first_imgRobert Bolick, Philippine Basketball Association’s second overall rookie, has had a sensational debut in the pro league, and he has the numbers to show for it.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess READ; Robert Bolick signs 2-year max deal with NorthPort“Actually my confidence started to rise during the All-Star weekend,” he added. “There Stanley (Pringle) and I talked about the team—maybe for about eight hours.”Turns out, it was a pep talk that NorthPort did not know it needed to avoid going to settle for a playoff match just for a right to compete in the next round.With Pringle only going for nine and Sean Anthony just settling for 19 due to pain around his groin area, Bolick’s effort was more than welcome.“I told myself, alright, Wednesday, I’ll show that I’m deserving of sharing the backcourt with him,” Bolick recalled.“He’s a skilled kid,” Jarencio said, but not before making one jest—a constant in his post-game pressers.“The secret in the PBA is being aggressive, showing that you’re up to the fight, that you have strategy. There’s no room for hesitations in this league,” he said.“Just like Pido Jarencio?” asked one of the reporters.“Maybe? That is if he could even get a third of [my aggressiveness back in the day],” the former pro closed with a chuckle. But unlike his draft classmates CJ Perez and Javee Mocon—both hailed as PBA Rookies of the Month in the past, Bolick hasn’t been as impactful to his team—until Wednesday night.With NorthPort down two against crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra in both team’s final elimination round game in the PBA Philippine Cup, Bolick seized the moment. A proven scorer and champion back in college, he took his time before launching for a shot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWhen he unloaded the leather, he made it and brought the Batang Pier ahead with under a minute left to play.READ: NorthPort secures PBA playoff berth, turns back Ginebra Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ready for playoffs as Rockets dominate Clippers in potential first-round preview MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew It was quite the statement, especially for a team who has had their backs on the wall in their last three games. Even a bigger statement for Bolick’s coach, who actually asked him to step up.“[He] made a big shot. Down by two, three-point shot? ” said Pido Jarencio, shortly after NorthPort’s 100-97 victory over Ginebra.“Actually I told him this is not the NCAA. This is the PBA. Kailangan mong makipag palitan ng mukha rito,” he added. “That he has to be aggressive both on offense and defense. He was relaxing a bit.”Bolick heeded that exact call and led all of NorthPort’s scorers with 24 to go with five assists, three boards and a steal.“Everyday coach talks to me,” the rookie out of San Beda said. “I’m lucky that he keeps on giving me minutes even if my game’s on and off.”ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View commentslast_img read more

first_imgGo USTe! Pido Jarencio ecstatic as Growling Tigers return to UAAP Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Rice industry paralysis Priority legislation in the 18th Congress “It’s better to leave football before football leaves me,” he told a news conference speaking in Spanish. “I’ve been thinking for several years — when you reach 33, 34 or 35 — the moment can arrive at any time in a game, in training, or with an injury.”Villa scored 59 goals in 98 appearances for Spain from 2004-17, including five goals at the 2010 World Cup as his nation won the title for the first time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceHe scored four goals for Spain en route to the 2008 European Championship title.Before signing with Kobe, Villa played at Valencia, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid before spending four seasons with New York City FC, scoring 80 goals in 124 MLS appearances.center_img Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MOST READ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? “It’s a decision I’ve thought about a lot,” he said. “I spoke about this with the people who care about me, with my family, and the people who have been with me for my whole career.”Villa repeated several times that it was not a knee-jerk reaction. He scored 12 goals this season for Kobe, a decent scoring output for a struggling club. But he said he knew the retirement time was near.He was asked about the quality of play in Japan and was laudatory.“I was surprised at the level of play in the J-League,” he said. “Not only in terms of the veteran players here, but the young players here that have enormous potential. It’s not that I was expecting less. I was expecting a top league, but it surpassed by expectations.”Villa has also mentioned his interest being an investor in a new club based in the New York area — Queensboro FC, which will play in the second tier of American soccer.ADVERTISEMENT In this March 2, 2019, photo, David Villa celebrates after scoring in the second half of Vissel Kobe’s 1-0 win over Sagan Tosu in a J-League football match in Kobe, western Japan. Spanish striker Villa said Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, he will retire from Japanese club Vissel Kobe next year.(Kyodo News via AP)/Kyodo News via AP)KOBE, Japan— Spanish striker David Villa says he will retire from Japanese club Vissel Kobe next year, ending the career of Spain’s top scorer in international play.The 37-year-old Villa, who joined Kobe last December, said he plans to retire after the season ends in January.ADVERTISEMENT “Queens always showed love to me and my family while we were in New York,” he wrote on Twitter. He said it was “a dream to build” a new professional team.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares! (Facebook – Instagram) Hapoel Beer-Sheva will be Olympiacos’ opponent in the UEFA Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round. The Israeli side played to a goalless draw with Sheriff Tiraspol and advanced 3-2 on aggregate.Hapoel Beer-Sheva won the first leg, in Israel, 3-2 and with today’s goalless draw, the Israeli side advanced to the 3rd Qualifying Round of the UEFA Champions League. They will face the Greek Champions, Olympiacos, for a place in the Playoff Qualifying Round.The first leg will be held in Greece on Tuesday or Wednesday with the return leg to be held in Israel on August 2nd or 3rd.last_img

first_imgBy Saumojyoti S Choudhury Orlando (US), Aug 11 (PTI) India’s campaign ended at the Junior NBA World Championship with both the girls’ and boys’ teams crashing out in the first knock-out round of the Under-14 international tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex inside Walt Disney World here. The Indian girls, represented by a team from Bengaluru, showed great fight before losing by 31-62 margin against China late last night. The Indian girls fought hard but failed to match the physically more superior Chinese opponents who were also more precise in shooting. The Indian girls lost all the four periods 17-4 14-13 14-6 17-8 but showed great fighting spirit in the second period to close the gap. Later in the day, the Indian boys’ team from New Delhi were thrashed 29-86 by a combined side of Africa and Middle-East. The Indian boys were no match against their tall and well-built rivals as they were outclassed 6-20 5-20 9-30 9-16 in all the four periods. However, the experience and exposure which the 20-odd Indian boys and girls got would do a world of good to raise their confidence and knowledge about the sport. The girls, in particular, shone brightly as they outperformed their compatriots by notching up a win in the Jr NBA World Championship, a first of its kind global youth basketball tournament for Under-14 boys and girls from across the world. The Indian girls eked out a fighting 40-37 win over a combined team from South America in their final pool match earlier in the week. PTI SSC PDSPDSadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgDNV GL, February 7, 2014 Print  Close My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Phased-out tank ships are part of a solution that can provide much needed clean water for coastal cities according to a DNV GL research project. “Transforming ships into offshore treatment plants for waste water is a radical new way of approaching global water scarcity,” says Bjørn K. Haugland DNV GL Group Chief Sustainability Officer.Sigmund Larsen, CEO of tech start-up EnviroNor, approached DNV GL CEO Henrik O. Madsen with the idea of converting “old tankers” into floating treatment plants in April 2013. Madsen saw the same opportunities and set up a project group to look into this. Ten months on and the project is ready for its pilot run. “We have to think differently if we want to solve the global challenges related to water supply and pollution from discharge of untreated wastewater,” Larsen says.“There are many problems and the challenges are large and global. The concept of mobile treatment plants may help to ease this situation in some locations,” says Haugland who points out that by combining known technologies in a new way, a floating wastewater treatment plant can be tailor-made to the specific location and its water needs. Converting a tanker for this purpose can add 20 years to its life cycle.“Ships from super tankers to river barges can be converted to provide dry coastal cities with much needed clean water for irrigation, industry purposes and even providing safe drinking water for humans“, says Haugland and adds, “By converting, for example, a 15 year old product tanker we can treat the waste water from a city of 250.000 inhabitants.”Support from World Wildlife Fund and Red Cross“It’s hugely exciting that there is creative thinking about new solutions to help resolve a global problem. If we can treat water for irrigation and industry, that relieves the pressure on the drinking water resources,” says Nina Jensen CEO of the WWF Norway who together with the Norwegian Red Cross supports the program. “Large-scale reuse of water is essential to a sustainable future. A solution that also reuses phased out ships is spot on environmentally,” she says.Commenting on the project, Tørris Jaeger, head of the International division of the Norwegian Red Cross says, “In our view, the treatment concepts have two sides: they may produce more clean drinking water and they may mean that we see less polluted water in local environments. Polluted water reduces people’s resistance to diseases and thus leads to more illnesses.”Nina Jensen also looks on mobile water-treatment plants as something relevant for emergency help. She challenges the shipping industry and Norwegian government to realise the technology. Such a mobile treatment plant could be an important contribution to increase the access to clean water in connection with acute needs or to stabilise the situation in conflict areas.“In countries like China, where the drinking water in many areas is a scarce resource, barges can go up shallow rivers and treat river water into drinking water on location,” says DNV GL project manager Petter Andersen, who says the solution is “cost effective, mobile, and when faced with acute needs, much quicker to build than an onshore plant.”Opportunities in waterAqua Recovery is a part of the DNV GL Extraordinary Innovation program, which allows selected international project teams to explore a specific field of technology or develop a defined service to be tested in the marketplace.“We have been looking for an opportunity to help solve the enormous global water challenges due to urbanization and population growth and, together with our partners EnviroNor, the WFF and Red Cross, we want to bring more knowledge and concrete solutions to the market. We have reason to believe that the Aqua Recovery concept is both feasible and profitable,” says Bjørn K. Haugland.As part of the Aqua Recovery innovation project, three solutions are been developed:The Reliever: a ship that can help to treat waste, for example while a land-based plant is being modified, expanded or repaired. Typical need: a slightly developed country with a shortage of water and unsatisfactory treatment capacity.The Changemaker: a more or less permanent treatment plant that takes grey water and polluted industrial effluents and treats them enough for them to be used for watering and manufacturing purposes. This allows more water for drinking. Typical need: the Mediterranean.The Water Factory: slightly polluted river water is treated so that it has drinking water quality. Typical need: rivers in China and other densely populated places where drinking water is in short supply.last_img read more

first_imgMore than 700 foster families will be celebrated during FosterFamily Appreciation Week. With the theme “Images of Love, Imagesof Care” as the backdrop, the week recognizes the commitment offoster parents to children and youth in care. Premier John Hamm proclaimed Oct. 17 to 23, as Foster FamilyAppreciation Week. The week was launched Sunday, Oct. 17, at theDundee Resort and Golf Club with a family fun day celebrating theaccomplishments of foster families across the province. The weekalso includes the awarding of certificates of recognition tofoster families in increments of five years. “The province of Nova Scotia is exceptionally proud of thecalibre of our foster parents — the people who are the heart ofthe Foster Care program,” said David Morse, Minister of CommunityServices. “Nova Scotia’s foster families provide comfort andencouragement, security and stability to young people who need itmost. Foster Family Appreciation Week is set aside to express ourgratitude and applaud their dedication to the well-being ofchildren in care.” As part of its annual celebration, the Foster Care program onceagain hosted a contest for children and youth. This year, thecompetition was expanded to include both art and poetrycategories. The selected art contest entry was created by Alicia,while the author of the selected poetry submission was Brittany.Both Alicia and Brittany are 12 years old. Their entries can beviewed on the website at . “Foster families work as part of a team of professionals whoensure that the children and youth receive the love and supportthey need,” said Jill Wilson-Kingston, provincial foster careservices co-ordinator. “Foster parents work together with socialworkers, foster care resource teams, the Federation of FosterFamilies and the Department of Community Services, toward acommon goal, the health and well-being of children and youth inNova Scotia. This type of team approach benefits both fosterparents and the children and youth who come into our care.” All foster parents attend comprehensive training to prepare themto help the child or youth in their care. Training issues coversuch varied topics as sensitivity, the developmental needs ofchildren and non-violent crisis intervention. Experienced fosterparent trainers share their knowledge and help deliver the ParentResource: Information, Development and Education (PRIDE) trainingwith Community Services and Federation of Foster Families of NovaScotia. Foster parents also receive per diem monetarycompensation to assist with costs associated with helping thechild or youth in their care. More information about foster care, including how families cantake the first steps towards fostering, is available by callingthe 24-hour, toll-free number 1-800-565-1884.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: At least, 50 buses were vandalised by some miscreants while they were parked at the Garia Station bus terminus late on Saturday night.Protesting the incident, bus owners and drivers suspended services in three bus routes on Sunday. According to sources, late on Saturday night, when the drivers and conductors were sleeping at the Garia Station bus terminus, some miscreants with black cloth tied on their faces vandalised the buses. A few of the conductors and drivers were sleeping inside the buses as they had money with them. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaMiscreants allegedly started ransacking the buses and tried attacking the drivers and conductors. To save themselves, drivers and conductors had to run from away. As there were no further resistances, miscreants reportedly vandalised at least 50 buses Also, the money kept inside some buses was robbed. In the morning, bus owners went to Narendrapur police station and lodged a complaint. Later, they decided to suspend services to protest the incident. As the three major bus routes from Garia Station to Bagbazar, Howrah and B B D Bag were suspended, commuters had to face trouble. But, as it was a Sunday, number of passengers was quite low. It is alleged that earlier some miscreants had demanded money from the bus owners as they used park the buses there and use the space as bus terminus. But, the land which is being used as the bus terminus, belongs to the state government. Till Sunday night, no one was arrested.last_img read more

first_img(Photo from Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsTroubled suspended Senator Patrick Brazeau is headed to a drug and alcohol rehabilitation “resort” set in a bucolic environment with its own private lake, a community garden, bed-and- breakfast-type bedrooms along with volleyball and softball fields.Brazeau was sent to the Melaric rehab centre, which is about 133 kilometres east of Ottawa, by a Quebec provincial judge Friday as a result of negotiations between Crown prosecutor Stephany Robitaille and Gerard Larocque, the defence lawyer for the fallen Algonquin politician. Brazeau was released on $5,000 bail which required no deposit and the rehab centre was among a list of imposed conditions.Brazeau was facing the prospect of remaining in jail until his next court appearance on June 17 as a result of his latest run in with the law involving alleged domestic assault. Brazeau was charged by Gatineau police with assault, uttering threats, cocaine possession and breach of conditions following an incident involving his current girlfriend and another man early Thursday morning.Brazeau has pleaded not guilty.Brazeau wore the same dark sports jacket he wore for his initial appearance. His faced appeared to be scarred and swollen. He did not look at the gallery which was full of reporters awaiting his appearance. Brazeau fixed his gaze on the judge, saying only, “Yes sir, No problem, yes.”Brazeau was given 72 hours to get himself into the Melaric, but he is restricted to visiting only two addresses in the interim, that of his father’s and a friend’s home. Aside from having to refrain from drugs and alcohol, he was also given curfew forcing him to stay inside between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Brazeau won’t be able to leave the rehab centre without permission, said Robitaille.Brazeau was also told to stay away from the woman he allegedly assaulted and Marc Lamontagne, the man he allegedly uttered threats against.Neither Robitaille nor Larocque would say how long Brazeau would remain in the rehab centre, which boasts hardwood floors, therapeutic baths and rooftop balconies overlooking a private lake. The self-described “resort,” also features a living room with a fireplace and at least one bedroom with a canopy over the bed, according to photos posted on Melaric’s website.Photo seemed Brazeau was fashioning a new life before everything shattered amid blue and red lights, shouting and white powder in the early morning hours Thursday.With his political career in shambles after he was suspended from the Senate, Brazeau seemed, on the surface, to have been reconstructing a new persona.He became involved with a woman he met a little over a year ago. Photos on their Facebook pages depicted a happy couple snuggling, gazing into each other’s eyes and showing off their arm tattoos. One photo featured Brazeau strumming a guitar and crooning to the woman.He had also landed a new job as the day manager of a strip bar in Ottawa’s trendy Market neighbourhood and seemed to relish the position. Brazeau was also preparing to referee a charity pro wrestling event in Smith Falls on May 10 featuring the famed Honky Tonk Man. In a video interview promoting the event, he even claimed that he threw his 2012 charity boxing match with Liberal leader Justin Trudeau to cash in on the three to one odds.Patrick Brazeau poses for a recent promotional for Great North Wrestling. Photo courtesy of Great North Wrestling.But that life ended up strewn on the snow in the backyard of the house owned by his latest love. His personal documents, photographs of his childhood, music CDs, letters, Senate business cards, a bag of marijuana and his sport jackets all were left piled in angry disorder.At the time of Thursday’s arrest, Brazeau was already on conditions from previous assault and sexual assault charges against another former partner. Brazeau was arrested by Gatineau police in February 2013 after police received two 911 calls from a woman.According to court documents, Brazeau choked and spat on the woman, grabbed her breasts and pushed her down the stairs. The documents also reveal that he pulled her pants down hard enough to snap a button and break a zipper.The allegations have not been tested in court.He was scheduled to appear Friday for a hearing to determine the trial date for those charges. That date was pushed to April 25.The trial for the February 2013 incident is expected to cross-pollinate with another set of charges laid by the RCMP in relation to a separate investigation into Senate expenses and housing allowance claims. Brazeau, along with retired Liberal Senator Mac Harb, were both charged with fraud and breach of trust this year following that investigation.Larocque, who is representing Brazeau in both Quebec cases, said he had obtained video of the RCMP’s interview of the victim from the February 2013 incident as part of a recent batch of disclosure. The woman was interviewed as part of the RCMP’s investigation into Brazeau’s housing allowance claims. Larocque hopes to use the video interview to test the woman’s credibility in the assault and sexual assault read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Conservatives say it might help Canada’s bargaining position on the North American Free Trade Agreement if the Liberal government were to agree to American demands that it join the U.S. continental missile defence system.However, leader Andrew Scheer said Wednesday he still thinks there is a chance to preserve NAFTA as a trilateral trade deal between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, and that Canada shouldn’t give in to one-on-one trade talks with the U.S. yet.Scheer’s interim predecessor Rona Ambrose warned last month it would be “dangerous” for the Conservatives to attack the government as it tries to get a new NAFTA deal, fearing it would look as though they were siding with President Donald Trump.On Wednesday, Scheer continued to express support for the government in some areas, but sharpened his attack in others.He didn’t reject outright the notion of a bilateral trade deal with the United States, but said Canada should continue to focus on renegotiating the full three-country deal.“I believe as long as it’s possible to preserve NAFTA, all three parties, that should of course be the priority,” Scheer said.“Canada has a significant amount of trade with Mexico and we believe that NAFTA has served Canada very well over the past two decades. So I think that it’s important that there is where the focus is.”If things change, however, the government’s focus might have to as well, he added. And he said he concurs with the government’s position rejecting a so-called “sunset clause” in NAFTA, saying deals with longevity are usually better.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau summarily rejected Wednesday the idea of one-on-one trade talks with the U.S., and last week he described drawing a line in the sand with the U.S. over the idea of a five-year sunset clause in NAFTA.But Scheer also made it clear Wednesday that the Conservatives are less than thrilled with how Trudeau has handled the negotiations.He said there’s more the prime minister could do to both manage the talks and protect Canadian workers, and he repeated his concerns about Canada’s retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods — a response to Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs — taking effect a full month after the American measures did.On NAFTA, he said the government’s insistence on making environmental issues and gender equality a priority at the negotiating table have helped to bog down the talks.Foreign affairs critic Erin O’Toole said Canada could generate some goodwill with Trump if it joins the U.S. missile defence system, an idea that was rejected in 2005 under the tenure of former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin.Last September, Trudeau opened the door to the possibility that could change. The government is now reviewing its options on missile defence, particularly in light of the new, modern nuclear threat that’s been taking shape on the Korean Peninsula.O’Toole floated the idea as a balm for the NAFTA talks in an opinion piece published Wednesday in the National Post.“Enhancing our (North American Aerospace Defence Command) relationship will remind the Americans that both our economic and security interests are integrated in such a way that you could not possibly view them as apart,” O’Toole wrote.Trudeau stressed Wednesday that there is House of Commons unity on the NAFTA file, even taking time in question period to thank the Conservatives and other parties for their support during the negotiations.“With this particular American administration, we have to be ready for everything.”Conservative commentator Goldy Hyder, president of Hill and Knowlton Strategies, said there’s no harm in the Conservatives taking a critical view of some foreign policy issues.“It reminds me of the expression, ‘Unity doesn’t require unanimity,’” Hyder said.“Conservatives can continue to be fully supportive of the government’s goal of securing a win-win-win NAFTA agreement without necessarily agreeing with each and every concession or counter-offer.”Hyder said Trump is going to “aggressively exploit” any angle he can find, but sometimes having political opposition at home can give negotiators the political cover they need to push back at the negotiating table, he added.last_img read more

first_imgPYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic Of — More than 20 years after his father almost bargained them away for a pair of nuclear reactors, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has his nuclear weapons — and a nation still plagued by chronic blackouts.Even on the clearest days, plumes of smoke from two towering chimneys linger over the centre of Pyongyang. The Soviet-era Pyongyang Combined Heat and Power Plant smokestacks are one of the North Korean capital’s most recognizable landmarks.Possibly more than anything else, this is Kim Jong Un’s Achilles heel as he turns his attention from developing the country’s nuclear weapons arsenal to building its economy.If stalled nuclear talks with Washington ever get back on track, helping Kim solve his country’s chronic energy deficit could be one of the biggest carrots President Trump has to offer. Washington, Seoul and Tokyo tried that back in the 1990s, and were even ready to pay for and build those two reactors Kim’s father wanted.Years of intensive sanctions have severely impacted North Korea’s supply of fossil fuels from the outside world, but they also have spurred the country to cobble together a smorgasbord of energy resources, some of them off the grid and some of them flat-out illegal.Here’s a look at where Kim stands and what he is doing to win his country’s real struggle for power.___THE BIG PICTUREAmong the most iconic images of North Korea are nighttime satellite photos that reveal it as an inky abyss ringed by the bright lights of China, South Korea and Japan.The whole nation of 25 million people uses about the same amount of electricity each year as Washington alone. It uses as much crude oil in a year as the U.S. consumes in just 12 hours. South Korea has about twice the population of the North, but its electricity consumption in 2014 was about 40 times bigger.Hydroelectricity, which is subject to seasonal swings, provides about half of the fuel supplied to the national energy grid. Coal accounts for the other half.The grid is leaky, archaic and badly needing repairs.That smoke-spewing power plant in the capital, which supplies much of the power and hot water needs for central Pyongyang, dates to the 1960s. Lights in the huge concrete apartment blocks of Tongil Boulevard across town stay lit thanks largely to the East Pyongyang Thermal Power Station — built by the Soviet Union in the 1980s.What electricity there is is unevenly distributed.The showcase capital and cities near coal or hydroelectric power plants get the best coverage. Military facilities also take precedence and often have their own supply. So do important party and government operations, some of the higher-profile residences and hotels in the capital and even some restaurants. Lights used to illuminate portraits of the leaders at night never go out.Still, it’s not uncommon for the power even in many higher status locations to flicker on and off. Dancing beams of flashlights are commonplace on the streets or in otherwise darkened apartments. In rural villages, even that often fades to black.___KEEPING THE OIL FLOWING …North Korea must import about 3 million to 4 million barrels of crude oil each year to sustain its economy.Most of it flows through one pipeline.The China-North Korea “Friendship Oil Pipeline” runs from the border city of Dandong under the Yalu River to a storage facility on the North Korean side about 13 kilometres (10 miles) outside the city of Sinuiju. From there, some is sent across country by truck or rail to the east coast, where it is stored at the port of Munchon. More is transported to Pyongyang for priority recipients such as the military, government departments and state enterprises, and to the port of Nampo, southwest of Pyongyang.The pipeline —technically there are two, one for crude and the other for refined products — was built between 1974 and 1976.North Korea used to have two refineries. The pipeline from China terminates at the Ponghwa Chemical Factory, which produces gasoline and diesel. The other refinery was built by the Soviet Union in the north near the Rason Special Economic Zone in the 1970s. It shut down in 1995 with the collapse of the Soviet empire. The pipeline that connected it with Siberia has long been out of use.Under U.N. sanctions imposed late last year, North Korea can import a maximum 500,000 barrels of refined oil products along with 4 million barrels of crude oil per year.Along with its Chinese connection, the North has been supplied by Russian tankers that ship oil and petroleum products to Munchon and another east coast port, Hungnam. It has found willing suppliers in the Middle East, or on the open market.Since the imposition of the import cap, Pyongyang has been implicated in increasingly sophisticated schemes to augment its supplies with hard-to-track transfers of oil by tankers at sea.Washington’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, told the Security Council in September the United States tracked at least 148 instances of oil tankers delivering refined petroleum products obtained through illegal ship-to-ship transfers in the first eight months of this year. She claimed the amount of illegally transferred oil — about 800,000 barrels — was 160 per cent of the annual 500,000 barrel cap.“In reality, we think they have obtained four times the annual quota in the first eight months of this year,” Haley said.___… AND GOING OFF THE GRIDDavid von Hippel and Peter Hayes of the Nautilus Institute have been following North Korea’s energy issue for years.Comparing Chinese trade figures from 2000 through 2017, they found explosive growth in North Korea’s imports of passenger cars and trucks that put an additional 107,000 vehicles on its roads. Tractor sales also rose and sales of “electricity propelled” bicycles or scooters, a category that wasn’t even listed until last year, doubled to 128,000.The truck and tractor sales almost certainly reflect an upgrade to the North’s transportation and agricultural sectors. Being able to get around is a key to doing business in a market-centric economy, and so is having enough spending power to buy things like electric scooters.Moreover, in a study released this month, Hayes and von Hippel also found that imports of diesel- and gasoline-powered generators, coupled with solar panels that are already ubiquitous in the North, are creating an energy system increasingly independent of the national power grid.“The data … reinforces a picture of a DPRK in which a more vibrant, modernizing, increasingly (at least functionally) market-based economy is providing households, business and institutions with the wherewithal to invest in both off-grid electricity supplies and increased transport services,” they wrote, using the acronym for the North’s official name.Still, keeping the power on often can be an elaborate routine.Solar panels, the cheapest option, can keep a room lit, a mobile phone working and maybe a TV or another appliance going. When electricity from the grid is actually flowing, it can be used to charge batteries before the next blackout hits.Those with a little more clout or money use diesel- or gas-powered generators that can power anything from a restaurant to an apartment block.Or a military installation.___Talmadge is the AP’s Pyongyang bureau chief. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter: @EricTalmadgeEric Talmadge, The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — An activist investor in Hudbay Minerals Inc. says it will push for a new slate of directors at the company’s next annual meeting after accusing the board of mismanagement.Waterton Global Resource Management Inc. says it is advocating for change at the mining company to address “massive value destruction and chronic underperformance”.The investment fund, holding about 10 per cent of Hudbay shares, says it pushed for dialogue with the company in October on potential changes to the board but was disappointed with the response.Waterton has also pushed to halt Hudbay’s plans, announced at the end of October, to acquire Mason Resources Corp. in a deal that valued the company at $31 million.The fund also requested a special meeting for an advisory resolution that Hudbay scheduled for February, but has withdrawn that request while announcing it would instead push for a new slate of directors.The push for new directors comes as hedge fund Paulson & Co. Inc. successfully led an overthrow of Detour Gold Corp.’s board of directors Thursday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) announced today that one of its aircraft has flown the key Darfurian elder and rebel figure Suleiman Jamous to Kenya for medical treatment, in line with an agreement reached last week by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.Mr. Jamous left the UN hospital at Kadugli, the capital of Southern Kordofan state, for the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, for further treatment today.Last week, during his visit to Sudan, Mr. Ban said Mr. Bashir’s decision to allow Mr. Jamous to leave the country will “create conditions conducive to peace negotiations.” Mr. Jamous is a leading member of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM).Earlier this month, UN and African Union (AU) envoys Jan Eliasson and Salim Ahmed Salim had vowed to pursue the case of Mr. Jamous, who had been detained by Sudanese authorities, “in view of the role Mr. Jamous can play in the political process.”The political negotiations between the Government and Darfur’s many rebel groups are slated to take place in Libya on 27 October under the lead of Mr. Eliasson and Mr. Salim.The talks are designed to try to resolve the underlying issues – including a lack of economic development and scarce resources such as water – driving the conflict that since 2003 has led to the deaths of more than 200,000 people.Another 2.2 million Sudanese have had to flee their homes because of the fighting between the rebels, Government forces and allied militias known as the Janjaweed. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued warrants for the arrest of two suspects over alleged war crimes in Darfur, and the UN and AU are setting up a hybrid peacekeeping force (UNAMID) to quell the violence. 14 September 2007The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) announced today that one of its aircraft has flown the key Darfurian elder and rebel figure Suleiman Jamous to Kenya for medical treatment, in line with an agreement reached last week by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. read more

Aceto was president and CEO of online bank Tangerine, formerly ING Direct Canada, from 2008 to 2017.Scotiabank acquired ING Direct Canada in 2012, and later changed its name to Tangerine.Aceto’s appointment as CannTrust CEO comes just weeks before Canada legalizes marijuana for recreational use on Oct. 17. TORONTO — The former chief executive of Scotiabank’s online bank Tangerine is now CEO of marijuana company CannTrust.The Ontario-based licensed medical cannabis producer says Peter Aceto has been appointed to the top job, effective immediately.Canadian cannabis companies on $2-billion fundraising spree as legalization loomsCanadian-listed marijuana companies with U.S. operations warned of delistingCannTrust says co-founder and CEO Eric Paul has stepped down from his role at the helm and has been named chairman of the board and special adviser.Former Tangerine CEO Peter Aceto is now chief executive officer of marijuana company CannTrust. Galit Rodan/Bloomberg read more

Unemployment is down in many countries from recent peaks, but long-term and youth unemployment persist Recent trends in commodity prices and exchange rates Global growth is forecast to strengthen slightly to 3.1% in 2015 and 3.3% in 2016 World gross product The impact of falling energy prices and the appreciation of the US dollar varies from country to country To reduce risks and meet challenges, the report says, it is imperative to strengthen international policy coordination. In particular, macroeconomic policies worldwide should be aligned toward supporting robust and balanced growth, creating productive jobs, and maintaining long-term economic and financial stability.Analyzing countries and regions around the world, the report said that the United States fared well among developed economies, maintaining growth above 2 per cent in 2014, and expecting to continue growth in 2015 (2.8 per cent) and 2016 (3.1 per cent). The forthcoming further normalization of the US Federal Reserve’s monetary policy posed significant risks and uncertainties for the global economic outlook, depending on the timing and strategy of the monetary tightening, as well as the response by financial markets.Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Western Europe failed to regain its pre-recession peak and Japan’s economy was expected to slow down on the back of reduced private consumption. The recovery in the Euro area was precarious, with the report citing great risks remaining. Underlying growth momentum was so slow that an exogenous event could return the region to recession. The report saw divergent growth rates in developing countries and economies in transition during 2014, and projected continued growth momentum in Africa, with GDP growth there expected to accelerate to 4.6 per cent in 2015 and 4.9 per cent in 2016. East Asia was expected to grow fastest at around 6 per cent in both upcoming years, with South Asia set to see a gradual pick-up in economic growth.Many developing countries and economies in transition faced vulnerabilities due to tightening global financial conditions, aggravated geopolitical tensions and the Ebola epidemic. Large current-account deficits and rapid credit growth in some large emerging economies were causes for concern, particularly if tested by a sudden change in market sentiment, similar to mid-2013 and early 2014. A broad-based downturn in emerging economies, particularly a sharp slowdown in China, would weigh on economic performance worldwide.Oil price volatility also posed risks to exporters and importers, while geopolitical crises like Ukraine, Iraq, Libya and Syria hampered economic development and remained causes of uncertainty. Long-term unemployment remains a major problem The UN World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015 (WESP) report, which was launched today, estimates growth in 2015 of 3.1 per cent and in 2016 of 3.3 per cent. Those figures are higher than the 2.6 per cent growth recorded this year, where the pace of expansion has been moderate and uneven.“While some economic indicators are positive and moving in the right direction which points to the potential for a gradual return to consistent economic growth,” said Pingfan Hong, Director of the Development and Policy Analysis Division for the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, “many risks and uncertainties could dash efforts to get the global economy on track and moving forward.”Over the course of 2014, unemployment remained historically high in some regions, though appeared to have stopped rising, while inflation varied, despite being broadly subdued. Trade growth was expected to pick up, while fiscal tightening was expected to continue at a slower pace in most developed economies. Foreign direct investment inflows remained the most stable and relevant source of financing for developing countries, while capital flows were sensitive to changes in risk appetite. The dollar was expected to remain strong. read more

Students returning to Brock for 2017 are discovering a much more convenient approach in how some key services are provided.On Jan. 9, a number of services previously housed at separate locations across campus came together in the new Brock Central@The Registrar’s Office, on the 3rd floor of Schmon Tower.In this latest step to update Brock’s administrative structure and make it more user-friendly, the one-stop access centre centralizes the delivery ofundergraduate admissionsenrolment servicesstudent account services andstudent financial assistance.The new era is instantly evident to anyone walking into the Registrar’s Office, where a dramatic facelift has torn out 1970s-era counters and obsolete equipment to make way for a bright, open-concept space whose technology transforms how students do everything from registering for courses to paying fees.This new bundling of student services also comes with longer hours of operation — open 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday.But the most revolutionary change is the use of a wireless system designed to eliminate lineups and reduce wait times. The new software replaces physical queues and waiting rooms with virtual, mobile lines. Students can roam freely while waiting for service, and students will receive text updates from Brock Central about their approximate wait time.“This new arrangement addresses our need to meet students exactly where their needs are,” said Tania Melnyk, Manager of Student Information and Services.“Everything from the queuing software to the floor space was carefully laid out so the new approach will help students address multiple inquiries and requests in one convenient location. Brock Central will enhance the delivery of exemplary service for our students to enhance the Brock experience.”University Registrar Geraldine Jones said students’ time is precious, and this major project will help them better manage their time by not having to stand in a line and wait.“We’re also attempting to have a more holistic approach to administrative service,” said Jones.“The student experience here is part of the appeal of choosing Brock. We believe in providing an inclusive, supportive and encouraging environment to create unique experiences for all students. The team at Brock Central will positively impact students’ higher education journey, and truly make a difference.” read more

7HC Kehra/Horizon Pulp&Paper9216240:260-205 8HC Vitjaz9009241:334-930 3Riihimäen Cocks9702292:2375514 1Põlva Serviti10901334:2647018 4Dragunas Klaipeda10514284:2602411 5HC Meshkov Brest10406279:283-48 6Celtnieks/LSPA11308317:364-476 In a postponed match of the BHL on Sunday, Dragunas Klaipeda took a very important win by beating HC Kehra/Horizon Pulp&Paper at home 28-22 (15-10) and secured even more their fourth place in the table.Dragunas started very strongly and took a 5-1 lead. Kehra tried to fight back, but could not get closer than three goals with the first half going for the hosts by 15-10. Second half was much similar and quite low-scoring, but Dragunas gradually slipped away from the visitors. Miglius Astrauskas’ men eventually took a 28-22 win. Evaldas Grieže scored 6 goals for the winners, while Jürgen Rooba was Kehra’s best with 5 goals.Dragunas secured their fourth place and are now in the pole position for the place in the Final Four. The Lithuanian club have 11 points from 10 games, while their closest rival HC Meshkov Brest is three points away. Next games – a total of 9 – in BHL will be played during three days between 28 February and 2 March.STANDINGS: BA read more

first_imgThree Clark County men, members of the rock band Trip, escaped with their lives and with horrific memories of that deadly night 10 years ago. A fourth local man was badly burned in the fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I.Trip opened for Great White, a metal band from the late 1980s. The fire erupted during a pyrotechnics display as Great White played its first song.Trip bassist Jason Williams crawled from the chaotic scene, and drummer Johnny Reagle was able to flee the single-story wooden roadhouse.Guitarist and lead vocalist Michael Shapiro went outside after Trip played and was in the parking lot when the fire started.The band’s manager, Bill Long, suffered burns on his back and was treated at the Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, R.I.— Patty HastingsWEST WARWICK, R.I. — Along a busy commercial road here sits a 10-year-old scar that hasn’t healed. Next to a crumbling parking lot, rusty folding chairs sit amid dozens of handmade crosses decorated with beads, stuffed animals and fading photos.This is where 100 people were killed Feb. 20, 2003, when the tour manager for the rock band Great White set off a flashy pyrotechnics display in an overcrowded nightclub. Its owners had tried to stem noise complaints by lining the walls with what turned out to be flammable packing foam.In less than a minute, a Thursday evening out for more than 400 music lovers and club employees turned into a nightmare as flames raced through the one-story wooden roadhouse. Some were lucky to escape with nothing more than bloody cuts or singed hair. Others were crushed beneath a throng that surged for the front exit, or died from breathing toxic fumes created by the burning foam. Others survived but were horribly burned, some losing their eyesight or their hands, or becoming so troubled from the horrors they saw that they attempted suicide.last_img read more

first_imgSanket Banker is a versatile singer, performer and a popular Youtuber based in Mumbai. He is ranked #2 on ReverbNation’s Mumbai Pop charts (July 2019) and his music videos garnered close to 3 million views on Youtube last year. A self-confessed fan of Kishore Kumar, Shankar Mahadevan and Pritam, Sanket takes a special liking to mimic Kishore Da’s characteristic yodelling style. He has demonstrated his versatility by showcasing songs of different moods on Youtube, cutting across emotional and peppy genres.Very few are aware that Sanket is a successful banker-cum-investor. Although he always dreamt to be a playback singer, his mother knowing the rigours of the industry and the time required to establish oneself, challenged him to pursue MBA degree from the prestigious Indian Institute of Management (IIM) as a pre-condition to allow him to pursue a career in music. Sanket did complete his MBA from IIM-K, post which he also took up a job offer at a leading American bank. However, despite the heavy workload and severe time constraints, Sanket always took out time for riyaaz and pursued his passion for music relentlessly alongside his successful banking career. He honed his skills by studying classical music at the Shankar Mahadevan Academy and is also vocally trained at the Berklee School of Music.His debut single “Tu Kahe” (written by Jitendra Jaiswar and composed & directed by Beno) garnered over 750,000 views on Youtube. His second original song with Pragya Patra, “Behna Ka Pyaar” (co-written by Hritik Gathiya and Sanket himself, and composed & directed by Beno) was showcased by Big FM as a Rakhi exclusive in 2018.Sanket and his band have performed at several prestigious venues and have also featured on DD Sahyadri’s chat show (January 2019). His new releases include a friendship anthem released this month by Hungama Artist Aloud, a platform by Hungama that supports and promotes independent music, and a Nepali song on brother-sister relationship in collaboration with the legendary Nepali singer, Anju Panta.Sanket’s songs are available on all leading streaming platforms and his music videos can be viewed at his Youtube channel .IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

first_imgFrench President Emmanual Macron arrives at a primary school in Berd`huis, northwestern France, on April 12, 2018, for a television interview in which he is expected to react to the ongoing strikesFrench president Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that he would respond to “proof” that the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons, “at a time of our choosing.””We have proof that… chemical weapons were used, at least chlorine, and that they were used by the regime of Bashar al-Assad,” Macron said during an interview on France’s TF1 television.Macron said that he would respond “at a time of our choosing, when we judge it to be the most useful and the most effective.”last_img

first_imgThe Antioch Baptist Church PIC Ministry, 1105 50th Street NE, will host the “Laughter Is Good For The Soul” Comedy Show on Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. The Show will feature local comedians Veleda Jones, Curtis Gaskins and E- Boogie. Refreshments will be served and vender space is available. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, contact Jermal at 301-537-1857.last_img