Ind vs WI: Twitter reacts to India’s convincing victory over Windies at Hyderabad

first_imgAnother crushing win for India. To start favourites is one thing, to treat the opposition like that quite another. Delighted for Umesh Yadav.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 14, 2018 Umesh Yadav in IndiaTests – 24Innings – 48Wickets – 73Avg – 27.97SR – 52.8Best – 6/885-fer – 110-fer – 1– Third best AVG among Indian Pacers after Kapil Dev (26.49) & Javagal Srinath (26.61) at home (Min 50 wkts)– Best strike rate #INDvsWI— JSK (@imjsk27) October 14, 2018 As expected clinical from #TeamIndia congratulations @BCCI on another fantastic series win ,10 consecutive victories is phenomenal even if it’s at home #INDvsWI— subramani badrinath (@s_badrinath) October 14, 2018 Last 5 instances when a pacer won MOM award in India Umesh Yadav#INDvWI, 2018 @ HyderabadBhuvneshwar KumarIND v SL, 2017 @ Eden GardensJames AndersonIND v ENG, 2012 @ VCA NagpurZaheer KhanIND v Aus, 2010 @ PCA, MohaliS SreesanthIND v SL, 2009 @ Green Park#INDvsWI— Saurabh Shinde (@imsgshinde) October 14, 2018 West Indies have been reduced to an apology of a Test team – if being bowled out twice in just 3 sessions is bad, it’s even worse to not to see them put up even some token resistance. #IndvsWI #RajkotTest— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) October 6, 2018Read Also:Cricket: Twitterati world wishes Gautam Gambhir on his birthday!Ind vs WI- 2nd Test Day 3 Review: Men In Blue secure clean sweep over hapless Windies Congratulations Team India on the series win. Well done Umesh Yadav. Great beginning to his career for Shaw and Pant giving a glimpse of , a sign of things he can deliver . #IndvWI— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 14, 2018 Did you “Shaw” that? A Remarkable 10 Wicket win and a Sweep. Congratulations #Teamindia. 👏🙌 #INDvWI @BCCI @y_umesh @PrithviShaw— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) October 14, 2018 Another three day farce of a Test Match. Seriously time to consider two tier Test Cricket. #INDvsWI— Sumanth Raman (@sumanthraman) October 14, 2018 Advertisement Clinical performance by #TeamIndia to win this Test Series. Congratulations @y_umesh on another fine effort in the 2nd innings to bag your 10 wicket haul. #INDvsWI pic.twitter.com/WmQWHt5pHn— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 14, 2018 AdvertisementImage Courtesy: Indian ExpressIt only took three days for the Men In Blue to wrap up the series over the West Indies side that failed to put any sort of pressure on the hosts.The test was an eventful one as it secured India’s maiden ten-wicket win over West Indies while Umesh Yadav became only the third Indian pacer to secure a ten-wicket haul on home soil.The pacer was awarded with the Man Of The Match award, while Prithvi Shaw was adjudged as the Man Of The Series for his fluent run with the bat over the series.The series victory marked India’s tenth successive series win at home. Here’s how the Twitter Universe reacted to the side’s victory.Clinical and dominant performance by #TeamIndia to win the series. Some special performances. Keep moving India @bcci— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) October 14, 2018 MS Dhoni and Rishabh Pant are the only keepers to get dismissed on 92 twice in Tests. #INDvsWI— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) October 14, 2018 The beast is back with a bang ! Hard work never goes in vain. Great spell @y_umesh 👍 #INDvsWI— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) October 13, 2018 With all due respect to West Indies Cricket but I have a question for u all…will this west Indies team qualify for Ranji quarters from the plate group? Elite se to nahin hoga 🧐 #INDvsWI— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 5, 2018 Technique and aggression; concomitant of greatness. #PrithviShaw #INDvsWI— Everyday Guy (@IndieSherlock) October 13, 2018last_img read more

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Asia Cup 2018: Virat Kohli’s absence has weakened India, says Manjrekar

first_imgFormer Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar feels that Pakistan are the favourite to win the Asia Cup 2018 while India are one of the favourites to lift the title.Pakistan have begun their Asia Cup campaign routing minnows Hong Kong by eight wickets Sunday.India, led by skipper Rohit Sharma, would start their campaign Tuesday against Hong Kong, which is a dress rehearsal for their marquee clash with arch-rivals Pakistan the next day.Manjrekar said Pakistan have the best idea of the conditions in UAE as they play there regularly and the advantage will play in their favour.Asia Cup 2018: Favourites India eye easy win against Hong Kong”I think Pakistan start as favourites more than India, because they have been playing in those conditions (in the UAE) for a while now and it’s a team which is on the surge.”India, of course, are resting Virat (Kohli), which takes a lot of strength away from the team,” Manjrekar said.He was quizzed whether in the absence of Kohli, India were the favourites going into the tournament.SALAAM CRICKET 2018 FULL COVERAGE”India are obviously one of the contenders, but when you look at favouritism, (question arises) which team can be rated as the strongest.”It’s Pakistan because of where it (the tournament) is being played,” explained Manjrekar.According to Manjrekar, who donned the national colour in 37 Tests and 74 One Day Internationals, the wrist spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav has made the Indian team more balanced.Asia Cup 2018: India a better side even without Virat Kohli, says Sourav Gangulyadvertisement”India is a very good 50 overs outfit. India in the Test matches struggled a bit overseas, but if you look at their 50-over record, its very good in all conditions.”Earlier, India had batting strength but the bowling did not quite measure up.Now they also have game changers in the middle, so the team wins more matches than it used to because of Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav in the middle. It’s a more balanced 50 overs team in a long, long time,” said Manjrekar.Virat Kohli’s absence big relief for Pakistan bowlers: Misbah-ul-HaqIndia are trying to settle their middle order woes and Manjrekar insisted that Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer should get a look-in ahead of the next year’s ICC World Cup in England.”At the moment Ambati Rayadu, Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey are in the fray. Kedar Jadhav is also there, but I would like to see Shreyas Iyer get a look-in before the World Cup. KL Rahul will get (to bat at) number three, because Virat is not there,” he said.”We will have a look at him (Rahul) and he is also another middle order option for India. So it is very important (to settle middle order woes).”Because India need a couple of in-form reliable middle-order batsmen. So every match from now on would actually be about settling that (middle order) issue and most of the other areas are taken care of,” he signed off.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Notes on Mike Gundy’s Central Arkansas Press Conference

first_imgAdChoices广告Coach Gundy discusses the CMU game, thoughts on the pace of the offense, the O-line, special teams and a little about Central Arkansas.Opening• “Health-wise we’re pretty good. Looking forward to another week of practice. Guys are fresh and ready to get back at it with the extra day off.”On Central Michigan“We missed some plays – our communication’s not as good as we want it to be. Each week we’ll get a little better. That’s what good football teams do.”• When asked to compare CMU to the Big XII: “Well, you’re talking about 10 teams compared to one. I will say this, there’s several teams in their conference, on the right day, right environment, could compete with anyone in this league.”Darrion Daniels• “He was 300 pounds when he walked in here. We don’t get too many 300-pounders. Haven’t got that many 300-pounders; most of the time we get guys 250-260 and we’re developing them into that position.”• “He’s got a good background; he’s a little more mature than most. He’s got a baby-face; but, body-wise, we don’t’ get many guys like that.”• This was interesting – when he was asked to compare Daniels to James Castleman: “He’s a little further along at this point.” (Kyle talked about Gundy’s comments in more detail here.)Mason Coming Home• Coach was asked about Mason playing his first home game and can he (Gundy) relate to how Mason must feel: “Well, mine was a little different. I came in at halftime. I wasn’t in any position or ready to play. It was a surprise. His is not.” I loved that response for some reason.• “I think this is his first home game in like 8 games” (!!!??!!) “His high school playoffs and state championship games were all on the road. I’m sure he’s excited, but he doesn’t say a whole lot.”On Special Teams• “We were real pleased with the communication between Seales and Carr on kickoff returns. They stayed level-headed.”• “84 (Jalen McCleskey – so Gundy!) went after punts trying to return them. That’s encouraging to us. We have a lot of confidence in his ability to catch the ball.”• On Ben Grogan’s somewhat erratic performance: “We have complete confidence in Ben. He’ll improve. Don’t believe kickoffs factor into field goals. If we determine they do, we’ll have to make adjustments.”• On Zach Sinor: “Zach played good. He had one punt that was poor, but for the most part, he played pretty well.” Then this on Sinor’s working out his biceps: “He doesn’t need to be cutting his sleeves off just yet. He looks ok for a punter.”Chris Carson’s Debut• “He had what I would call a ‘good game.’” Like he coined a new term there!![1. I laughed out loud while editing this part.] “He was a little hesitant at times, but he gave us something we haven’t had in the ability to get outside and get more yards than he should.”• “There’s a considerable difference between junior college and this level of football so he’s still going to go through a little transition.”On the Offense in General• Offensive line is…“better, but not where we were up front when we were running up 40-45 points a game. They were better in the second half more so because I think we opened the game up a little more in the vertical passing game that allowed the offensive line more success.” By the way, Coach mentioned opening the game up on more than a couple occasions in the presser.• The pace of the second half was…“better, but not as fast as I’d like to see us play on offense. We need a little more variation in what we do. We were pretty reserved in the first half, which I agreed with. We were playing smart. But, we didn’t get to the tempo I’d like us to be at.”Central Arkansas• “Played 105 plays Saturday” (!!) “They’ve done very well on offense. They have a good scheme and they know what they’re doing.”• “Their quarterback is active enough to move around and make some plays. We need to get better on offense, play faster, more big plays. They’ve had a history of moving the ball and scoring points.”Miscellaneous and Closing• VERY COOL here on Larry Reece (@cowboyvoice): “He’s just a big part of Oklahoma State and Oklahoma State athletics.” Great story – and congrats and continued prayers for Larry!• Finally, on No. 28 JW – not General Walshington – and his tennis prowess: “It helped us think he’s a really athletic. To run around and hit a little ball with a racquet and make it go in the right area can’t be as easy as people think it would be.” My personal favorite line of the week! “He’s a guy that makes some really fancy catches in practice.”On to Central Arkansas at BPS then – and here’s to more fancy catches! While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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Klopp watched Van Dijk alternatives ‘500m times’

first_imgTransfers Klopp watched Van Dijk alternatives ‘500 million times’ and wasn’t convinced Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 07:21 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Getty Transfers Liverpool Premier League Jürgen Klopp The Liverpool boss maintains that he would have moved to bolster his defensive ranks if he believed that the right player was on the market Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool watched Virgil van Dijk alternatives “500 million times” over the summer but felt none of the defensive options were suitable.Having faced questions regarding their struggles at the back in 2016-17, the Reds were expected to bolster their ranks once the transfer window opened.Leicester 11/4 to beat Liverpool Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing They did bring in left-back Andy Robertson, but no centre-half arrived at Anfield.Klopp says that is because, despite months of intense speculation, he believes those already on his books are as good as those on the market – with concentration, rather than ability, proving to be an issue for his side at present.He told reporters when quizzed on whether other options had been overlooked while pursuing Van Dijk: “No. We watched all of them 500 million times, and to cool the people down what if the new player doesn’t hit the first ball and he makes exactly the same mistake?“A mistake they all made in their life – but it is like, ‘he is a £65 million signing, he will improve’. Why do you think the other one cannot improve? I don’t understand that.“For me it’s really difficult always to come to your planet, visit you and say ‘yeah you’re right, there were five good options out there and we missed them because, I don’t know, we wanted to spend the money anywhere else’.“It is not that we ignore it – I said if there would have been a solution out there we would have done it. I had to make a decision and the decision was our boys are not worse than them.“It is concentration. It is not a quality thing. But if there’s no-one, no solution out there, and no real quality issue then you have to work on it and that is what we will do.”Jurgen Klopp Liverpool targets 500mKlopp also refuted any suggestion that he continues to place too much trust in error-prone players, with the German coach eager to point out that no-one is perfect and that form can fluctuate.He added: “I believe in trust. I trust people until they give me an opportunity or a possibility not to trust them anymore. That’s how I understand life.“My job is really to make the best out of this season and it’s easy for me in a lot of moments to believe in this team – it’s easy.“Oh yeah, sometimes they make bulls**t, and we are not happy. Sometimes [there are] goals I’m angry about, and it’s not the first one. Of course you wish we could have done differently, but that can happen. That’s really life.“Really, with all this about [our defenders] go out there and ask other teams whether they’d like to pick them. You would be really surprised.“Let’s say when I came here we started new and now we have this team. When I came in we were ninth and now, ‘ooofff.’ We are really on a good way.“Sometimes we make mistakes because we are offensively that strong.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Leno completes €22m Arsenal move

first_imgTransfers Leno completes €22m Arsenal move from Leverkusen as Gunners bolster goalkeeping ranks Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 02:44 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Bernd Leno Bayer Leverkusen 2017-18 Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga Premier League The Germany international will be turning out in the Premier League next season after linking up with Unai Emery’s side at Emirates Stadium Arsenal have completed the capture of Germany international goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen.Goal revealed earlier on Tuesday that a deal for the 26-year-old was close , and that agreement has now been pushed through.It is understood that the Gunners have invested €22m (£19.2m/$25m) in a new No. 1, with Unai Emery moving to strengthen the squad inherited from Arsene Wenger. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Petr Cech has been Arsenal’s last line of defence for the last three seasons, but the veteran Czech is now 36 years of age.Emery told the club’s official website on landing a proven performer to take over between the sticks: “We are very pleased that Bernd Leno will be joining us.“Bernd is a goalkeeper of high quality and experience. He has been a top performer and regular number one goalkeeper with Leverkusen in the Bundesliga for the past seven years.“We are all excited that Bernd has chosen Arsenal Football Club and look forward to start working with him in pre-season.”Leno moves to Emirates Stadium after seven years with Leverkusen which delivered over 230 Bundesliga appearances.He spent much of his youth career at Stuttgart, but moved on in 2011 without taking in a first-team outing.History was made that same year as he became the youngest goalkeeper to feature in the Champions League at 19 years and 193 days – in a meeting with Chelsea.EMBED ONLY Bernd Leno Arsenal GFXQuickly establishing a reputation as a reliable custodian, a senior international debut for Germany was made in 2015.He now has six caps to his name, but was overlooked for World Cup 2018 duty this summer.His absence from that tournament will allow him to settle in north London ahead of the new Premier League season.Arsenal will open that campaign against reigning champions Manchester City , with it possible that Leno could be handed the toughest of tests on his competitive debut.He will be relishing that challenge, with there still the promise of more additions to come at the Emirates.Stephan Lichtsteiner has already been acquired to bolster the club’s defensive unit, and Goal has revealed that a deal for Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira is also on the cards .last_img read more

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The Graduates – Stevie-Lee Thompson

first_imgIn the seventh edition of The Graduates, austouch.com.au caught up with former Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) player, Stevie Lee Thompson, who played for the Brisbane City Cobras at the 2010 NYC.  After being a part of the Brisbane City Cobras Women’s Open side that came second at the 2010 X-Blades National Touch League, Stevie-Lee Thompson returned to the Cobras to play in her last National Youth Championships at the 2010 event. The Cobras finished fifth last year and impressed at the 2010 NYC, finishing third after defeating New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges in the play-off for third and fourth. Thompson enjoyed playing for the Cobras in her final year, but admits it was a different feeling than playing for QSST. “Normally you’d think you’d be going out there to play for Queensland but it’s not, you are playing for a different permit, so it’s heaps different compared to playing for QSST,” Thompson said. After a long involvement playing for Queensland over the years while at school, Thompson has fond memories of being involved in the schools system, and learnt lots from her time in the Queensland uniform. “It was very team-based and everyone worked for each other. Fitness-wise it helped heaps, playing through the schools system.”Thompson had the chance to play against her former team on day three of the 2010 NYC, and while the Cobras weren’t able to beat the eventual runners-up of the tournament, they were competitive, losing 4-2. “They (QSST) are all the players I’m used to playing with, so it was always going to be a tough game. Basically half the team I had played with before.”Thompson says that it is disappointing that she can no longer play at the National Youth Championships, but knows there is much more ahead in the future. “It is sad that we can’t actually play at this event anymore, we have to go back to the real world.”last_img read more

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10 months agoFiorentina table offer to Southampton for Manolo Gabbiadini

first_imgFiorentina table offer to Southampton for Manolo Gabbiadiniby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina have made an offer to Southampton for Manolo Gabbiadini.The Viola want to take the Italy striker on-loan to the end of this season.La Nazione says Fiorentina are willing to include a permanent option in the region of €12-15m.They are also prepared to match Gabbiadini’s wages at Southampton to the tune of €2.5m-a-year.Saints are now mulling over the proposal. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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9 months ago​Liverpool’s Robertson says Fabinho ‘different class’ at centre-back

first_img​Liverpool’s Robertson says Fabinho ‘different class’ at centre-backby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Robertson has admitted his admiration for his teammate Fabinho.The Brazilian was drafted in for centre-back duty given the injury crisis the Reds are experiencing in that position.He turned in a top display alongside Virgil Van Dijk, helping his side to a 1-0 win away to Brighton. And Robertson was very impressed with what he saw.”For somebody playing out of position, he covered so well, he cleared away and had so many good blocks,” Robertson reflected to the club’s official website.”So credit to him because it can’t have been easy for him playing out of position. I’m sure Fabinho would have preferred to play as the No.6 but that’s the attitude we have in the squad, we are all willing to play in different positions if we have to.”I’m sure the manager just told him early doors and he embraced it and I thought he was brilliant. I thought he was different class.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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John Calipari Trolled UNC Columnist With Press Conference Outfit

first_imgA closeup of Coach Cal in front of a blue Kentucky background.NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – FEBRUARY 27: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats speaks to the media after a 74-62 loss to Vanderbilt at Memorial Gym on February 27, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)John Calipari wore a white t-shirt and shorts to his Tuesday press conference as a little jab at a UNC columnist who criticized his post-game outfit.Following Kentucky dramatic 101-100 win against North Carolina on Saturday, John Calipari went somewhat casual with his post-game look, taking off his tie and changing into jeans.Video of the presser, via Kentucky.com:For whatever reason, UNC’s Adam Lucas, who writes the school’s in-house basketball column, harped on it after the game.You can hate the game because the opponent was Kentucky and being in the same building with them reminds you of exactly how differently things work in Lexington. John Calipari arrived at his postgame press conference with his tie off, top two buttons on his shirt unbuttoned, and having changed into blue jeans. There are not two top-level programs in America right now that arrive at the end result off the court more differently than Carolina and Kentucky.On Tuesday, Calipari decided to troll Lucas a bit, wearing a white t-shirt and shorts to his press conference, with a towel draped over his shoulder.Cal came straight from his workout. “You guys want me to change?” Surely this is a nod to the UNC column. pic.twitter.com/ap9t0KxXMl— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_AJC) December 20, 2016Think this game matters to this state? pic.twitter.com/ct5MH9ajUc— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) December 20, 2016I’m a little disappointed that Calipari didn’t break out the flip-flops to complete the look, but the point was certainly made, and incredibly well executed.[CBS Sports]last_img read more

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Police confirm fleeing suspect shot dead by RCMP was Calgary womans killer

first_imgCALGARY – Police have confirmed that a fleeing suspect who was shot dead by RCMP last month was the killer of a woman found in a Calgary backyard a few days earlier.Investigators identified the suspect as Adam Bettahar and say they are no longer looking into the death of 22-year-old Nadia El-Dib.“Based on all the evidence we have, we are totally confident that Mr. Bettahar is responsible for Nadia’s murder,” said Staff Sgt. Colin Chisholm of the Calgary police homicide unit Wednesday.Police said Bettahar and El-Dib had been seeing each other last year, but were no longer involved when they left a Calgary hookah bar together early on March 25.She contacted a friend about an hour later to say Bettahar refused to take her to her parked vehicle.Police said he instead drove El-Dib to a northeast neighbourhood and parked behind a home before stabbing her about 40 times and cutting her throat.She was able to escape despite her injuries, but Bettahar shot her at least twice in the backyard — forensic evidence suggests she was already on the ground when she was shot the second time.Racha El-Dib, Nadia’s sister, said Bettahar’s actions have broken her family.“A life was taken away too soon, my best friend and sister at the hands of a disturbed young man who believed he had the right to murder her because she chose to exercise her right of taking ownership of her life, body and soul, by saying no to a man who was persistent on being with her,” said El-Dib.“My sister Nadia made it clear that she would not give herself to him in any way.“We know that because she fought until her last breath to get away from Abderrahmane ‘Adam’ Bettahar.”El-Dib said she doesn’t want her sister to become a nameless statistic.She hopes her death will prompt other women in abusive situations to get help.“Women live in fear for their lives every day of the repercussions of refusing a man,” she said.“I’m here to use Nadia’s voice to give strength to those who have been in similar situations, to those who are in mentally, physically or emotionally abusive situations, so that they can find the strength to reach out.”An RCMP officer spotted Bettahar five days later near the community of Evansburg, west of Edmonton, and gave chase because there was a Canada-wide warrant out for him.Bettahar died in an exchange of gunfire with officers. An RCMP sergeant was injured.He was released from hospital two days later.— With files from CTV Calgarylast_img read more

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NAFTA Ministers head home from negotiations with uncertainty looming

first_imgWASHINGTON – The politicians leading the NAFTA negotiations left Washington without a deal on Friday, under a cloud of question marks about the continental trading relationship.Canada’s Chrystia Freeland and Mexico’s Ildefonso Guajardo returned home after a week-long round with plans to reconvene around May 7 in hopes of obtaining an agreement this spring.Left unresolved are questions of whether an agreement is possible soon, how extensive it might be and whether the United States might in the meantime slap its neighbours with steel and aluminum tariffs — set to take effect Tuesday.That ambiguity appears destined to linger a little longer.”The imposition of these tariffs is the president’s decision,” one administration official said Friday.”We’ll decline to comment or get ahead of his decisions or announcements.”Hopes for some clarity about upcoming U.S. policy will turn not only to Trump, but also to U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer who is to deliver a rare speech to a pro-business crowd Tuesday before leaving on a high-stakes trip to China.Top-level NAFTA talks will resume after his return from Asia.In the meantime, civil servants will continue to work on the technical details of the negotiation, after having been in Washington for two weeks, working through last weekend.Freeland said there were real advances this week, especially on autos.“If you know a Canadian trade negotiator, please give them a hug. Because they are working 24/7, people are cancelling holidays, people are working weekends,” Canada’s foreign affairs minister said.“At the political level … we will be going home to consult on the significant progress we’ve made this week. Then we will be meeting again in a week or so in Washington.”A number of other chapters are on the verge of completion, said Guajardo. He specifically mentioned state-owned enterprises, technical barriers to trade, financial services and the environment.But numerous irritants remain: ”Too many issues,” is how he described it earlier this week.Just between Canada and the U.S., issues like dairy, dispute-resolution mechanisms, a proposed five-year sunset clause, and intellectual property remain unresolved.The difference on intellectual property was underscored Friday.The U.S. downgraded Canada in its annual rankings on IP performance, allegedly for poor policing of counterfeit goods, weak border checks, online piracy protections, broad use of educational exemptions from copyright laws and policies aimed at reducing drug prices.In lowering Canada to the so-called priority watch list category, the report said: ”There were no known criminal prosecutions for counterfeiting in Canada in 2017, which makes Canada a striking outlier among OECD countries.”In the past, the Canadian government has brushed off this annual report as a wish-list produced on behalf of companies by the United States government.All this is happening as the window narrows for a NAFTA agreement in 2018. In addition to the Mexican election, the procedural deadline to get a deal that can be voted on by the current Republican-controlled U.S. Congress is weeks away.As for the threat of impending tariffs, America’s neighbours reject the idea of using steel and aluminum as a pressure tactic during the negotiations.“Entirely separate (issue),” Freeland said.“There is no justification whatsoever for tariffs or quotas on Canadian steel or aluminum as a national security consideration. We continue to hold that position.”The Trudeau government did, however, announce new protections this week to restrict imports of over-produced Chinese steel onto this continent, which is the broader goal of the Trump administration.last_img read more

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Kenyan postelection violence displaces over 100000 children – UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates that at least 100,000 children have been forced to flee their homes due to the wave of violence that swept through Kenya following last month’s disputed elections.The agency said that as many as 75,000 children are now residing in over 100 camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs), while many thousands more children are believed to be living temporarily with other family members.Almost 600 people have lost their lives and some 255,000 others displaced during the crisis which began after President Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner over opposition leader Raila Odinga in the country’s polls late last December.UNICEF has prioritized the provision of life-saving interventions – including water, sanitation, shelter and nutrition – as well as the protection of children and facilitating their return to school.In the largest camps in the capital Nairobi and the western towns of Nakuru and Eldoret, the agency has established water and sanitation facilities by providing temporary latrines, water storage tanks, buckets and chlorine. This is expected to help 50,000 people.Also in Kisumu and Eldoret, UNICEF is sending emergency health supplies to benefit more than 100,000 people.It is assisting Kenya’s Ministry of Health to operate screening centres in camps to identify and treat malnourished children. An emergency polio and measles vaccination programme, de-worming and vitamin A distribution are also underway.Despite the re-opening of schools, the agency reported that far fewer pupils are attending. It has set up over 30 classroom tents and supplied school-in-a-box kits.Recreation supplies to cover 7,000 children in camps in Nairobi, Nakuru and Eldoret have been dispatched, while UNICEF expects to send more kits to other badly-hit communities.Child protection poses great challenges, and the agency has partnered with local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to create systems to report abuses and identify at-risk children, with priority being given to reuniting families, establishing safe play areas and protecting girls and women from violence.Approximately 1,500 treatment kits to prevent HIV infection as a result of rape have been dispatched to Eldoret and other areas.Yesterday, the UN launched a $42 million appeal to supply food, water, shelter and other priority needs to some 500,000 people over the next six months.The Kenya Emergency Humanitarian Response Plan 2008 includes dozens of projects to be carried out in the coming months to provide key services and supplies which have been identified by 22 aid partners, among them the UN and NGOs, with the participation of the Kenyan Government. 17 January 2008The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates that at least 100,000 children have been forced to flee their homes due to the wave of violence that swept through Kenya following last month’s disputed elections. read more

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Teck Resources 260000bpd oilsands mine in public interest despite significant adverse effects

A federal-provincial panel says a proposed northeastern Alberta oilsands mine would be in the public interest, even though it would be likely to significantly harm the environment and Indigenous people.Vancouver-based Teck Resources Ltd. aims to build the $20.6-billion Frontier mine near Wood Buffalo National Park in two phases.Its total capacity would be 260,000 barrels of oil a day and Teck has said it aims to start producing oil in 2026.The panel’s report includes several dozen recommended conditions for Teck and the federal and provincial governments.They include mitigating harm to wildlife, monitoring pollutants and taking feedback from nearby First Nations into account. Oilsands companies in the black, but maintaining capital discipline amid capacity crunch Another pipeline headache for Enbridge as Wisconsin tribe sues to get section of aging Line 5 shut down Teck Resources misses profit estimates on lower base metal prices The federal cabinet has until the end of February to make a decision.“While the panel has concluded that the project is in the public interest, project and cumulative effects to key environmental parameters and on the asserted rights, use of lands and resources for traditional purposes, and culture of Indigenous communities have weighed heavily in the panel’s assessment,” said the report.It said the project would likely result in significant adverse effects to wetlands, old-growth forests and biodiversity, as well as to Indigenous people in the area.“The proposed mitigation measures have not been proven to be effective or to fully mitigate project effects on the environment or on Indigenous rights, use of lands and resources, and culture.”But the panel also said that over the project’s projected lifespan of 41 years, the federal government could expect to reap $12 billion in taxes and Alberta could rake in $55 billion, with another $3.5 billion in municipal property taxes.Given the mine’s long life, environmentalists have raised concerns about who would pick up the tab for the eventual cleanup in the event Teck couldn’t pay for it.To that end, the panel recommended Alberta complete its review of a mine financial security program to ensure taxpayers wouldn’t be left on the hook.Environmental groups have also questioned how allowing the mine would square with Canada and Alberta’s plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Teck estimates the mine will emit 4.1 megatonnes of carbon dioxide a year.Oilsands megaprojects have fallen by the wayside in recent years as the industry deals with low oil prices, high costs and uncertain prospects of new export pipelines. read more

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Experts to advise Kamloops BC on proposed mines potential health effects

by Andrea Klassen, Kamloops This Week, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 26, 2017 12:40 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 26, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Experts to advise Kamloops, B.C. on proposed mine’s potential health effects KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Councillors in Kamloops, B.C., have called on experts to advise them on any health effects of a controversial gold and copper mine proposed for the outskirts of the city.Council voted unanimously to invite regional medical health officer Kamran Golmohammadi and air quality meteorologist Ralph Adams to present their findings on the mine that is opposed by local First Nations and environmentalists.Golmohammadi is leading a health assessment of the project, while Adams is evaluating its effects on air quality in the city.The presentations are scheduled to take place at a special council meeting on June 22.Coun. Ken Christian said he wants the public to hear from medical officials, not only engineers, about the mine’s potential health effects.Councillors also decided to stage a town hall meeting on June 19 to allow residents to hear from SLR Consulting, which is conducting a $500,000 review of the mine’s environmental application on behalf of the city.“We’ve done a great job so far of incorporating the public into these discussions,” said Coun. Denis Walsh, who made the motion for another session. “I think it’s only natural that on an item this important to our city, we would give them that opportunity.”The decision for a town hall came after local residents called for another chance to question SLR Consulting in a venue larger than council chambers.Representatives from the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and the Tk’emlups and Skeetchestn First Nations, who have rejected the proposed mine, have been invited to the meeting.Councillors were expected to hold another special meeting on July 17 to decide on a response to the project.The Ajax mine proposed by KGHM International has been under consideration since 2006.The company has said it is committed to not discharging any waste water into the environment. (Kamloops This Week) read more

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Canadian dollar soars as Bank of Canada hikes interest rate

Canadian dollar soars as Bank of Canada hikes interest rate TORONTO – The Canadian dollar soared to a level not seen in nearly a year after the Bank of Canada announced it was hiking its key lending rate for the first time since 2010.The loonie was trading at an average price of 78.16 cents US, up 0.76 of a U.S. cent. The last time it closed above 78 cents US was in August 2016.In a highly anticipated move, the central bank says it’s raising its benchmark rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 0.75 per cent.In equities, the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was flat, dipping 5.15 points at 15,143.99 after climbing more than 100 points earlier in the session. The index was led by gains in Canada’s real estate and consumer staples sectors.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 123.07 points at 21,532.14, a record high. The S&P 500 index was ahead 17.72 points at 2,443.25, while the Nasdaq composite index climbed 67.87 points, or more than one per cent, to 6,261.17.In commodities, the August crude contract advanced 45 cents to US$45.49 and August gold gained $4.40 at US$1,219.10 an ounce.The September copper contract jumped a penny at US$2.68 a pound and August natural gas was down six cents to US$2.99 per mmBTU. by Sandra Prusina Posted Jul 12, 2017 2:41 pm MDT A Canadian dollar or loonie is pictured in North Vancouver, on March 5, 2014. The Canadian dollar is soaring to levels not seen in nearly a year after the Bank of Canada announced it was hiking its key lending rate for the first time since 2010.The loonie was trading at 78.70 cents US about four hours after the central bank’s announcement Wednesday, up more than 1.31 cents from Tuesday’s average price of 77.40 cents US. The last time the loonie had closed above 78 cents US was in August 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Record number of Venezuelans arrive in Peru UN steps up response

On Friday, over 8,000 Venezuelans crossed the border at Tumbes, the largest number ever recorded on a single day. Of them, 4,700 requested asylum in Peru, also an unprecedented number in one single day. “People are arriving in a more and more vulnerable situation,” said Federico Agusti, head of UNHCR in Peru. “Some have been walking for 30 or 40 days through various countries in the region. We see people suffering from malnutrition or dehydration and people with medical problems. There are more and more families with children,” he explained. The Peruvian authorities have issued a statement that same day explaining that, due to this massive influx of refugees and migrants, a special contingency plan would be put in place, and Venezuelan refugees are now required to have a passport and a visa in order to enter the country. Until now, each Venezuelan was asked only for a basic document, such as an ID or an Andean Card to be allowed entry into Peru.We see people suffering from malnutrition or dehydration and people with medical problems – Federico Agusti, UNHCR in PeruThe total number of Venezuelan refugees and migrants in the country now stands at about 800,000. In total, to date, Peru has received over 280,000 asylum applications by Venezuelan citizens and given temporary residence permits to over 390,000.  Peruvian authorities, UNHCR and its partners, including over a dozen NGOs at the border are working around the clock on the ground, to process the arrivals, providing humanitarian assistance, medical care, information, legal support to refugees and migrants on both sides of the border.According to the UN refugee agency, Peru’s new visa requirements for Venezuelans are having an impact on Ecuador’s northern border with Colombia, through which 8,380 Venezuelans entered on Friday, according to the authorities. The UN and its partners are also present there providing much needed humanitarian assistance, protection services, to save lives and alleviate suffering in support of the Ecuadorian Government and civil society groups.   Give the scale of the crisis and the levels of need recorded, the UN calls on the international community to step up its support to countries like Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, that have been receiving the vast majority of the 4 million refugees and migrants from Venezuela, most of whom are in need of life-saving assistance. To date, the Regional Response Plan for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela, remains severely under-funded, with close to 79 per cent of funding requirements (US$ 580 million) still unmet. This week, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, will be visiting Venezuela, from Wednesday to Friday, at the invitation of the Government. During her visit to the capital, Caracas, she will meet with President Nicolás Maduro Moros and several Government officials, will hold discussions with the President of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, and will engage with victims of human rights violations and abuses and  civil society representatives. read more

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GALLERY Paint party makes a splash

They painted the town red.And green. And blue.As part of its Frost Week activities, the Brock University Students’ Union held a paint party that packed Isaac’s Bar & Grill Wednesday night.Technocolour Dreams brought not only the paint, but also a live DJ, an electronic dance music violinist and hula hoop performers for the colourful night.

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Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez rides 6000th win

NEW YORK — Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez rode his 6,000th career winner in North America, guiding Singapore Trader to victory Friday at Aqueduct.He joins Hall of Famer Edgar Prado, Mario Pino and Perry Wayne Ouzts as the only active riders to reach the milestone and the 18th overall.Velazquez says reaching the plateau on Friday was “just another number” and it won’t be until he looks back at his career that he’ll “know I accomplished something great.”He reached the milestone on a horse trainer by Todd Pletcher, who also gave Velazquez a leg up on his 5,000th winner in 2013.The 47-year-old rider began his career in his native Puerto Rico before coming to the U.S. in 1990, when he rode 109 winners.Velazquez won the Kentucky Derby in 2011 and 2017, the Belmont Stakes twice and ridden 15 Breeders’ Cup champions.Away from the track, he is chairman of The Jockeys’ Guild board of directors.The Associated Press read more

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No 15 Ohio State womens soccer team ready to host top 10

OSU junior defender Nicole Miyashiro (3) during a game against Illinois State University on August 21 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 6-2. Credit: Courtesy of OSUAfter a victorious match at home last Friday, the No. 15 Ohio State women’s soccer team looks to remain on the winning path as it hosts a set of games this weekend.The Buckeyes are set to face the West Virginia Mountaineers on Friday at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium before squaring off against the Bucknell Bison on Sunday at noon. The team had a few crucial days off before returning to practice to prepare for the weekend’s matchups.“We had a little bit of time off after our game on Friday,” coach Lori Walker said. “We needed that for some rest and recovery, so practices have been tight and intense and have been at a high level. I really like where the team is at and what they’re doing. It seems like the rest really paid off.”The Scarlet and Gray enter Friday’s match 4-0-1 on the season, but Walker says the team’s record is not the most important thing.“We really don’t focus on where our record is. The word ‘undefeated’ isn’t really part of our vocabulary. We just focus on the small things that have gotten us to where we are,” Walker said. “Our defending and the speed at which we’re transitioning into attack and into defending I think has been key to us.”Junior defender Bridget Skinner said she believes in the work the team has done thus far.“I think we are just leaning on each other and building off of our concepts,” Skinner said. “And we have been following this concept to kind of build a ship, and I think it’s coming together and we kind of know what our ship needs to look like. We’re not all individual players this year, which is really helping.”Skinner said improved leadership on the team — by one player in particular — has been a critical component to the Buckeyes’ undefeated start.“(Redshirt junior) Morgan Wolcott, our center back, is really stepping up this year. She has been on and off with injuries in previous seasons, but this year she has been out and she’s been stepping up and I really think she’s the driving force of our team,” Skinner said.With the No. 8 Mountaineers coming to Columbus, Walker said she knows the team needs to be playing at its best. In order for that to happen, she is counting on individuals to step up.“Whenever you’re playing against an opponent, such as West Virginia, who we’re very familiar with, you need personality players to step up,” Walker said. “Personality comes in all kinds of ways. Personality can just be somebody that shows up with extra energy, personality can be somebody that does something special, personality can be somebody that’s willing to do extra work defensively or in transition.” read more

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