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India vs New Zealand: Mithali Raj’s India look to seal ODI series vs White Ferns

first_imgMithali Raj & Co. will look for a win in the second one-day international in Mount Maunganui when they face New Zealand to consolidate their position in the ICC women’s championship table and seal the three-match ODI series.India made a confident start to the series with a commanding win in the first match in Napier, which is part of the ICC Women’s Championship series, thrashing New Zealand by nine wickets.Ahead of the series, Indian women’s cricket had found itself in the middle of a furore when ODI skipper Mithali Raj and then coach Ramesh Powar had a fallout during the semifinal of the T20 World Cup in West Indies.It eventually led to the exit of Powar and appointment of WV Raman as head coach.Under Raman, the Indian team dished out a dominating performance, outclassing the hosts in all three departments in the series-opener.The spin trio of Ekta Bisht (3/32), Poonam Yadav (3/42) and Deepti Sharma (2/27) resistricted the New Zealand batswomen to 192 in 48.4 overs before openers Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues steered the side home with a 190-run stand — India’s third-best for the first wicket in ODIs.Mandhana played a starring role, hitting her fourth ODI century as India overhauled the target in 33 overs to improve their position to fourth in the ICC championship table, which will determine qualifiers for the 2021 World Cup.A win in the second ODI will seal the series and be a fitting revenge for the Indian team, which had lost the home leg of the ICC Women’s Championship series 1-2 to New Zealand during the last cycle that ran from 2014-2016.advertisementNew Zealand, on the other hand, are ranked second in the ICC Women’s Championship table and are guaranteed direct entry into the 50-over World Cup being the hosts.In the first ODI, the Kiwis have looked clueless against India, a team that ended the hosts’ hope of qualifying for the knockouts at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 and the Women’s World T20 last year.Time to net #NZvIND #cricketnation #culturescombined pic.twitter.com/hfpy3d02QgWHITE FERNS (@WHITE_FERNS) January 27, 2019New Zealand’s batting was in disarray in the opening match with most batswomen failing to capitalise on starts.Opener Suzie Bates (36) and skipper Amy Satterthwaite (31) were the top-scorers for New Zealand in the first match and they would hope to convert these starts in the second ODI.”We need to keep backing our abilities and play with more confidence. It is a bit of a mental challenge for us to step up against India,” skipper Satterthwaite had said after the first ODI.”Not relying on a couple of players, whole batting order needs to contribute. Also need to back all our bowlers to execute.”Squads: India: Mithali Raj (capt), Tanya Bhatia (wk), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Dayalan Hemlatha, Mansi Joshi, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Mona Meshram, Shikha Pandey, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav.New Zealand: Amy Satterthwaite (capt), Suzie Bates, Bernadine Bezuidenhout (wk), Sophie Devine, Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu.last_img read more

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Chris Gayle to retire from ODIs after 2019 Cricket World Cup

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 17, 2019UPDATED: February 18, 2019 00:18 IST Chris Gayle will retire from ODIs after 2019 World Cup (@cricketworldcup Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChris Gayle will make a return against England in the 1st two ODIsGayle before this, last played an ODI for the West Indies in July 2018Gayle is the second most capped West Indies player with 284 matchesThe West Indies cricket board has announced that Chris Gayle will retire from One-day Internationals after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 to be held in England and Wales.Gayle, now 39-year-old, is the second most capped West Indies player with 284 matches and is also the second highest run-scorer with 9,727 runs, behind only West Indies legend Brian Lara – who has 10,405 runs from 299 matches.Gayle has the most centuries by a West Indian in ODI, with 23, as well as the highest score of 215 ( which he scored in the last edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup against Zimbabwe. Gayle is also handy with the ball, picking up 165 wickets.BREAKING NEWS – WINDIES batsman Chris Gayle has announced he will retire from One-day Internationals following the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England & Wales. (More to come) #MenInMaroon #ItsOurGame pic.twitter.com/AXnS4umHw2Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) February 17, 2019As a matter of fact, Gayle needs just 677 more runs to surpass the Brian Lara as the West Indies’ all-time record ODI runscorer, a feat he will be hoping to achieve at his fifth World Cup, which starts on May 30.Gayle is making a return to international cricket after the ‘Universe Boss’ was named in the West Indies one day international squad for the first two matches against England, earlier this month.Gayle last played an ODI for the West Indies in July 2018 – in a home series against Bangladesh. Gayle had since made himslef unavailable for selection and missed the India and Bangladesh series. Gayle did so as he wanted to play in the Afghanistan Premier League and the T10 League.advertisementThe first of the three-ODI series will be played at Kensington Oval on Wednesday, February 20, with the second being on Friday, February 22.Also Read | Chris Gayle back in ODI squad as West Indies gear up for World CupFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Chris GayleFollow Gayle retirementFollow west indiesFollow Gayle ODIsFollow 2019 ICC World CupFollow 2019 World Cup Chris Gayle to retire from ODIs after 2019 Cricket World CupChris Gayle will retire from one day internationals after the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 to be held in England and Walesadvertisementlast_img read more

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Rishabh Pant breaks MS Dhoni’s record for fastest IPL fifty vs Mumbai Indians

first_img commentary graphs scorecard advertisement No data available!center_img Rajarshi Gupta MumbaiMarch 24, 2019UPDATED: March 25, 2019 00:26 IST IPL 2019, MI vs DC: Rishabh Pant scored the fastest fifty by any batsman against Mumbai Indians. (IPL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant now holds the record for the fastest IPL fifty vs Mumbai IndiansPant finished with 78 not off 27 balls including 7 fours and 7 sixesRishabh Pant now has 9 fifties in 39 IPL matches. He has 1 hundred in the IPLRishabh Pant smashed the fastest fifty against Mumbai Indians in IPL history when he reached landmark off only 18 balls. He walked in to bat at No.5 for Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday and took on a strong Mumbai attack only the way he could. He finished on 78 not out off 27 balls as Delhi Capitals scored 213 for 6 of 20 overs.The record for the fastest fifty against Mumbai Indians was held by MS Dhoni. In 2012, Dhoni had scored a fifty off 20 balls against Mumbai.Rishabh Pant had a torrid time against Australia in the final two ODIs. His wicketkeeping was poor and he did not score many runs. However, up against three-time champions, Pant showed why he can be a destructive batsman for India for many years.MI vs DC IPL 2019: HIGHLIGHTS | REPORTPant’s six off Bumrah in the 18th over of the Delhi innings was audacious strokelay. He then turned his attention to Rasikh Salam and hit him for two sixes and a four in his final over. Young Salam had no clue how to bowl to Pant but you really could not blame the 17-year-old pacer, who was playing his first IPL match. Pant was in that kind of mood.In 2018, when Delhi Daredevils had a terrible run in the IPL, Rishabh Pant was a true shining light. In 14 matches, Pant scored 684 runs including a career-best 128 not out and 5 fifties.But it is his ninth IPL fifty that Rishabh Pant will treasure most. It came in front of leading luminaries of the game like Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Mahela Jayawardene. The way he took Jasprit Bumrah apart was a sight to behold if you are a Delhi fan.advertisementFaster fifties have been scored in the IPL. In 2018, KL Rahul smashed the fastest fifty in IPL history when he raced away to the landmark off only 14 balls. Sunil Narine and Yusuf Pathan have scored fifties off 15 balls while Suresh Raina once scored a fifty off 16 balls.But Pant’s daredevilry was stunning. Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh were dazed when Rishabh Pant swept Bumrah for a six. It was that kind of a knock. It looked like Ganguly and Ponting had given Pant the license to kill and he went out and scored the quickest fifty by any batsman against Mumbai Indians.Also Read | Rasikh Salam second player from Jammu and Kashmir to play IPLAlso Read | Mumbai Indians say Jasprit Bumrah fine after injury scareAlso Read | Yuvraj Singh hits 1st IPL fifty since May 2017 on debut for Mumbai IndiansFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow IPL 2019Follow Delhi CapitalsFollow MI vs DC view more view less Rishabh Pant breaks MS Dhoni’s record for fastest IPL fifty vs Mumbai IndiansIPL 2019: Rishabh Pant brought up his 50 off 18 balls – it is now the fastest half-century against Mumbai Indians by any batsman in IPL history.last_img read more

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VP Plaza España Becomes Official Davis Cup Sponsor

first_imgMIAMI, Fla. (June 12, 2019) – VP Plaza España Design, a five-star luxury hotel located on Plaza de España on Gran Via, announces its official partnership with the Davis Cup Madrid Finals taking place from November 18 to 24. Since its opening, VP Plaza España Design has been dedicated to supporting the city’s best leisure and sporting activities, and this partnership further demonostrates its commitment. As part of this partnership, the hotel will serve as host to tournament players seeking a comfortable respite in the heart of the city. VP Plaza España Design will also be hosting a series of week-long experiences during the Davis Cup Madrid Finals, making it the ideal setting for sporting enthusiasts. VP Plaza España Design is an official sponsor of the Davis Cup Madrid Finals for both 2019 and 2020, a prestigious agreement made with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and Kosmos Tennis. With 135 registered countries participating in 2019, the Davis Cup is the World Cup of tennis and the largest annual international team competition in the sport. “Our hotel and these type of sporting events complement each other perflectly, serving as a meeting point that brings together fans from around the world to our lively capital,” says Laura Granados, Marketing Director of VP Plaza España Design. “We are proud to be the official hotel sponsor of this historic event, now in its 119 year, allowing us to showcase the best of Madrid’s offerings.” Formely known as the World Group, this year the Davis Cup Finals introduces a new format whereas 18 countries with the best players in the world come together to compete in a weeklong season finale to become the Davis Cup Champions. The 18 teams set to compete at la Caja Mágica Stadium in Madrid include Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Russia, Serbia, Spain, United States. The competition will begin with the 18 teams on a group stage, spread in six groups of round-robin play. The six winners in those groups will then be joined by the next two most successful teams (based on sets and games won) to form the eight-team quarterfinals. From then on, the team matches are single elimination. The new format will feature two singles matches and one doubles, all played on the same day. Less than 15 minutes away from the La Caja Mágica Stadium, VP Plaza España Design is the ideal option for those flocking to Madrid to experience this historic event. The 214-room hotel offers guests numerous amenities including the Bilboa Spa, an outdoor seasonal swimming pool, a 24-hour gym, Ginkgo Restaurant & Sky Bar, Botania Restaurant and more. Double standard rooms at VP Plaza España Design 5* are priced from €229 on a room-only basis. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit https://www.plazaespana-hotel.com/en/last_img read more

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Prince Harry And Prince William Take A Selfie

first_imgPrince Harry joined the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace today to help launch the search for inspirational people across the Commonwealth.Prince Harry and Prince William Join Jamal Edwards For A SelfieCredit/Copyright: www.princehenryofwales.org/The Royals joined Jamal Edwards – internet entrepreneur and founder of the youth channel SBTV – to kick off the Queen’s Young Leaders programme to find inspirational young people who are making a difference.On behalf of The Queen, Their Royal Highnesses were launching the awards which have been set up in recognition of Her Majesty’s 60 years of service to the Commonwealth.Exceptional people aged 18-29 will receive awards for leading the way where they live and the awards scheme will support them to do even more life-changing work in their communities.Grants will be made to organisations in selected Commonwealth countries that can show they are improving the lives of young people. The grants will help individuals gain new skills, employment and a voice in their communities. The programme is a partnership between Comic Relief, The Diamond Jubilee Trust and the Royal Commonwealth Society.The brothers took part in the first-ever Royal Google+ hangout which was hosted by Gemma Cairney and shown on the British Monarchy Google Plus page.Find out more here.Source:www.princehenryofwales.orglast_img read more

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AISLINN ROSE APPOINTED GENERAL AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE THEATRE CENTRE

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Facebook The Board of Directors of The Theatre Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of Aislinn Rose as General and Artistic Director following an extensive search which attracted a number of talented candidates from a variety of backgrounds. Rose will assume the role on May 27, 2019.Rose has been working at The Theatre Centre since May 2014 as General Manager and was named Creative Producer in 2017. Prior to joining The Theatre Centre, Rose had strong experience as an independent producer and theatre-maker working with companies across Toronto, including the Luminato and SummerWorks festivals. During her time with Luminato, Rose produced Pina Bausch’s Kontakthof, Isabella Rossellini’s Green Porno – Live on Stage, Feng Yi Ting directed by Atom Egoyan, and Ronnie Burkett’s The Daisy Theatre, among others.In her time at The Theatre Centre, she has focused on producing and supporting new work from resident artists, collaborating with national and international touring companies, and solidifying the company’s reputation as an international live arts incubator and presenter. Rose has a record of building deep relationships with artists over a long period of time including Liza Balkan (Out the Window) and Adam Lazarus (The Art of Building a Bunker and Daughter). In 2018, Aislinn spent 5 weeks at CanadaHub in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as a touring producer of internationally acclaimed Daughter, representing the work publicly, and building on future touring opportunities for the show. Most recently, Rose has been working one-on-one as Creative Producer with artist Ian Kamau through several creation periods on his project Loss. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: The Search Committee was particularly impressed by Rose’s passion for, and her deep and articulate understanding of, the mission and strengths of The Theatre Centre. She is a skilled producer who demonstrates an ability to identify what a work in progress needs and how to develop it. Her thoughtful and purposeful leadership style will ensure stability while delivering continued success for the company as new ideas are implemented. The Board is excited to begin this new phase at The Theatre Centre, working with Rose to build on the success of The Theatre Centre’s five pillars of activity (creating, producing, presenting, moving and sharing) and to strengthen and broaden the impact within the communities being served.Her appointment as General and Artistic Director follows the departure of Franco Boni to join Vancouver’s PuSH Festival as Artistic and Executive Director. On learning of Rose’s appointment, Boni stated:“I could not be more overjoyed with the announcement of Aislinn as the new General and Artistic Director of The Theatre Centre. She has been a courageous collaborator, a constant friend, and the fiercest advocate for artists in the city. I’m so excited to see how her leadership changes The Theatre Centre and the country.” – Franco BoniHaving worked with Rose as a producer on the 2017 production of Butcher at The Theatre Centre, Soulpepper Artistic Director Weyni Mengesha noted, “when Aislinn believes in an artist she gives her all to support them. She has a great eye for talent and a real commitment to community building. So excited for what she will bring to the city.”Aislinn Rose says:“I’ve had the incredible privilege over the last number of years to travel internationally with work supported by, and created at The Theatre Centre. I’m looking forward to building upon these successes and growing the international profile of the organization, and the artists making work with us. It’s a huge endeavor, requiring some real dreaming, but I have my eyes on some incredible international companies to partner and share practices with, as we each work with our communities to invent the future. I could not have asked for a greater mentor than Franco Boni, and I am so honoured to have this opportunity to carry our shared vision forward, to build upon a solid foundation, and to explore our enormous potential.”Board Chair Lindy Cowan expressed her thanks to the Search Committee for their time, insight and commitment to the search process. The Search Committee comprised board members Lindy Cowan (Chair), Richard Mortimer (Past-Chair), Tenny Nigoghossian and Shameena Shraya and community members Nova Bhattacharya and Ric Knowles.last_img read more

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Moroccan Delegation Visits Israel

Rabat – Israel’s Channel 1 has reported on the arrival of a Moroccan delegation in Israel to participate in a conference, kicked off Tuesday in Jerusalem.The goal of the conference  is to strengthen the bonds of friendship between Israel and Morocco.The visit of the delegation, consisting of doctors, human rights activists and journalists, has prompted several Arabic newspapers to publish rebukes, claiming that Morocco’s “normalization with Israel is still continuing.” In an interview with the Channel, Jewish Dr. Orna Baziz, one of the survivors of Agadir’s earthquake in 1960 and director of the conference, said that “the aim of the event is the linguistic and cultural integration [between Moroccans and Israelis].Baziz went on to introduce herself as a researcher of Moroccan affairs and spoke about the warm reception that she receives in Morocco, revealing that she had been born in Agadir.Regarding the Moroccan delegates, Baziz said, “We have invited people who were born in Morocco, including ten Muslims. Four persons directly departed from Morocco, in addition to poets and journalists will come from Madrid.”Baziz continued, “The design of the participation of Moroccan delegation is to gather together and suggest initiatives, since our conference includes sessions focus on brainstorming and activities that we can work on in the future.”This  is not the first time Moroccans have visited Isreal. In December 2016, Israel’s capital hosted seven Moroccan journalists “to improve the image of Israel in the Arab World.” read more

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Civil society must play bigger role in human rights in SouthEast Asia

Concluding a three-day visit to the Indonesian island of Bali where she met the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) as well as a broad range of civil society organizations, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay underscored the important developments made so far by regional and national human rights institutions. “These regional human rights bodies are still young, but I hope and believe they will develop in the years to come, and we must be careful to encourage this evolution,” Ms. Pillay said while also commending Indonesia’s “very positive” approach to rights issues during its 2011 chairmanship of the regional body. “It is important to sustain the momentum generated by the very welcome creation of these bodies, and it is now time to start shifting up through the gears,” she added. In the first ever address by a UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to the AICHR, Ms. Pillay also cautioned that the regional rights body’s overall success would be judged by what it achieves and how its work compares with other regional bodies around the world. “It will be very important to show tangible achievements and creative applications of AICHR’s mandate by the time the first review of AICHR takes place in 2014,” Ms. Pillay said. The High Commissioner noted, however, a number of concerns raised by delegates representing 40 civil society organizations from nine of the 10 ASEAN Member States.“The number one concern is that AICHR – as a body – is not talking to civil society,” she said. “No discussion of human rights can be complete or credible without significant input from civil society and national human rights institutions.” She urged AICHR to listen to civil society’s calls for greater transparency, particularly regarding the drafting of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration, due to be finalized by the end of 2011, pointing out that the document itself was “very important” and could “set the tone for years to come.” “I can understand civil society organizations’ extreme frustration that they have not even been able to contribute to the drafting of the declaration, or been adequately consulted on its contents,” Ms. Pillay said, noting that the document’s drafting was happening against the backdrop of new political dynamics in Myanmar and the reform of draconian national security laws elsewhere in the region.“At the same time, freedom of expression continues to be threatened in many countries and increasing religious intolerance has placed pressure on women and minorities,” she warned. Over the weekend, Ms. Pillay also spoke by telephone with Myanmar opposition figure Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, with the two covering a range of issues including the recent release of political prisoners and the creation of a national human rights commission in the country.“Aung San Suu Kyi has always been a tremendously inspirational figure when it comes to the promotion of human rights and democracy,” said Ms. Pillay. “I am encouraged by the fact that the Government of Myanmar, and in particular the President, have started a dialogue with her.” Nevertheless, the High Commissioner acknowledged that Myanmar still had a long way to go and called for a system of independent human rights monitoring across the country. “Aung San Suu Kyi was cautiously optimistic,” Pillay added. “I share her optimism and her caution. We should not underestimate the magnitude of the tasks that lie ahead for the Government, people and institutions of Myanmar as they develop their much-needed reforms.” 28 November 2011The next two years will be crucial for promoting human rights across South-East Asia, but the lack of involvement by civil society in regional rights issues remains a “major concern,” the United Nations human rights chief warned today. read more

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WatchUS to hit Canada with steel aluminum tariffs at midnight

Finance Minister Bill Morneau said in a statement late Wednesday that Canada has expanded the scope of its country of origin marking regime for steel and aluminum products to better determine where they come from.The expansion builds on new funding announced in late April of an initial outlay of more than $30 million over five years to hire 40 new officers to investigate trade-related complaints, including those linked to steel and aluminum.That announcement came about a month after the Canada Border Services Agency was granted extra powers to identify businesses that try to dodge import duties and ship cheap foreign steel and aluminum through the Canadian market.Ross said the U.S. would consider the effect of those measures. He reiterated the U.S. concerns over the indirect flow of cheap Chinese steel into the U.S. through other countries.“We will consider whatever actions they do take but our focus is as mentioned on national security aspects of steel and aluminum,” he said.“To the degree they are able to do a better job or more effective job of controlling transhipments, that certainly is a welcome development and something we would look at.” Getty Images That means that President Donald Trump will be facing a group of leaders who will likely have taken retaliatory action against the United States when he makes his closely watched Canadian debut at the G7 next week in Quebec.U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Prior to Ross’s announcement, a senior Canadian official, speaking on condition of anonymity citing the sensitivity of the situation, confirmed Canada has prepared a list of U.S. products that might face retaliatory tariffs, but declined to give further details.The E.U. said Thursday it would impose duties “on a number of imports from the United States,” referring to a 10-page list of targets for retaliation it published in March, which included Kentucky bourbon and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. European leaders also vowed to proceed with a complaint to the World Trade Organization.“This is protectionism, pure and simple,” said Jean-Claude Junker, president of the European Commission. The Mexican government said it would levy import taxes on U.S. exports of pork bellies, blueberries, apples, grapes, certain cheeses, and various types of steel.Canada, Mexico and Europe had been exempted until June 1 from import duties of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum when they were first imposed in March. Barring an 11th-hour reprieve, those exemptions will expire as scheduled.During a conference call early Thursday, Ross shrugged off questions about the U.S. facing possible retaliation, or whether the move would negatively affect the G7 meeting. And he said that while he was looking forward to continuing negotiations, the U.S. is making its decision in the interest of national security — a justification Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has dismissed as absurd.In the case of Canada and Mexico, Ross said the decision was based on a lack of progress in the ongoing talks to update the North American Free Trade Agreement.“As to Canada, Mexico, you will recall that the reason for the deferral had been pending the outcome of the NAFTA talks,” he said.“Those talks are taking longer than we had hoped. There is no longer a very precise date when they may be concluded and therefore they were added into the list of those who will bear tariffs.”If Canada and Mexico choose to take retaliatory measures, it will not affect the ability to keep renegotiating NAFTA as a separate track, he added.“If any of these parties does retaliate, that does not mean that there cannot be continuing negotiations,” Ross said. “They’re not mutually exclusive behaviours.”On Wednesday, the Trudeau government said it would take additional steps to prevent foreign steel and aluminum from being dumped into the North American market — news that appeared designed to try to head off the tariff decision.Trudeau, who was expected to respond to the decision later Thursday, spoke with Trump by phone earlier this week to counter the national-security argument, and made the same pitch Wednesday to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.“He seemed to understand very clearly that national-security issues don’t really apply when you talk about steel or aluminum from Canada,” Trudeau said.But the U.S. is pressing ahead nonetheless, a long-threatened tactic sure to cast a pall over the G7 summit Trudeau is hosting next week in Quebec. Some observers say a G6-plus-one scenario is already shaping up, with Trump as the outlier.Ross played down the divisions.“There are periodic disagreements between any two countries on any given set of topics. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it derails other discussions at all,” he said.“It all depends on how the various parties react to the circumstances.”European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who will be at the G7 table with the seven other country leaders, expressed strong opposition to Thursday’s decision.“The EU believes these unilateral U.S. tariffs are unjustified and at odds with World Trade Organization rules. This is protectionism, pure and simple.”Trump had been widely expected to impose tariffs on European steel and aluminum imports after failing to win concessions from the European Union. Canada and its European allies have spent recent days making a concerted effort to head off the move.Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron made their cases separately Wednesday to dissuade Trump, who is using a national-security clause in U.S. trade law to justify the move. Trudeau and Macron will meet next week in Ottawa before the G7 to talk strategy.The prime minister also spoke by phone Wednesday with the premiers of Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan.The Prime Minister’s Office said they “all agreed to continue to defend the Canadian steel and aluminum industry from unwarranted tariffs and to stand up for the best interests of all Canadian workers and businesses.”This is protectionism, pure and simpleJean-Claude Juncker, European Commission President WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is making good on its threat to slap Canada with hefty steel and aluminum tariffs, setting the stage for a possible trade war and leaving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the middle of a very divided group of leaders at next week’s G7 summit.Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced Thursday that the United States will end the temporary exemption on Canadian, Mexican and European Union steel and aluminum as of midnight, as scheduled.NAFTA talks are taking longer than we had hoped read more

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GuineaBissau UNICEF supports antimalaria campaign with treated mosquito nets

With malaria the main cause of illness and death in Guinea-Bissau in both adults and children, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is supporting the first nationwide campaign in the small West African country to distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets.Vitamin A supplementation and the de-worming of children with Mebendazole is also part of the drive that aims at reaching all children under five years old, some 16 per cent of the total population of some 1.5 million people.“The loss of any life is hard, mainly when the victim is a child who dies from a preventable disease, such as malaria,” UNICEF Bissau Representative Jean Dricot said. “Even when the child does not die, the consequences of constant illness due to malaria affect negatively the growth and development of the child, impacting in its social life. The use of impregnated mosquito nets can reduce child mortality up to 20 per cent,” he added.UNICEF is investing in the Accelerated Child Survival and Development Initiative to demonstrate how low-cost key interventions, such as vaccination, supplementation with Vitamin A and the use of insecticide treated mosquito nets can halt deaths among children under five from preventable diseases. The Icelandic Committee for UNICEF is the major partner of UNICEF in Guinea-Bissau for the implementation of the Initiative, with more than $800,000 allocated for the nets distribution campaign. read more

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Sony ushers in new 4K highresolution format with 84inch TV selling for

Sony ushers in new 4K high-resolution format with 84-inch TV selling for $25K by News Staff Posted Sep 19, 2012 1:59 pm MDT TORONTO – Even Sony concedes its latest TV is a tough sell.For the wealthy gadget lover who has everything, or the most eager of early adopters, Sony is prepping to release a Canadian exclusive in time for Christmas: a new astronomically priced TV that represents the first step into a new ultra high-resolution format.It’s called 4K TV, a technology that promises four times the resolution of the HD picture consumers are now used to watching.For the price of a brand new family sedan, or a down payment on a condo, consumers can pick up Sony’s top-of-the-line 84-inch 4K LCD TV. That’s $25,000 — plus tax, of course.Much like when plasma TVs were first released and were mostly sold to businesses or the very wealthy, Sony isn’t expecting a huge rush on its new model, admits spokesman Michael Neujahr.“There’s not going to be an awful lot of consumers buying this TV,” says Neujahr.“But certainly the higher-end customer that wants the best of the best, who’s spending $140,000 on a car, or $12,000 on a watch, it’s those people we’re going to start with.”The technology is so new that there’s not much a consumer can actually view in the full resolution. There’s some material online, including on YouTube, which plays in 4K resolution but not a whole lot. Don’t expect cable and satellite TV providers to start offering 4K channels any time soon. And there’s still no physical disc format that’s 4K-compatible, although TV manufacturer LG believes a new type of Blu-ray could be ready by next year.Neujahr doesn’t see that lack of 4K content as a huge barrier, however.Sony claims the TV is equipped with an internal chip that can upconvert any video content to look better on a 4K TV — although Neujahr admits even he still hasn’t seen what conventional HD TV content looks like on the new set.“Will it look better? I’m sure it will, but I haven’t seen it with my own eyes yet,” he concedes.“It’s not that dissimilar to not that long ago when HD TVs first came out and at the very beginning there was very limited to no content at that point. You have to start somewhere to spur technology advancements and here with 4K televisions — we’re not too sure exactly when — but 4K content will be available.”He does say high-resolution photos taken on digital cameras will look great on 4K TVs, even when blown up to 84 inches.Sony doesn’t expect most homeowners will have a spot for a TV that large — it measures 213.7 centimetres wide by 113.6 centimetres tall, which is the equivalent of about four 42″ TVs combined together — but anticipates the trend towards bigger and bigger screens will continue.“In the standard definition days on tubes a 32-inch TV was a huge television. The first HD sets of 40 to 42 inches was a big TV,” says Neujahr.“Today, 55 inches is pretty well the middle point … where not that long ago you were watching a 32-inch television.”He expects the price for 4K TVs will creep into the four-digit range eventually.“It didn’t take that long for the early HD TVs (to come down in price) and I’m sure at some point in time — and sooner than later — we’re going to see more affordable 4K TVs,” Neujahr says.“It’s going to happen, it always does happen.” read more

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The world is being swamped by harmful plastic waste says UN chief

 The state of renewable energyIn conjunction with the Day, UN Environment (UNEP), on Monday, launched REN21, or the Renewables 2018 Global Status Report, which paints a positive picture of a renewable power sector characterized by falling costs, increased investment, record-setting installation and innovative business models that are driving rapid change.The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, or REN21 – supported by UNEP – is a global renewable energy policy network that aims to facilitate knowledge exchange, policy development and joint action towards a rapid global transition to renewable energy.After years of active policy support – driven by technology advances, rapid growth and dramatic cost reductions in solar and wind – renewable electricity is now less expensive than newly installed fossil and nuclear energy generation in many parts of the world.But not all of the news is good. There is uneven progress between sectors and across different geographical regions, and a “fundamental disconnect” between commitments and real action on the ground.The power sector on its own will not deliver the emissions reductions demanded by the Paris Climate Agreement or the aspirations of Sustainable Development Goal 7 to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, says the report.The heating, cooling and transport sectors, which together account for about 80 per cent of the world’s total energy demand, are also lagging.Simply put, the global renewable energy transition is progressing far too slowly. In his message marking the day on 5 June, he said a healthy planet was essential for a prosperous and peaceful future, spelling out that: “We all have a role to play in protecting our only home.”“Our world is swamped by harmful plastic waste,” he stated. “Every year, more than eight million tonnes end up in the oceans.”Pointing out the astonishing comparison between stars in the cosmos and ocean plastics, Mr. Guterres underscored that “from remote islands, to the Artic, nowhere is untouched.”If present trends continue, by 2050 our oceans will have more plastic than fish, he said.On World Environment Day, Mr. Guterres is encouraging everyone to also stop using plastic products which are designed just to be thrown away, such as plastic bottles.“Refuse what you can’t re-use,” he asserted.“Together, we can chart a path to a cleaner, greener world,” concluded the Secretary-General.Since it was first celebrated in 1974, the Day has helped raise awareness and generate political momentum around global environmental concerns such as ozone depletion, desertification and global warming. read more

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SMMT statement on tariff announcement

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive:Today’s announcement does not resolve the devastating effect a ‘no deal’ Brexit would have on the automotive industry. No policy on tariffs can come close to compensating for the disruption, cost and job losses that would result from ‘no deal’.It’s staggering that we are in this position with only days until we are due to leave. Every day ‘no deal’ remains a possibility is another day companies pay the price in expensive contingency measures. ‘No deal’ must be taken off the table immediately and permanently.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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US Open Serena Williams After Slow Start Advances to

US Open Serena Williams After Slow Start Advances to

Serena Williams‘ ambition to win three straight U.S. Open championships looked to be coming apart at the start of her quarterfinal match against Italy’s Flavia Pennetta on Wednesday.Williams lost the first three game of the match. But she did not lose her confidence. In fact, she somehow found some optimism in the shaky play.“I don’t feel like I was doing too much wrong,” the five-time champion at the U.S. Open said. “So I said, ‘If she keeps it up, she absolutely deserves the win.’ And I just tried to do a little better.”Well, she did much better. Williams won the next six games to take the set and go on to a relatively pedestrian 6-3, 6-2 conquest to advance to the semis to face 17th-seeded Ekaterina Makarova.Getting to this point was a treat for the best player in the world: She had not reached the semifinals in a major this year. She lost in the fourth round at the Australian Open, the second at the French Open, and the third at Wimbledon. The last time she didn’t reach at least one Grand Slam title match in a season was 2006, when she entered only two of the sport’s top tournaments.“Well, honestly, I’ve had a tough year in the majors and I’ve (lost to) some great players that weren’t in the top 10,” Williams said. “So you can never underestimate anyone.”Williams is bidding to become the first woman with three consecutive U.S. Open titles since Chris Evert won four in a row from 1975-78. The 32-year-old American also is trying to pull even with Evert and Martina Navratilova at 18 Grand Slam singles trophies. read more

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Big Twelve Conference expansion could have implications for Ohio State

Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee voiced his support for the Big Ten conference’s investigation into the benefits of adding a 12th team in a meeting with Lantern editors earlier this month.“I’ve made very clear that I am supportive of asking the question [of how the Big Ten would benefit from adding a team],” he said.The Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors, of which Gee is a member, decided at a meeting in early December that “the timing is right for the conference to once again conduct a thorough evaluation of options for conference structure and expansion,” according to a statement issued by the Big Ten.The process is expected to take 12 to 18 months, and no action on expansion is expected in the near future, according to the statement. The conference has considered expansion several times since the addition of formerly independent Penn State in 1990, but Gee said he senses that the talks are more serious this time. “As athletic directors, we discuss it every single year. This year … we felt like the timing was right to begin to look at all the issues to see what the real pros and cons are,” OSU athletic director Gene Smith said in a December press conference.Scheduling questionsIf the Big Ten decides to add a 12th team, it raises a bevy of new questions, regardless of which school joins. At this point in the process, nobody has the answers. The Big Ten nimbly solved the problem of naming the conference when it expanded to 11 teams by subtly hiding the numeral “11” inside the conference’s logo, but the math becomes more difficult when it comes to scheduling opponents.“The dominant issue will be the fact that there is an inelegance in having 11 teams,” Gee said. “We can’t quite play each other quite like we want to.”A 12-team structure would lend itself to a format with two divisions of six teams each, similar to the structure of the Southeastern Conference and Big 12. Both of those conferences hold a championship game between the division winners as the last game of the regular season. True OSU football fans can already imagine the problem that this would create: What would happen to the OSU-Michigan game, traditionally the last game of the regular season for both teams?Along with Penn State, Michigan is assigned to a game with OSU every year, while the other eight schools follow a rotation to fill the six remaining conference games on the schedule. Each Big Ten school follows this format, with its own pair of designated opponents.“I don’t know why that would change,” said Shelly Poe, OSU’s director of athletic communications for football. Poe said that discussions about scheduling rivalry games would likely occur later in the expansion process.Big Ten spokesman Scott Chipman said that there were no updates to announce since the December meeting of the Council of Presidents/Chancellors.Notre Dame unlikely to joinBased in part on geography and academic quality, Missouri, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Syracuse have been the subject of media speculation as candidates for inclusion in the Big Ten. The biggest name, though, is Notre Dame, which is currently a member of the Big East conference for basketball, but is independent in football.Notre Dame is a “very fine institution,” Gee said, but is not among the 62 members of the Association of American Universities, to which all 11 current Big Ten schools, as well as the other rumored candidates for inclusion, belong. “We want to play in an academic consortium in which we have like kinds of institutions,” Gee said. “That will be very important to us.”Lack of membership in the AAU would not necessarily preclude an invitation to the Big Ten, Gee said. “I would not say that it’s absolute, but we certainly want to have like-minded institutions,” he said. “For example, there could be some institutions that are really elegant undergraduate institutions that don’t meet the criteria of the AAU, [which is] made up of these massive research institutions.”Notre Dame placed 20th in the most recent edition of U.S. News and World Report’s college rankings, higher than all Big Ten schools except Northwestern.For its part, Notre Dame has stated that it does not plan on joining the Big Ten. The school’s athletic director, Jack Swarbrick, told the Chicago Tribune in December that “our strong preference is to remain the way we are.” “It’s not on the radar,” said John Heisler, a Notre Dame spokesman, in an interview with The Lantern. “When the subject was discussed, our athletic director … made it clear that the independence of our football program has been a long-standing tradition and continues to be important to us.”TV contracts figure prominentlyCollege football is tradition-heavy, but it’s also big business. Notre Dame and NBC have a contract to televise Notre Dame football through 2015. The New York Times placed the contract’s value at $15 million per year, while The Chicago Tribune reported a value of $9 million per year.By comparison, the Big Ten has contracts with multiple broadcasting companies to help fund a variety of televised varsity sports. The Big Ten Network and an agreement with Fox that runs through 2027 (with an option for five more years) could pay each school an average of $10.18 million per year if it reaches its financial projections, according to the Sports Business Journal. The network “is obviously on a very successful trajectory,” Smith said in the press conference. The conference also pulls in an average of $100 million per year from its 10-year deal with ESPN (which runs through 2016) and another $2 million per year from its 10-year deal with CBS. Combined, these deals will pay each Big Ten school about $927,000 per year over the life of the contract, according to the Sports Business Journal.Last year, OSU also signed a media rights deal with IMG College and RadiOhio worth almost $128 million over 10 years. Given the numbers involved, television contracts will undoubtedly be a major factor in determining the possibility of any Big Ten expansion.“As you look at the college landscape across the country, and look at television contracts that are coming up within the next five to eight years, this is probably the right time for us to see if there’s any value to try and add a team or teams,” Smith said.Even if a 12th team added to the conference’s television value, the conference currently shares its television revenue among its member schools. Adding another team would also mean a thinner slice of the proverbial pie for each school.“That is an issue for us; do we divide it 12 ways or 14 ways?” Gee said. “What do we do?”As for Notre Dame, the school’s decision to remain independent “has a lot more to do with our priorities than it does with business issues,” Swarbrick told The Chicago Tribune.Representatives for Missouri and Pittsburgh, the other schools subject to the most frequent speculation, did not return calls seeking comment. read more

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Police officers who carry a taser are more likely to be attacked

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Police officers who carry a taser are more likely to be attacked than those without one because of a psychological theory known as the “weapons effect”, a study has found.Researchers at the University of Cambridge found City of London officers armed with the electroshock weapons were not only 50 per cent more likely to use force in the line of duty, but they were also twice as likely to be on the receiving end of attacks as unarmed colleagues.Between June 2016 and June 2017, researchers allocated a taser-carrying officer to 400 frontline shifts and compared the number of assaultsCriminologists from Cambridge said the findings suggested tasers can trigger the “weapons effect”: a psychological phenomenon in which sight of a weapon increases aggressive behaviour.  The weapons effect was first shown by psychologist Leonard Berkowitz in 1967, in a laboratory experiment involving the administering of electric shocks in the presence of a rifle.Dr Barak Ariel, from the Cambridge Institute of Criminology, said: “For many, a weapon is a deterrence. However, some individuals interpret the sight of a weapon as an aggressive cue – a threat that creates a hostile environment.”Six physical assaults against police were recorded during shifts with taser-carrying officers, compared to just three on unarmed shifts.Dr Ariel said: “We found that officers are more likely to be assaulted when carrying electroshock weaponry and more likely to apply force.”The City of London Police rarely discharged Tasers during the study. Yet the very presence of the weapon led to increased hostility between the police and public.”The presence of Tasers appears to provoke a pattern where suspects become more aggressive toward officers, who in turn respond more forcefully.”Study co-author Chief Superintendent David Lawes, from the City of London Police, said: “The use of Tasers have been a proportionate and sensible introduction to policing against a backdrop of unsophisticated terror attacks and an increase in violent crime across London.”A number of other forces are interested in replicating the study to add to the evidence base and see whether the experiment produces the same results outside of London.”Across our force, we will continue to use evidence to define how we target problems, which tactics we should use and how we can ensure policing is efficient and safer for both the general public and our officers.” read more

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Golden Dawn supporters rally for their leader

first_imgMore than 1,000 Golden Dawn supporters have demonstrated in central Athens against the prosecution of the leader of their Nazi-inspired party and its legislators.The extreme-right, anti-immigrant Golden Dawn is under a criminal investigation regarding last month’s fatal stabbing of a Greek rap singer.Party leader and legislator Nikos Michaloliakos and two other Golden Dawn lawmakers are in pre-trial custody as alleged members of a criminal organization. Six other Golden Dawn legislators, including party spokesman Ilias Kassidiaris, have been stripped of immunity from prosecution.During Saturday’s peaceful protest, Kassidiaris told reporters it was designed to demand the immediate release of Michaloliakos and the two other jailed lawmakers.An ‘anti-fascist’ rally and march of similar size took place earlier Saturday, and police prevented it from reaching the Golden Dawn rally.Source: Associated Press Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Apple Partners With Production Company to Make Original Films

first_imgStay on target iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week Apple has its eye on the streaming space and its customers might have access to “Apple Original” films soon.The tech company entered a multi-year agreement with A24, a New York City-based entertainment company, to create its own movies, reported CNBC. Sources told CNBC that Apple aims to provide free movies and TV shows to Apple device owners in 2019, a move that is part of its customer loyalty efforts.A24 has award-winning flicks under its belt, including Amy, Lady Bird, Room, and Moonlight, which won an Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay last year. The production business didn’t confirm additional details on the Apple deal.Apple’s collaboration with A24 follows Apple’s push to create original content. The tech company is reportedly working with other major influencers, such as Oprah, to provide its customer base with exclusive access to films, TV shows, programs, and more.More on Geek.com:Apple Potentially Opening Pilot Program For Vintage Product RepairsApple ‘Donating’ 1,000 Watches to Study Eating DisordersVersace Designer Teases Apple Computer-Inspired Sneakerslast_img read more

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Relaunch Targets Readers with 2M Net Worth

first_imgWith a guaranteed rate base of 125,000 (up from 103,000), Worth willalso be available on a limited basis at select newsstands with a coverprice of $18.95 and via Sandow Media’s exclusive network of 60newsstands at private airports. The Worth Web site will launch on June 1 in conjunction with the print publication.In February, Sandow eliminated roughly 45 percent of the magazine’s staff, reducing its headcount from 18 to 8. The company also said it would relocate Worth from New York to Boca Raton, Florida. Worth, the18-year-old financial title that was acquired by Sandow Media lastyear,  will relaunch this month with a new look, tagline—and distribution model.The title will have an “invitation-only readership,” and serve a only selectgroup of high net worth individuals.Just how high? Allrecipients—ages 30 to 65—must have a minimum net worth of $2 millionand, of course, an interest in financial subject matter.”Most high net worth Americans are rethinking their investmentstrategies,” CEO Adam I. Sandow, the magazine’s new owner, said in a release. “This heightenedinterest makes it an excellent time to execute a completely new visionof Worth.”Worth will be mailed to a high net worth database of 110,000households in major markets, including Manhattan, Westchester County(New York), Fairfield County (Connecticut), Boston, Miami, Chicago,Dallas, Houston, Phoenix-Scottsdale, San Francisco and Los Angeles. After the first issue,recipients will receive Worth every two months starting in October.last_img read more

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Consumer Magazine Ad Pages Plunge 295 Percent in Second Quarter

first_imgConsumer magazine ad pages continued to take a beating through the second quarter, plummeting 29.5 percent compared to the same period in 2008, according to the latest Publishers Information Bureau figures, released today. Through the first half, ad pages were down 27.9 percent.Rate card-reported ad revenue was down 22 percent during the second quarter compared to the same period last year, PIB said. Through the first half, revenue was down 21.2 percent.During the second quarter, ad pages were down in each of the twelve categories tracked by PIB, most notably in the automotive (-47.8 percent) and financial, insurance and real estate (-48.8) categories.According to Magazine Publishers of America executive vice president and chief marketing officer Ellen Oppenheim, some of the “bright spots” during the first half were ad gains in certain sub-categories, including food seasonings and ingredients, household cleaning products and hair and hygiene products. “Marketers remain extremely cautious in this challenging economic environment,” she said in a statement. Country Home saw the steepest ad page decline during the second quarter, with pages falling 80.7 percent. Next was Condé Nast Portfolio (-69.1), which folded with its May issue. (Percentage-wise, Alpha Media’s Blender saw ad pages fall 82.2 percent—the most dramatic ad page decline during the second quarter—but the ailing music magazine folded with its April issue.)The second quarter’s biggest ad page gainers were People Style Watch (up 33.1 percent), Country Weekly (33 percent) and Muscle & Fitness (13.1 percent).Check back to FOLIOmag.com for updates to this story.last_img read more

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