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first_imgKarachi, May 11 (PTI) Some of the top Pakistani cricketers, including national T20 captain Sarfraz Ahmed and Umar Akmal, have failed to meet the required fitness standards, set by trainer Grant Luden. Other players who failed to attain the required points in the different fitness tests include Sohaib Maqsood, spinners Saeed Ajmal and Zulfiqar Babar along with some others. “The fitness trainer of the Pakistan team, Grant Luden and his team have devised a points system for the fitness tests with 17 set as the benchmark for players to confirm their fitness is of required level,” one PCB official said. “Unfortunately some players could not reach the benchmark,” he added. He explained the tests are being held as contracted players are given goals to achieve within three months ? those who fail to achieve the goals are fined, while those who achieve or surpass them are rewarded financially. Interestingly the four-day fitness tests which began last Sunday at the national cricket academy have been hit by reports in the media that some players were unhappy over the alleged double standards employed by Luden and his team. Some players reportedly have complained to the Board that Luden and his team were soft with some players notably national ODI captain Azhar Ali, pacer Wahab Riaz while taking the tests and put others through harsh tests in adverse weather conditions. But the official termed the allegations as baseless. He said since the players were taking tests in groups the allegations were baseless. The Board has also employed a sports psychologist and nutritionist Asad Rizvi to hold counseling sessions with the players in the fitness tests and these will also continue in the month long boot camp in Abbotabad that begins this week. Senior players Shahid Afridi and Muhammad Hafeez along with the unfit Haris Sohail, Emmad Wasim have not appeared in the tests since they are carrying niggling injuries. But Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq also joined the tests on Tuesday after returning from performing Umra and interestingly he and senior batsman, Younis Khan are said to be the two fittest players in the program despite their age. Younis is said to have topped with 18 points at the age of 38 while Misbah turns 42 this month. PTI Cor AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with two days remaining in the regular season and all 16 teams that will head to the postseason this weekend now having clinched their spots:___EAST UPDATEIt’s coming into focus. Slowly.Indiana will be the No. 1 seed, wrapping that up when Miami lost at Washington. So the Heat are the No. 2 seed, and Atlanta will play the Pacers starting this weekend.Everything else? Who knows.Toronto and Chicago will take the race for No. 3 down to the final day; the Raptors need a win or a Bulls loss to get that spot, with No. 4 going to the other club. Brooklyn can wrap up No. 5 with a win April 15. Washington has a chance at fifth, yet could finish No. 7. And Charlotte got a buzzer-beater win at Atlanta to keep its chance at finishing No. 6 — and avoiding Miami — alive.___WEST UPDATEMemphis grabbed the final available playoff spot by winning in Phoenix on April 14, a tremendous game that wasn’t decided until the final seconds. The loss eliminated the Suns, who were one of the feel-good stories in the league all season.Meanwhile, Oklahoma City still hasn’t clinched the No. 2 seed; the Thunder lost at New Orleans, extending the Los Angeles Clippers’ slim hopes of finishing second alive for at least another day.So just like in the East, all that’s left to decide are some seedings. Fifth-seeded Portland will open at fourth-seeded Houston in the West quarterfinals; after that, just about everything will have to be decided after Wednesday’s slate of finales.Houston clinched No. 4 by beating San Antonio — which will be the top seed — on April 14. Golden State locked up No. 6 by topping Minnesota.___APRIL 15New York at Brooklyn: Nets playing for No. 5 seed. Knicks lead weird season series 2-1: New York has won by 30 and 29, Brooklyn by 23.Denver at L.A. Clippers: Long shot, sure. But if the Clippers win here, and beat Portland, and OKC loses its finale to Detroit, Doc Rivers’ club gets No. 2.___CURRENT BRACKETFirst-round matchups if the season ended April 14.East: Indiana-Atlanta, Miami-Charlotte, Toronto-Washington, Chicago-Brooklyn.West: San Antonio-Memphis, Oklahoma City-Dallas, L.A. Clippers-Golden State, Houston-Portland.___NOTE OF THE DAYMike Miller loves this time of year. Including his season-high 21-point effort in Memphis’ big win April 14, he now has a total of four 20-point games in the last three seasons.They’ve all come in April or June.___QUOTE OF THE DAY“We were able to play everybody — no injuries — and we got a good sweat out of it.” — San Antonio’s Tony Parker, as his team tuned up for the playoffs in a loss to Houston.(TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer)last_img read more

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first_imgAustralian Open: Kei Nishikori survives scare vs Pablo Carreno Busta to enter quartersAustralian Open: Kei Nishikori battled for five sets till the final tiebreak to emerge victorious 6-7 (8), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 7-6(8) against Pablo Carreno Busta to reach quarter-finals.advertisement Abreshmina S Quadri MelbourneJanuary 21, 2019UPDATED: January 31, 2019 01:23 IST Australian Open: Kei Nishikori had played two five-setters and a three-setter in the first 3 rounds. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKei Nishikori survived a scare vs Pablo Carreno Busta in Australian Open 4th roundNishikori reached his fourth quarter-final at Australian OpenCarreno Busta was looking to make his first quarter-final in MelbourneWorld number 9 Kei Nishikori of Japan battled past Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7 (8), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 7-6(8) into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open at the Margaret Court Arena on Monday. Nishikori was wasteful in the early part of the part, which cost him a lot of energy but that did not stop the Japanese from fighting till his last breath and coming out victorious.Nishikori’s countrymate Naomi Osaka, earlier in the day, had fended off a strong challenge from Anastasija Sevastova to advance to her first quarter-finals in Melbourne.Nishikori followed the lead but in a far more rigorous manner as he fought for five hours and five minutes before adding to his three quarter-final appearances in Melbourne Park.Carreno Busta put up an inspired fight against the number 8 seed in Melbourne Park but could not make it to his first quarter-final of the Australian Open.Carreno Busta showed a brilliant attitude against his much-higher ranked opponent and fought tooth and nail but fell just short.Simply…unbelievable.From 0-2 sets down, an exhausted @keinishikori fights back to def. Carreño Busta 6-7(8) 4-6 7-6(4) 6-4 7-6(8) in 5 hours and 5 minutes.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/3WUAq1Japx#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019In the first set, Nishikori broke Busta’s serve multiple times but every single time, the Spaniard hit right back at the Japanese and stayed in the match. Appearing in the Australian Open for only the second time, Carreno Busta’s resilience got him through in the first set.With momentum on his side, Carreno Busta was able to break Nishikori and hold his own serves well to take the second set comfortably.advertisementIn the third set, the Spaniard got an early break but soon, Nishikori broke back to make it 3-3.From there on, the two men held their serves and took the set to the tiebreak. Nishikori then got the better of Carreno Busta and took the match into the 4th set.In the fourth set, Nishikori managed to break Carreno Busta early but the Spaniard broke Nishikori back. However, the Japanese didn’t lose his cool and broke Carreno Busta once again and held his serve thereon to take the match into the fifth set.The 5th set showed exactly the kind of fighter that Kei Nishikori is. Nishikori found renewed energy and rallied to break Carreno Busta early on.Margaret Court Arena was witness to an exceptional level of tennis on Monday as the Japanese star was cheered loudly with each point he won.”Why didn’t I play like this 3 hours ago.”#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/L8YcdkRlis#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019The crowd was as appreciative of the fight Carreno Busta put up but Nishikori used all his experience and immense hitting ability to push through.There was a lot of drama towards the end of the match. From close line calls to a massive fallout between Carreno Busta and the chair umpire, the match was a a thrilling one.The controversy arose when the chair umpire awarded a point to Nishikori in the 5th set tiebreak when the Japanese was 5-8 down. Carreno Busta had reached out to pick a Nishikori shot from wide and his return came close to the net. As Nishikori jumped to hit a winner, the line judge called it out but Nishikori nonetheless went his shot.Busta took a review which showed that Busta’s return was on the line but since Nishikori had hit the ball and the umpire felt the call was taken after the Japanese went with his shot, he gave the point to Nishikori.Carreno Busta got into an argument with the chair umpire trying to explain to him that the line judge had called it out and the point was supposed to be replayed. Replays showed the same but the umpire remained put with his decision.Carreno Busta could not gather humself after that as Nishikori won all the points from there and came out on top. The Spaniard did not even shake hands with the umpire and it was Nishikori who took the initiative to shake hands with Carreno Busta and hug him. Busta, with tears in his eyes, left the arena immediately cursing and screaming at the umpire as the audience booed him for his behaviour.Nishikori will next take on either world No.1 Novak Djokovic, who defeated youngster Daniil Medvedev.*Almost* point of the tournament…#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/feyBwYX8wu#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019LUCAS POUILLE BEATS BORNA CORICEarlier, Lucas Pouille put up an inspired performance against Croatia’s 11th seed Borna Coric to reach his first quarter-final at the Australian Open on Monday. Pouille came from a set down to win 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-5, 7-6(2).advertisementNever been past the 1R and now…@la_pouille finds himself in the #AusOpen quarterfinals, def. Borna Coric 6-7(4) 6-4 7-5 7-6(2).#AOFiredUp pic.twitter.com/yFeqm8f44L#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019Pouille is the 28th seed in Melbourne but has performed out of this skin this week. Apart from an easy first round win, Pouille has fought in four sets and a five-setter to make it through.After winning his 4th round match, Pouille even wrote “Love Australia” on the camera.Also Read | I am a ghost: Naomi Osaka says no one recognises her in MelbourneAlso Read | Serena Williams beats world No.1 Simona Halep to reach Australian Open last 8Also Read | Kids club? Naomi Osaka seeks inspiration from Tsitsipas, TiafoeAlso Read | Alexander Zverev on smashing racquet into pieces at Australian Open: I let my anger outFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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first_img India Today Web Desk BramptonAugust 9, 2019UPDATED: August 9, 2019 19:41 IST Global T20 Canada: Shoaib Malik (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShoaib Malik has hit the ball out of the boundary in such a way that it broke the glass of the cabin twiceVancouver Knights skipper Malik and Andre Russell batted very well to take the Knights’ score to 170Malik scored an unbeaten 46 off 26 balls and Russell scored 43 runs off 21 balls at a strike rate of over 200Pakistan’s veteran batsman Shoaib Malik broke two glass windows after hitting two massive sixes for Vancouver Knights against Brampton Wolves in the Global T20 Canada League on Thursday at CAA Centre, Brampton.Riding on breathtaking knocks by Malik and Andre Russell, Vancouver Knights entered the knockouts by beating Brampton Wolves in a rain-interrupted match.The 20-over game was reduced to 16-overs-a-side due to rain and batting first, Vancouver Knights skipper Malik and Andre Russell batted very well to take the Knights’ score to 170 for four wickets in the stipulated 16 overs.Malik scored an unbeaten 46 off 26 balls. At the same time, Russell scored 43 runs off 21 balls at a strike rate of over 200. Russell hit three fours and four sixes in his innings. At the same time, Malik hit four fours and three sixes.A quick innings of 46*(26) by @realshoaibmalik helps @VKnights_ post a match winning score of 170/4 after 16 overs.#GT2019 #BWvsVK pic.twitter.com/ZBwjOr0StNGT20 Canada (@GT20Canada) August 9, 2019In response, Brampton’s team was reduced to 103 runs. From Brampton’s side, only their captain Colin Munro could touch the figure of ten. Munro scored 62 runs. Apart from him, Ish Sodhi scored nine runs. No batsman could make more than nine runs.During his match-winning inning, Malik has hit the ball out of the boundary in such a way that it broke the glass of the cabin twice, which left the audience in shock.In an unusual scenario, @realshoaibmalik literally hit two glass breaking sixes.#GT2019 #BWvsVK pic.twitter.com/5kuAQoQBbEadvertisementGT20 Canada (@GT20Canada) August 9, 2019Match SummaryVancouver Knights 170-4Brampton Wolves 103-All OutVancouver Knights won by 77 runs (DLS method)Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik was left out of the list of players awarded central contracts for the 2019-20 season by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday.Malik had announced his retirement from ODIs after the World Cup and will now only play T20 format while Hafeez has retired from Test cricket.Read more | Every profession has conflicts: Anil Kumble on ‘Conflict of Interest’ issueAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Global T20 CanadaFollow GT20Follow Shoaib MalikFollow Global T20 Canada league Global T20 Canada: Shoaib Malik shatters glass window with huge sixesShoaib Malik scored an unbeaten 46 off 26 balls. At the same time, Russell scored 43 runs off 21 balls at a strike rate of over 200. Russell hit three fours and four sixes in his innings. At the same time, Malik hit four fours and three sixes.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: The narrative of frosty ties between Mahatma Gandhi and Subhas Chandra Bose is largely exaggerated, Netaji’s great-nephew Sugata Bose said at Sabarmati Ashram on Friday. Bose, Gardiner professor of oceanic history and affairs at Harvard University, said the idea of an undivided and secular India bound Netaji and Gandhiji. “Their relationship was marked by deep love, affection and mutual respect.” The RSS and the BJP have long pitted Netaji and Vallabhbhai Patel against Jawaharlal Nehru and, according to some, Gandhi’s vision of India. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “The differences that arose between Gandhiji and Netaji at the 1939 Tripuri Congress session are also exaggerated,” Bose told his audience. “They had a difference of opinion in 1939, but again came close. Netaji was the first to call Gandhiji the ‘Father of the Nation’. Even after winning the 1939 election to become the Congress president, Netaji had said he wanted to win the trust of India’s greatest man. Gandhiji regarded Netaji’s patriotism to be unparalleled.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Bose quoted from Gandhi’s writings to show how the Mahatma had praised Netaji for uniting people from different religions and instilling a new vision among the soldiers of the Indian National Army. “It was a wonderful talk. Bose explained how Gandhiji and Netaji had more things in common than those separating them,” said Kartikeya Sarabhai, ashram trustee. Bose described how Netaji had coined the term “cultural intimacy” in 1928. “It is a step forward from cultural tolerance. When you are tolerant, you stop at accepting other communities. But cultural intimacy involves engagement between different communities and taking part in others’ festivals,” said Bose, author of His Majesty’s Opponent: Subhas Chandra Bose and India’s Struggle Against Empire. The former Trinamul MP cited how, in the INA, Hindu and Muslim soldiers shared their tea. Bose later said the visit was an “overwhelming experience” for him. “I was moved to see the love that Ahmedabad has for Netaji,” he said.(With inputs from Telegraph India)last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA (660 NEWS) – As Canada and the U.S. restart high level NAFTA talks in Washington, the Dairy Farmers of Canada are in Ottawa warning the Trudeau government not to make any concessions on their sector.Dairy Farmers call on the Trudeau government not to make any concessions in a new NAFTA deal #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/G7NhdESH4U— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 19, 2018Saying “enough is enough”, dairy farmers caution the Trudeau government that any compromise with the U.S. on supply management would be devastating to the industry.“For American farmers, the Canadian market is a drop in the bucket,” David Weins with the Dairy Farmers of Canada said Wednesday morning. “For us, it is our livelihood.”Dairy Farmers asked by show of hands who thinks the government will defend their industry. They all put up their hands. One rep points out they are here to stress the importance of the dairy industry and support the government in defending the sector #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 19, 2018He says they can’t take another hit after already giving up ground in the recent European and Trans Pacific trade deals.“Resulting in the equivalent of $250-million annually in lost milk production.Weins adds “it’s like dying a death by a thousand drops of milk.”He point out more than 200,000 jobs rely on the sector.The U.S. has said Canada needs to bend on dairy, and while the Trudeau government has said it will defend the sector in NAFTA talks, it hasn’t ruled out concessions.last_img read more

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first_img Facebook On Monday, July 15, we kicked off our program year by welcoming 31 new residents from three different programs to the CFC – the 2019 residents of the CBC Actors Conservatory, the Slaight Music Residency, and the producers, writers, editors and directors from the Cineplex Film Program.After an action-packed first day, all of the residents and some key mentors gathered at a welcome reception, where Kathryn Emslie, Chief Programs Officer, CFC, shared some key advice. “Focus on, and enjoy, the process of creation, even more than the end results. One of the opportunities these programs offer is the chance to work together and form a community of peers who support one another through the highs and lows at the CFC and beyond.” Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre has allowed state governments to put to “public use” some enemy properties that were left behind by people who migrated to Pakistan since the Partition and to China after the 1962 Sino-Indian war, officials said Monday. The move comes amid the central government’s efforts to sell more than 9,400 enemy properties, worth over Rs 1 lakh crore, and Rs 3,000 crore worth of enemy shares.The guidelines for disposal of the Enemy Property Order, 2018, has been amended to facilitate “usages of enemy property by the state government exclusively for public use”, according to a notification issued by the Home Ministry. Enemy properties are those properties that were left behind by the people who took citizenship of Pakistan and China.There are 9,280 such properties left behind by Pakistani nationals and 126 by Chinese nationals, an official of the ministry said. Of the total properties left behind by those who took Pakistani citizenship, 4,991 are located in Uttar Pradesh, the highest in the country.West Bengal has 2,735 such estates and Delhi 487. The highest number of properties left by Chinese nationals is in Meghalaya (57).West Bengal has 29 such properties and Assam seven. “The estimated value of all enemy properties is approximately Rs 1 lakh crore,” Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir had told the Rajya Sabha last year. The central government last month had constituted a high-level committee to recommend the quantum and price or price band for sale of enemy shares, worth Rs 3,000 crore. A total 6,50,75,877 shares in 996 companies of 20,323 shareholders are under the custody of the Custodian of Enemy Property for India, another official said. Of these companies, 588 are functional or active companies, 139 of these are listed and the remaining are unlisted. The Enemy Property Act was enacted in 1968 and it regulates such properties and lists the custodian’s powers. The act was amended in 2017 to ensure that the successors of those who migrated to Pakistan and China will have no claim over the properties left behind in India.last_img read more

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) led by opposition leader R Sampanthan today discussed the political prisoners and Northern land issue with visiting US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal.TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said that the implementation of the resolution on Sri Lanka adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last year was also discussed at the meeting. He said that the delay in implementing some clauses in the resolution was raised at the meeting and the delegation led by Biswal said that they had already raised this matter with the Government. Biswal has told the TNA the US will help the Government meet any challenges it faces in implementing the Geneva resolution. Meanwhile Sumanthiran said that while different views are being expressed by the Government on having foreign judges in the domestic accountability process, the TNA will wait for the various mechanisms to be implemented before commenting on it. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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In a bid to boost nutrition for school children, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a massive feeding programme for more than 900,000 youngsters in Bangladesh. WFP officials attended the distribution of a high-nutrition snack at a school in one of the urban slums of the capital, Dhaka, where each morning, the students get a 75-gram packet of high-energy biscuits containing 300 kilocalories and 80 per cent of the daily requirement for vitamins and minerals. With some 400,000 students currently getting the biscuits, WFP’s school feeding programme will cover 925,000 Bangladeshi children by 2004, making it one of the agency’s largest projects in the world. “In the 21st century, there is no possibility whatsoever of economic development without education,” declared Pieter Dijkhuizen, WFP’s Country Director for Bangladesh. “The examples in Asia of economic success clearly demonstrate that only skilled, trained and educated people can break the circle of poverty.” According to WFP, Bangladesh has one of the highest illiteracy rates in the world, with some 60 per cent of children failing to complete primary school. In addition, more than half of all Bangladeshis are malnourished and 26 million consume fewer than 70 per cent of the recommended daily intake of 2,100 kilocalories a day. A nutritious school snack generates a jump in attendance and enrolment rates, enhances a child’s ability to learn, and is the single most important instrument in getting girls into school, WFP said. Studies show that girls who go to school marry later and have fewer children, as education helps girls take control of their lives. read more

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MIAMI – Pressing “pause” on a historic detente, President Donald Trump thrust the U.S. and Cuba back on a path toward open hostility with a blistering denunciation of the island’s communist government. He clamped down on some commerce and travel but left intact many new avenues President Barack Obama had opened.The Cuban government responded by rejecting what it called Trump’s “hostile rhetoric.” Still, Cuba said it is willing to continue “respectful dialogue” with on topics of mutual interest.Even as Trump predicted a quick end to President Raul Castro’s regime, he challenged Cuba to negotiate better agreements for Americans, Cubans and those whose identities lie somewhere in between. Diplomatic relations, restored only two years ago, will remain intact. But, in a shift from Obama’s approach, Trump said trade and other penalties would stay in place until a long list of prerequisites was met.“America has rejected the Cuban people’s oppressors,” Trump said Friday in Miami’s Little Havana, the cradle of Cuban-American resistance to Castro’s government. “Officially, today, they are rejected.”Declaring Obama’s pact with Castro a “completely one-sided deal,” Trump said he was cancelling it. In practice, however, many recent changes to boost ties to Cuba will stay as they are. Trump cast that as a sign the U.S. still wanted to engage with Cuba in hopes of forging “a much stronger and better path.”In a statement released Friday evening on government-run websites and television, Cuban President Raul Castro’s administration said Trump’s speech was “loaded with hostile rhetoric that recalls the times of open confrontation.”The lengthy statement went on to strike a conciliatory tone, saying Cuba wants to continue negotiations with the U.S. on a variety of subjects. “The last two years have shown that the two countries can co-operate and coexist in a civilized way,” it said.Embassies in Havana and Washington will remain open. U.S. airlines and cruise ships will still be allowed to serve the island 90 miles south of Florida. The “wet foot, dry foot” policy, which once let most Cuban migrants stay if they made it to U.S. soil but was terminated under Obama, will remain terminated. Remittances from people in America to Cubans won’t be cut off.But individual “people-to-people” trips by Americans to Cuba, allowed by Obama for the first time in decades, will again be prohibited. And the U.S. government will police other trips to ensure travellers are pursuing a “full-time schedule of educational exchange activities.”The changes won’t go into effect until new documents laying out details are issued. Once implemented Trump’s policy is expected to curtail U.S. travel by creating a maze of rules for Americans to obey. The policy bans most financial transactions with a yet-unreleased list of entities associated with Cuba’s military and state security, including a conglomerate that dominates much of Cuba’s economy, such as many hotels, state-run restaurants and tour buses.Surrounded by Florida Republican officials, the president was unabashed about the political overtones of his election victory and Friday’s announcement:“You went out and you voted, and here I am, like I promised.”Cheered by Cuba hardliners in both parties, Trump’s new policy is broadly opposed by U.S. businesses eager to invest in Cuba.The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, typically supportive of GOP presidents, predicted the changes would limit prospects for “positive change on the island,” while Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., said Trump’s policy was “misguided” and will hurt the U.S. economically.Trump’s declaration in a crowded, sweltering auditorium was a direct rebuke to Obama, for whom the diplomatic opening with Cuba was a central accomplishment of his presidency.Yet it also exposed the shortcomings in Obama’s approach.Unable to persuade Congress to lift the decades-old trade embargo, Obama had used his power to adjust the rules that implement the embargo to expand built-in loopholes. Obama and his aides argued that commerce and travel between the countries, which has blossomed since he relaxed the rules, would make his policy irreversible.Ben Rhodes, the former deputy national security adviser who negotiated Obama’s opening with the Cubans, said it was disappointing Trump was halting the momentum that had built but added that it could have been worse.“This is a limitation on what we did, not a reversal of what we did,” Rhodes said in an interview.For Cubans, the shift risks stifling a nascent middle class that has started to rise as Americans have flocked to the island on airlines, patronizing thousands of private bed-and-breakfasts.“When he’s cutting back on travel, he’s hurting us, the Cuban entrepreneurs,” said Camilo Diaz, a 44-year-old waiter in a restaurant in Havana. “We’re the ones who are hurt.”Granma, the official organ of Cuba’s Communist Party, described Trump’s declarations in real-time blog coverage Friday as “a return to imperialist rhetoric and unilateral demands.” Cuba’s government may not formally respond to Trump’s speech until a speech Monday by its foreign minister.The Castro government is certain to reject Trump’s list of demands, which includes releasing political prisoners, halting what the U.S. says is abuse of dissidents and allowing greater freedom of expression. Refusing to negotiate domestic reforms in exchange for U.S. concessions is perhaps the most fundamental plank of Cuba’s policy toward the U.S.Cuba functioned as a virtual U.S. colony for much of the 20th century, and even reform-minded Cubans are highly sensitive to perceived U.S. infringements on national sovereignty. Trump, on the other hand, described his move as an effort to bring about a “free Cuba” after more than half a century of communism.“I do believe that end is in the very near future,” he said.Cuba’s 1,470-word statement Friday night labeled Trump a hypocrite for calling on Cuba to improve human rights, saying the U.S. government “is threatening more limits on health care that would leave 23 million people without insurance … and marginalizes immigrants and refugees, particular those from Islamic countries.”The statement reiterates Cuba’s commitment to “the necessary changes that we’re making now as part of the updating of our socio-economic model,” but says “they will continue being decided in a sovereign way by the Cuban people.”The U.S. severed ties with Cuba in 1961 after Fidel Castro’s revolution, and spent decades trying to either overthrow the government or isolate the island, including by toughening an economic embargo first imposed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.Obama announced in December 2014 that he and Castro were restoring ties. Less than a year later, the U.S. Embassy in Havana re-opened, and Obama paid a historic visit to Havana in 2016.___Weissenstein reported from Havana and Lederman from Washington.___Follow Darlene Superville and Michael Weissenstein on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dsupervilleap and http://www.twitter.com/mweissenstein A television set shows United States President Donald Trump announcing his new Cuba policy, in a living room festooned with images of Cuban leaders at a house in Havana, Cuba, Friday, June 16, 2017. President Trump declared he was restoring some travel and economic restrictions on Cuba that were lifted as part of the Obama administration’s historic easing. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) by Darlene Superville, Michael Weissenstein And Josh Lederman, The Associated Press Posted Jun 17, 2017 3:05 am MDT Last Updated Jun 17, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Trump rolls back some, not all, changes in US-Cuba relations read more

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But the district argues Revelation owes the county $300,000 in delinquent property taxes and that tax goes to support the school system too.It says if Revelation paid the delinquent property tax, half of that $300,000 would go to Harlan County schools.The school district also tells the Herald Leader it’s reluctant to give Revelation its money since its sister company, Blackjewel, laid off its miners and bounced their final checks after declaring bankruptcy. HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Harlan County School District says it doesn’t want to give a tax refund to a coal company that’s gone bankrupt.According to the Herald Leader newspaper, Revelation Energy overpaid a utility tax to the district and the company is owed $73,000.- Advertisement –

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first_imgIt is designed to provide repairs and maintenance for warships operating away from their home ports in the UK. Equipped with cranes, engineering workshops and power and water for ships alongside, it can be used to repair frigates, destroyers, submarines and minesweepers. The ship has also been used for monitoring shipping in the Gulf.Lord West, a former First Sea Lord, said the decision to scrap it without a replacement was an “error”.He said the ability to repair ships far from home would become particularly important once the new aircraft carriers began operating.The ship had been “extremely valuable” when he had commanded a Navy group in the Far East in the mid-1990s, he said.He said: “I had 22 ships with me, and she was invaluable. That sort of floating maintenance capacity is very, very useful.“It’s yet again a diminution of our Naval capability, particularly our of area capability. With the carriers coming along, that’s really what the Navy needs.”A Navy source said the cost of keeping the ageing ship running when it was the only one of its kind had proven too high.Both the Navy and Royal Fleet Auxilliary are also suffering from a critical shortage of sailors, particularly highly skilled technical trades, to man their ships. Naval chiefs had told the MoD last year that they needed 2,500 more sailors, but were given only a few hundred in last year’s defence review.A spokesman said: “We can confirm that the out-of-service date for RFA Diligence has been brought forward to the end of 2016.“The Royal Fleet Auxiliary continues to have a strong future and looks forward to welcoming four new tankers into the flotilla. The RFA remains integral to the Royal Navy’s deployments and global presence and an important element of the wider Naval service.” A former First Sea Lord last night said the cut was yet another “diminution” of the Royal Navy and that the service was losing an “invaluable” vessel.The sale is the latest cut to the Navy as admirals complain of a dangerous shortage of sailors, an overstretched fleet and delays in starting a ship-building programme to replace its ageing frigates.The 367ft vessel was built in 1981 as a commercial support ship for North Sea rigs, but was chartered by the then government for the Falklands War and spent the campaign repairing warships damaged by Argentine air attacks.The ship was then bought outright for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in 1983. RFA Diligence RFA Diligence was an oil rig support ship before being bought for the NavyCredit:LA(Phot) Abbie Gadd/Crown Copyrightcenter_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. The Navy’s only vessel for repairing damaged warships at sea will be sold off four years early because of cost-cutting, the Ministry of Defence has said.RFA Diligence, which has been repairing Royal Navy vessels since the Falklands War, had been due to continue working until the end of the decade, but will now be sold immediately.The sale comes just three years after the vessel was given a refit to extend its life to 2020, and means the ship will be lost before a replacement has been decided on.last_img read more

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first_img I stood at the entrance of Universal Studios not knowing what to do. I watched a line of cars and trucks come rolling in through the gates, also not quite sure what to do. People in Tesla shirts ran around directing traffic and talking into walkie-talkies. I can’t be sure they knew what was going on either.There were a bunch of us waiting at the bottom of a large hill. We were all there for a Tesla event, where Elon Musk and his partners at Solar City would be announcing some new solar initiatives. Although why the event was held at Universal Studios in Los Angeles instead of at the Tesla offices, we weren’t sure.Many of us had arrived by Lyft or Uber but were stopped just beyond the gate. They weren’t letting people up yet, the Tesla shirts said, despite the fact emails said to get there at 4 p.m. They wouldn’t let us up until 4:30 and even then, we weren’t allowed to just walk up. For one, it was up a steep hill. Many areas in Universal Studios–such as the theme park and some of the stages–are on the ground level. However, where we were going, we were practically going mountain climbing.Eventually one of the Tesla shirts motioned for me and a man in a suit with no tie standing next to me into a Tesla vehicle. Media needed to get up to the event ASAP; she told the driver. It was shiny and new. It had a huge touchscreen interface on the dashboard where normal dials would be. I tried to maintain my composure. It was my first time in a Tesla vehicle, and it screamed “future” at me. But I was in black jeggings and a faux leather jacket. I felt out of place already. And underdressed.The man, who was now sitting next to me in the car, leaned over to me “how do you think she knew we were media?”I shrugged. “Probably that tired look about us.”The man next to me was a journalism veteran, going on 20 years at the newspaper where he worked. I asked him if this chaos was typical for this kind of event. It wasn’t, he told me.When we finally got to the top of the mountain, we were greeted with another cheery Tesla shirt, who shook our hands and introduced himself. I can’t remember his name. I went through the same routine with nearly ten other Tesla shirts that night.Pictured: An actual climb up a mountainHe showed us the way into the event. It was on one of the studio sets. If you’ve ever been on a movie studio tour, you’ll know that there are fake cities and suburbs scattered around the lot, which can be repurposed indefinitely. We had been driven to a quaint suburbia, or maybe it would’ve been quaint if it weren’t already bustling, packed with people in dress shirts and skin-tight dresses drinking beer, people with their kids eating popcorn or mac and cheese.“Welcome to the block party,” the Tesla shirt said, that smile still plastered on his face.The media wouldn’t be able to engage in the block party, however. We were led into the backyard of one of the homes, which many of us agreed had been used on Desperate Housewives. There were couches set up, along with people in buttoned up shirts serving fancy versions of grilled cheese on plates. Everybody looked tired and luckily, also underdressed. We were all on our computers catching up on work. We weren’t allowed to bring cameras into the event, so we snapped pictures with our phones.Most of us had no idea what was going on. Why was there a block party set up in the middle of the Desperate Housewives set? Would Elon Musk, who was notorious for hitting the stage whenever he wanted, be on time?I sat on one of the couches fiddling with my computer. This was my first one of these events, and I wasn’t sure what I was expecting. It’s Tesla, so I knew it wouldn’t be just a row of free drinks in a large, empty room. I knew there would be a performance. We were on a movie studio set after all, why wouldn’t you use that to throw a Hollywood-style party?When Musk took the stage (actually on time), the media were all in a separate area on a small hill, still not allowed to mingle with the guests, who were packed tight in front of Musk. The guy was casually dressed, wearing a gray shirt and slacks. We all took out our phones to snap pics.Musk isn’t known for being the best public speaker. He’s always been more about ideas and behind-the-scenes work instead of being the company spokesperson or a showman, like Steve Jobs once was. So he spoke modestly, going through the motions and pausing after every sentence awkwardly. Every time he said “um, yeah” after a statement somebody in the audience cheered. “Woo, Musk!” Musk would chuckle a bit to himself and continue.The presentation lasted around 20 minutes. It was there he announced what had already been leaked: Tesla was partnering with SolarCity to design aesthetically-pleasing and efficient solar roofs. There were four homes on the set around us, and each one had been outfitted two weeks prior with the technology. As the sun set, Musk gestured to the home on his right. What better time to show people how the solar initiative would work then at sundown? As it got dark, we saw the homes had each been given a Powerwall, which is a battery that can store energy when the sun isn’t shining. In the driveways of each home was at least one Tesla vehicle.These were the homes of the near future, Musk said. To not have a solar roof in the future would be ridiculous. Why wouldn’t you?After he completed the basic Powerpoint presentation–in which only gave basic details about the roofs–the press were shuffled back to the backyard, where we were treated to a short Q&A with Musk himself, along with Lyndon Rive and Peter Rive of SolarCity and JB Straubel, also a co-founder of Tesla. There was a lot the journalists wanted to ask, but we were told to keep it topical. One journalist asked Musk about an inside business arrangement with SolarCity, and she was blown off. “No comment,” Musk huffed.It was a tightly-enforced press and customer event, especially for media. We weren’t allowed to go anywhere without the permission of a Tesla shirt. We were encouraged to stay on topic when talking to Musk, and even when we didn’t, everybody had been through this enough times to know how to shut those questions down. It was chaotic but organized. I got what I needed for a story and nothing more.When I wanted to leave, I was passed around between four Tesla shirts trying to get me through the crowd and into a car. On the way, I was able to snag some of the free food. It was delicious. But I was being watched the entire time. Stay on target Software Engineer Embedded Tesla Model 3 Key Fob In ArmTesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in Moscow last_img read more

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first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has called on supporters to kill racism while stressing it is the responsibility of everyone to stamp it out of football.The issue of racism was became a huge topic in sports and the world as a whole last week following the alleged racial abuse directed at Raheem Sterling during Manchester City’s 2-0 to Chelsea.A week prior to that, Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a banana skin thrown at him by a Tottenham fan during the North London derby.The fan, who has been charged by the Police and banned by Spurs, insists his actions were not racist.Mauricio Pochettino’s men meet the Gunners again on Wednesday in the English League Cup and, speaking to reporters after his side’s game against Burnley on Saturday, Pochettino said, according to Goal:“Our fans, Arsenal fans, Chelsea fans, around the world – we need to celebrate for us.”“I don’t care if it is Arsenal fans, Argentina fans, Tottenham fans, Espanyol or Barcelona fans – I am against this type of situation.”Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“For me it [racism] is the worst thing in the world and that is why I am completely against this behaviour. I don’t want to be populist – I don’t care whether it is our fans or other fans, I want to kill [the bad behaviour and racism]. For me it is like this. Our responsibility is to behave like this.”Tottenham picked up a point on Tuesday night against Barcelona to secure qualification to the UEFA Champions League last 16, and Hugo Lloris believes the effects of the game at the Camp Nou showed on Saturday.“You have a bit less energy, you play with less intensity,” said Lloris.“I think we made a good performance – not fantastic, but really professional.”last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Hospital overflowing, chaos, damage and dead bodies in Gros-Morne Haiti Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPort-au-Prince, #Haiti – February 27, 2018 – Deputy Premier and Minister of Border Control and Employment, Hon. Sean Astwood is attending the Twenty-Ninth Inter-sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community at the Marriott Hotel, Port-au-Prince on February 26 and 27 2018.During the two-day conference, Hon. Astwood is expected to hold Bi-laterals with several Member States’ leaders including the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse to discuss matters related to migration.Key items to be addressed on the agenda of the Inter-Sessional assembly include Disaster Management and Recovery, Tourism, Regional Security, and Blacklisting and De-Risking. #CARICOM Heads of Government will also discuss the Enlargement Policy for the Community with a view to addressing applications received for Associate Membership in CARICOM.The Heads of Governments of the 18-member body and its associate membership are also scheduled to discuss issues relating to the region’s slow recovery from the global economic crises; the heavy debt burdens of some members and the effects policies by international financial institutions have had on the economies of the community.The Deputy Premier is accompanied by Mr. Ronlee James, Executive Director in Office of the Premier and Ms. Bernadya Smith, Executive Administrator, Border Control & Employment.TCIG PRESS RELEASE TCI on Alert as riots rage in Haiti, two-year president asked to resign UN SG is Special Guest at Opening Ceremony for CARICOM Heads Meeting Wednesday Related Items:#seanastwood, CARICOM, haiti Recommended for youlast_img read more

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first_img Scabies again at South Dock Road detention center, confirms Turks and Caicos officials Related Items:#cubanmigrant, #southdockroaddetentioncenter Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos – March 8, 2018 – Political asylum is being requested by a Cuban man currently being detained by the Turks and Caicos Islands Department of Immigration at the South Dock Road detention center.The 44 year old has been in the Turks and Caicos for over five years according to friends of the detainee and he has reportedly been in and out of Immigration detainment for months after he was found living and working in the country without the proper documents.  The Cuban man had been released during the hurricane, reporting regularly to the department.Friends say Rubier Quezada Gonzalez is a nice man and that at one time he had been allowed to check into the Immigration Department every few days, but all of a sudden that changed and Gonzalez was suddenly locked up and has been living in the detention center for about two months now.  Immigration Director, Derek Been responded to Magnetic Media’s questions on the detention, including why Rubier Gonzalez has been held for so many months and when he would appear before a court of law to be formally charged.Our media house, at that time learned that this was not a simple case of repatriation because Gonzalez was claiming a more serious reason for why he fled his homeland.  Mr. Been said this:“I can confirm that a Cuban National is being detained. He is an asylum case, which is being processed. He currently does not have any legal status within the Turks and Caicos Islands. The detention matter is under consideration.  The case is not one involving repatriation and deportation as this stage.”  Friends of Mr. Gonzalez are grieved at his arrest and lock up and have shared with Magnetic Media that he should be released from the detention center and allowed to continue with a system previously at work while the political asylum claim is being processed.Rubier Gonzalez had been permitted a three times weekly check in with the Immigration Department for verification; the Director, in his reply to our news organization, admits that the matter of his detention is under review. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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first_imgJaypee InfratechReutersNBCC, formerly the National Buildings Construction Corporation Ltd, is in talks with the Finance Ministry and lenders of Jaypee Infratech, in an attempt to complete construction of 27 delayed residential projects in Noida and Greater Noida, according to an ET Now report.If the deal fructifies, it could save about 32,000 home buyers who invested money to buy homes. But, the deal may be a two-way process because Jaypee’s land parcels adjacent to the Yamuna Expressway between Noida and Agra could be money-spinners if monetised in future.However, the discussions are in the early stages. Earlier, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also expressed his sympathy towards the buyers and said that those who have paid for flats must get possession.What are the homebuyers angry?Noida-based Jaypee Infratech is burdened with total debt of almost Rs 8,000 crore. About Rs 16,000 crore is stuck in Jaypee Infratech’s project and homebuyers have asked the Uttar Pradesh government to get involved and look through the matter.Recently, the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) scrapped six projects and assured home buyers that their money would be refunded soon and at any cost. YEIDA also said that it will cancel Jaypee’s lease and liquidate its assets to recover the money if the firm fails to pay the first instalment of refunds by the end of October 2017.IDBI Bank filed a petition of insolvency against Jaypee and the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has commenced proceedings against the real estate company. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code was introduced in 2015. Representational image.Raghavendra N IBTThe NCLT has also appointed Anuj Jain as chief executive officer of the company, who along with the insolvency professional, will look through the insolvency proceedings.Last week, a three-member committee was appointed by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to help home buyers sort out their grievances. Nonetheless, people have preferred to await delivery of their homes over expecting refunds or compensation.NBCC’s intervention to help these home buyers take possession of their incomplete projects will come as a big relief for the latter.last_img read more

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first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina exchanges Eid greetings with the cross section of people at her official Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka on the occasion of the holy Eid-ul-Azha on Monday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said the government would continue development works in the country upholding the dignity in the world arena that was achieved due to massive uplift works carried out by the Awami League (AL) government for the welfare of the people.“Bangladesh is progressing ahead and will go further. We have established Bangladesh as a dignified country in the entire world defying hundreds of hurdles and we want to go ahead further by maintaining the dignity,” she said.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina exchanges Eid greetings with the leaders of Awami League and her advisers at her official Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka on the occasion of the holy Eid-ul-Azha on Monday. Photo: PIDThe prime minister made the comments before media after exchanging Eid greetings with the cross section of people, including party leaders and workers, professionals, judges and foreign diplomats at her official Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka on the occasion of the holy Eid-ul-Azha.She reiterated her commitment to continue the advancement of the country for giving people a happy, beautiful and better life as none can ignore Bangladesh. “We want that we could move on the world stage by keeping our head high. We’re building the country in this way and the country will advance in that way.”“We are running the country with a target to build Bangladesh as a hunger and poverty-free country as dreamt by the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” she added.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina exchanges Eid greetings with the cross section of people at her official Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka on the occasion of the holy Eid-ul-Azha on Monday. Photo: PIDHasina, however, expressed her gratitude to the people of the country to keep trust on the AL and voted for her party for which it has got the scope to serve the country.“I will honour the people’s trust and belief on us with step forwarding the country ahead,” she continued.Sheikh Hasina, also president of ruling Bangladesh Awami League, said, “I have dedicated myself for building the better future of the countrymen.”At the outset of her speech, Sheikh Hasina greeted the countrymen and expatriate Bangladeshis on the occasion of holy Eid-ul-Azha.“I want that the people will live in joyous environment throughout their life and it’s my wish that they will live beautifully,” she said.The prime minister also paid rich tributes to Bangabandhu, four national leaders, three million martyrs and 200,000 mothers and sisters who sacrificed their lives for the cause of the country.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina exchanges Eid greetings with foreign diplomats at her official Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka on the occasion of the holy Eid-ul-Azha on Monday. Photo: PIDThe gate of the Ganabhaban was opened for visitors at 9.30am when people from all walks of life started coming after their Eid prayers and waited in a long queue to meet the prime minister. On the occasion the big lawn of Ganabhaban was decorated elegantly.Leaders of different political parties, parliament members, freedom fighters, educationists, senior journalists, leaders of associate bodies of Awami League and different professional and trade bodies as well as the cross section of people including beggars and destitute exchanged Eid greetings with the prime minister.Like previous years, some of the visitors took the programme as an opportunity to draw attention of the top executive of the country to their woes and sufferings and sought her intervention and support to resolve those problems.Later, Sheikh Hasina exchanged Eid greetings with judges of the Supreme Court, senior civil and military officials and ambassadors and high commissioners of different friendly countries at a separate programme on Ganabhaban lawn.last_img read more

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