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first_imgOn close finishes, Gambhir said: “I dont think teams On close finishes, Gambhir said: “I dont think teams achieve anything and I dont think any team would want a close finish. We would be very happy if there are not many close finishes. There is far more stress and we have seen the closer the game gets, people need to handle their nerves better. As a player you would be happy if you can win the game convincingly as that is how you start dominating the tournament as well. “The more close finishes, you start doubting and criticising certain things that we should have bowled well or got 15 or 20 runs more. Close finishes doesnt teach anything, except that we can start winning convincingly and start dominating other teams as well. That is what gives you more confidence rather than the close finishes.” Asked about Mark Bouchers appointment as wicketkeeping consultant, he said the South African will help the team, especially when they have two part time wicketkeepers in Uthappa and Sheldon Jackson. “I thought we have got two part time wicket-keepers and if someone can work alongwith them going forward in this tournament, especially with us playing a couple of home games now on this wicket where it will start turning, it is going to be difficult to keep if Narine and Hogg are playing together. “If someone with that experience can help two part-time wicket-keepers and learn a bit more about handling spin bowling, it will always be useful.” Eden is yet to be fullhouse despite the team doing well and Gambhir hoped it would be packed in the upcoming games. “I hope we get better crowd because we have been playing good cricket and we are at the top of the table. That is what you want. Eden Gardens has its charm when the ground is absolutely packed. Maybe the crowds havent come because we havent played for a very long time. We were on the road for a long time so that could be one reason, hope there would be more crowd tomorrow and going forward in the tournament. “It is always fun when the ground is packed because that is what is one of the best sights in world cricket when Eden is absolutely packed,” Gambhir signed off. PTI TAP CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Gatorade signs Neeraj as Brand Ambassador

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 1 (PTI) In what could be a first for an Indian track and field athlete, junior world record holder javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was today named as brand ambassador by sports drinks giant Gatorade in a partnership that runs up to 2021.The 19-year-old Neeraj is currently in the fold of JSW Sports and Gatorade India will have him work closely with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute during the period of the partnership to better understand his training and match day nutrition.”The move is a reiteration of Gatorade Indias commitment to encourage upcoming athletes and partner with them on their athletic journey by helping them improve performance by delivering proper hydration and nutrition,” the company said in a release.”Gatorades scientific formula has the right amount of carbohydrates, electrolytes and flavour that can help an athlete rehydrate, replenish and refuel while playing sports,” it said.Commenting on the association, Neeraj said, “The upcoming events will be important milestones for my career and I am gearing up for it. The entire team at JSW Sports has been working hard, with support from the Sports Authority of India and the Athletics Federation of India, to ensure I am in the best possible shape for the games.”This hard work is accompanied by long hours of practice, persistence and perspiration. Each day, my performance needs to be better than the previous days and I need to take every challenge head on. I am honoured to join the Gatorade family of athletes, which consists of sporting legends from across the world,” he added.advertisementNeeraj burst on the scene when his gold medal effort in the 2016 IAAF World U-20 Championships saw him set the world junior record with a massive throw of 86.48m in Bydgoszcz, Poland. PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more

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Abraham assured of govt help in setting up football academy

first_imgGuwahati, Nov 14 (PTI) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today assured Bollywood actor and proprietor of ISL franchise North East United FC John Abraham that support would be extended to him for setting up a world class football academy here.The state government has given top priority to development of sports in Assam and is working to make Guwahati the sports capital of the country, Sonowal told Abraham, who had called on him.”Our government has given priority to strengthening sports infrastructure and organising international sports events,” Sonowal said.The football academy, to be set up by Abraham, would help aspiring footballers of the state and Assam government would provide all support and land for setting up the academy, he said.Sonowal said the government has taken up steps to improve skills of talented sportspersons and urged Abraham to take forward Assam governments efforts to strengthen ties with the ASEAN countries through sports.Abraham also assured the chief minister that he would take steps to ensure participation of players from ASEAN countries in sports activities in Guwahati next year.The Bolywood actor also informed Sonowal about his willingness to work for promotion and growth of tourism and culture of Assam, including Assamese cinema. PTI DG NN AH AHlast_img read more

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Former Four-star DE Transferring to Iowa Western

first_imgAccording to the athletics website, the football team holds a No. 3 national ranking in the NJCAA standings. Iowa Western has produced solid talent through the program in talent such as Jake Waters (Kansas State), and has sent 73 players to the Div. I level according to their website. So perhaps Brown, a promising prospect in the 2014 class who had offers from Texas, Baylor, Nebraska, Notre Dame and many others, can spend some time at JUCO and make his way back up to Div. I.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Louis Brown, a former four-star defensive end signee from Burton, Texas, was left off the spring roster indicating he would likely transfer away from the program. It’s all but official now: Louis Brown is transferring to Iowa Western Junior College. He’s also changed his twitter bio to “Iowa Western Football Signee.”Louis Brown @Iam_lcbj2 4merly @CowboyFB set to transfer to Iowa Western JuCo @ReiverFootball @CoachStrohmeier pic.twitter.com/d4bXOtRh9R— JuCo Football Forer (@JuCoFootballACE) March 21, 2016last_img read more

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England’s Mark Wood looks to make World Cup claim against Pakistan

first_img Since you’re here… Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Cricket World Cup 2019 Mark Wood: ‘You almost feel like a superhero … you’re absolutely flying’ Support The Guardian Trent Bridge has been a torture chamber for bowlers in recent times but it is here, in the fourth ODI against Pakistan, that England’s Mark Wood will look to press his World Cup claims during what will be his first competitive outing of the summer.The 29-year-old quick has experienced a delayed start to the season after some bone bruising to his left ankle following his breakout winter tour of the Caribbean. Scheduled comebacks for Durham were ruined by rain, meaning Wood jumps straight into the deep end of an international. Share via Email Share on Pinterest England cricket teamcenter_img Share on Facebook Trevor Bayliss, the England coach, played a part in this, advising Wood to keep his powder dry before the World Cup. But with the player himself convinced that fellow fast bowler Jofra Archer is all but guaranteed to be in the final 15 named by the national selector, Ed Smith, on Tuesday, he is aware he needs to impress.“It’s great that Trevor is looking after us but there’s competition for places, so by no means do I think I’m over the line or in that team,” Wood said. “Everyone’s playing well. I fully expect Jofra to be in that World Cup squad, so unfortunately it looks like one bowler will miss out. I’ll have to push my case in the next two games.”If Wood can hit the same speeds as against West Indies – he touched 95mph during the St Lucia Test and carried this through to the ODIs – it could make for an electric match given Archer, rested for the wins at Southampton and Bristol that have England 2-0 up with two to go, is also down to play.Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett, two regulars in the side, are both set for a rest and thus raw pace is the order of the day. Wood views it as a mouthwatering prospect, having been hugely impressed by the squad’s newest addition and – in a light-hearted manner, it must be said, given some mischievous headlines before the series – slightly envious of the 24-year-old’s effortless speeds.“Jofra has natural raw pace whereas I feel I have to bust a gut to get it up there,” Wood said. “It’ll be good to have two pace lads in at the same time and see if we can really ruffle a few feathers. It will be interesting to see how far back the wicketkeeper stands for him and me.”That wicketkeeper will be Jos Buttler, who returns to captain the side while Eoin Morgan serves a one-match ban for a slow over rate at Bristol. With Jonny Bairstow also due a break, James Vince gets another chance to open even if his status as reserve batsman has been inked in ever since Alex Hales was dropped for non-cricketing reasons.There is greater pressure on Joe Denly to shore up his place among the squad players, too. Untrusted as a leg-spinner by Morgan in Bristol bar one rusty over – the ground’s small dimensions were also at play – the Kent man will get another chance but primarily as a batsman, with Adil Rashid returning for the rested David Willey.The bowlers to miss out will breathe a sigh of relief given Trent Bridge’s reputation. Another flat surface, towards the shorter boundary, appears to have been prepared at the scene of two world record totals from England’s big hitters, who racked up 444 for three against Pakistan in 2016 and then mauled Australia to the tune of 481 for six during last summer’s 5-0 whitewash.Sarfaraz Ahmed’s tourists may not wish to recall the time they were so badly manhandled but given the two teams meet here during the World Cup group stage – albeit a 10.30am start – and it is the ground for their tournament opener against West Indies on 31 May, this represents an important match for them.Imad Wasim, Pakistan’s left-arm spinner, said: “White-ball cricket is not a bowler’s game but credit to the groundsmen and the ECB, the pitches are unbelievable. It’s like a batting paradise. You have to find a way to contain and take wickets.” Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. news Topics Cricket Share on Messenger Share on Twitterlast_img read more

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Pochettino: Difficult to succeed without right tools

first_imgMauricio Pochettino insisted it is difficult to succeed without the right tools as he compared Premier League hopefuls Tottenham to Formula One team McLaren.Tottenham did not sign a player in January – the second successive window without reinforcements having failed to bring in new faces at the start of the season.Spurs – who are preparing for the Champions League last 16 against Borussia Dortmund – are also without star duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli as they try to keep pace with Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League. 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? Disappointed with the lack of transfer business, Pochettino used an F1 analogy to discuss Tottenham’s battle for silverware – highlighting Fernando Alonso’s struggles at McLaren, where he finished 11th while Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton topped the standings in 2018.”We were waiting for different situations that maybe happen or don’t like every transfer window,” Pochettino said ahead of Saturday’s clash at home to Newcastle United, with Spurs third and seven points behind leaders Liverpool.”I wanted to strengthen the squad but if we cannot sign, I need to stick with the project of the club. If you see the [Premier League] table, we are there, a lot can happen.” “The mentality is to keep pushing, believe that you can score and win. Never give up.”#COYS pic.twitter.com/3ryIoaSfJI— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 1, 2019Pochettino added: “When you work in football, it’s because you want to win. It’s easy to be passionate and shout ‘I am a winner’ but if you don’t have the tools to win, it’s difficult.”Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton are the best drivers in Formula One. But if you put Hamilton in McLaren last season and Alonso in Mercedes, it’s the same story, Hamilton on the bottom and Alonso on the top. That’s the reality.”I follow Formula One. I love McLaren. But it wasn’t competitive last season. That’s the reality, no? But do you think that’s a problem with Alonso or a problem with the car?”Also, you can have an amazing car but you can crash after the first bend. You can crash with an amazing car and not win.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Baker Mayfield Reveals If He’s Talked To Lincoln Riley About Browns Job

first_imgBaker Mayfield throws pass for the Cleveland Browns.CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 20: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns throws a pass during the fourth quarter against the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)The Cleveland Browns still need a new head coach for 2019. Gregg Williams has been the interim man in charge after Hue Jackson was fired, but no full-time successor has been named.Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley is one of the hottest names in coaching right now. Riley has helped the Sooners to back-to-back College Football Playoff appearances and has been linked to the Browns and Packers’ coaching vacancies.Riley also has a significant tie to Cleveland, as he coached Baker Mayfield in college. So, is there any chance Baker would plant the seed in his former coach’s mind?No, Mayfield says, at least not yet. He told the media that while Riley has ‘been ready” to be an NFL head coach, he hasn’t spoken to him about the Browns job.Baker Mayfield says Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley has ‘been ready’ to be an #NFL coach, but hasn’t tried to talk him into the #Browns job https://t.co/UeyE45qTpw— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) December 5, 2018Asked if Riley would potentially jump to the professional ranks, Mayfield thinks it will happen eventually.“I think down the road probably,’’ said Mayfield. “But like I said, right now I’m not going to speak for him, but he’s ready whenever that time comes.’’Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy while playing for Riley in 2017. He has thrown for 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions thus far as a rookie.last_img read more

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Thrive Grants Support Community Action on Breastfeeding

first_imgBreastfeeding families in Nova Scotia will have more support and encouragement with $250,000 in provincial grants for community projects that protect, promote and support breastfeeding. “We know that breastfeeding rates are highest in places where there are family and community supports, including workplace policies,” said David Wilson, Minister of Health and Wellness. “These grants will enable more of those supports and help children and families thrive.” Local groups and organizations can apply for one-time grants of up to $15,000. The money can fund policy development, supplies, equipment, training, human resources, workplace and peer breastfeeding support, or the Baby Friendly Initiative. “Breast milk provides unequalled nutrition for babies and young children and helps protect against health problems in childhood and later in life,” said Rebecca Attenborough, co-ordinator, Reproductive Care Program of Nova Scotia. “Breastfeeding supports healthy growth and development and provides clear health benefits for children and mothers. We need to continue our work to make breastfeeding the norm in Nova Scotia.” Community grants to support breastfeeding are a government commitment through Thrive!, a plan for a healthier Nova Scotia. The plan addresses childhood obesity and preventable chronic disease through 34 actions focused on healthy eating and physical activity. The application deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 by 4 p.m. Learn more at http://thrive.novascotia.ca.last_img read more

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Lecture to Discuss Connection Between Diet and Cancer

first_imgThe connection between diet and cancer is the topic of the next Cancer Answers lecture, on Tuesday, May 21. Organized by Cancer Care Nova Scotia, the lecture will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Royal Bank Lecture Theatre, Halifax Infirmary, 1796 Summer St., Halifax. Simultaneous video conferences will be available at 19 sites across the province. The lecture, presented by Patricia Poulsen, a clinical dietitian with the Capital Health Cancer Care Program, is designed to provide Nova Scotians with quality cancer care information. “Many people don’t realize the profound impact good nutrition and diet has on the prevention of new and recurring cancers,” said Ms. Poulsen. “Experts believe more than half of all human cancers are preventable if individuals make certain lifestyle choices such as following a healthy diet. During this lecture, I will discuss healthy eating guidelines, focusing on foods to include and limit, and the importance of achieving and maintaining healthy weight and its connection to cancer.” Cancer Care Nova Scotia, a Department of Health and Wellness program, was created in 1998 to facilitate quality cancer prevention and care for all Nova Scotians. It supports healthcare professionals in providing patients with high quality care. Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s work with other organizations and its screening programs raise awareness about the importance of healthy lifestyles to reduce cancer risk, and educate Nova Scotians about available testing, such as Pap tests for cervical cancer and home screening kits for colon cancer. The goal is to find cancer earlier and treat it better.last_img read more

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Man held in Puruliya for posting CMs distorted image

first_imgKolkata: A man was arrested in Puruliya on Wednesday for posting a distorted picture of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the social media.According to a source, Joymal Bhattacharya, who is a member of Para Panchayat Samiti, recently lodged a complaint against Jhantu Rajwar of Dhankidi village for allegedly distorting Chief Minister ‘s picture and posting it on his social media profile. Rajwar also allegedly wrote some lewd comments on the post. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaBhattacharya lodged a complaint against Jhantu Rajwar at the Para police station. On the basis of the complaint, police officers nabbed Rajwar on Wednesday. Sources informed that Rajwar is associated with the BJP but the party has denied the claim. “One person has been arrested in this regard and a probe is on,” said a police official of Puruliya District Police. According to police sources, Rajwar has been booked under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersEarlier this month, BJP Yuva Morcha leader Priyanka Sharma was arrested in Howrah for allegedly posting a distorted picture of Banerjee on social media profile. On May 9, a Trinamool leader in Howrah lodged a complaint against her at the Dasnagar police station. After the complaint was lodged, the Cyber Crime section of Howrah Police took charge of the investigation. On Friday morning, Sharma was called for interrogation. After a few hours of questioning by the police officers, she was arrested for allegedly distorting Banerjee’s picture and posting it on social media. After her arrest, Sharma claimed that she has been framed and targeted. Sharma was remanded to judicial custody for 14 days after her arrest. While she was in judicial custody, Sharma, through her lawyer, appealed to Supreme Court for bail. Sharma was granted bail by the Apex court on May 15.last_img read more

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Little hope seen for oilpatch activity growth as steep price discounts continue

first_imgCALGARY – The Canadian oil and gas sector is in a holding pattern in which spending and production growth can’t occur until new ways to get products to export markets are found, according to CIBC analyst Jon Morrison.The steep discounts being paid for Canadian heavy and light oil production compared with U.S. benchmarks won’t end soon and that means there’s no money for producers to increase their drilling budgets, he said in a report released Tuesday.The report bodes poorly for Canada’s energy services sector as the industry enters the winter drilling season, its traditionally busiest time of the year as frozen ground allows more access to backcountry sites.“We believe this reality will start to percolate into 2019 capex budgets, with a number of producers likely to delay the issuance of formal guidance until January and then we believe many are likely to announce development programs that show little to no incremental production growth,” said Morrison in the report.The report came as OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo on Tuesday urged oil-exporting countries to increase investment to meet future demand as spare oil capacity declines worldwide.In a speech posted on OPEC’s website, he said the global oil sector will need to invest US$11 trillion by 2040 to meet the future needs of the world.But while world oil prices have risen recently to four-year highs due to concerns including possible U.S. sanctions on Iran, Canadian oil prices have gone in the opposite direction as new production floods pipelines and U.S. demand drops temporarily due to fall refinery maintenance outages.“Canada is facing an unprecedented epic pipeline problem,” said Morrison. “And while we have known that this issue has been on the horizon for years, the pressure in the system is building and it’s set to remain ugly for some time.”According to Net Energy Group, the difference between Western Canada Select bitumen blend prices and New York benchmark West Texas Intermediate for November delivery has averaged US$45.50 per barrel this month. The difference between Edmonton Sweet and WTI has been about US$27.Last week, the WCS-WTI differential widened to more than US$52 per barrel, at which point analyst Matt Murphy of Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. calculated bitumen producers were actually losing money because the light oil used to dilute their heavy sticky crude cost more than what the barrel was selling for.Western Canada will remain short of pipeline capacity even if Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 replacement pipeline is completed by 2020, thus adding 370,000 barrels per day of capacity, CIBC notes.The short-term situation will improve but not enough to allow growth in activity if crude-by-rail exports double as expected to a record 450,000 barrels per day by the end of this year, the report says.Unusually wet weather in Alberta in September will contribute to soft third-quarter earnings reports from oilfield services companies, Morrison added.He said Canadian drilling rig utilization in the quarter ended Sept. 30 was about 32 per cent, higher than the 28.5 per cent achieved in the same quarter last year, while the number of operating days were about nine per cent higher.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:ENB)last_img read more

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Votes on Senate bills seen as progress even if they fail

WASHINGTON — The Senate is taking a new approach to ending the partial government shutdown by actually taking votes instead of just pointing fingers.But competing bills appear likely to fail Thursday, caught in a poisonous Washington impasse.Either measure would reopen federal agencies and pay 800,000 federal workers who are days from missing yet another paycheque. Republicans would couple ending the 34-day shutdown with $5.7 billion for President Donald Trump’s border wall and revamping immigration laws. Democrats would reopen agency doors for three weeks while bargainers seek a budget accord.Twin defeats might spur the two sides into a more serious effort to strike a compromise. Almost every proposal needs 60 votes to advance in the Senate, which is under 53-47 Republican control.“It’s hard to imagine 60 votes developing for either one,” said Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.With the impacts of the shutdown becoming increasingly painful, however, lawmakers on both sides were trumpeting their willingness to compromise in the battle over border security and immigration issues such as protection against deportation for so-called Dreamer immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.“It’s clear what the president wants. It’s clear what we want. If you have a negotiation, both parties are going to put on the table what they want,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. “By definition a successful negotiation gets to a place where both sides feel they got something, right?”But starting negotiations is a tripping point. Democrats insist on opening the government first rather than reward Trump’s tactics, while Republicans warn that immediately reopening the government would give Democrats too much leverage in any talks.“No shutdown. No hostages,” said Rep. Ruben Gallegos, D-Ariz. “You get nothing in return until to release the hostages.”The partial shutdown began just before Christmas after Trump indicated that he wouldn’t sign a stopgap spending bill backed by top Republicans like Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who shepherded a bill funding the government up to Feb. 8 through the Senate. The House passed a plan with wall funding as one of the last gasps of the eight-year GOP majority.On Thursday, almost five weeks later, House Democrats continued work on a package that would ignore Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion for a wall with Mexico and would instead pay for other ideas aimed at protecting the border.Details of Democrats’ border security plan and its cost remained a work in progress. Party leaders said it would include money for scanning devices and other technological tools for improving security at ports of entry and along the boundary, plus funds for more border agents and immigration judges.“If his $5.7 billion is about border security, then we see ourselves fulfilling that request, only doing it with what I like to call using a smart wall,” said No. 3 House Democratic leader Jim Clyburn, D-S.C.A poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released Wednesday was the latest indicator that the shutdown is hurting Trump with the general public. While his approval among Republicans remains strong, just 34 per cent of Americans like his performance as president and 6 in 10 assign a great deal of responsibility to him for the shutdown, around double the share blaming Democrats.The Senate GOP bill would temporarily shield from deportation 700,000 “Dreamers,” protections Trump has tried terminating. He’s also offered temporary protections for people who fled violence or natural disasters in several countries — another program the president has curtailed.With Democrats eager to show they’re trying to end the impasse, the House used mostly party-line votes Wednesday to approve one measure reopening government agencies through February. By a similar tally, the chamber voted to finance most shuttered agencies through September.Growing numbers of House Democrats say the party should show where it stands on border security.“Right now it’s a vacuum and the president is offering fake plans to stop drug smuggling,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore. Offering a Democratic alternative “helps the possibility of beginning a real negotiation,” he said.___AP Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro and writers Laurie Kellman and Matthew Daly contributed to this report.Andrew Taylor And Alan Fram, The Associated Press read more

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UN refugee agency withdraws staff from South Darfur over Sudanese restrictions

The Government had promised to lift restrictions – imposed after 20 October when the UN intervened to stop the involuntary relocation of displaced people – by 6 November.But with the limits still in place on Wednesday, Jean-Marie Fakhouri, the director of operations for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Sudan, decided that three of the agency’s four international staff would be temporarily relocated to West Darfur State.”It is extremely frustrating for our staff to be forced to sit idle,” Mr. Fakhouri said. “If we are not going to be allowed to do our work in South Darfur, then UNHCR has no choice but to go elsewhere where the needs are just as great.”The UN agency has also put on hold plans to open an office later this month in El Fasher in North Darfur pending a resolution of the situation in South Darfur.The senior UN envoy for Sudan, Jan Pronk, was in Nyala, South Darfur for a second day today attempting a visit to the camp that came under attack yesterday.More than 1.8 million people have been uprooted by the violence in Darfur. Some 1.6 million of them are displaced internally inside Darfur while another 200,000 have sought refuge in neighbouring Chad.In Geneva today, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Representative on the human rights of IDPs, called on the Government to immediately halt forced relocations and other serious violations of the rights of displaced persons by its own officials and act to prevent the Janjaweed militia and others from perpetrating these abuses.His statement followed reports yesterday that for the second time in a week, Sudanese authorities have stormed the Al Geer camp in South Darfur to forcibly move people who had sought refuge there. Police allegedly battered civilians and used tear gas against women and children while destroying their shelters.Meanwhile in North Darfur, displaced persons told a UN team in Tartura village that they had recently been forced from their homes in Abu Shouk by police who used tear gas, electrical gadgets and threats to force them onto trucks. A UN spokesman said harassment of IDPs is reportedly increasing at two camps in North Darfur.The Representative, Walter Kälin, pointed out that the forcible relocation of persons is a violation of international humanitarian and human rights law. He noted that while rebels may also be responsible for violations of the ceasefire agreement, “this does not excuse the Government from its responsibilities.”In another development, the five-member International Commission of Inquiry probing the possibility that genocide occurred in Darfur arrived there today following two days of meetings in and around the capital Khartoum. Mr. Kälin hailed this development, but cautioned that “the Government must independently act to prevent its own officials from engaging in forcible relocation and other human rights violations.”He added that the African Union (AU), which has a peacekeeping presence in Darfur, “must be given the mandate to provide protection to civilians as well as adequate numbers of troops, equipment and support, especially if the Government of Sudan does not have the capacity or willingness to do so.” read more

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Competition Bureau scratches StaplesOffice Depot battle off todolist

by The Canadian Press Posted May 19, 2016 6:42 am MDT Last Updated May 19, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Competition Bureau scratches Staples-Office Depot battle off to-do-list This combination made with 2009 file photos shows signage for a Staples store in Springfield, Ill., top, and an Office Depot store in Miami Springs, Fla. Canada’s competition commissioner has dropped its challenge of a proposed merger between Staples and Office Depot, which was scrapped last week by the two U.S. multinational companies after an American judge blocked the plan. Both Canada’s Competition Bureau and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission had challenged the proposal, arguing it would harm competition in the office products business. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Seth Perlman, Alan Diaz OTTAWA – Canada’s competition commissioner has dropped its challenge of a proposed merger between Staples and Office Depot, which was scrapped last week by the two U.S. multinational companies after an American judge blocked the plan.Both Canada’s Competition Bureau and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission had challenged the proposal, arguing it would harm competition in the office products business.U.S. district judge Emmet Sullivan ruled on May 10 that the FTC had demonstrated that the merger would “substantially impair” competition as a supplier to large business customers.Staples and Office Depot said they wouldn’t appeal the ruling and they dropped the merger plan the same day. read more

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UN political chief warns of increasingly toxic Gaza calls for new talks

“We see the circumstances in Gaza as becoming increasingly worrisome as we approach the six-month mark since the end of last summer’s conflict,” said Mr. Feltman. “The combination of the failure to rectify the persistent governance and security issues and the slow pace of reconstruction has created an increasingly toxic environment.”For a comprehensive peace, a priority had to be establishing a framework to get there, he urged. The international community, possibly through a reinvigorated diplomatic Quartet, could help parties to avoid a downward slide and support a return to negotiations. While the UN would continue its active role in supporting such efforts, international efforts could not succeed in isolation. “A genuine and lasting peace can only be reached by the commitment of the parties to overcome their mistrust and make the difficult Compromises necessary to achieve a resolution to this conflict,” Mr. Feltman stressed. Pointing to a total of $200 million withheld by the Israeli Government, the Palestinian Authority faced acute fiscal challenges, and economic activity had contracted in 2014 for the first time since 2006. “Paralyzing the Palestinian Authority from conducting essential Government business – including functions related to health services and law and order – is in no one’s interest,” said Mr. Feltman. “Israel’s action is a violation of its obligations under the Paris Protocol of the Oslo Accords and we, again, call for an immediate reversal of this decision.”Parties to the conflict had primary responsibility to resolve issues but a key component of reversing negative trends would be implementation by the international community of financial commitments made at the Cairo Conference. The current failure to deliver the necessary support put an almost “unbearable strain” on an already highly fractious environment, he said.“Four months after the Cairo Conference, donors have yet to fulfil the majority of their pledges,” Mr. Feltman said. “This is, quite frankly, unacceptable, and cannot continue if we hope to avoid another escalation in Gaza.”He drew attention to the joint letter appealing to donors to honour their financial commitments without further delay, with UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in need of $100 million and support also needed for other UN agencies. The UN had partnered with the Government of Palestine to launch the Strategic Response Plan for 2015, requesting $705 million aiming to meet the humanitarian needs of 1.6 million Palestinians, with 75 per cent of the Plan dedicated to Gaza.In addition, the temporary Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism was “functioning and delivering concrete results,” he said, pointing to 50 construction projects that were under consideration, including 18 already approved, and to 47,000 people cleared, out of a total of 75,000, to receive construction material for shelter repairs.The Under-Secretary-General also drew attention to the situation in the occupied West Bank, where one Palestinian was killed and 156 injured, including 31 children and five women, by Israeli security forces. Four members of the Israeli security forces were injured during the same period and 12 passengers were stabbed on a commuter bus in Tel Aviv, while clashes between Palestinians and Israeli settlers continued. He noted demolition of Palestinian structures in the West Bank, including in East Jerusalem, and urged Israel to cease such demolitions in East Jerusalem and Area C and to facilitate international assistance to vulnerable communities.“We are deeply disappointed by Israeli authorities’ decision to issue on 30 January tenders for the construction of some 450 residential units in West Bank settlements, at a time when the situation is extremely volatile,” Mr. Feltman said.As well as discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Mr. Feltman also noted the Secretary-General’s concern about violations of the 1974 Agreement on Disengagement between Israeli and Syrian forces in January, and a serious breach of the cessation of hostilities between Lebanon and Israel on 28 January, which resulted in the death of a UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) peacekeeper serving in the Spanish contingent. He added that UNIFIL was in the process of finalising its investigation of the incident with the cooperation of both parties.Elsewhere in Lebanon, the border with Syria remains impacted by security incidents and cross-border fighting, Mr. Feltman noted. He was concerned over the “prolonged vacuum” in the office of president in the country and said the Secretary-General looked to the Security Council to preserve Lebanon from the impact of conflicts in the region and help it to address the multiple challenges it faces. read more

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Columbus Clippers win 6of8 in opening homestand

The Columbus Clippers secured their fifth come-from-behind win of the young season with a 5-4 victory against the Indianapolis Indians on Thursday, in the last game of an eight-game homestand to start the year. The Clippers (6-2) gained plenty of experience in tight contests during the homestand as close games and come-from-behind victories were present throughout. All eight games were decided by three runs or less and five of the eight were one-run games. Columbus manager Mike Sarbaugh said he is proud of the way his team has hung tough in tight situations early in the year. “We have confidence as a club in our ability to score runs,” he said. “We’ve showed early in the season we can come back, score some runs and win games.” Clippers shortstop Gregorio Petit said his team is made up of resilient competitors. “We just battle the whole game and never give up,” Petit said after the Clippers 4-3 walk-off win against Indianapolis Monday. “Fighters fight, and that’s how we are.” In the win Thursday, Columbus found itself trailing 4-2 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, taking a significant punch from Indianapolis in the top half of the inning. The Indians scored three runs on a 3-run home run by shortstop Jordy Mercer to take the lead. Using three consecutive hits to start the inning, the Clippers tied the game at four with an RBI single by center fielder Ezequiel Carrera. Third baseman Russ Canzler gave Columbus the lead with an RBI single of his own, the team’s sixth hit of the inning. “I thought that was the key in the game for us,” Sarbaugh said. “Coming out that next inning and scoring three was big.” Scoring the tying run in the fifth inning was Clippers right fielder Chad Huffman. Huffman went 2-for-3 in the game with two runs and a RBI on a home run hit into the deepest part of the ballpark in left-center field. “I got a change-up up in the zone and I was lucky I got the barrel on it,” Huffman said. Clippers starting pitcher Corey Kluber struck out eight in five innings allowing four runs on three hits. Kluber has a combined 18 strikeouts in his first two starts. Columbus begins an 11-game road trip Friday against Louisville, and the team’s confidence is riding high after the successful homestand. “There’s lots of confidence in this locker room,” Huffman said. “Our expectations are to go in there and win all 11 of them.” read more

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Intel drops McAfee name to help distance itself from founder

first_imgI am now everlastingly grateful to Intel for freeing me from this terrible association with the worst software on the planet. These are not my words, but the words of millions of irate users.My elation at Intel’s decision is beyond words. INTEL IS DISTANCING itself from the founder of its anti-virus software service McAfee after announcing it will be changing its name.The company’s CEO Brian Krzanich said that it will be replacing the McAfee brand with Intel Security.The rebranding will begin immediately and the company estimates that it will take a year to complete.McAfee Security’s founder John McAfee told the BBC that he was happy with the decision. McAfee founded the company in 1987 as McAfee Associates and left in 1994. Since then, he has been involved in a number of controversies.In 2012, he went on the run after his neighbour was found dead in Belize in South America. After being jailed in Guetemala, he was later deported back to the US and is now living in Montreal, Canada.Read: One in five Irish teens have accessed content that disturbed them — survey >Read: Anti-virus guru McAfee sought by police in murder investigation >last_img read more

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Its Aldridge again as Blazers top Raptors

first_imgTORONTO — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 14 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter, Rudy Fernandez had 23 and the Portland Trail Blazers won their third straight game, beating the skidding Toronto Raptors 102-96 on Friday night.Coming off a career-high 42 points in Monday’s win over Chicago, Aldridge shot 14 for 25 and grabbed 10 rebounds. He went 9 for 12 from the free throw line.Andre Miller had 13 points and eight assists for the Trail Blazers, who have won 10 of 13.Fernandez made his first eight shot attempts, six of them 3-pointers, before missing for the first time, coming up short from beyond the arc with 1:33 left in the third quarter.Andrea Bargnani scored 29 points and DeMar DeRozan had 17 for the Raptors, who lost for the 16th time in 17 games.Former Blazers guard Jerryd Bayless scored all 18 of his points in the fourth quarter, including four 3-pointers, while Sonny Weems had 10 for the Raptors. Toronto has lost 29 of 35 since Dec. 5.Starting in place of injured Amir Johnson, Toronto’s Ed Davis finished with a career-high 13 rebounds.Trailing by two to start the fourth, the Raptors surged ahead 85-78 with 6:41 remaining thanks to a quartet of 3-pointers by Bayless.Portland quickly got back in it. Aldridge made two free throws and, after Davis missed a pair from the line, Nicolas Batum hit a 3 to make it 85-83 with 5:40 left. After a Toronto timeout, a turnover by Bargnani led to a tying dunk from Batum.last_img read more

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Missing Battle Ground woman found safe

first_imgSearch and rescue crews located an 86-year-old Battle Ground woman Thursday who had been missing in a wooded area near her home for nearly 24 hours.Betty Kramer left her family’s home at 25009 N.E. 239th Circle between 3 and 4 p.m. Wednesday for her daily walk but never returned home, Clark County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Fred Neiman said. Family members searched for her without luck and called the sheriff’s office about 9 p.m. About 16 volunteers searched the area until 3 a.m. Thursday morning, when the search petered out. Neiman said a few people continued looking throughout the night, but the search hit full swing again about 7 a.m.A dozen volunteers continued the search Thursday, setting up a command post about a half mile away from the family home at the corner of East Berry Road and Kaskillah Drive, south of Moulton Falls Park. Searchers looked for Kramer on foot, in cars driving on logging roads and from above in the sheriff’s office fixed-wing aircraft. Police canines also aided in the search.They located Kramer just after 2 p.m.“She was lost. It was very doubtful she would have found her way back to where she belonged without search and rescue looking for her,” Neiman said. “She’s in great shape and good spirits.”last_img read more

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