Amid NBA Finals and lawsuit, Kawhi Leonard remains unfazed

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s nothing new to me,” Leonard said. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess All that would overload some people. Leonard, however, isn’t like most people. He’s unfazed.“I think it just comes naturally,” Leonard said. “All NBA players, there’s so much distractions from you playing in high school to college to now becoming a pro, it’s probably just pretty much second-nature at this point.” ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and teammate Fred VanVleet (23) celebrate a point against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)OAKLAND, Calif. — Toronto star Kawhi Leonard has more than a few things on his mind these days.He’ll be a free agent in a few weeks and will decide where he wants to play next season. He’s apparently headed to federal court to solve a disagreement with Nike. He’s clearly dealing with something that isn’t right in his lower body, though he and the team continue to insist that he’s fine.ADVERTISEMENT The Raptors are here largely because of Leonard. Even though six bad minutes that became an 18-0 Golden State run to start the second half of Game 2 — “the quarter from hell,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse called it — ultimately cost Toronto its chance at a 2-0 series lead and retaining home-court advantage, there’s still no obvious sense of uneasiness from the Eastern Conference champions.“It’s going to be even harder on the road,” Raptors guard Fred VanVleet said. “But we’re capable and we know what we bring to the table.”The Raptors have already rallied from 2-1 series deficits twice in these playoffs — against Philadelphia in the second round and against Milwaukee in the East finals. No team in the current 16-team postseason format, which the NBA went to in 1984, has overcome three of those in the same season.“We want to be the first to four,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said. “Every game is an urgent game.”Learning to deal with noise from the outside world is a skill that the Raptors have proudly gotten fairly adept at this season — amid the constant din surrounding the trade that brought Leonard to Toronto and whether the team could possibly find a way to entice him to sign and stick around past this season.The last thing the Raptors are worried about is a court case.“A lot of times I don’t know about much of the noise until somebody asks me a question about it, a lot of times,” Nurse said Tuesday before his team practiced at Oracle Arena. “To me, it’s like part of the job. Like most people, I love listening to all the shows and the podcasts and whatever. And I haven’t listened to a one since the playoffs started. I miss it.”The free agency stuff with Leonard, that’ll all get worked out one way or another starting June 30.The noise of concern for Toronto is what’s going to be coming from the fans at Oracle on Wednesday night. Much in the same way that the Toronto crowd fueled the Raptors in Game 1, the same can be expected in the Bay Area for Game 3 — particularly since it’ll be either the second-to-last, or next-to-last, time the Warriors call this building home.As with off-court noise, Leonard won’t be bothered. Or listening. Leonard is famously, almost mythically, quiet. He tends to give short answers during news conferences. He’s not a social-media guy. So it was an odd look on Monday when he — his attorneys, anyway — filed a federal lawsuit in Southern California against Nike over the rights to his distinctive “klaw” logo, one Leonard says he drew himself in either 2011 or 2012.He rarely makes news. To make news like that, during an off day for the NBA Finals, with the series shifting to California, was eye-raising.“It happened a long time ago,” Leonard said of the disagreement between he and Nike — and the lawsuit shows that the battle over the logo has indeed gone on for some time, then ramped up to get to this point. “You guys are just finding out. It’s not a big worry of mine. … I’ve known about it.”In other words, he’s played through that particular portion of off-court drama throughout these playoffs.Obviously, he’s handled it just fine.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Here we go: Just like old times, Federer vs. Nadal in France And, oh, there’s the NBA Finals.Game 3 of a tied series, Leonard and the Toronto Raptors taking on the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors, the biggest game yet this season, is happening Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

‘I Still Love Football, But…’ Cristiano Ronaldo Hints at Retirement in a Year or Two

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. cr7cristiano ronaldocristiano ronaldo retirementfootball First Published: October 2, 2019, 9:20 AM IST | Edited by: — Juventus and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo has dropped a hint on the future of his career and it’s not at all good news for CR7 lovers. Ronaldo, whose contract with Serie Aclub Juventus runs till 2022, has hinted at hanging his boots as he said he wants to focus on the world of business instead.Speaking to Sportbible.com, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner said, “I still love football. I love to entertain the fans and the people who love Cristiano. It doesn’t matter the age, it’s all about mentality.” The 34-year-old, who already has his own line of underwear, denim, footwear, a fragrance line, a digital agency, restaurants, gyms and hotels, said he is enjoying doing something other than football.”The last five years I start to enjoy this process of seeing me outside of football, so who knows what will happen in the next year or two?,” he said.Ronaldo further said, “You have to be yourself all the time, but you can always pick up small details and take something from good examples, not only in football but in other sports as well – Formula 1, NBA, golf, UFC, whatever. The best athletes have a similar work ethic.””You have to trust in yourself. In football, I have more control. I know what I can do. In business, it’s more difficult, you depend on other people, but I have a good team. It will be a challenge,” he told the website.Last week, Ronaldo had said that patience and persistence are the two characteristics that separate the professional from the amateur after he lost out to Lionel Messi for the FIFA player of the year award.Sharing a picture of him reading a book at his home, the star striker wrote, “Patience and persistence are two characteristics that differentiate the professional from the amateur. Everything that is big today started small. You can’t do everything, but do everything you can to make your dreams come true.” last_img read more

Campaign for TN polls ends today

first_imgChennai, May 14 (PTI) The nearly two month-long gruelling campaigning in peak summer for the May 16 Tamil Nadu assembly election that is witnessing a multi-cornered contest comes to an end today.More than 5.79 crore voters in 234 assembly constituencies will decide the fate of 3,776 aspirants, including four Chief Ministerial candidates — incumbent J Jayalalithaa of AIADMK, DMKs M Karunanidhi, DMDKs Vijayakant and Anbumani Ramadoss of PMK.The curtains will come down on campaign at 5 PM today, giving the leaders a breather from the hectic and punishing schedule during which they criss crossed the length and breadth of the state wooing the voters.Tamil Nadu is witnessing a multi-cornered contest with AIADMK, DMK, PWF-DMDK-TMC combine, BJP-led alliance and PMK in the fray. Jayalalithaa is seeking a record second successive term in office in the state, where elections have dethroned the ruling party in the recent decades.The Election Commission has taken all steps to ensure a high voting percentage, with its #Mission100percent awareness campaign that saw actors, sports persons and other celebrities besides social network platform Twitter and Facebook being roped in to educate the voters to cast their democratic right.As many as 65,616 polling booths have been set up in 234 constituencies in 32 districts of the state, up from the 54,016 in 2011.As many as 6,300 booths have been identified as sensitive, where security and other monitoring mechanisms have been stepped up.Of the 234 seats, 44 (SC) and two (ST) are reserved constituencies. In 17 constituencies, the EC is implementing Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT), which will enable a voter to verify that his vote has been cast to the intended candidate. (MORE) PTI SA VS APR RTadvertisementlast_img read more

Boxing Day Test: Mayank Agarwal does not regret missing out on debut hundred

first_imgIndia’s latest Test debutant, Mayank Agarwal said he is happy with his effort despite missing out on a century on the opening day of the ongoing Boxing Day Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.Having knocked at the selectors’ doors by scoring tons of runs in domestic cricket, Agarwal finally got the much-deserved opportunity to represent his country at the highest level in the ongoing third Test. The occasion couldn’t have been bigger as the MCG was packed to the rafters amid all the festivities in Melbourne.Agarwal though showed he belonged at the highest level by scoring a 161-ball 76, which included eight boundaries and a six. The 27-year-old was solid at the crease as he fended away the threats from the Australian quicks and off-spinner Nathan Lyon. He also became the top-scoring Indian batsman on Test debut in Australia, going past Dattu Phadkar’s record from 71 years ago.”I am happy. Obviously I would like more. I would definitely take 76 rather than something less than that. Having said that, I would have liked to go on, score more and remain not out at the end of the day’s play,” Agarwal told the media in Melbourne after the first day’s play.Shedding light on the emotional moment when he received his India cap, the opener added: “It was a tremendous feeling to get the cap. I had a lot of emotions when I got it and those are something that I will cherish for the rest of my life.advertisement”The first thought was I was very happy that I am going to represent my country. It’s a big stage. I had the senior walk up to me and say ‘it’s a big day’. The bigger the occasion, the bigger the opportunity to leave a mark.”‘Wasn’t easy to get ready for debut on Boxing Day’Agarwal though conceded it wasn’t easy to get hold of the emotions in front of a massive crowd at the MCG on Wednesday.”It wasn’t easy [to get ready] to get hold of the emotions and focus there. But it was needed to be done. It was needed to be done. I just kept telling myself that I had a plan to go with and stuck to it. Even though it was overwhelming, it was good out there, am happy with the way I started.”Agarwal-Vihari pair bats 18.5 overs togetherDespite the MCG pitch being docile, Agarwal needed to be patient and he did exactly that even as the Australian pacers were keeping it tight.Agarwal added 40 runs with India’s makeshift opener Hanuma Vihari, who was bumped out on 8. However, the pair batted 18.5 overs, the most by an Indian opening duo since in SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia) since the Centurion Test of 2010 wherein Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag batted 29.3 overs.Agarwal defended the slow start and said Australian bowlers made it tough for both Vihari and himself in the first hour of play on Wednesday.”Vihari is a good player. He got tons and tons of runs in the Ranji Trophy. He has got a triple hundred playing at No. 3. I don’t think it was too hard for him as well. He adjusted to the conditions pretty well,” Agarwal added.”Even though we didn’t score a lot of runs together, we managed to play out the balls. I thought they [Australia] were bowling pretty well. They didn’t give us a lot of loose balls. They kept it tight.”Agarwal on the attack against Lyon!Watch live via Kayo here: https://t.co/0glOblMnaq #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/M7KJpXu5XIcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 26, 2018Despite having scored more than 2000-plus runs in the last two domestic seasons, Agarwal found it difficult to break into the senior national team. He got his maiden call-up during India’s two-match series against the West Indies at home earlier this year but he did not get to make the playing XI.Agarwal wasn’t part of the original 18-man India squad for the Australia tour but an injury to Prithvi Shaw and the poor form of Murali Vijay and KL Rahul prompted the team management to fly him to Australia after the Perth Test.”I am very lucky that I made my debut at the MCG. Every player has got to go through the grind, getting runs at the Ranji Trophy level. I did that an I am happy I scored runs. I learnt a lot over the last five years when I played the Ranji Trophy. I have played at different parts of India as well, played in different scenarios,” Agarwal said.advertisementSpeaking about the disappointment of not being named initially in the squad, he added: “Well, like I said, you do think about it but then you’re professional, you have got to tell yourself that’s not in your control. Move on, see what’s next for you, prepare for that. Once you’re in, give your best.”I was very happy when I got picked against the West Indies. From then on, it was not in my hand. The good thing was, after that there was a lot of domestic cricket and India A games. Once you play a lot of matches, those thoughts don’t come. You’re focussed on the games and trying to win those games.”Also Read | India vs Australia: Virat Kohli booed at MCG and made to wait at the crease after teaAlso Read | India vs Australia: Mayank Agarwal shines on debut with maiden fifty on Boxing DayAlso See:last_img read more

AZ’s stadium roof collapses

first_imgPart of the roof of the AFAS Stadium in Alkmaar, belonging to AZ of the Eredivisie, collapsed on Saturday with no reported injuries.Images show part of one of the AFAS Stadium’s stands caved in, with roof panels having fallen onto the seats below.AZ confirmed there were no reported injuries and a club statement emphasised that the stadium was empty at the time of the incident. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “There was nobody in the stadium at the time of the collapse. The management and stakeholders of the club are now on their way. We are still looking into the cause,” the statement said.General manager Robert Eenhoorn later addressed the issue, and although he could offer no answers as to what caused the collapse, he did confirm that no games would take place in the damaged stadium until it was 100 per cent safe.”This surprised all of us,” he told a news conference.”We’re very shocked but particularly happy there was no one hurt. In the coming days, we’ll conduct a review with experts. Only when that investigation has been done can we elaborate on this matter. It is much too early for that now.”No matches will be played in the stadium if the situation is not safe. As soon as more is clear about our upcoming matches, we’ll report it as soon as possible.”AZ were due to play Mariupol in a Europa League qualifying match next Thursday and an Eredivisie game against Groningen three days later at the stadium.The Dutch club tweeted that they would consult with the relevant authorities before announcing the locations of any rescheduled games.”AZ will discuss the locations of the upcoming home matches as soon as possible in consultation with the KNVB and UEFA.” the tweet read.The ground was built in 2006 and has a capacity of 17,000.Despite its relatively recent construction this is the second worrying incident at the AFAS Stadium.During a 2013 Europa League match against the Greek club Atromitos, the arena was evacuated after a fire broke out in the stands.That game was abandoned in the 57th minute and concluded the following day.This is the second occurence of a partial stadium collapse in the last week as the roof above the disabled section of the Kilmarnock ground fell in after their Scottish Premier League game with Rangers last Saturday. Nobody was seriously hurt in that incident.last_img read more

Ohio State Announces New Job For Urban Meyer Following Retirement

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is retiring from college football following the Buckeyes’ Rose Bowl game against Washington, but he won’t be going far.The legendary college football head coach already has a new job lined up for his retirement.Ohio State’s athletic director, Gene Smith, says that Meyer will become an assistant athletic director at OSU following his retirement.News of Meyer’s new job was first reported by Cleveland.com.The Columbus Dispatch confirmed the hiring:After much speculation on what Urban Meyer will do after retiring as the Ohio State football head coach on Jan. 2, it has been confirmed that he will stay with the Buckeyes, but in a different role.Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said that Meyer will become the assistant athletic director. No other details were provided about what the job will entail or when he would start the position.Check back for more details as they develop.Meyer will also be teaching a class in Ohio State’s business school.Ohio State and Washington are set to kick off at 5 p.m. E.T. on New Year’s Day. The game will be televised on ESPN.last_img read more

WSS’ Market in Japan Expects Stronger Recovery in …

first_imgzoom Wilhelmsen Ships Services’ (WSS’) General Manager for Japan Yoshihiro Iizuka said that although the Japanese market is moving towards growth for 2014, the recovery will be stronger in the second half, with an increase in newbuilds expected towards the end of the year.Iizuka says: “Overall, the Japanese market is in recovery, with annual pay raises by the major corporates estimated at around 2-3% for 2014. However, the weakened Japanese Yen relative to the past couple of years has contributed to the widening of the trade deficit with particular reductions in export value. Added to this, consumption tax is set to rise from 5 to 8%, leaving some concerns over the potential for market growth.”Despite the challenges of a slow recovery, Iizuka states that there has been a steady increase in the number of vessels calling at Japanese ports due to a rise in import demand. He says:“The over-capacity situation of the last few years is gradually declining and we are seeing steadily increasing cargo demand. New ship orders are set to pick up as demand for energy efficient tonnage, compliant with the latest environmental regulations increases, with a short term peak in construction levels expected in 2016.”In terms of WSS Japan activity for the coming year, Iizuka is aware of the need for customers to further reduce costs and increase efficiency across their overall operations:“We understand the challenges that our customers are facing and we want to take ownership of some of those challenges. We recognize that safety is one of the biggest concerns for our customers and our core focus this year will be on safety services”.“WSS Japan, in collaboration with our global network, is focussing on ensuring that customers have access to our full range of safety solutions to ensure regulatory compliance. By working closely together with clients, we believe that we can help to reduce complexity and the risks involved with port to port operations in the most cost efficient and effective manner.”Currently, WSS covers 180 ports in Japan with three main service centres located in Yokohama, Kobe and Moji in addition to the office in Tokyo focusing on ships agency business.WSS, April 9, 2014last_img read more

Race Did Not Have Approval to Proceed

first_img FOR BROADCAST USE News that the Cape Breton Festival of Speed did not have approval to proceed should not have come as a surprise to organizers. Organizers were told in writing in November and February that the race would not be permitted under the Motor Vehicle Act. The event has been associated with numerous deaths elsewhere in the past. Angus MacIsaac Minister of Transportation and Public Works, says government’s first priority is to ensure safe access to public roads and highways. Judy Streatch, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage says she recognizes the hard work of the organizers and the potential tourism and economic benefits the event could bring. But she says safety has to be the primary concern. Ms. Streatch says it is unfortunate that organizers continued to plan and promote the event even though they were told earlier that it did not have the necessary approvals. -30- Organizers of the Cape Breton Festival of Speed were told in writing on Nov. 15, 2005 and Feb. 24, 2006 that their race did not have approval to proceed, primarily for safety reasons. The Cape Breton Festival of Speed, a motor sport racing event based on races on the Isle of Man, UK, was proposed for Sept. 20-24. Staff from the Department of Transportation and Public Works informed organizers that the Motor Vehicle Act does not support the racing of vehicles on public highways and that the department could not give approval to close roads for the event. “There have been numerous deaths associated with this event elsewhere in the past,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Our first priority is to ensure safe access to public roads and highways and this race would put the public and racers at risk of serious injury or death.” Staff from the Department of Transportation and Public Works and the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, met with organizers again this week to reiterate government’s position. “In spite of being informed of the department’s position on the race, organizers continued to plan and promote the event. The news this week should not have come as a surprise,” Mr. MacIsaac added. The proposed race would have taken place on a 53 kilometre route through Port Morien, Birch Grove, and Albert Bridge. The race would have directly affected over 500 residences, two elementary schools, two churches, six cemeteries, numerous small businesses, and many private lanes. It would have required extended road closures and affected travel times to the regional hospital. “We understand that the organizers have worked hard on this event and that many people are disappointed,” said Judy Streatch, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “We also recognize the potential tourism and economic benefits, but the province had to make safety our top priority in this case. How do you measure economic benefits against even one life lost?” The event was listed as a signature event in the 2006 Doers and Dreamers Guide and other tourism publications. As a marketing agency, the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage does not approve events. The onus is on the organizers to ensure all the necessary permits and approvals are in place. Because of the early publishing deadlines for the Doers and Dreamers Guide and other tourism publications, the department must often list events that are in the planning stages. Some event changes or cancellations are made every year and they are communicated through all tourism promotional channels. Ms. Streatch has asked staff to meet with the Festivals and Events Council to review the process for listing signature events.last_img read more

Modi Xi Putin to discuss US protectionist trade policies on G20 sidelines

first_imgBeijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin and other leaders of the BRICS grouping during the G20 Summit in Japan this week where the talks would be focussed on opposing the “unilateralist” and “protectionist” trade policies of the US, a senior Chinese minister said on Monday. China, which is seeking to build a strong opposition against President Donald Trump using trade and tariffs as a weapon to enforce his “America first” policy, said the issues of “unilateral” and protectionist” policies would be discussed in detail at the meetings of the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) and Russia, India and China (RIC) at Osaka. The G20 summit would be held at Osaka on June 28-29. Chinese President Xi Jinping will go there a day ahead of the Summit to take part in host of informal meetings including his meeting with Trump for key talks to end the bruising trade war between the top two economies of the world. Modi, Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin met at the recently held Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit at Kirgiz capital Bishkek. Highlighting the importance of Modi-Xi-Putin meeting at Osaka, China’s Assistant Foreign Minister Zhang Jun said, Given the current international landscape, the meeting among the three leaders is also of significance. As you know, China’s relations with Russia and India are showing sound momentum of growth.” While informal meetings of the BRICS and the RIC take place in all the multilateral summits, Chinese officials say the Osaka meeting assumes significance as all major countries besides India, China and Russia are facing trade and tariff-related frictions with the US. As China is battling a trade war with US, Chinese officials hope that India, which is also facing trade frictions with the US especially over termination of its designation as a “beneficiary developing country” under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), would join the fight against Trump’s “protectionist” policies. India has recently announced retaliatory trade tariffs against the US covering 28 US products, including almonds and apples. In the upcoming Osaka summit President Xi will have an informal summit with the BRICS leaders. The discussion topics will fit in well with the agenda of the G20 Summit,” Zhang told media here. The leaders will have good discussions and exchange of views to enhance cooperation to better meet the major challenges facing the international community, uphold the multilateralism and oppose protectionism, he said. The other topics of discussion at the BRICS leaders’ informal meeting will include cooperation on economy, political issues, security and people to people exchanges among group to further deepen cooperation and uphold the good momentum of BRICS cooperation, he said. They will also discuss plans for the successful holding this year’s BRICS Summit in Brazil, he said. “I believe the upcoming informal meeting of the BRICS leaders will contribute to the successful holding of the G20 Osaka summit and help provide new impetuous to global economy,” he said. This informal meeting also help deepen enduring cooperation among BRICS members,” he said. About the RIC meeting, Zhang said the three leaders also maintained close exchanges meeting at different multilateral forums. Under the current circumstances, it is important for the three countries to strengthen coordination on major global issues and jointly uphold multilateralism, oppose protectionism and deepen cooperation on multilateral and international affairs to make important contribution to the global peace,” he said. “At the same time, it can provide impetus for the three countries to enhance cooperation at bilateral level and enhance mutual trust We are confident that the meeting will produce positive results,” he said. Trump, who kicked off the trade war last year, is demanding China to reduce the massive trade deficit which climbed to over USD 539 billion last year. He is also insisting on China to workout verifiable measures for protection of intellectual property rights (IPR), technology transfer and more access to American goods to Chinese markets. Both the countries have imposed additional tariffs on billions of dollars worth of their exports to each other.last_img read more

Alexandre Bissonnettes parents issue open letter calling sentence too harsh

first_imgQUEBEC — The parents of a man behind the deadly Quebec City mosque attack have issued an open letter questioning the severity of the minimum 40-year sentence handed down to their son last week.READ MORE: Mosque killer Bissonnette sentenced to life with no parole for 40 yearsAlexandre Bissonnette, 29, received his sentence Friday for killing six men and injuring six others at the Islamic Cultural Centre mosque on Jan. 29, 2017.His parents, Raymond Bissonnette and Manon Marchand, say in the letter released Monday that the sentence is the harshest imposed in Quebec since the death penalty was abolished in 1976.They say the Crown’s request for six consecutive life sentences, which would have prevented their son from seeking parole for 150 years and guaranteed that he end his life behind bars, amounted to circumventing the abolition of the death penalty and would terminate all hope of rehabilitation.Meanwhile, Quebec Superior Court Justice Francois Huot concluded a sentence of 50 years or more would constitute cruel and unusual punishment for the 29-year-old.Bissonnette’s parents say he suffered psychological and physical bullying during his years in school that had “devastating effects” on his personality.“If we really want to prevent such a tragedy from happening again, it seems to me that the solution is not to lock someone up forever, but rather try to better understand and prevent bullying, which is a serious societal problem that continues to make victims among our young,” the letter reads.His parents say people who commit serious crimes should still have the possibility to apply for parole after 25 years — a “glimmer of hope” they say would encourage rehabilitation.“Unlike other countries, Canada has chosen an open-door policy, welcoming people from all over the world and giving them hope for a second chance in life,” the letter says. “Why deny convicts even the faintest hope?”Legal experts have said Bissonnette’s sentence is likely to be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court.However, it has been denounced by survivors of the attack and other Muslim community members.Boufeldja Benabdallah, president of the mosque that was attacked, said last week that community members were stunned by the decision and felt the judge was more concerned about the dignity of the killer than that of the victims and their families.Bissonnette pleaded guilty last March to six counts of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder after he walked into the mosque during evening prayers and opened fire. The murder victims were Mamadou Tanou Barry, 42; Abdelkrim Hassane, 41; Khaled Belkacemi, 60; Aboubaker Thabti, 44; Azzeddine Soufiane, 57; and Ibrahima Barry, 39.— By Daniela Germano in EdmontonThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

African economists meet at UNbacked conference in Tunis

12 November 2008Economists and policymakers from across Africa have gathered today in the Tunisian capital for the start of a three-day United Nations-backed conference designed to boost the continent’s economic performance. The Third African Economic Conference, jointly organized by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Development Bank, will focus on the theme of “Globalization, Institutions and Economic Development of Africa.”The Tunis conference’s aim is to allow participants to exchange ideas about the latest research and information on economic issues, particularly the impact of the current global financial crisis on Africa, according to a press release issued by ECA this week.The commission’s Executive Secretary Abdoulie Janneh is among the high-level figures scheduled to address the joint opening session of the conference and the ministerial forum.Africa has enjoyed higher economic growth this decade than it did in the 1980s and 1990s, thanks in part to high commodity prices, especially oil, better economic policies implemented by national governments across the continent and the end of hostilities in several countries.But the global financial crisis, particularly its impact on international credit markets, means the economic outlook for Africa remains uncertain, ECA stressed. read more

Nigeria Ban urges restraint as interreligious violence takes deadly toll

20 January 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed for maximum restraint after inter-religious violence in the central Nigerian city of Jos has reportedly left over 200 people dead. He also appealed to all concerned to “seek peaceful solutions to religious and other differences in the country,” in a statement issued by his spokesperson. “In particular, he calls on all political and religious leaders in Nigeria to work together to address the underlying causes of the recurring sectarian violence in the country.”Mr. Ban took note of the Government’s expressed determination to find a permanent solution to the crisis in Jos, and urged that every effort be undertaken to restore stability and avoid further deterioration of the situation, the statement added.Deadly clashes between Muslims and Christians in Jos in November 2008 killed several hundred people and displaced thousands of others. In addition, at least 100 people were reportedly killed in northern Nigeria last July during clashes which pitted local Muslims against police forces. read more

African cooperation on peace increasingly strong Security Council told

Ms. Viotti recognized the African Union and Member States’ success in achieving important milestones in their pursuit for higher effectiveness, self-reliance and cooperation, and welcomed the work of the African Union Mediation Support Unit and the FemWise Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation, which are, she said, “boosting capacity to defuse crises and making such efforts more inclusive”.Progress evident at regional and country levelMs. Viotti went on to outline some of the progress being made in certain African countries, such as the peace talks, led by the African Union, in the Central African Republic which led a Political Agreement which is being overseen by the UN; the signing of a Constitutional Declaration in Sudan, which has allowed for the establishment of a civilian-led government, following efforts led by Ethiopia and the African Union (AU), with UN support; and free and fair elections in Madagascar, supported by the Southern Africa Development Community, the African Union, and UN.Cooperation between the UN, African Union and other partners in the area of elections is growing, said Ms. Viotti, citing visits organized by the UN Office for West Africa to several countries, ahead of legislative or presidential elections, over the last two years.The UN and AU, she continued, are cooperating closely to ensure that the voices of women and youth are integral to peace processes, and both organizations have youth envoys and strategies, acting as advocates and agents of change.More effective support needed from international communityDespite the many examples of progress, Ms. Viotti declared that the international community needs to do much more to support African efforts. For example, more predictable, flexible and sustainable financing for African Union-led peace support operations is needed; more political will and resources for peacebuilding and sustaining peace efforts; and active support for the AU Initiative on Silencing the Guns.“Building partnerships and harnessing their power requires long-term vision and commitment”, Ms. Viotti told the Security Council, adding that the Secretary-General is looking forward to “even greater partnership and collaboration, enabling the African Union to achieve its 2063 vision of equitable, people-centred transformation and lasting peace and security”. read more

Forbes Rangers remain most valuable franchise followed by Leafs Habs

TORONTO — The New York Rangers are the NHL’s most valuable franchise for a fourth consecutive year, according to the latest estimate by Forbes.The Rangers top the annual list of franchise valuations at US$1.55 billion, up three per cent over last year.The Toronto Maple Leafs are second at $1.35 billion and Montreal Canadiens third at $1.3 billion, a four-per-cent increase for both clubs.Original Six clubs make up the top five of the list, with the Chicago Blackhawks fourth at $1.05 billion and the Boston Bruins fifth at $925 million. The Detroit Red Wings are not far behind their Original Six cousins in eighth ($775 million) and have seen an 11-per-cent increase in value thanks to a new downtown arena.Los Angeles (sixth, $810 million), Philadelphia (seventh, $800 million), Vancouver (ninth, $735 million) and Washington (10th, $725 million) round out the top 10. The Capitals enjoyed a league-best 16-per-cent boost in valuation over last year thanks to a run to its first ever Stanley Cup title.The Vegas Golden Knights had a 15-per-cent boost in value to $575 million, good for 12th in the league, after becoming the first expansion team to advance to the Cup final.At the other end of the list are the Florida Panthers (30th, $295 million) and Arizona Coyotes (31st, $290 million). The clubs were the only two to lose value according to Forbes, down three per cent each.The Canadian teams are rounded out by Edmonton (13th, $540 million), Calgary (20th, $450 million), Ottawa (23rd, $435 million) and Winnipeg (27th, $415 million). The Jets’ value jumped 11 per cent thanks to the team’s run to the Western Conference final.According to the list, the value of the average NHL team rose six per cent during the past year, to a record $630 million.The release of the list comes on the heels of the NHL approving a 32nd team in Seattle for a hefty expansion fee of $650 million.The Canadian Press read more

Womens swimming Ohio State set to swim final dual meet of the

Ohio State junior swimmer Lindsey Clary competes at the Big Ten championships in February, 2016. Credit: OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s swimming team is set to compete against Wright State in their final dual meet of the season on Friday, just a couple of weeks before heading off to West Lafayette, Indiana, to compete in the Big Ten Conference Championships.Last weekend the team fell to Michigan 212-88. However, OSU coach Bill Dorenkott said he believes that the score doesn’t do the team’s individual performances justice.“If you looked at our results, we got beat by a better team and that’s the long and the short of it … If you looked at our performances, we were actually pretty strong,” Dorenkott said. “We put up some of our fastest times of the season and in some cases, some of the fastest times any Buckeye has ever (swam). That being said, we got broadsided by a team that was ready to roll, and that falls on me. That’s not the team, there’s nothing that they did wrong.”Though the Buckeyes were disappointed with the outcome of last weekend’s meet in Ann Arbor, the team has kept it’s spirits up and use Friday’s competition to prepare for the challenges ahead.“We’re in the middle of our preparation for Big Ten’s, and while we’re disappointed with how we performed at Michigan, it doesn’t change what our ultimate goal is which is to swim well at Big Tens and NCAAs,” Dorenkott said.Aside from last weekend’s meet against Michigan, the Buckeyes are undefeated this season and are planning to use this Friday’s meet as an additional way to fine tune their skills before the post season competitions.“We’ll use this meet as an opportunity to do some hard work, and make sure we’re staying on track,” Junior Liz Li said. “I would definitely say that Friday’s meet is … an opportunity to help us to push ourselves a little bit and be a little bit sharper.”In addition to using this meet to sharpen their skills and shave some seconds off of their times, the athletes are also using this Friday’s competition to showcase the team’s senior class in their final dual meet at OSU.“This meet is our senior night, so I’m really excited … to see all the seniors do all of their little ceremonies, which will be so much fun,” Li said. “This Friday is about trying to swim as a team, so we’ve got one more chance to do that (with the seniors) and have fun together.”Dorenkott said he is looking forward to giving the team’s senior class the praise they earned over the years as well, while also hoping to finalize who will be traveling to West Lafayette in the next couple of weeks.“It’s a special class, and it’s a great opportunity to highlight and showcase them,” Dorenkott said. “We’ve also got a couple of spots that are still to be determined in terms of who is going to travel to the Big Tens, so we’re still trying to figure out who’s going to fill those spots, and this weekend will help us a little bit with that as well.”The competition is set to begin at 5 p.m. at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. read more

Nearly half of professional athletes surveyed break rules to enhance performance

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Last year the Telegraph disclosed how anti-doping checks at the Rio Olympics had descended into chaos after the process of sample collection was undermined by no-shows and security lapses.Organisers admitted to unauthorised individuals had gained access to restricted areas during the drug-testing process while a shortage of staff left many testers at breaking point, Some walked out because the pressure was so great.The problems last summer came just weeks after a damning report in which Russia was found guilty of state-sponsored doing at the 2014 Winter Olympics.   Russia’s Liliya Shobukhova was ordered to repay almost £378,000 to the organisers of the London Marathon after being banned for dopingCredit: PA Wire The test, which asked athletes the question “Have you knowingly violated anti-doping regulations by using a prohibited substance or method in the past 12 months” had special checks in place to make sure it was completely anonymous.Half of those who took part were never asked the doping question to make sure it was impossible to know who had responded.  But now the journal Sports Medicine has published the findings after deciding that the methods were scientifically sound, and a fair representation of the situation.“These findings suggest that biological testing greatly underestimates the true prevalence of doping in elite athletics,” said Harrison Pope, Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.“It indicates the need for future studies of the prevalence of doping in athletics using randomized response techniques to protect the anonymity of the athletes. Wada said that a working group will meet next month to discuss the latest study.“Given the numerous recent highly publicised doping scandals in major sports, one might guess that the proportion of such undetected cheats is high,” said Rolf Ulrich, co-author of the study from the University of Tübingen.Nicole Sapstead, Chief Executive of UK Anti-Doping, said that the findings were ‘disappointing and concerning.’However she added: “Significant improvements have taken place since 2011 when this data was collected.  Testing methods continue to advance but testing is only one part of the anti-doping process.“There is now greater investment in educating elite and up and coming athletes about the dangers and consequences of taking banned substances, as well as a greater emphasis on intelligence and investigations as an alternative way of catching those who seek to break the rules.” Russia's Liliya Shobukhova was ordered to repay almost £378,000 to the organisers of the London Marathon after being banned for dopingcenter_img Russia’s Ekaterina Galitskaya competing in the Stars of 2016 event in Moscow after athletes were banned from the Rio Olympics over evidence of state-sponsored dopingCredit:AFP Russia's Ekaterina Galitskaya competing in the Stars of 2016 event in Moscow after athletes were banned from the Rio Olympics over evidence of state-sponsored doping Nearly half of professional athletes are using banned drugs or methods to enhance their performance, an anonymous survey has found.Harvard University asked more than 2,000 elite sportsmen and women who were competing at World Championships in Athletics (WCA) and  Pan-Arab Games (PAG), whether they had broken the rules in the last 12 months.Nearly one third of WCA athletes admitted to violating anti-doping regulations and 45 per cent of those at the PAG, figures which were described as ‘disappointing and concerning’ by sports commentators.The statistics contradict biological tests or blood and urine which typically detect doping in only one to three per cent of competitors at elite events.The surveys were carried out at events in 2011 and commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), but the results have only just be published following years of rows over the researchers’ methodology. John Brewer Professor of Sports Science at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, said: “It is always a concern when reports like this on the extent of doping in sport come to light, and once again the report highlights the need for Governments and International Federations to continue to invest in research, education and testing to combat doping. “I think the figures are unlikely to be a reflection of the situation today, and I am confident that as well as testing and punishments acting as a deterrent, we have on-going education programmes in most sports which highlight the fact that doping isn’t just cheating – it ruins lives and in many cases either shortens lives or ends them prematurely due to the harm that most banned substances do to the human body.” “Even though the paper refers to events that happened in 2011, there is no reason to think the rates of doping in 2017 would be any different.”The authors conclude that doping is ‘remarkably widespread’ among elite athletes but remains largely unchecked, in spite of sophisticated testing methods.  They claim such prevalence not only compromises fair play, but could be detrimental to the health of athletes.last_img read more

BLR secures rights to Ablation technology to concentrate ore from HansenTaylor Ranch

first_imgUSA-focused uranium development company Black Range Minerals (BLR) has executed a binding Heads of Agreement (HoA) with Ablation Technologies (ABT) to establish a joint venture to commercialise ABT’s ablation mineral technology process. Ablation is an environmentally sensitive and low cost method of concentrating ore that, based on test work, should enable BLR to produce a high value uranium concentrate from ore at its 90.9 Mlb Hansen/Taylor Ranch project in Colorado.Through the JV, BLR will also have the potential to realise returns from the application of Ablation to other uranium mining operations, worldwide.On 24 April 2012 BLR released the results of a scoping study that indicated the best way to develop the Hansen project was by adopting underground borehole mining (UBHM) and Ablation technologies. The scoping study demonstrated the robust nature of the chosen development scenario, with operating costs forecast to be approximately $30/lb U3O8 (before royalties, taxes & contingency) and capital expenditure, based on off-site uranium milling, forecast to be less than $80 million.Having already established a strategic alliance with Kinley Exploration to utilise UBHM, the agreement to use Ablation is the second of two significant milestones that together secure the rights to key technologies that will be used to develop the Hansen project.BLR’s Managing Director Tony Simpson stated: “Besides the obvious benefits for our Hansen project, the Ablation JV opens up a number of opportunities for the company to actively assess utilising this technology at uranium deposits in other mining-friendly areas in the USA and around the world. There are many projects out there that may not be currently economically viable, but could be with the application of the Ablation technology.“Should arrangements for the exploitation of these types of deposits be concluded, BLR may be able to benefit from earlier cashflow as we continue to move Hansen though the permitting process, which is scheduled to be complete near the end of 2015.“The JV brings the project development and operational skills of BLR together with an innovative solution to concentrate uranium ores. This gives us the potential to unlock value not only in the Hansen project but also in a range of uranium projects.”Agreement highlights:BLR and ABT to form a 50/50 JV in respect of the commercialisation and application of AblationThe JV applies worldwide for use in uranium and associated minerals.ABT grants BLR a separate licence to use Ablation at its Hansen Project .Ablation has been successfully tested on ore from BLR’s Hansen Project, with recoveries of ~95% of the contained U3O8 in ~10% of the test material.Ablation has also been successfully tested on ores from a number of other projects in the USA.Next step in development of Ablation is building a commercial-scale unit.BLR will initially fund 100% of the operating costs of the JV, with ABT’s 50% share recovered from revenues earned.The concentration of ore using Ablation, to produce a high-grade, high-value concentrate, has the potential to make some marginal uranium projects economical.The JV will seek opportunities to apply Ablation within the USA and throughout the world.Ablation is a mineral concentrating technology that is low-cost, efficient and robust. It mechanically separates uranium from the host rock without the use of chemicals, producing a high-grade, high-value concentrate.The development of Ablation has been progressed over the past five years by Ablation Technologies of Casper, Wyoming, from an initial concept to the point that it has been fully developed and tested in a small scale test unit (750/lb/hr). The next stage of development is to build a larger scale unit to gather operating data, prior to applying it on a commercial basis.In the ablation process, ore slurry is ejected from two opposing nozzles to create a high-energy impact zone. Collision of particles within this high-energy impact zone separates the mineralised patina (coating) of uranium from the underlying grain. The uranium bearing particles are recovered in the fine fractions separated in a subsequent screening process.Ablation allows approximately 90% of barren material to be separated from mineralised material prior to milling, greatly reducing the operating and capital costs required to process the highly concentrated ore. The final product is an “ablated concentrate” which comprises approximately 10% of the original mineralised material, which will be processed with conventional processing techniques.A number of independently supervised tests have been conducted on ore from the Hansen uranium deposit, which confirm the suitability of Ablation to concentrate this particular ore. Hansen test work resulted in the recovery of ~95% of contained U3O8 in ~10% of the test material, producing a high-grade (circa 1.2% U3O8), high-value concentrate for shipment to an off-site mill, or sale.Ablation has also been tested on ore samples from numerous other projects in the USA and returned similar outstanding results, highlighting further opportunities to evaluate.Because of the time, cost and complexity involved in permitting and building a uranium mill, a number of projects do not reach the critical mass required to justify the expense. In many such cases these mines are also not located in areas where transport of run of mine ore to an existing mill is viable. In instances such as these, Ablation may be the key to unlocking the potential of these sub-economic resources, as the high-grade, high-value concentrate can be much more economically transported to a mill facility.Even for projects that have an on-site milling facility, concentration with Ablation before processing into yellow cake may significantly reduce processing costs; in areas such as reagent consumption, which are related to run of mine ore throughput.ABT has agreed to provide the JV, Mineral Ablation LLC, with a licence to use Ablation for applications in the production of uranium and associated minerals (such as vanadium), where uranium is the dominant mineral being sought. This licence will apply worldwide and no licence fee is payable.The business of the JV is to market, sell and promote the use of the Ablation for applications in uranium mining. BLR will be required to provide funding for the JV, until such time as it becomes self-funding.last_img read more