Will Kirsten give up his RCB job?However, a cloud of uncertainty surrounds Kirsten’s potential appointment as the head coach as he is reportedly unwilling to give up his role as the head coach of Indian Premier League, franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore. Kirsten’s current position may amount to Conflict of Interest although he is going to be working with the women’s team.advertisement”Gary is not prepared to leave his job as coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore. Until he gives up that position, it will be hard for us to offer the job to him. So right now it should be between Raman and Prasad for the job,” a senior BCCI official told CricketNext.Efforts are being made to convince Kirsten to step down from his role as head coach of the women’s team, according to the report. It was under Kirsten’s watch that India’s men’s team won the 2011 World Cup.The South African had been the head coach of the Indian team for three years from 2008 to 2011. He then coached South Africa from 2011 to 2013. He is currently the head coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.The BCCI has been looking for a new head coach for the women’s team after Ramesh Powar’s brief stint as interim coach ended last month, in rather controversial circumstances. Powar too appeared for the interview.The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA), comprising chairman Vinod Rai and former India captain Diana Edulji, have been divided over the coach selection process.While Edulji wanted Powar to continue at least until the New Zealand tour starting next month, Rai instructed the BCCI top brass to invite fresh applications.Powar’s controversial interim tenure ended on November 30 after a bitter fallout with ODI captain and senior player Mithali Raj over selection issues. Powar decided to apply after T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur and her deputy Smriti Mandhana came out in strong support of the former India spinner.Also Read | Feel sorry for Mithali Raj, you cannot drop someone like her: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Kapil’s Devils more handsome than Dhoni’s 2011 World Cup-winning team: GavaskarAlso Read | IPL 2019 Auction: Didn’t expect to get Yuvraj for Rs 1 crore, says MI owner Akash AmbaniAlso See:last_img read more

Notebook: Oklahoma State-Texas

first_imgBig 12 refs on point today. Charlie tried to decline a penalty that would have given OSU a first down (an oversight by Charlie), and the refs quick to point out that it was a mistake. “The refs giving Charlie a helping hand here,” says the announcer. What? What? What?Rennie Childs, Barry J., and Jeff Carr all have their moments at times. But there’s no doubt Justice Hill is the real deal. The explosion through holes, the vision, the elusiveness. Everything he does is just a step ahead of the pack. We need more Justice Hills.James Washington is best when you think he’s down. A lot of his highlight plays come after dudes have him wrapped and he just wiggles away like he just lathered vaseline down his leg. It’s just a matter of time before Vincent Taylor blocks us all on Twitter— Southwell (@JustinSouthwell) October 1, 2016 Here’s my notebook with some lingering thoughts from the Oklahoma State-Texas in the Saturday brunch matchup in Stillwater. You can read the 10 thoughts here.Oklahoma State came out with a fire under their tushies. Texas, coming off a bye week, elected to defer, then proceeded to let OSU march down the field with what I’ve been told is a “running game.”Rudolph is looking light on his feet. He has hit the “B” button early more than Justice Hill. When he’s elusive in the pocket, he’s tough to handle as a defense.Guarantee I just woke the neighbors up watching this in real time. Maybe the whole block. Vincent Taylor needs to run our 96-wheeler package! It’s 30-25 #OKState. If Texas made its PATs, this game would be 28-28.— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) October 1, 2016 Block party in stilly ???— Vincent Taylor (@BallOut_96) October 1, 2016 Here’s the scene where Vance just decides he’ll talk to Charlie in the locker room. h/t @stinemonster #Texas #HookEm— Sean Adams (@thatsean) October 1, 2016 I’m all for Mason Rudolph getting out in space and sliding to avoid pressure, but if you feel the need to run QB1 at the goal line into two NFL linebackers, I’m not sure I understand why. Maybe speaks to the desperate nature of OSU’s poor running offense in the red zone.Game note: Two OSU linebackers are dinged up in the first half. Jordan Burton goes to the locker room with injury with ~3:00 left in first half, and Devante Averette tweaked an ankle. Kirk Tucker getting some extra play as well as Calvin Bundage getting some run at STAR linebacker is great, but not in this scenario.The 18-wheeler package for Texas is #strong. The J-Dub package worked for OSU, but Tyrone Swoopes is a whole different type of physical. Swoopes has 3 TD’s in the first half with zero pass attempts… You know what’s coming, Glenn!Defense: Super optional in the first half. A recap: Piesman moment!?— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) October 1, 2016 UPSET ALERT!Oklahoma State runs No. 22 Texas out of town with a dominant 49-31 win— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 1, 2016 THREE blocked extra points for OSU. Texas is controlling both offensive and defensive lines of scrimmage, but that special teams line! Future pro-bowl special teams kick blocker! If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Make Use of Summer Employment – Minister Hanna

first_imgMinister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, is urging participants in this year’s National Youth Service (NYS) Summer Employment Programme to make the best of the opportunity, which they have been afforded.She noted that it is those, who acquit themselves well at the organisations in which they are placed, will be considered for fulltime placement.“Do not waste this opportunity… I am begging you. Use your initiative on the job, go the extra mile, stay extra hours, get in early, because at the end of the day, it is not only working Monday to Friday and waiting to get your pay cheque that is important. You must see yourselves as a critical resource to that organisation,” she said.Ms. Hanna was addressing participants in the programme during an orientation session on Tuesday, July 2, at the VH Percy Centre, Osbourne Road in Kingston.In his remarks, Executive Director, NYS, Melvin Smith, informed that 4,000 students will be facilitated at organisations across the island.“When we advertised, we got applications from 7,000 persons and we had capacity for only 4,000, so each of you represents part of a privileged group to be a part of the programme,” he said.The Government has allocated $57 million to the programme this year, which targets secondary and tertiary level students, age 17 to 24 years.Participants will be placed in public and private sector organisations for three-week internships during the months of July and August. They will be paid a stipend of $12,000 for the period to assist with expenses for travelling and meals.During the internships, the participants will be exposed to proper work etiquette, the importance of meeting deadlines, and the general operation of the organisations in which they will be placed.The orientation sessions, which will be held across the island, are intended to reinforce the importance of strong work ethics and prepare participants to function effectively in a work environment.During placement, it is expected that participants will practise the values taught during the orientation process and gain meaningful experience, while appreciating the concept of voluntarism.Contact: Chris Pattersonlast_img read more

Conference Celebrates Innovative Communities

first_imgNova Scotians are taking the future into their own hands. Whether converting a military base that has outlived its role, breathing new life into seasonal industry, or attracting and keeping new immigrants, Nova Scotia communities are taking innovative approaches to their development. Provincial and federal governments recognize the importance of fostering and supporting such innovative best practices — and learning from others. The Nova Scotia Office of Economic Development and the Atlantic Canadian Opportunities Agency are co-sponsoring a conference, Celebrating Innovative Communities and Awards, to showcase successful communities. The conference takes place Thursday, Nov. 17, and Friday, Nov. 18, at the Old Orchard Inn in Wolfville. “The event will serve two primary purposes,” said Ernest Fage, Nova Scotia’s Minister of Economic Development. “The first is sharing knowledge, with people coming together to learn from one another. The second is to honour Nova Scotia’s community leaders and to celebrate their achievements.” One highlight of the conference will be the presentation of the 2005 Celebrating Innovative Communities Awards in six categories: excellence in youth leadership, innovation in community development, excellence in collaboration, excellence in client service, outstanding achievement, and excellence in community development. “Atlantic Canadians have learned creative thinking through necessity,” said Scott Brison, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, on behalf of Joseph McGuire, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “Communities here have been developing innovative strategies for sustainable growth for decades now — approaches that can serve as models for communities around the globe.” The conference will attract representatives from social, cultural, heritage and environmental groups, and from all levels of government. It will bring together about 250 community leaders for workshops and panel discussions. “Innovation is the key to their success because it increases productivity, secures markets, and expands economies,” said Mr. Brison. In presentations such as Innovation in Action: Community Success Stories and Beyond Our Borders: Community, Culture and Innovation, participants will learn how communities have turned innovative ideas into sustainable growth using novel solutions, pioneering approaches and inventive partnerships. Presenters from across the province will be joined by speakers from England and Northern Ireland. Jim Carroll, one of North America’s leading trend and innovation experts, will give the keynote speech at the gala dinner and awards ceremony. The conference represents progressive current thinking with a mix of global and local perspectives. “Even in a global era,” said Mr. Fage, “all sustainable development is local at its core.” For more information on the conference, see the website at .last_img read more

BC court orders bus company to rethink rejection of antiabortion ads

first_imgVANCOUVER – The British Columbia Appeal Court has overturned a decision by Metro Vancouver’s transit authority that refused advertising space to an anti-abortion education group on its buses.The court says TransLink didn’t provide any meaningful reasons for its decision to reject the ads from the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.A lower court judge agreed with TransLink over its use of the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards in “filtering” out the advertisement.The proposed ad contained images of a growing fetus at seven weeks and at 16 weeks, and then a red circle on a white background containing the word “gone” along with text that read: “Abortion Kills Children.”The judgment released Tuesday says the decision by TransLink couldn’t stand, but the three-judge panel didn’t say that TransLink must accept the advertisement on its buses.Instead, the court ordered TransLink to reconsider the request by the centre to purchase advertising space.last_img read more

Father now a woman gets 18month sentence for sexually assaulting daughter

first_imgQUEBEC – A Quebec City father who sexually assaulted his young daughter will be serving a sentence in a women’s jail after undergoing a sex change between the time of the crime and the conviction.The transgender woman, who cannot be named to protect the victim’s identity, was sentenced to 18 months Monday for sexual assaults carried out when she was still a man.The 33-year-old — the victim’s biological father — had pleaded guilty to crimes that took place in 2013 when the girl was just three.The accused was separated from the girl’s mother at the time, and in the months following the assaults, he underwent a sex change.The crimes came to light three years later, when the girl’s mother was reading a sexual education book with her and the girl said she enjoyed oral sex.The accused quickly admitted the crimes to police.The Crown was seeking between 18 months and two years behind bars, while the defence had recommended 60 days to be served on weekends and community service for the woman, who had no previous criminal record.In addition to the jail sentence and a probation period with mandatory therapy, Quebec court Judge Rene de la Sablonniere ordered that the accused be registered as a sex offender for 20 years.Prosecutor Sonia Lapointe said she is satisfied as the sentence falls within the range she had sought in the case.last_img read more

Enbridge proposes priority contracts for Mainline oil export system in 2021

first_imgEnbridge reported moving a record volume of 2.785 million bpd from Canada to U.S. in November and said it remains focused on finding incremental ways to increase capacity.Its Line 3 expansion project is expected to add 370,000 bpd to take the Mainline system to 3.225 million bpd capacity when it starts up in late 2019.The company estimates that oilsands production is about 450,000 bpd above local refining and pipeline capacity and forecasts that as much as 600,000 bpd in new output could be added by 2025.Enbridge announced $1.8 billion in new investments on Tuesday, including the $265-million purchase of pipeline and terminal assets in northern Alberta from oilsands producer Athabasca Oil Corp. The Calgary-based pipeline, utility and power company said it will also spend US$600 million to buy a 22.75 percent interest in the Gray Oak Liquids Pipeline, which is under construction and expected to deliver light crude oil to Corpus Christi, Texas, starting in late 2019.That project is expected to help supply an offshore shipping port in the Gulf of Mexico proposed by Enbridge with partners Kinder Morgan Inc. and Germany-based Oiltanking GmbH, the company revealed.Enbridge also committed about $800 million in spending on four natural gas transmission expansion projects in the United States that are to come into service in the 2020-23 time frame.The company said it will raise its dividend by 10 percent for next year and anticipates another 10 percent increase in its dividend for 2020.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) Oilsands giant Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. has charged the system is a leading cause of the current “dysfunctional” oil market in Western Canada, where a lack of pipeline export space as production rises is blamed for recent steep discounts in oil prices.“We’re seeing pretty good interest in this concept around priority access,” said Enbridge CEO Al Monaco on a webcast from the company’s investor day in New York on Tuesday, adding negotiations with shippers have started in advance of a July 2021 expiry of the current agreement.He said shippers and Enbridge will both get toll and volume certainty if the new system is adopted.“And that’s part of this discussion. That the shippers will have an interest, we will have some interest, and it’s up to us to line those up,” he said.Enbridge plans to hold an open season to gauge shipper interest early next year and file an application with the National Energy Board to make the change, Guy Jarvis, president of liquids pipelines, said.He added he doesn’t think the regulator will deny permission because it allowed the Trans Mountain system, now owned by the federal government, to make the same switch from common carriage to a hybrid contract-spot shipper system.center_img CALGARY, A.B. – Enbridge Inc. is proposing a fundamental change in how it assigns space on its Mainline pipeline system that will allow up to 90 percent of its capacity to be reserved for priority customers.The 2.85-million-barrel-per-day network of pipelines, the largest export option for Western Canadian producers, operates as a common carrier, where customers nominate the volume of crude they would like to ship each month.Those nominations have exceeded the volume available for much of 2018, leading to “apportioning” or cutbacks in all shipments, which have angered many producers.last_img read more

Morocco Waitress Kidnapped and GangRaped

first_imgCasablanca- Rape, in its most inhuman forms, still prevails in Morocco despite all efforts to combat it. A waitress was recently gang-raped in Meknes.According to daily Assabah, a 19-year-old waitress was kidnapped then gang-raped by four people in Meknes. The three suspects were presented to the Prosecutor on charges of kidnapping, violence and rape. The young waitress was kidnapped at 4:00 a.m. at the café where she works, before the eyes of the café owner and his customers. According to local police, the café clients could not intervene to save the girl as the three suspects were drunk and armed with swords they used to kidnap her. The waitress told the police that she had already been the victim of rape when she was 17, but never dared to report that to the police because of her fear of the consequences. The abolition of Article 475 of the criminal code, which allowed rapists to flee justice by marrying their victims, does not seem to change the bitter truth about rape in Morocco. The rate of violence and child rape are still high in the kingdom, and the reasons for that mainly are attributed on the lack of stricter laws to punish the perpetrators.   © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Ban KiMoon urges Israel to reconsider measure to limit fuelelectricity to Gaza

“The Secretary-General reiterates his call for the cessation of indiscriminate rocket attacks by Palestinian militants targeting Israel and strongly condemns these actions. However he also believes strongly that punitive measures taken by Israel which harm the well-being of the entire population of the Gaza Strip are unacceptable,” a spokesperson for Mr. Ban said in a statement. “The limitation of fuel and electricity supplies deepens the humanitarian distress of the 1.4 million residents of Gaza, as does the reduction of the supply of essential commodities and the tightening of restrictions on movement and access,” the spokesperson said, calling on Israel to reconsider its actions. All concerned must “protect civilians and to meet their obligations under international law,” the statement noted. Last week, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes also condemned ongoing rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel while voicing concern that Israel was threatening to cut off electricity and fuel supplies if they continued. “It did not appear to be an appropriate response to those rocket attacks to punish the population of Gaza,” he said. He called on Israel to lift its economic blockade on Gaza and relax its restrictions on humanitarian aid, in part to improve the chances of progress at Israeli-Palestinian talks scheduled to take place in the United States next month. Given the conditions inside both Gaza and the West Bank, the population increasingly depends on outside aid to survive, he said. “That is not a good situation for their livelihoods, their dignity and the possibility of their participating in any kind of peace process.” Also last week, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe told the Security Council about the humanitarian situation that Palestinians face and the potential impact of further Israeli restrictions. 29 October 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated his call for an end to rocket attacks against Israel while urging the country to reconsider the limitation of fuel and electricity supplies to residents of Gaza, pointing out that this is worsening the already serious humanitarian situation there. read more

New UN report urges better protection of biodiversity in Latin America and

“Latin America and the Caribbean have one of the greatest endowments of natural capital in the world,” said Heraldo Muñoz, Director of the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean at the UN Development Programme (UNDP), which produced the report. “The policies recommended in our report have the potential to transform traditional models of development – raising the quality of life of millions by preserving and restoring our biodiversity and eco-system services,” he added.The report – entitled “Latin America and the Caribbean: A Biodiversity Superpower” – is the culmination of two years of research and was launched on Thursday during the Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Governments, held in Mar del Plata, Argentina. According to UNDP, the region is home to six of the world’s most biodiverse countries – Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela – as well as the single most biologically diverse area in the world, the Amazon rainforest. South America alone has more than 40 per cent of the Earth’s biodiversity, and more than one-quarter of its forests.The report urges policymakers to assess the economic contribution of the biodiversity and ecosystems services to areas such as food production, disease control, pharmaceuticals manufacturing, and tourism, among others, also making the case for sustainable business investments and contributions.It recommends that governments provide incentives, such as tax breaks, to direct public and private investments while stepping up efforts to conserve ecosystems. In addition, it recommends raising awareness among policymakers, consumers and the rural poor, and investing to be at the forefront of biodiversity and ecosystems services-based technologies, products and markets.The report adds that biodiversity-related products and services are of crucial importance to the region and their sustainable and strategic use can help boost the region’s long-term growth. 3 December 2010Governments in Latin America and the Caribbean must act to protect the extraordinary wealth of plant and wildlife in the region and harness their potential as “biodiversity superpowers,” according to a new United Nations report. read more

Calgary businessman gets five years for defrauding oil and gas company

Calgary businessman gets five years for defrauding oil and gas company CALGARY – The co-founder of an Alberta oil and gas company has been sentenced to five years in prison for defrauding Arcan Resources Ltd., which he established with his brother and another man.Ian Wilson Fisher, 54, pleaded guilty Tuesday to fraud over $5,000, after being charged in August 2015.According to an agreed statement of facts, Fisher was operations manager at the time and created shell companies in 2008 and then made dozens of false invoices billing close to $5 million.Defence lawyer Adriano Iovinelli said his client never denied the allegations, but “it was just about determining what an appropriate sentence would be” and reaching a joint plea deal.Crown prosecutor Steven Johnston said he hopes the penalty sends a message “if you commit fraud and steal from your employer, you’re going to the penitentiary.”Court was told Fisher splurged on himself, buying a house in the resort community of Peachland, B.C., and blowing money on drugs.Doug Penner, former CFO of Arcan Resources, said there were a number of victims and the impact on the company was immeasurable.“I lost almost all of my savings. I lost my job, the company, my career,” he said. “There’s a lot of victims besides myself personally, all the staff were painted with that brush.”Aspenleaf Energy Ltd. has since purchased the assets of Arcan.(CTV Calgary) by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 27, 2017 9:27 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 28, 2017 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Gallery Ohio State vs Wisconsin

The Ohio State Buckeyes prepare for their game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 15. The Buckeyes won 30-23 in overtime. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo Editor The Ohio State Buckeyes took on the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 15 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. After a shaky first half, the Buckeyes beat the Badgers in overtime by a final score of 30-23.