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Stephens tells best friend Keys: ‘I wish it could have been a draw’

first_imgStephens also praised her mother for her support.“When I was a child she took me to a tennis coach who said that I would be lucky to be a division two player.“But here I am. So parents never give up on your kids.”Keys too had fought injury battles in recent months, undergoing a second left wrist surgery after the French Open before winning a July title at Stanford.“I didn’t play my best tennis today and I’m disappointed in that but Sloane was very supportive and if there’s someone I have to lose to today I’m glad it’s her. Sloane is truly one of my favorite people,” said Keys.“If you told me two months ago I’d be holding a US Open finalist’s trophy I’d have been really happy and proud of myself.”“It has been a very interesting year.” Evacuated Miami Dolphins arrive in LA for extended stay E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sloane Stephens (L) of the US embraces compatriot Madison Keys after winning during their 2017 US Open Women’s Singles final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 9, 2017.Sloane Stephens, sidelined for 11 months by a left foot injury until returning in July, captured her first Grand Slam title by routing fellow American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 in Saturday’s US Open final. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADUS Open champion Sloane Stephens said she wished her US Open final triumph over close friend Madison Keys could have been a draw rather than the rout it turned out to be.Stephens, the world number 83, raced to a 6-3, 6-0 victory over her 15th seeded American compatriot in just over an hour.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Both women embraced at the net before sitting next to each other courtside as they waited for the post-match ceremony to start.“Maddy is one of my best friends, if not my best friend on tour and I told her I would not have wanted to play anybody else,” said the 24-year-old.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a special moment. I said to her that I wished it could have been a draw.“If the situation was the other way around, Maddy would have said the same thing. It’s incredible. It’s what true friendship is all about.” Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments Stephens only returned to the tour at Wimbledon after missing 11 months having undergone left foot surgery.Her world ranking slid to 957 before semi-final runs at US Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati.“I had surgery on January 23 and if someone had told me then that I would be the US Open champion, I would have said that would be impossible,” said Stephens.“My journey to get here, I wouldn’t change it for the world.“I should retire now — I’m  never going to be able top this.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Donnie Nietes captures 4th world title after split decision win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. This is Nietes’ fourth World title in as many weight classes after he reigned as the WBO World minimumweight, WBO World light flyweight, and the IBF World flyweight champion in the past.In an absolute firecracker to usher in the new year, Nietes (42-1-5) traded punch after punch with Ioka (23-2) and eventually earned the nod of the two judges.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionA couple of the judges gave Nietes 118-110 and 116-112 score cards while Ioka got a 116-112 nod from the third.Ioka favored his jab to to connect with Nietes but the Filipino employed a varied offense against the Japanese. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—Donnie Nietes captured the WBO World super flyweight title after edging past Japan’s Kazuto Ioka via split decision Monday at Wynn Palace in Macau.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Maria Sharapova campaign off to tough start in Shenzhen BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Nietes used several combinations to cut down Ioka as the two let it all out until the final bell.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View commentslast_img read more

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Korean football prospect makes history with La Liga debut

first_imgLATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lee said he saw that some fans from his homeland were at the stadium when his coaches told him. “I want to thank them because they came all the way from South Korea to see me,” he said. “I tried to give my best out there so that fans could enjoy themselves.”The skillful midfielder’s next goal will be scoring a goal in La Liga and becoming the youngest South Korean to do so in Europe’s top five leagues that include England, Germany, Italy and France.  Son Heung-min, currently with English side Tottenham Hotspur, has that record at 18 years, 114 days. The forward scored his German Bundesliga debut goal in 2010, when he was with Hamburger SV.Lee gained attention while appearing on a South Korean reality TV program for football prodigies in 2007 and signed with Valencia’s youth team four years later. He has four goals in seven caps with the South Korean under-20 national team. YonhapADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lee Kang-in . YONHAP PHOTOSEOUL — South Korean teenage football prospect Lee Kang-in has become the youngest foreign player in his Spanish club’s history to make a league debut. Lee played in Valencia CF’s 1-1 draw with Real Valladolid as a second half substitute in their Spanish La Liga match at Mestalla Stadium in Valencia on Saturday (local time). He replaced Denis Cheryshev in the 87th minute. ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño US defense chief meets South Korean counterpart PLAY LIST 00:58US defense chief meets South Korean counterpart00:50Trending 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 View comments Champions Caroline Wozniacki, Roger Federer on different ends of spectrum TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Lee is now the youngest foreign player in the club’s 100-year history at 17 years, 327 days. He broke the record that was previously held by Momo Sissoko, who was 18 years old when he made his first league outing in 2003. Lee already made a first when he made Valencia first-team list in October 2018 at the Spanish King’s Cup (Copa del Rey). With that appearance, Lee became the youngest South Korean to debut in European football over Nam Tae-hee, who was 18 years and 36 days old when he first appeared for Valenciennes FC in the French Ligue 1 in 2009.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLee is also now the fifth South Korean to play in a Spanish La Liga match, followed by Lee Chun-soo (Real Sociedad), Lee Ho-jin (Racing Santander), Park Chu-young (Celta Vigo) and Kim Young-gyu (Almeria).“I’m proud to make my (league) debut here at Mestalla Stadium in front of all the fans who supported us throughout the game,” Lee said through his club after the match. “All the matches that I’ve played with the team are special, and I gave my everything when I got the chance.” last_img read more

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Cheteshwar Pujara proved you don’t have to be a Flash Harry to succeed: Ravi Shastri

first_imgRavi Shastri said if he had to pick a batsman to bat out an entire day and save a Test match for India it would be Cheteshwar Pujara. Shastri lauded Pujara for his sensational performance in India’s historic Test series triumph in Australia.Pujara scored 521 runs and smashed three hundreds as India became the first Asian team to win a Test series in Australia. Shastri said Pujara could focus for long periods of time and his preparations are meticulous,Pujara scored a hundred in the first Test in Adelaide to bail India out of trouble before scoring a classy half-century in the second innings to ensure India had enough on the board for victory. After a rare failure in Perth, Pujara was at his best in Melbourne where his hundred helped India win their first ever Boxing Day Test.After a fruitful 2018, Pujara began the New Year well with his 17th Test hundred – a fluent 193.Little wonder then that Shastri was impressed with his No.3.”Absolutely fantastic. If you want a batsman to bat out a day in a Test match, to save the team you’d pick that guy. Once he gets in he smells leather… there is no messing around,” Shastri told India Today’s Boria Majumdar in an exlcusive interview.Shastri also lauded Pujara’s discipline and for the way he played Nathan Lyon. Pujara had struggled on the last tour of Australia four years ago but minor technical adjustments helped him fight back and play a key role in India’s victory.advertisement”He is so focussed, he has understood his game so well, what are his strengths and what are the strengths he should be capitalising on.”And he doesn’t barge from there. Nothing in the world can change his mindset there, his determination and his discipline in leaving balls, making the bowlers bowl at him.”And what he did in this series as opposed to the last time he came to Australia was the way he played Nathan Lyon. He used his feet beautifully and looked to get outside the line. If you are struck on the pads, leg before was taken out of the fray and he worked the ball onto the leg side.”And if there was anything full-pitched outside the stumps, where he could get to the pitch, he would put that away to the boundary. It was magnificent batting.. good old Test match batting,” Shastri said.Pujara is very different from a lot of modern batsmen. In this age of T20 cricket, when batsmen look to attack, dominate and play those glamour shots, Pujara believes in wearing bowlers down before unleashing his wide array of shots.”He proved that you don’t have to be a Flash Harry to be successful. In this day and age when the bowlers are smart, with analysts studying your weaknesses, bowling attacks being more accurate… you have to earn your runs.”You saw that with Virat Kohli in England and even with those two here. Pujara took it to another level when there would be days when he would be beaten once. You can imagine what a fast bowler must be thinking.. you could imagine what Pat Cummins or Josh Hazlewood must be thinking – ‘next morning you have again bowl to this guy'”.Also Read | BCCI announces huge cash rewards for Virat Kohli’s history makersAlso Read | Rishabh Pant now needs to learn how to finish games, says Ravi ShastriAlso Read | It takes some serious marbles: Ravi Shastri on Virat Kohli’s captaincyAlso Read | Ravi Shastri slams Team India critics: Jabbering crowd a minoritylast_img read more

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Pogba: It felt like we were playing in Australia

first_imgWorld Cup Paul Pogba: It felt like we were playing in Australia Josh Thomas @Joshua_Thomas97 Last updated 1 year ago 14:06 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pogba Getty World Cup Australia France v Australia Denmark v Australia Australia v Peru France Paul Pogba The France star was impressed by Australia on and off the pitch in Kazan Just under 12,000km separate Australia and Kazan, but an estimated 10,000 Socceroos fans turned the Russian city into a fortress against France on Saturday.While they came close to seeing an upset only for the French to sneak away with a controversial 2-1 win, the Aussie fans have left some impression.France’s Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba admitting post-match that he felt like the game was a home one for the Socceroos.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “It was intense,” Pogba said.”The Australian fans were shouting, they were even booing our players so we felt like we were playing in Australia.”Pogba struck the winning goal against Australia with his effort passing the goal-line by a matter of centimetres.It added to France’s earlier fortune when they were awarded the first ever World Cup penalty by VAR – a controversial decision to say the least.While sheepish in victory, Pogba made a special note to praise a Socceroos side who were widely dismissed heading into the game. “I guess we were lucky, but we create luck,” he said.”You can see today they (Australia) play very well, defend very well, they play altogether.”That is not a small team.”Australia will play Denmark next in their now up-hill battle to escape Group C, while France will take on Peru.last_img read more

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PSG reject Jese seals loan transfer to Betis

first_imgParis Saint-Germain outcast Jese Rodriguez will have another chance to relaunch his career as he gears up for a loan spell with Betis.Jese, 25, has seen his career stall in the past few years since moving from Real Madrid to PSG.And after failing to play a single minute of competitive football so far in the 2018-19 season, he will now go back to his native Spain until the end of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Jese Rodriguez has been loaned to Betis for the rest of the season,” PSG signalled on the club’s official Twitter account.”The club wishes Jese the best of luck for this new challenge he takes on in Spain.”The forward began his career in Real Madrid’s youth system, and caught the eye of those in charge at the Merengue thanks to his sparkling form with Castilla, where he netted 32 goals in 80 games as a teenager.Jese made his senior debut in 2011 at the age of 18, and began to feature more often in the 2013-14 season as Carlo Ancelotti’s charges took the Champions League title.🔛🖊@JeseRodriguez10 est prêté au @RealBetis jusqu’à la fin de la saisonLe club souhaite à Jesé le meilleur dans les challenges qui l’attendent en Espagne 💪 pic.twitter.com/1cJq0i8YSX— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) 29 de enero de 2019Despite early signs of promise, the youngster never quite managed to hold down a regular spot, crowded out by the formidable strike force of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.His development was also interrupted by a serious cruciate ligament injury that forced him to spend eight months on the sidelines, in turn missing out on a World Cup call-up for Spain’s 2014 squad.In 2016 PSG swooped, signing Jese in a €25 million deal, but he again failed to break into the starting line-up and just six months later was farmed out on loan to Las Palmas.Another temporary move followed in 2017-18 with Stoke City, but he played just 13 times for the Potters in a season marred by complications arising from the premature birth of his son in his native Gran Canaria.last_img read more

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Texas Fan Creates Awesome Hype Video Ahead Of Longhorns’ Game vs. Cal

first_imgTexas players running onto Darrell K. Royal Stadium field.YouTube/Marsh WesTexas vs. Cal is one of the more intriguing games of Week 3, and a new Longhorns hype video is sure to get fans pumped for the match-up.YouTube user Marsh Wes put together a hype video for this weekend’s game, a rematch of last season’s 45-44 Cal win in Austin. The 2016 Longhorns look like a whole new team, however, led by the dynamic quarterback duo of Shane Buechele and Tyrone Swoopes.Last season, Jared Goff, the eventual No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns. Jerrod Heard had a huge day for Texas, throwing for 364 yards and rushing for 163 and three scores. Heard would not build on that performance, and has since moved to wide receiver.In his place, Buechele has flashed a big-time arm, throwing for 524 yards (9.89 per attempt), and six touchdowns in two games, while Swoopes has three touchdowns on the ground leading the impressive “18 Wheeler” package that sparked the huge Week 1 win over Notre Dame.Last season, the Cal game was one of three one-score losses for the Longhorns. The 2016 season is early, but so far it looks like the team may have taken a solid leap forward from a rough first two years under Charlie Strong.Texas vs. Cal is set to kick off at 10:30 p.m. ET at California Memorial Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.last_img read more

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The Weekly DT -Hulu teams up with J.J. Abrams and Stephen King

first_img Editors’ Recommendations This post originally ran on our brother site Digital Trends:Hulu scored a possible coup today in the war of Web-based original content, announcing a partnership with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, and Stephen King to air a series based on King’s best selling novel, 11/22/63.Described by Hulu as “part thriller, part love story,” the story arc for the series centers around a time traveler who attempts to stop the assassination of JFK on that fateful November day in Dallas. The novel won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2012, and was reasonably well received by critics.Related: Netflix orders French original series ‘Marseille’But perhaps more important is the collaboration with Abrams’ hit-making production company, which has churned out popular TV series like Lost, and Alias, as well as a host of big budget movies, including Super 8, the rebooted Star Trek Franchise, Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, and a sprawling list of others. Additional names on board for the series include Warner Brothers Television, and Executive Producer/Writer Bridget Carpenter of Friday Night Lights (TV series) fame.The deal is major news for Hulu, which has been seriously struggling to launch a series that breaks beyond the borders of web-based programming and into mainstream prominence. Of the top three streaming sites in the content game, including Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix, only big red has made any waves in the deeper waters of standard programming. The question is, with so many big names on board, will 11/22/63 be Hulu’s first House of Cards?Only time will tell, but it’s a big move for the service, and likely cost big money to lock down. The names King and Abrams alone should turn a few heads and garner a broader audience than relative duds for Hulu like Deadbeat, and East Los High, but that doesn’t mean the new series will make it to primetime. Hulu is no doubt hoping its new A-list storytellers can collaborate to create a winner.No release dates for 11/22/63 have been announced, but we’re going to go ahead and pencil in November 22 of 2015, or possibly 2016 as likely candidates. We will update this post as more details are disclosed.ok The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiser The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now An Honest Review of Smartwool’s New Intraknit Base Layer The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Nowlast_img read more

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Firhad Hakim to hold councillors meet next week to select Mayor

first_imgKolkata: Firhad Hakim, the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, will sit with the councillors of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) next week to select the Mayor. Sabyasachi Dutta recently resigned after the councillors moved a no-confidence motion against him for his anti-party activities. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met Krishna Chakraborty, chairperson of the BMC, Tapas Chatterjee, Deputy Mayor and Debashis Jana, a senior BMC councillor at Nabanna and discussed the steps that should be taken to resolve the impasse. Firhad Hakim was also present in the meeting. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt was decided that he would meet the councillors next week to select the Mayor. Some councillors have expressed their reservation over the appointment of Tapas Chatterjee as the Mayor. Chatterjee was an active member of the CPI(M) and was the chairman of Rajarhat Gopalpur municipality. In 2011, Chatterjee contested in the Assembly elections with a CPI(M) ticket from Rajarhat-New Town constituency and was defeated by Sabyasachi Dutta. After Chatterjee joined the Trinamool Congress, differences with Dutta came out in the open. There had been stormy meetings of the Mayor-in-Council members. On July 1, Dutta refused to share the dais with Chatterjee to commemorate the birth and death anniversary of Dr BC Roy which was organised by the BMC.last_img read more

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Appalled Trudeau calls for investigation of Canadian doctor in Gaza

first_imgOTTAWA – Justin Trudeau added his voice Wednesday to the calls for an independent investigation into the shootings by Israeli soldiers on the Gaza border that killed 59 Palestinians and wounded hundreds more during Monday’s mass protests.The prime minister said he was appalled by the shooting of a Canadian doctor who was trying to help wounded protesters in Gaza on Monday.In a statement, Trudeau described the reported use of excessive force and live ammunition as “inexcusable.”“We are appalled that Dr. Tarek Loubani, a Canadian citizen, is among the wounded — along with so many unarmed people, including civilians, members of the media, first responders, and children,” he said.“We are engaging with Israeli officials to get to the bottom of these events.”Loubani, an emergency physician at Ontario’s London Health Sciences Centre and at Shifa Hospital in Gaza, says he was shot in both legs Monday even though his team wore high-visibility jackets that identified them as medical staff.In a statement Wednesday evening, a spokesperson for the Israeli embassy in Ottawa said Israel’s “position regarding Hamas and recent events in Gaza is clear.“We have asked Jerusalem for instructions, as this is a prime ministerial issue,” Itay Tavor wrote.Trudeau called for a thorough examination of the possible use of both excessive force and the incitement to violence.“It is imperative we establish the facts of what is happening in Gaza,” he said.Germany, Belgium and Ireland and several UN Security Council members have also called for an investigation into Monday’s carnage. But the council has taken no action because the United States, a permanent member, says Israel acted with “restraint.”Monday’s violence erupted as the Trump administration followed through on its campaign promise to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.Canada and its other major allies do not support the embassy move. The government says the future of the Jerusalem needs to be part of a broader negotiated settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians — a process going nowhere at the moment.Monday was Gaza’s deadliest day in four years, as the violence escalated while the U.S. formally opened its controversial new embassy in Jerusalem several dozen kilometres away.Israel and the U.S. blame the militant group Hamas for endangering civilians in Gaza by inciting them to protest — a view echoed in Canada by several Jewish groups and the Opposition Conservatives.“In condemning the Israeli forces, Justin Trudeau ignores the role that the terrorist organization Hamas has played in inciting these clashes,” Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said in a statement Wednesday evening.“In responding to these events with nothing but criticism of Israel, Justin Trudeau has failed Canadians on the international stage once again.”The Toronto-based Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs requested an urgent meeting with Trudeau to convey its concern about his response to the violence.“We are deeply disappointed the government’s statement ignores Hamas’ direct responsibility for recent violence on the Israel-Gaza border,” the centre’s CEO, Shimon Koffler Fogel, said in a written statement.“This contradicts the government’s long-stated position that, as a close ally and fellow liberal democracy, Israel can count on Canada’s support when its security is threatened.”Koffler Fogel said Hamas uses civilians as “human shields” and has “left Israel no choice but to use force to protect the tens of thousands of Israelis who live close to Gaza.”Another Canadian Jewish group, the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, released a statement expressing disappointment with what it called Trudeau’s “strong and unbalanced” comments.“While we despair about loss of life, Canada should steadfastly condemn Hamas for inciting violence and for attempting to enter a sovereign nation to carry out terrorism,” the group’s president Avi Benlolo said.“It’s disappointing that our prime minister did not condemn Hamas in his statement.”Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland in a Monday Twitter message said: “It is inexcusable that civilians, journalists + children have been victims. All parties to the conflict have a responsibility to ensure civilians are protected.”Since March 30, more than 100 Palestinians have been killed and 2,500 injured in protests at the border fence.The Canadian spokeswoman for the United Nations Children’s Fund in Gaza told The Canadian Press on Wednesday that it has confirmed that six Palestinian boys and one Palestinian girl among those killed in Monday’s shootings.They are among the 13 children who have been killed and the 1,000 injured since March 30, Genevieve Boutin, UNICEF’s special representative said in a telephone interview from East Jerusalem.Boutin said there is no legal justification for anyone to shoot at children under any circumstance.“According to international law, a child is a child, first of all, no matter what brought them there,” said Boutin.“At this point, the United Nations has been clear — many journalists have observed this — they’re largely unarmed and they’re quite far away from the soldiers. So for us, they’re all child deaths that should have been avoided.”Asked whether an investigation was warranted, Boutin replied: “We all work for the secretary general, so we would echo his call for an independent investigation.”last_img read more

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Trudeau disappointed with Fords constitutional override but wont intervene

first_imgOTTAWA – Justin Trudeau made it clear Tuesday he would not block the Ontario government’s use of the Constitution’s notwithstanding clause to forge ahead with plans to cut the size of Toronto city council, even though he was disappointed with the province’s decision.Trudeau said he and his government are staunch supporters and defenders of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms because it provides a set of guarantees that Canadians value and identify with as fundamental safeguards.“So any time a government chooses to invoke the notwithstanding clause to override the charter’s protections, it has to be done deliberately, carefully and with the utmost forethought and reflection,” Trudeau said during an event in Winnipeg.“But I won’t be weighing in on the debate on how big Toronto municipal council should be,” he added. “We shall respect and allow Ontarians to judge whether their government is doing a good thing or not.”The notwithstanding clause gives provincial legislatures and Parliament the ability to usher in legislation that effectively overrides charter provisions, but only for a five-year period.Ontario Premier Doug Ford took the rarely used step Monday after a judge said it was unconstitutional to slash the number of city council seats in the middle of a municipal election without consultation, as it interfered with the right to freedom of expression of candidates and voters.Toronto Mayor John Tory called the premier’s reaction a “gross overreach” of the province’s powers and said in a tweet Monday night he had met with Trudeau, who was in the provincial capital for a women’s summit, to discuss his concerns.Federal Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc said the notwithstanding clause is an extraordinary part of the Constitution that should be used only in the most exceptional of cases, after serious and sober consideration.“The rights and freedoms guaranteed by the charter are of utmost importance in our society and our government will always stand up to defend them,” he said in a statement.But like the prime minister, LeBlanc stopped short of federal intervention, saying Ontarians “will ultimately judge the actions of their provincial government.”While the Liberals chose not to pick a fight with Ontario’s newly elected Progressive Conservatives, they appeared to have few if any alternatives.A provision of the Constitution technically permits the federal government to disallow provincial legislation, but the provision was last used in 1943, raising questions in legal circles about whether it has become obsolete.LeBlanc’s suggestion the notwithstanding clause could be invoked in a legitimate emergency makes sense, said Michael Pal, an associate professor of law at the University of Ottawa.Beyond such exceptional circumstances, a government in Ottawa can play a leadership role in preserving rights and freedoms by refraining from reliance on the provision, he added.“If the federal government ever starts using the notwithstanding clause, it’s very hard to say to a province, ‘Oh, you shouldn’t use it either.’ So the federal government really sets the tone.”Ontario’s use of the clause in relation to freedom of political expression is worrisome because it could open the door to “some bad places” such as limiting criticism of the government or the right to protest, Pal said. “These are not fanciful scenarios if you look around the world.”Caroline Mulroney, the daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, serves in Ford’s cabinet as attorney general. The senior Mulroney denounced the notwithstanding clause in 1989 as a “major fatal flaw” of the Constitution.Appearing at an event in Ottawa on Tuesday, he said that while in office he “had no interest in using it, no matter what.”“I had difficulty with anybody invoking a provision that (would) override the Supreme Court of Canada. And that’s why I opposed it then, and that’s why I oppose it today.“And, no, I haven’t discussed this with my daughter.”A spokesman for Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer had no immediate comment on Ford’s move.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

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Fort St John sees big drop in crime rate from peak in

first_imgPrince George also ranked 11th in Canada for violent crimes (V.C.S.I. of 167.33), while Grande Prairie ranked 21st (114.94).North Battleford, Saskatchewan was once again the city with the highest crime severity index in Canada, at 371.58, while Thompson, Manitoba had the highest violent crime severity index, at 505.08. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The crime severity index in Fort St. John has dropped significantly over the past two years, when the Energetic City had the fourth-highest violent crime severity index in the country.According to data released by Statistics Canada on Monday, the overall crime severity index in Fort St. John in 2017 was 118.47, which ranked it 33rd among Canadian communities with a population of over 10,000.In 2016, the Energetic City placed 29th with a C.S.I. of 124.7, while in 2015 the C.S.I. was 165.46. Fort St. John also experienced a substantial drop in the violent crime severity index, which includes such crimes as homicide, assault, sexual assault, uttering threats, robbery, and firearms offences.The V.C.S.I. in Fort St. John in 2015 was the 4th-highest in Canada, at 221.68. Since then, the index has dropped to 133.83 in 2016 (23rd), and again to 103.55 (41st) last year.The Crime Severity Index metric was established by Stats Canada to assign more weight to more serious crimes in a given police jurisdiction, due to the fact that 40 percent of crimes reported nationwide are comprised of two relatively minor offences: Theft under $5,000, and Mischief.Both cities in the B.C. Peace Region saw crime severity index fall over the last two years, as the C.S.I. in Dawson Creek dropped from a peak in 2015 of 179.35 to 148.32 last year, or 18th spot on the list.Dawson Creek also saw a drop in violent crimes, from an index of 173.4 three years ago to 114.94 (33rd) last year.Interestingly, the crime severity index actually increased in both Prince George and Grande Prairie last year, as those two communities ranked 11th and 14th across Canada respectively. The C.S.I. in Prince George was 174.68, while Grande Prairie’s was 162.8.last_img read more

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Blood test can help diagnose preeclampsia

first_imgA simple blood test can help diagnose a common but potentially fatal pregnancy complication – pre-eclampsia, finds a study published in The Lancet journal. During the study, by measuring the concentration of placental growth factor (PlGF) in a woman’s blood, doctors were able to diagnose pre-eclampsia two days sooner on average. “We knew monitoring PlGF was an accurate way to help detect the condition but were unsure whether making this tool available to clinicians would lead to better care for women. Now we know that it does,” said lead author Lucy Chappell from King’s College London. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainPre-eclampsia, a condition in pregnancy characterised by high blood pressure, sometimes with fluid retention and proteinuria, can cause damage to vital organs, fits and can be fatal for the woman and baby, if left untreated. Globally, 100 women die due to pre-eclampsia every day. “For the last hundred years, we have diagnosed pre-eclampsia by measuring blood pressure and checking for protein in a woman’s urine. These are relatively imprecise and often quite subjective,” Chappell noted. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardFor the recenlty conducted study, the research team studied 1,035 women with suspected pre-eclampsia from 11 maternity units across the UK. They were randomly assigned to two groups — one had their PlGF test results made available to their clinical team, the other did not. The PlGF testing was shown to reduce the average time to diagnose pre-eclampsia from four to two days and serious complications before birth (such as eclampsia, stroke, and maternal death) to four per cent from five per cent. There was no change in the likelihood of complications for the baby, the age at which babies were delivered prematurely or whether they were admitted to a neonatal unit, the researchers said.last_img read more

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SecretaryGeneral urges G77 countries to do their part to help the weak

Developing countries must keep their commitments made at the World Summit to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), to reduce poverty and disease, make our world safer, advance human rights and make the United Nations more effective, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in opening remarks to foreign ministers of the Group of 77.“Our task now is to implement what was agreed, and I look forward to the G-77 playing an active and constructive role in that process,” he said. Both developing and developed countries need to act, he noted but for their part the developing countries will have to “promote good governance, fight corruption, pursue sound macroeconomic policies, and made transparent and effective use of public funds.”Developed countries must also honor their promise to provide aid at 0.7 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) and expand debt relief so that developing countries can make improvements where they are really needed, such as providing malaria bed nets, expanding school meal programmes, and eliminating user fees for primary school and health services.But he also noted that he was disappointed with the lack of progress on trade, where “trade-distorting subsidies, quotas and tariffs” were undoing all the good works provided by debt relief and aid. Mr. Annan also touched on UN reform measures, and said he was looking for the G-77’s “engagement and support” in accomplishing “a more efficient, more effective, and more accountable” Secretariat and UN.But despite the strong emphasis on development and reform at the latest Summit, the UN’s good work still needs to be done, he said, which includes getting the Peacebuilding Commission up and running, making sure the Human Rights Council is successfully negotiated, agreeing on a global anti-terrorism strategy, and protecting civilians from genocide. Speaking on nuclear disarmament, Mr. Annan reiterated his disappointment in the lack of progress and called on the G-77 nations to support the Norwegian-led efforts to find a way forward.“I look forward to working with you to translate our commitments into results, particularly for the weak and the poor—most of them citizens of your countries, who we must never forget, represent the majority of the United Nations’ membership,” he said.The G-77 now numbers 132 member states, and calls itself the largest Third World coalition in the UN system. The association provides the means for the developing countries to articulate their collective economic interests and it enhances their joint negotiating capacity on international issues in the UN system. read more

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UN group reports jump in violations of arms embargo against Somalia

In a report released today, the four-member expert group points to a “severely elevated threat of widespread violence in central and southern Somalia” and calls for an “integrated embargo” to cover the export of charcoal and fish originating in the Horn of Africa country and a ban on foreign vessels fishing in Somali waters.”The proposal is not intended to seriously affect or impose restrictions on individuals in Somali civil society who are engaged in traditional, domestic and day-to-day subsistence activities for the purpose of local consumption,” the report says.The increase in the violations is a manifestation of the highly aggravated political tensions between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and its opponents, fuelled by external support for different factions, the report says.Arms are flowing from Yemen to the Somali Government, according to the report. The arms cargo of a dhow was seized by the Yemeni Government, but the Group notes that round-trip flights to Somalia by Yemeni military aircraft took place in July.The Group says the Government of Ethiopia had sent arms shipments directly to TFG militia forces in Western Somalia – a charge which the authorities in Addis Ababa have denied.”Another State in the region,” which the Group declines to identify because the investigation is incomplete, has provided arms to the Somali opposition forces, countering Ethiopia’s assistance to the Government, and has also sent weapons to the rebel Oromo National Liberation Front (ONLF) of Ethiopia. read more

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Environment should play greater role in peacebuilding UN reports

Natural resources – which, in many conflict-affected countries, fuel and finance armed groups – can also play a major role in bringing about sustainable peace, the United Nations today reported urging Governments and partners to integrate natural resource management in post-conflict reintegration programmes.Incorporating natural resources in peacebuilding efforts can help to mitigate potential conflicts, such as disputes over land or water, and give green jobs to former soldiers, according to a joint report released today by UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).“When helping former fighters and their communities to start new lives after a conflict, it is often critical to help them turn existing natural resources into economic opportunities,” said Jordan Ryan, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery. “However, natural resources need to be managed properly as part of a well thought-out peace process,” he stressed in reference to minerals, oils, gas and timber. According to ‘The Role of Natural Resources in Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration – Addressing Risks and Seizing Opportunities’, plans for the fair management and distribution of natural resources are usually excluded from peace negotiations and disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programmes, which have become an integral part of the UN’s post-conflict peace consolidation over the last 20 years.For example, in Sierra Leone, natural resources, which now make up 90 per cent of the country’s exports, were implicated in the country’s civil war, according to the report authors.Meanwhile, as an example of the creation of “green jobs” in a post-conflict setting, after the signing of the peace agreement in Nepal in 2006, approximately 19,600 former Maoist fighters awaiting integration into the Nepalese National Army were taught how to upkeep water systems and improved cooking stoves in their own cantonment camps. The report notes that given one-third of UN peacekeeping operations since 1990 have taken place in areas where the conflicts have been economically fuelled by, or otherwise driven by, natural resources, effective natural resource management has the potential to reduce risk of inflaming conflicts. The authors also noted the need to consider access to natural resources among vulnerable groups, such as women, who play a particularly important role as they are primarily responsible for providing food, water and other basic resources for households. read more

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UK Motor industry celebrates 20 years of sustainable growth

UK Automotive productivity up 208% since 1999, as industry highlights 20 years of sustainability gains.1Two decades of energy savings enough to power 9.5 million UK households, while water saved equals 810 litres for every person in the UK.2CO2 per vehicle produced more than halved, while new car CO2 has declined by a third.Auto manufacturing workers among UK’s better earners, with average salary 40% higher than the national average.3SMMT sets out key requirements to support a sustainable UK motor industry, including a frictionless trading relationship with the EU.The progress of UK Automotive in sustainable development is revealed today by new data published the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The 20th annual Sustainability Report reveals environmental, economic, and social gains achieved by the sector over the past two decades, highlighting the substantial improvements in areas such as energy and water use, waste to landfill and CO2 emissions.Over the past 20 years, automotive manufacturing has grown to become one of the UK’s most important economic assets, turning over £82 billion in 2018 – an uplift of 70% since the first Sustainability Report was published in 1999. At the same time, workers have experienced a significant wage boost, with average automotive wages have risen by 85% over the period compared with 61% across wider manufacturing. Automotive manufacturing workers are now some of the UK’s better earners, with an average salary of £41,800, 40% higher than the national average. Meanwhile, productivity has increased considerably, with automotive output per a job growing by 208% from £32,000 to £100,900. The value of exports has also grown significantly, with 81.5% of cars produced in 2018 destined for international markets compared with 63.9% in 1999.However, this remarkable progress has not been at the expense of environmental performance. The UK automotive sector is now one of the most efficient in Europe, outperforming the EU average for energy, CO2 and water. Thanks to strict efficiency targets and continuous improvement and refinement of manufacturing processes, the sector has significantly reduced its environmental impact. Between 1999 and 2018, energy savings add up to power for 9.5 million homes for a year, while the CO2 saved would fill the Royal Albert Hall 37 times.4 Recycling is also high on industry’s agenda, with manufacturers having saved 693,969 tonnes of waste from landfill, equal to the annual waste produced by households in Bristol, Leeds and Edinburgh combined.5 Meanwhile, the amount of water saved is equivalent to 813 litres of water for every in the UK.These substantial advancements have been driven by massive investment in new models and plants. Brexit remains the biggest threat to the future competitiveness of UK Automotive. The country’s future relationship with the EU must deliver frictionless trade, assure our competitiveness and create an environment ready for investment. This is vital for not only future economic growth, but to further improve the sector’s sustainable development.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Sustainability lies at the heart of the UK automotive sector and manufacturers are committed to balancing profitability and output with social and environmental responsibilities. Industry has invested heavily in ever safer, more efficient technology, but in processes and measures that have significantly reduced its environmental impact.We are on the cusp of a transport revolution and this sector has the potential to be one of the world’s leading forces driving the change. For the UK to reap the full benefits, any future relationship with the EU must assure our competitiveness, delivering frictionless trade and a supportive business environment to encourage investment.Alongside advances in production processes, Industry has continued to invest heavily in developing the latest low-emission technology to address air quality and environmental concerns. Efforts to deliver ever more efficient cars have resulted in average new car CO2 falling 31.2% since 1999, while Nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions have been cut by 84% since the turn of the millennium and exhaust particulate matter virtually eliminated.Key priorities for a sustainable UK Automotive sectorNotes to editors1. SMMT 20th Sustainability Report: https://www.smmt.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/SMMT-Sustainability-Report-2019.pdf2. 37,055,507 MWh of energy saved between 1999-2018. 53.7m m3 water usage saved = 53.7 billion litres, equivalent to 64 million x 7 litres of water.3. ONS data – Based on average UK full time gross wage of £569 for 52 weeks.4. 8.9m tonnes saved – would fill the Royal Albert Hall 37.5 times5. 693,969 tonnes waste saved from landfill. Equals waste produced by 700k households annually or the waste of Bristol, Leeds and Edinburgh combined over a yearClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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HMS Queen Elizabeth Britains postBrexit ambassador to the world

first_img 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. HMS Queen Elizabeth is the biggest and most powerful warship ever built by Britain.At it reached its home in Portsmouth on Wednesday Theresa May made diplomatic allusions, saying the 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier helps Britain forge a “new, positive, confident role for ourselves on the world stage in the years ahead.”Meet ‘Big Lizzie, a symbolic ambassador of post-Brexit Britain.last_img read more

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge  play football at Windsor Park on Northern

The Duchess of Cambridge playing football with schoolchildrenCredit:Phil Noble/Reuters As duty called, the Duke and Duchess were called to meet a line-up of adults from the Female Football Leaders programme; the Goals Programme which helps young people who are not at employment, education or training; the Education Programme designed to reach the next generation of coaches; Stay Onside, aimed at reducing offending; and wheelchair football game Powerchair. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meeting former Northern Ireland goalkeeper Pat JenningsCredit:Liam McBurney/PA In a meeting, they also heard from representatives of Ahead of the Game, a mental health partnership that aims to support players with mental illness in local clubs, with a focus on challenging the stigma and preventative measures.Before the left, the Duke and Duchess were presented with three small green shirts from the Northern Ireland national football team for George, Charlotte and Louis.”Thank you very much,” the Duchess said. Asking the children whether they’d enjoyed their football session, she admitted it was “quite difficult keeping the ball right on your foot” in the dribbling drills.”Louis will have to grow into that one,” said the Duke, noting the toddler-sized shirt with his name on before thinking about. “Actually, he’ll problem fit it.” The Duke and Duchess, who had changed from a smart Carolina Herrera red coat into casual sportwear, then stepped out onto the pitch to take part in dribbling drills with primary school children.The pair, who joined different groups, each made a good attempt at dribbling around cones and children, with the Duke heard to say: “I can’t tackle the children just yet.”The Duchess joined girls aged four to seven, who were taking part in a Shooting Stars programme to encourage young women into football. “Do you like doing sport?” the Duchess asked a group of them, crouching down to their level. “I love being outside. Thank you so much for letting me play. Do any of you want to play football professionally?”Told yes, she said: “Wow!”Clare Carson, girls’ participation officer at the IFA, said: “She was saying if she had played football when she was younger, she might have loved it as well.”She was happily surprised it’s now now just the norm to play as girls.” The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meeting former Northern Ireland goalkeeper Pat Jennings The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge play football at Windsor Park, the home of Northern Irish football “She thought maybe the girls are here because their brothers play, but they’re not.”Moving to a second group, children from McDonalds Fun Football, the Duchess comforter Jasmine, nine, who had become a little overwhelmed by her royal visitor. Nadine Murphy, a coach, said afterwards: “The Duchess took her time and spoke to her about being shy, telling her it’s ok and a good thing. She made sure she loved football. She staying with her the whole time with her arm around her.”She said ‘I was shy at school as well and it’s ok’.”Jasmine, who went on to join the football drills happily, said that getting “a hug from a princess” had made her feel much better.The Duke had already joined a game of football with primary school children, and was busy shouting encouragement at them when his wife turned up on the sidelines.”Come on, superstar,” he said, before warning children conspiratorially: “Look out, she does for the ankles.”As the non-competitive game went on, he shouted “tackle her!” as he fell back to let the children have a chance.”I could happily stay here playing football all day,” he said later. Lynne Wilson, sports development officer at Belfast City Council added: “She was saying it’s not just about being on the pitch, it’s about being outside with your family and learning social skills. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have gone head-to-head in a football match, as the Duchess admits her own children are not too impressed by her ball skills.The couple, who have embarked on a two-day visit to Northern Ireland, indulged their competitive spirits as they joined children for a friendly match at Windsor Park football stadium, home of the Irish Football Association (IFA). The Duke warned the youngsters of his wife “look out, she goes for the ankles”, before shouting “tackle her!”As the couple arrived at the stadium, they spoke with waiting schoolchildren about their love of football.The Duchess told secondary school pupils that her five-year-old son, Prince George, is now learning to play football, practising at home and telling her: “Mummy, you’re so rubbish.”Telling another group she would be joining in the games, she joked: “I should have picked up some tips from George.”After being welcomed to the stadium, the Duke and Duchess were given a short history of the Irish Football Association before meeting goalkeeper Pat Jennings, whose famously large hands are immortalised in plastercast in its museum.”Now there’s a man who needs no introduction,” said the Duke, who is president of the FA. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge play football at Windsor Park, the home of Northern Irish footballCredit:REX/Getty Placing his own hands into the outline of Jennings’, he admired the “very long fingers” that had helped him become a goalkeeping legend. The Duchess of Cambridge playing football with schoolchildren read more

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