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first_imgFILE – In this June 2, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) dribbles against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif. While there have been 14 rematches in NBA Finals history, this year’s meeting between LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors will be the first trilogy in league history. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Vegas is betting against them and the bookies are hardly alone.Let’s be honest, not many are giving the Cleveland Cavaliers much of a chance in the NBA Finals. They may be defending champions and they may have LeBron James, but against Golden State, they are definite underdogs.ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Still stinging after the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in last year’s Finals against Cleveland, the vociferous Green, who was suspended from Game 5, said if given the chance again, he plans to “destroy and annihilate” the Cavs.Love complimented Green’s competitiveness and aimed a verbal volley at Northern California.“He’s a guy who said he wanted us,” Love said, “and he has us — starting next Thursday.”Act III in this trilogy is overloaded with story lines, with the biggest being whether James and Co. have enough firepower to go toe-to-toe with the Warriors, who added superstar Kevin Durant to a team that won 73 games a year ago before its Finals flameout.Golden State has glowed in this postseason, becoming the first team to start 12-0 while winning by an average of 16.3 points per game — the highest margin league history. It’s no wonder then that the wise guys have installed the Warriors as heavy favorites to beat the Cavs for the second time in three years and wrestle back the Larry O’Brien Trophy that slipped through their hands last June.ADVERTISEMENT James referred to the Warriors as only “that juggernaut” and “a beast” following Thursday’s Game 5 in at Boston, a night in which he passed Michael Jordan as the career postseason scoring leader.James elected not to talk about the Warriors following the game, choosing instead to celebrate a third straight conference title in Cleveland and his seventh consecutive Finals trip. James didn’t speak to reporters on Saturday either, leaving Love to serve as the team’s unofficial spokesman as the sports world inched closer to a matchup that seemed destined from the moment last season’s Finals ended.Love was asked if the Cavs wanted the Warriors.“Want the Warriors?” he said. “They’ve been right at the top, best team in the league for three years straight now. They’ve been super-impressive. It’s kind of in our minds that that’s who we were going to see. They played great basketball this year. Obviously adding an MVP to a team that already has a two-time MVP makes them even more impressive. It’s tough to say that we didn’t expect it; we knew they’d be right there.”After the team returned from Boston in the wee hours Friday morning, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue didn’t go to bed and immediately began working on a game plan to stifle Golden State’s powerful, multi-faceted offense.Lue knows the Cavs are facing a difficult task, one made tougher with the addition of the versatile Durant, who can score down low, from the perimeter and free-throw line.The Warriors are using Durant the way he envisioned, but Lue has noticed changes in the All-Star.“He’s moving around a lot more,” he said. “Just watching him move without the basketball, getting easy baskets off of cuts and splits and when he passes the ball he’s also relocating now. He’s doing a lot more movement, which makes it even tougher to guard after being one of the tougher scorers I’ve ever seen.”Lue said didn’t deliver any inspiring speech to his players before practice.Words don’t mean much now — not his, not Green’s — and neither do underdog labels. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes MOST READ View comments Farah, Bowie and Baker win at Prefontaine Classic Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “We’re not going to use that as motivation,” Lue said. “We’re in the NBA Finals. That’s enough motivation alone. Not worry about what it says in Vegas or what people are saying about underdogs. We’re not using that as an excuse. We’ve got to come out and play. Our goals were set at the beginning of the season, and that’s to win a championship. So, that’s what we’re focused on.”And remember, the Cavs have overcome long odds before.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Just don’t try to tell them that.“The whole underdog thing is funny to me, because yeah, at the end of the day we are defending our title,” Cavs forward Kevin Love said following Saturday’s practice. “We’re trying to repeat, which is so hard to do. I think we will use it as fuel. We will use it as motivation, but the idea of playing into it? It’s tough for me to say that is the case. I don’t feel like we’re underdogs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“We match up well with them and I think they’d say the same about us.”Maybe, but as the teams gear up for Thursday night’s series opener in Oakland, comments made by Warriors forward Draymond Green in October are reverberating around Cleveland. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_imgMumbai, May 23 (PTI) Indias ace cueist Pankaj Advani created history in Abu Dhabi by clinching the Asian 6-Red Snooker title. Advani thus became the first in the world to hold both world and continental titles in 6-red snooker at the same time, according to information received here.The double IBSF World Six-Red Snooker Champion stamped his authority again in the short format of the game, defeating top seeded Malaysian Keen Hoh Moh 7-5 last night. Advani won the final in a battle of fluctuating fortunes by keeping his nerves intact. With a confidence boosting 6-1 semi-final victory against compatriot Aditya Mehta to book his spot in the finals and coming closer to winning his first continental title, Advani clearly walked to the table with the utmost poise winning the first frame 39-4. With a loss of the second frame, 6-51 to the Malaysian who scored a break of 51, Advani won the third frame 40-14 before losing the fourth frame, 37-0. The fifth and sixth frame belonged solely to the 30-year-old Advani who cleared the table 41-7 and 44-8 respectively. With the Indian ace leading the match 4-2 at the end of six frames, Keen Hoh Moh fought back by winning the seventh frame, 38-21 only to lose the eight frame 24-45 with Advani securing a 45 break. By the ninth frame, the match was extremely close with Advani leading the Malaysian by a single frame and extended that lead to a difference of two frames by winning the 10th frame, 45-36. The Malaysian narrowed the lead by winning the 11th frame 38-15 before Advani won the next 53-24 to claim the title.advertisementCommenting on his win, an ecstatic Advani, who won his first title of the year, said: “Its my first individual Asian snooker championship, so the feeling is unreal. Having missed out on the 15-red Asian snooker title last month made this a mission for me to accomplish. Winning it the same year as my world title in the Six Red sends me over the moon.” Advani will now spearhead the Indian challenge in the team event with Aditya Mehta, Manan Chandra and Kamal Chawla. PTI SSR DK SSC SSClast_img read more

first_imgSergio Aguero, in fine scoring form for Manchester City this season, looks set to lead Argentina’s attack in next month’s World Cup qualifiers after being recalled to their squad on Friday.Coach Edgardo Bauza could line up Gonzalo Higuain alongside Aguero as a twin strike force after also including the Juventus player in a 24-man squad for matches away to Peru on October 6 and at home to Paraguay five days later.The pair missed last month’s two qualifiers, Higuain having agreed with Bauza not to be included while he settled into his new club in Serie A and Aguero after withdrawing from the squad through injury.Aguero hit three goals in City’s Champions League 4-1 home win over Borussia Moenchengladbach on Wednesday, and has also scored three times in the Premier League.MESSI BACKCaptain Lionel Messi, with a hat-trick of his own in Barcelona’s 7-0 rout of Celtic in midweek, will lead the team again after scoring in their 1-0 home win over Uruguay but then missing the 2-2 draw in Venezuela with a groin problem.”I don’t think our tactics will change much. The idea is to have four players in attack,” Bauza told a news conference.”The talk I had with Higuain (on Thursday) was very good. I saw him full of enthusiasm and desire.”The draw with Venezuela, having fought back from two goals down, left Argentina in third place in the 10-team South American group with 15 points, one point less than leaders Uruguay and below Brazil on goal difference. The top four go through to the 2018 finals in Russia while the fifth placed team qualifies for an intercontinental playoff for another berth.advertisementPeru and Paraguay are both in the bottom five.Bauza said he would add some players from the domestic league next week to take his squad to 26 or 27 “in view of the amount of players carrying yellow cards.”First choice central defensive partnership Nicolas Otamendi and Ramiro Funes Mori are one booking away from a suspension.The same goes for goalkeeper Sergio Romero, fullbacks Pablo Zabaleta and Marcos Rojo and midfielders Javier Mascherano and Angel Di Maria.Higuain’s Juventus team mate Paulo Dybala served a suspension during the Venezuela match after being sent off against Uruguay.SQUADGoalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Nahuel Guzman (UANL Tigres)Defenders: Facundo Roncaglia (Celta Vigo), Mateo Musacchio (Villarreal), Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Martin Demichelis (Espanyol), Pablo Zabaleta, Nicolas Otamendi (both Manchester City), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla)Midfielders: Matias Kranevitter (Sevilla), Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Lucas Biglia (Lazio), Augusto Fernandez, Nicolas Gaitan (both Atletico Madrid), Ever Banega (Inter Milan), Angel Di Maria (Paris St Germain), Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur)Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid), Lucas Pratto (Atletico Mineiro), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain (both Juventus)last_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli yet again stands in the way of England, unbeaten on 43 at the close of play on Day three of the first Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham. The Indian skipper will be walking out on the penultimate day of scheduled play ready to spoil the English party on the historic occasion of England’s 1000th Test.James Anderson though is not amused, saying that Virat Kohli is not “invincible” and poor slip fielding from his team mates has allowed the Indian skipper to get off the hook so far.The duel on the pitch had started well before the first ball was even balled in the series, and has since continued between Test cricket’s second most successful pacer, Anderson and Kohli on the second day when the Indian skipper was dropped twice off the bowler on 21 and 51 by Dawid Malan.Kohli went on to score 149 and was batting on 43 not out in India’s second innings score of 110 for 5 with the visitors still needing 84 more to win first Test.Anderson rued his side’s poor catching and said England need to take their chances against a batsman of Kohli’s calibre.”I’ve been encouraged the way I’ve bowled at him (Kohli) in this game so far, found the edge a few times in the first innings. On another day I could have got him for 20, and then we’re not talking about how brilliant he is,” Anderson said after close of play on day three.Also read – Can India win England’s 1000th Test? Key stats and numbersadvertisement”You can’t drop Virat Kohli on 21, because he’s one of the best players in the world, and he’ll capitalise on that and which he did. We could have been in a much different position now. We’ve just got to go away and know we can get him. No one is invincible in world cricket. We can get him out,” he said.Anderson though accepts that Kohli had batted well with the Indian tail, shielding them in the first innings. Anderson then has fired warning shots saying that England bowlers will have to get Kohli out early on day four if they want to win the Test.Also read – We need to get Virat Kohli out early, says Sam CurranAnderson said that Kohli can shield his tail very well, like he did in the first innings, and thus England need to find a way to quickly get him out if the hosts desire to win the Test.”To be a part of it is great, and on Saturday we’ve got a really good chance of winning the game. If we recover well and come back fresh in the morning, we know it’s going to be 25-30 overs max one way or the other, so we can give it all we can,” said Anderson.Also read – Virat Kohli booed at Edgbaston, responds with epic Test hundred”If he (Kohli) bats like he did in the first innings India will win. Even batting with the tail, he just managed to find the gap, or get down the other end – the way he batted with the tail was brilliant.”We need five wickets, simple as that, fairly quickly – otherwise, they’ll get the runs. We’ve just got to give it everything we’ve got for the first 15-20 overs – leave absolutely nothing out there,” he said.Anderson also lauded both teams for the ongoing match saying that it was a brilliant example for Test cricket.Also read – Virat Kohli takes a few hours, buries the demons of 2014 England tour”It’s been really exciting, if not a bit frustrating at times. What’s been great is the way the momentum has shifted. Test cricket at its best the way we dominated the first two sessions of the match, then India wrestled back the momentum, then it was our job to go out and bowl well. It’s gone to and fro,” he said.”It’s a really exciting place to be, because you know we could do something special tomorrow by winning this such a close Test match. So we’ll go to bed dreaming about getting Kohli out first thing,” he said.Also read – Watching Virat Kohli bat was an eye-opener for young Sam CurranEngland and India have both dropped a host of chances and though the hosts have a better record, Anderson noted down the fact of slip catching as cause of concern that has been plaguing his side for quite some time.”The personnel in the team has changed quite a lot, so it’s been difficult to get a set cordon. But we’re just going to have to keep working harder and harder, pushing ourselves to be better, because you can’t keep creating the chances and not taking them,” he said.advertisementAnderson was also praised young Sam Curran, who brought England back into the game with a maiden Test half-century after they were reduced to 87 for 7 in the second innings at one stage.”He’s (Curran) a really impressive lad. I remember me as a 20-year-old, and I didn’t know what was going on. I was in awe of everyone. But he’s been around quite a bit, he knows his game really well for a young lad, and his skills are brilliant with the ball,” he said.”He has obviously got a little bit of fight in him as well, to go out in that situation and show the guts and determination he did to get us back into the match,” Anderson signed off.last_img read more

first_imgDrugs in sport Share on WhatsApp Chris Froome news The race director of the Tour de France has criticised the lack of a decision on Chris Froome’s failed drug test, calling the delay “grotesque”.Froome has won the Tour de France four times but it is understood Christian Prudhomme does not want the Briton at this year’s race while his doping case is unresolved. Cycling’s governing body, the UCI, is waiting for Froome and his representatives to submit their response to his adverse finding at the Vuelta a España last September. A urine test showed double the permitted level of the asthma medication Salbutamol in his system. But Froome and Team Sky insist he did not break any anti‑doping rules.“What we want ardently, like all organisers, is for the UCI to provide a response,” Prudhomme said. “In December I said we wanted a rapid response. Now, we can remove the word ‘rapid’. We want a response. The organisers need a response, not just for us at the Tour de France but for all the organisers, so that there isn’t a rider they’ll later say shouldn’t have been at the start. It’s mad! It’s completely grotesque!”Prudhomme would not be drawn on whether he would prevent Froome from participating in the Tour if a verdict is not reached in the case before July. Froome has continued to compete even when other riders in the peloton have said they disagree with his inclusion. Last month he was warmly welcomed by the organisers of the Ruta del Sol in Spain and he plans to ride in the Giro d’Italia in May.The Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC) urged the UCI to allow organisers of WorldTour races, which include the Tour de France, to exclude riders facing a possible doping sanction from their races.A spokesman for the organisation, whose members make up two-thirds of first- and second-tier cycling teams but not Team Sky, said: “In order to maintain cycling’s image and credibility it is of great importance that, when facing the situation of a positive or abnormal anti-doping control result, the procedure remains the same whether the rider is part of a MPCC team or not.” Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest The Guardian view on drugs in sport: a deep corruption Topics Tour de Francecenter_img Team Ineos 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.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. Share on Facebook Cycling Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Read more Share on Messenger Since you’re here…last_img read more

first_img The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip If you’re worried about downloading yet another mobile app destined to disappear in three months (taking all your new Insta-creations with it), know that Unfold’s adoption has been impressive. Since its debut in January 2018, the user base has exploded to three million actives with more than 100,000 added daily. In that time, it’s spawned more than 50 million Instagram Stories. Big brands like Cathay Pacific, Soho House, CBS, and Four Seasons have already adopted the app as part of their branding strategy. Heavy-hitting Instagram influencers like @joanpala (with 213,000 followers), @alivialatimer (100,000), and @aleksandarjason (127,000) rely on it to publish many of their Stories. Apple has also given its stamp of approval, naming Unfold a “Must-have App.” So, it seems the app is here to stay for the foreseeable future.The Unfold app is now available as a free download for iOS and Android with 25 free templates. For a small premium, users can opt to add 60 more. Editors’ Recommendations Thirsty? Here Are Some of the Best Accounts of Wine Instagram center_img Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) Instagram Stories have always encouraged shoot-from-the-hip social media expression where the design becomes secondary to the need to be in-the-moment and spontaneous. The result, however, is that most look like they were designed by over-caffeinated tweens. The new Unfold mobile app is looking to change that by elevating the Stories of design-conscious users through clean, thoughtfully considered templates.The core functionality of Unfold is simple but effective: It provides streamlined templates to which users can add photos, video, and text to their new Stories. Photos can be sourced from their own camera roll or Unfold’s growing pool of stock photography. The look of the more 80 templates borders is professional and, in some cases, worthy of a two-page magazine spread: ample white space, photos displayed on perfectly color-coordinated borders, and handwritten script font captions.Unfold is the brainchild of an Instagram-savvy entrepreneur and an architect. The former, Andy McCune, has a solid background in new media and advertising technology. He’s also the man behind the Instagram heavy-hitter @Earth account, which has garnered more than 1 million followers. The latter, Alfonso Cobo, is an architect with a Parsons design degree. The app started as a simple idea for Cobo to share his design and photography portfolios before he realized it could be the perfect vehicle for others to create better Instagram Stories.last_img read more

first_imgIzusek/Getty ImagesMiller High Life isn’t what you should be drinking this New Year’s Eve. While the legacy lager may be qualified for a hipster revival, its motto as “The Champagne of Beers” would be put to better use by a number of flavorful, fun to drink upstarts, all of which have their fair share of bubbles.When you reach out for a toast to send off 2018, do so with one of these delicious bubbly beers in your glass (if Champagne or sparkling wine isn’t your thing).Saison De Banc Vert – Green Bench Brewing CompanyGreen Bench Brewing/FacebookGreen Bench in St. Petersburg, Florida, created a real winner with this 100-percent oak-fermented farmhouse ale. Saison De Banc Vert is teeming with rich hay aroma and pours a beautiful golden orange with a massive marshmallow-fluff head on top. The Belgian yeast adds a touch of funk but the standout is the dry, Champagne-like finish that will have you going back for another pour.Beatification – Russian River Brewing CompanyRussian River Brewing Co.An incredibly complex sour ale, Beatification will add some kick to your boring old Champagne flute. The hard-to-source Russian River beer combines a gose-like saltiness with the mouth-puckering pop of Sweet Tarts and culminates in a mouth feel and dryness that can confidently be deemed worthy of special occasions.Gift of the Magi – The Lost AbbeyWith Christmas barely in the rearview mirror, mix up these two year-ended holidays with a sensory treat from The Lost Abbey. The powerful pop of removing the cork will bring the Gift of the Magi’s first comparison to Champagne and the second will be the multitude of bubbles. Dried fruit and ginger flavors combine with breadfruit dryness and eastern-tinged spices.Saison Rue – Bruery TerreuxAs a part of The Bruery’s initial line-up, this farmhouse ale has been transferred over to the new Bruery Terreux brand. The beer is unfiltered and bottle-conditioned, pouring with lots of bubbles and haze. The wild yeast contributes a dry earthiness while the malted rye adds a touch of pepper-like spice. A frequent competition medal winner,  Saison Rue currently holds an impressive 97 score on RateBeer.Extra Vanilla Milkshake IPA – Tired HandsTired Hands Brewing Company/InstagramWhat better way to celebrate 2018 than with one of the year’s breakout styles? The Milkshake IPA has its detractors, but if you’re willing to look past the classification and enjoy the flavors, Extra Vanilla Milkshake IPA is a great beer for a party. Tired Hands is the king of the Milkshake IPA craze, and while you can’t go wrong with any of their Milkshake IPA variants, Extra Vanilla promises a sweet and juicy sugar bomb with Madagascar vanilla beans, lactose sugar and oats.Whether you’re watching the ball drop in Times Square, counting down the seconds in a crowded bar, or quietly ringing in the new year with family and friends at home, these beers are a great way to celebrate and get the vibe of the traditional drink of New Year’s Eve festivities.Featured image courtesy of Izusek/Getty Images. The Best Oktoberfest Beers to Sip On This Season Pairing the English Premier League Soccer Teams with Craft Beers from the United States The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Editors’ Recommendations The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S.last_img read more

Rabat- The Moroccan national highways company (Société nationale des Autoroutes du Maroc) has announced in a communiqué on Thursday that the highway bypass section of Marrakech will be closed between the junction towards the city of Agadir and the Tamansourt exchanger starting Sunday 08/30/2014 until Friday 09/12/2014 in order to leave space for the shooting of an international film.Media outlets reported earlier that some scenes of Mission Impossible 5 featuring American actor Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt will take place in several Moroccan cities including Casablanca, Rabat and Marrakech.“National Highway Company of Morocco apologizes for its kind users about the inconvenience that will be caused by this interruption,” reads the communiqué.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

Angel Castillo Corona wrote about local politics for the regional newspapers Puntual and Diario de México in Ocuilan. On 4 July, unidentified assailants beat him to death on the highway from Ocuilan to Tiaguistenco in an attack in which his 16-year-old son was also killed.Irina Bokova, the Director General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), condemned the murder of Mr. Castillo, the third journalist killed in Mexico in just one month.“Sadly, the name of Mr. Castillo is but the newest addition to Mexico’s alarmingly long list of victims sacrificed on the altar of freedom of expression,” she stated in a news release. “I call on the authorities to spare no effort in pursuing criminals who use violence to curb the media.”Mr. Castillo’s son was killed in the attack when his father’s attackers ran him over with their car, according to the non-governmental watchdog Reporters without Borders. 19 July 2011The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has condemned the killing of a Mexican journalist, the latest addition to what she called “the long list of victims sacrificed at the altar of freedom of expression.” read more

Interpol has already informed Sri Lanka that Arjuna Mahendran is in Singapore. The Attorney General’s (AG) Department has informed court that all legal steps have been taken for the extradition of former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran from Singapore.The Colombo Fort Magistrate had earlier ordered the Attorney General (AG) to brief the court on the steps taken to implement the arrest warrant on Mahendran. Mahendran had also sought information on the allegations against him, through Interpol. An Interpol Red Notice has been issued for Mahendran’s arrest as he is wanted in Sri Lanka over the central bank treasury bond scam. (Colombo Gazette)

By 2016, business was so low that the port was making an annual profit of just $1.81 million USD. Far from making Hambantota a megapolis, the port’s dismal performance made it difficult for Sri Lanka to even pay back the debt it had accrued.Sanoj Jayakody said that the Chinese loan for the Hambantota Port therefore strengthens the case for China’s engagement in debt trap diplomacy.He said that even if the Hambantota port becomes a regional hub at some point in the future, Sri Lanka will be far from the primary benefactor. Additionally, in the short term, China’s acquisition of the port has triggered regional tensions with India. (Colombo Gazette) He said that after opening in 2010, the Hambantota port performed dismally and during the first two years, no large ship could dock at the port due to the presence of a large rock on the seabed.To remove the rock, the Sri Lankan government had to borrow another 40 million USD from the Chinese government.Finally, even after the port was fully open for business in 2012, barely any ships arrived. For example, in 2012, just 34 of the estimated 50-60 000 ships that annually pass near Sri Lanka’s southern tip actually docked at the Hambantota port. To construct the first stage of the port, Sri Lanka borrowed 307 million USD from China at a commercial interest of 6.3% annually. Analysts such as Jonathan Hillman of CSIS and Eva Grey of Ship Technology point out that the loans came with relatively high rates of commercial interest.This is especially compared to how most development banks offer loans with interest rates of around 2-3%, or even less. The analysts argue that the Chinese terms of high interest were reflective of a lack of competing bids. The Hambantota Port turned out to be a failed project under China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, a National Security Think Tank established under the Ministry of Defence in Sri Lanka, said.The Institute of National Security Studies in Sri Lanka said that one reason as to why the OBOR project of developing a port in Hambantota had a negative impact on Sri Lanka was because it failed to provide a return on the investment. The lack of competing bids was because other entities did not believe that lending money for the Sri Lankan Government to construct a port in Hambantota was economically viable.This was partly because the existing Colombo Port, which is used by all international ships berthing in Sri Lanka, is currently underutilized.It is predicted that traffic at the Colombo port will grow tenfold between 2016 and 2040. “Indeed, the Colombo Port already offered many of the services Rajapaksa was planning to offer at the Hambantota Port. As analysts like David Brewster argue, international ships have no intention of stopping at Hambantota when the already established “excellent” port of Colombo was nearby,” Sanoj Jayakody said. Sanoj Jayakody, a Research Assistant (Intern) at the Institute of National Security Studies said that after Mahinda Rajapaksa was elected President of Sri Lanka in 2005, he looked to develop his rural southern constituency of the Hambantota district and building an international port for commercial ships was one way he planned to achieve this. read more

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first_img River House on Chancery Street. Source: Leah FarrellPLANNING PERMISSION IS being sought to build an eight-storey 249 room hotel in Dublin city.The old motor tax building at River House on Chancery Street in the capital has been empty for over a decade and planning has been sought to demolish it and build a new hotel.The site, which is located near the Four Courts, was bought for €8 million earlier this year.It is proposed to build a hotel which will consist of 249 rooms and an independent café/restaurant on the ground level. There will also be gym and meeting room facilities planned for the site.Dublin city councillor Ray McAdam told that there is “every chance for it” going ahead but that he will work with locals who have reservations over its construction.He said: “In terms of the proposal, I welcome it. I really do. From a local point of you, it has been a scourge, whether you’re talking about looking at it or otherwise. It has been a source of a lot of anti-social behaviour and criminality.“Any residents who are concerned about the application can get in touch with myself or the council. I will always engage with residents to ensure those concerns can be addressed.”More details on the planning application can be found here.Frances Fitzgerald claims she only found out about scale of garda scandal after press conference > By Garreth MacNamee Mar 28th 2017, 7:35 PM Share471 Tweet Email5 Dublin could get new eight-storey hotel as vacant “scourge” set to be demolished A planning application has been submitted to Dublin City Council. Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 7:35 PM 41 Comments Short URL 44,209 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgAHEPA Youth’s founding president, Jiannis Tsaousis, has stepped down from the role after two years at the helm.The 20-year-old student will now take the back seat in the Greek Australian youth fundraising and networking group and help newly elected president John Papaemmanouil with the transition.“I think John is a fantastic young man, and with him and the executive, I have every confidence that they’ll do a great job, they’ve got experience from working in a team under my presidency,” Mr Tsaousis told Neos Kosmos. New president Mr Papaemmanouil has big shoes to fill, he says, and says it will take a bit of time for him to feel comfortable in the job.“You have set the foundation, not only for our generation but also for generations to come,” Mr Papaemmanouil said about Jiannis.“You have always been very supportive and while it may take a while for me to build up the experience and learn the lessons you have learnt over your time as president, I know that the next few years, with our talented executive, our family of members and my leadership, the bricks will be built on the foundations you have set.”Mr Tsaousis says the decision to step down has come due to his encroaching studies, although he says he will still be an active member in the group. “AHEPA has a special role for past presidents, in the constitution you become what is called a governor, it’s a nice and fancy name but it just means I’ll be mentoring the youth wing,” he says.Mr Tsaousis set up AHEPA’s Achilleas Youth wing in 2012 after he felt there was no mature youth group for Greek Australian students and graduates to give back to the community.After being invited to speak at an AHEPA event, Mr Tsaousis was compelled to become a member and start a group for people his age to become active citizens. “I said I’d love to become a member, and they laughed at me because they said there’s no youth wing at the moment,” he remembers.“And I said what does it take to start it up, I’m in first year, I’ve got time on my hands, I’ve got the willingness, I’ve got the interest, and they said, get 16 people together and get back to us. “And within a month I got 16 good friends from school, from Greek school, from university and things started from there.”In his presidency, Mr Tsaousis has managed to create precedents for AHEPA’s Australian wing. With his fundraising work for the charity O Kivotos tou Kosmou, which cares for disadvantaged children in Greece he got the Victorian branch to take notice. Together, the two branches have raised over $79,000. Via Twitter, AHEPA Youth were able to reach out to former Minister for Foreign Affairs Dora Bakoyianni and invite her to a Q&A session event via Skype. And just last week, a joint venture between AHEPA Youth and NUGAS saw Greek Australian students and businessmen mingle in a Business Breakfast. “It was something that was different, it differentiates our offering and fills the void in our community,” Mr Tsaousis says. “It attracts lots of Greek Australian students who are not necessarily engaged with the Greek Australian community or might not identify strongly with Greek Australian university societies.”The Youth chapter of AHEPA has indeed filled a void for Greek Australians feeling left out of community affairs. It never tried to be a group that solely organised dinner dances, the booze cruises and the dancing groups that have been on offer for years through student Greek societies. Rather, it chose to open doors for young Greeks wanting to give back to the community and become strong citizens in the process. “I approached AHEPA because I wanted to be able to give back to our community in a constructive way that allowed the youth to be real active citizens, not only in the Greek community but also the broader Australian community and in the global diaspora,” Mr Tsaousis says.Now, with a new president at the helm, he expects AHEPA Youth to continue to invest their time promoting core values of fundraising, networking and global Hellenism.He hopes to see a stronger relationship built with the already established Greek American AHEPA Youth groups.“I see us collaborating on diaspora wide projects in fundraising, networking and leadership,” he says.The new executive council for AHEPA: President: John Papaemmanouil Vice President: Marialena Michanetzi Treasurer: Ross Katsambanis Secretary: Anna Vassiladis Warden: Anthea Tsaousis Director of ceremonies: Paula Oude-Vrielink Public relations officer and prayer reader: George Stratigis AHEPA Youth is open to anyone from the age of 16 to 35. To join, visit Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgAutisme : une grande cause nationale en 2011France – François Fillon va-t-il adopter la proposition de loi visant à faire de l’année 2011 celle de la lutte contre l’autisme ?Deux députés UMP ont déposé en avril dernier une proposition de loi visant à déclarer l’autisme grande cause nationale pour l’année 2011. Ce texte a été réalisé afin donner un coup de projecteur sur cette maladie, qui toucherait au moins 400.000 personnes en France, sans que la prise en charge de ce handicap ne soit réellement adaptée.Danièle Langloys, présidente de l’association Autisme France, déplore le manque de moyens mis à disposition des parents d’enfants autistes. Selon elle, jusqu’à un autiste sur trois ne serait pas diagnostiqué : ses difficultés comportementales ne sont alors pas prises en compte, et sa famille n’est pas aidée. Pour remédier à ce problème, la proposition de loi veut instaurer un diagnostic précoce, à réaliser automatiquement dès 18 mois afin de permettre un meilleur accompagnement des familles touchées. Des familles qui, pour l’instant, sont souvent obligées de s’exiler en Belgique ou en Europe du Nord si elles veulent bénéficier d’un traitement efficace.Le 28 septembre 2010 à 10:40 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target Watch: Deputies Help Bear Family Rescue Cub Trapped in DumpsterNature Cam Captures Black Bear Feeding at Condor Sanctuary Just when you thought there weren’t any more different species of reptiles, mammals and other animals in the world, one rises to show you you’re wrong. Or a hundred or so, give or take. That old chestnut. Researchers in Mekong in Southeast Asia have stumbled upon a mind-boggling 163 new species, including a rainbow-headed snake lovingly nicknamed Ziggy Stardust, and a newt that looks like a Klingon. It probably doesn’t speak the language.Last year, around 160 new species were uncovered as well, so this year isn’t too shabby. It’s all in a recent report from the World Wildlife Federation. Mekong is an area that rolls up areas like Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam and other places in China, which is obviously a place where there are new species just ripe for the discovery. Unfortunately, there’s also a lot of poaching that goes on there, which can threaten the wildlife in the area. Collectors will pay top dollar for endangered species, so it’s important that the World Wildlife Federation and other organizations work to stop this illegal practice.Heck, it’s a good idea to stop it in general, because once these guys get taken away from us, there’s no coming back. Other discoveries include a particular type of banana from Thailand, a gorgeous blue gecko, a wooly-headed bat, and a plethora of other animals. Yeah, it’s great that we’ve stumbled upon them, but the next step is keeping them safe. It’s pretty impressive when you stop and think about it, though, how we’ve explored this wide world for so long and find that there’s still something new left to see. That’s something to ponder over the holiday break or the next time you get bored and jaded with life. With all the humans in this world somehow we’re still finding new creature friends to share it with. Amazing.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target The Best Anime On HuluThis Might Be Attack On Titan’s Goriest Moment Of The Series So Far Attack on Titan The Ride is coming to Yamanashi’s Fuji-Q Highland theme park. This 4D flight simulation will allow riders to experience a Titan attack as if they were in the midst of it. Guests will be seated in front of a 20-meter screen and be subjected to flight and motion synced with the Titans attacking on-screen.The footage for the ride was filmed with 6K cameras and features scenery taken from Mount Fuji. The ride also has a soundtrack by Joe Hisaishi, who composed music for blockbuster anime titles like Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and the fan favorite Japanese Role-Playing Game Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch.In addition to the new Attack on Titan The Ride 4D, there will also be a dedicated Attack on Titan area at Fuji-Q. In this Attack on Titan-themed area, visitors can explore the world of the anime via 360-degree VR headsets. When using the headsets, park-goers can experience what it’s like to be a member of the Survey Corps and get a unique up-close and personal perspective of a Titan attack.Exclusive Attack on Titan merchandise will also be available via vendors in the Attack on Titan Fuji-Q area. Park vendors will have a host of Attack on Titan clothing and items available for sale, and guests won’t want to miss the life-size Colossal Titan statues that are placed at the entrance to the Attack on Titan-themed Fuji-Q area.This is all in conjunction with the new season of Attack on Titan that releases next month, which is going to be an action-packed ride for fans ready and waiting for the story to progress. Which characters are you ready to see back in action, and what episodes are you looking forward to?last_img read more

first_imgPhoto of the 2017 winners  Teachers will be recognized in five regions: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Mat-Su Valley, Kenai Peninsula and outlying areas (everywhere else). Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Nominations are open for Alaska teachers from every community in the state for the BP Teachers of Excellence. The nomination period ends on February 1, click here to nominate a teacher. The winners will be notified on March 30. The Alaska BP Teachers of Excellence program recognizes teachers from throughout Alaska for their dedication to teaching and for inspiring students. Story as aired: Since the program launched in 1995, hundreds of teachers have been recognized by their peers, students, parents and community members as BP Teachers of Excellence.last_img

first_imgHyderabad: Health Minister Eatala Rajender is understood to have given assurance to doctors that ‘Geotagging’ for monitoring of daily attendance would not be taken up in Ayush department. According to Dr Lalu Prasad Rathod of Telangana Government Doctors Association, the Minister told the doctors that he will give instructions to Ayush Director on Monday morning to not implement it in view of strong opposition from the doctors fraternity. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Doctors from different wings of the health department took this issue to the notice of Health Minister when he came to attend a programme at CESS, Begumpet premises on Sunday. They submitted a representation to the Minister seeking his intervention and to stop the new method, which they say would lead to breach of their privacy. Speculations are doing rounds that senior officials in Ayush have decided to implement this Geotagging system from September 1 onwards across the State to keep a tab on doctors and staff movements during office hours.last_img read more

first_imgThe election commission is facing an awkward situation as the internal discord of the constitutional body has come to the fore at a crucial stage when it is taking preparations for the next parliamentary elections.One of the five election commissioners, Mahbub Talukder, boycotted the commission’s meeting on Monday after he could not present a five-point proposal and issued a ‘note of dissent’ claiming his right to opinion was violated, according to EC officials.With this fresh allegation added to the existing array of dissociations, the commission’s unwillingness over discussing crucial issues of creating equal opportunity for all parties, taking polls-time control over the law enforcement and administration and so on, that are considered essential for holding a participatory election, has put the commission’s role into question, say experts.The experts also think that all these point out the unwillingness of the constitutional body, which is responsible for holding the parliamentary polls.Despite the issues casting doubts over the EC’s capacity to carry out a free and fair election, chief election commissioner Nurul Huda told the media on Tuesday that ‘it would not be difficult’.The 11th parliamentary election will be the second one under a political government after the elimination of the caretaker government system in 2011.Several political parties, including key opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, boycotted the 10th parliamentary election demanding a neutral election.All but the Awami League and its alliance members have been demanding an election under a neutral government.Ignoring both the demands of the political parties and its own members, the commission is approaching the elections.Commissioner Mahbub’s boycott has stirred discussions among experts in the field. According to the officials, his ‘note of dissent’ included demand for discussion on ways to deploy army in the polls, holding talks with political parties for ensuring participatory polls, increasing the EC’s capabilities, finding out ways to ensure equal opportunities for all parties and discussing with the government the recommendations made by the political parties in the previous talks with the EC.According to EC sources, Mahbub could not raise the five-point in the meeting due to others’ objections.The present commission held talks with the political parties after it assumed office, but it never reviewed the recommendations made by the parties and never sat within themselves to discuss the issues.While asked over Mahbub’s ‘note of dissent’, CEC Nurul Huda refused to comment. “It has been broadcast on television. No comments. Do not insist me on this. I’ll not comment,” he told newsmen on Tuesday.The internal discord is not new for the present commission. Discontent among the five commissioners came to the light over the transfer of 33 EC secretariat officers on 9 July 2017, after their oath taking on 15 February.The disharmony was further manifested over the issues of army deployment, allowing parliament members in the city polls campaign, introduction of EVMs (Electronic Voting Machine) and so on.There were dissensions regarding the Barishal city polls held on 30 July, too. In most of the instances, Mahbub Talukder was opposed by other commissioners.Earlier the CEC on 7 August told the media that he cannot guarantee that there will be no irregularities in the general elections.Following this remark, the other four commissioners told the media that this was not a statement of the commission but of the CEC himself.In September, once again discontents sprouted among the commissioners over leadership.Despite the boycott, Mahbub Talukder went to the commission headquarter on Tuesday as usual where he attended a meeting, along with other commissioners, with the field level officials to discuss preparations for the polls.The schedule will probably be announced in the first week of November while the election may be held by the end of December or the beginning of January.An EC official said Mahbub is going to the US on a 10-day private tour on 20 October.Terming Mahbub’s boycott an ‘unprecedented incident’, former election commissioner Sohul Hussain told Prothom Alo that such actions lead to confusions, adding that there might be discord in the commission and one or more commissioners may dissent regarding a specific issue.The decision given by most of the commissioners will be granted finally and that decision will be carried out.Resonating similar attitude, the CEC told the media Tuesday that the situation is satisfying as field level officials have taken all the preparations. They are also receiving adequate help from the local police along with the administration.When asked whether this time in the meeting they have discussed the recommendations made by the political parties, Huda said there were no discussions over this issue.The position of the government or members of the parliament will be known after the schedule announcement while the commission will take a few steps to introduce changes in the code of conduct, he added.Regarding the issue of discord in the commission, former commissioner M Sakhawat Hossain said, commissions that had internal discords in the past had turned inactive due to lack of mutual understanding leaving the body dysfunctional.The rift is widening gradually. As the leader of the team, the CEC is responsible for coordination, he said. The voters will lose trust, if there are so many rifts in an institution occupying a significant place in the constitution, Sakhawat observed.*This article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin.last_img read more