“I expect us to come out guns blazing. You get punched in the face you want to respond. We know what it takes to win a championship. We know what we have to do.”The Cavaliers became the first team in NBA Finals history to rally from 3-1 down last year in dethroning the Warriors.Now Cleveland is trying to become the first playoff team to overcome a 3-0 deficit, but that requires a road win Monday.“We have to bring our best game every game against this team. They create so many different problems out on the floor, so much firepower, that we always have to play great in order to win,” Cavaliers superstar LeBron James said.“If you don’t do something well, they will make you pay for it, so we have to be 20 times better in this building and we understand that… If we don’t protect the ball, we don’t limit their three-point shooting, then we can get blown out.”ADVERTISEMENT “First three games we were being too nice, helping guys up off the floor, smiling, I didn’t like that,” Lue said Sunday. “Talking trash, being physical, whatever you got to do to get that edge, you got to do it.“They’re coming right after us so we have to go after them. I don’t see anything funny or anything to smile about. Hitting, being physical, we have to do that. Talking trash or knocking guys on the floor, whatever you got to do, you got to do it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutExpect the battle to be joined as the Warriors, on the brink of an NBA title but coming off their first loss in two months, try to clinch before home supporters.“You don’t want to keep letting the series prolong, so you have to come out with a killer instinct and a punch-face mentality,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said. CLEVELAND, OH – JUNE 09: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors speak after a foul in the third quarter in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPCleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue wants to see a tougher tone from the defending champions in their do-or-die showdown Monday with the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.The Warriors lead the best-of-seven series 3-1 but missed a chance to clinch with a 137-116 loss Friday at Cleveland, the more intense and physical Cavaliers ending Golden State’s unbeaten playoff run at 15 games.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Irving sinks big shots for Cavs when need greatest Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “We know the situation we’re in. We know anything can happen in this league and we know that champions just don’t lay down and die. They’re going to come out and play with a sense of urgency.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments – LeBron, K.D. talking trash –James, who said he isn’t interested in playing in the new Olympic basketball 3-on-3 event, said he and Warriors star forward Durant will continue to exchange trash talk.“We’ve been on each other a lot throughout these first four games,” James said. “It’s probably going to stay that way and we’ll see what happens after that.”What could be a coronation might also give the Warriors a coronary issue. They lost game five at home last year on the way to dropping the series. They added Durant, seeking his first NBA title after leaving Oklahoma City, but a loss would bring a game six Thursday in Cleveland and perhaps a winner-take-all Sunday showdown in Oakland.“They’re going to view this as a game seven situation,” Cleveland’s Richard Jefferson said. “For us, every game’s a game seven. But for them, this particularly is from the standpoint of they don’t want to go back to Cleveland and they understand that anything can happen in game seven.”Green said the chance to sweep was a distraction more so than the now-ended chance to become the first champion to roll unbeaten through the playoffs.“It’s natural for you to look up and see the finish line right there, and you tend to focus on that instead of the task at hand,” Green said. “We understand that.“You just think it’s going to happen. Then all of a sudden you get smacked in the face and it’s like: Whoa. You remember what can be, what can happen.”Not since 1996 had a team up 3-0 failed to sweep in the final. But not since 1951 has a team down 3-0 forced a seventh game in the finals.“We just want to play a good game. We can’t worry about what happens after the game,” Durant said. “If we start thinking too far down the line, we take our focus off of the task at hand.
After coming under scathing attack from all sides for its shoddy preparations, the Commonwealth Games (CWG) organising committee (OC) continues to put up a brave face. Brushing aside the criticism for lack of preparations, CWG OC secretary general Lalit Bhanot on Tuesday offered lame excuses to counter some serious concerns raised by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).Bhanot rejected the hard-hitting letter written by CGF chief Mike Fennel and said that it was not a serious issue. Though he admitted that filth and some small problems were there, it was so because no one was living in the flats at the Games Village, Bhanot insisted.In reply to the concerns raised by CGF CEO Mike Hooper, Bhanot claimed that 70 per cent of the cleaning work was already done and the rest would be completed in the next 36 hours. He said the CWG OC has done a great job and nothing has happened for which anyone should be ashamed of.”All work will be completed at the Village before the athletes start coming from September 23rd. Every complaint on Games Village will be looked into and resolved before arrival of teams. There is nothing to worry,” Bhanot said.Earlier in the day, Hooper had said, “We are disappointed with the condition we find ourselves in. Cleanliness and hygiene are great concerns. The Village is filthy. One can’t occupy the rooms. There is building dust and rubble and the toilets are not working. The Village is supposed to provide the athletes the right environment to prepare for the events. But at the moment we cannot say that’s the case. The promises made have not been kept. Time has run out.”advertisementIn a further embarrassment, New Zealand’s CWG chef de mission Dave Currie even suggested that the Games could be called off. “If the Village is not ready and the athletes can’t come, obviously the implications of that are that it’s not going to happen,” Currie said.Answering to a query on the footbridge collapse near Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Tuesday, Bhanot said the incident was unfortunate but it would not affect the Games. As many as 26 labourers working on the site were injured in the incident that took place near the CWG main venue.
ICC World Cup 2007It is the buzz of the season. As the men in blue pad up for the big Cup, brands of virtually every stripe are taking guard to score with Indian consumers and hike market share. Business is moving at a pace that would make Brett Lee envious.,ICC World Cup 2007It is the buzz of the season. As the men in blue pad up for the big Cup, brands of virtually every stripe are taking guard to score with Indian consumers and hike market share. Business is moving at a pace that would make Brett Lee envious.In India, cricket is not just religion but mega-business. This World Cup is expected to draw an Indian audience of 280 million (India matches)-80 per cent of 350 million TV viewers, as compared to 23 million who watch a Kaun Banega Crorepati or Saas-Bahu soaps. Who would not want a share of so many wallets?2,500 Indians will be at the Cup, spending Rs 3 lakh eachSpends into cricket’s World Cup (from television, sponsorship, stand sales and merchandising) keep rising. The TV rights for the 1999 World Cup were sold for approximately $16 million. The rights to the 2003 and 2007 World Cups have been sold in a package for $220 million. Companies like Pepsi, Hutch, Hero Honda, Indian Oil, Cable & Wireless and Scotia Bank have signed official World Cup sponsorship deals, said to cost up to $30-35 million (over Rs 133 crore) each.According to sources, the World Cup rights holder SET Max expects to make around Rs 500 crore from the event though media planners peg this figure between Rs 300-Rs 350 crore. SET has already roped in two presenting sponsors, who will spend a reported Rs 30 crore each, six associate sponsors committing monies to the tune of Rs 20 crore to Rs 25 crore each. Rising Prices of World Cup PropertiesClick here to EnlargeSET has further sold broadcasting rights for four countries to local broadcasters. Says Rohit Gupta, executive vice-president, sales and revenue management, SET, “The World Cup has become so large because of the increased viewership.” In 2003 there were 32 million homes with a TV set, today they are close to 70 million.Even for the companies not directly associated with the event, Cup season brings a windfall. Korean brand Samsung has been planning Cup promotions since January. It expects an increase of 40 per cent in CTV sales over the corresponding period last year. That’s a whopping 3,00,000 units in two months. Rivals and official Cup sponsor LG is expecting a 75 per cent rise in CTVs and 300 per cent in flat panel displays (LCD & Plasma TVs). BONANZA: Companies have turned promotion-crazy as the spectacle beginsBONANZA: Companies have turned promotion-crazy as the spectacle beginsLG has launched limited-edition cricket TV sets, calling them the Official World Cup televisions. Hero Honda has been associated with cricket for over a decade. Says Anil Dua, vice-president, marketing and sales, Hero Honda, “We have made big investments into the World Cup. Naturally there are expectations.” It even launched its CBZ bike in the 1999 World Cup. “The World Cup played a big role in creating a young sporty image for the bike,” says Dua.BONANZA: Companies have turned promotion-crazy as the spectacle beginsThe World Cup typically happens around end February-early March. This coincidentally is the beginning of the season for white goods makers as well as beverage companies. In February, Pepsi launched Pepsi Gold- a cola with a dash of lemon in a gold bottle, which symbolises the gold coloured World Cup Trophy. Executive vice-president-marketing, cola, Vipul Prakash says some of the company’s most loved campaigns (e.g. ‘Nothing Official About It’ or ‘Men In Blue’ or ‘Blue Billion’) have come from cricket. Says Prakash, “We view the World Cup as another opportunity to grow brand equity and market share.”Even global sports brand Nike, which has been better known for its association with golf and football, is eyeing a slice of the cricket pie. It spent Rs 197 crore in acquiring sponsorship rights of the Indian cricket team from the BCCI, outbidding rival Reebok’s Rs 119 crore. Recently, it launched its first-ever cricket commercial which was conceived and produced in India and not, as usually happens, by the parent in the US. Nike India marketing director Sanjay Gangopadhyay claims that their marketing push is already paying off.For Indian companies, this is a golden opportunity to build brand awareness abroad. With over two billion viewers expected to tune in world wide, Indian companies, big and small are shelling out big bucks to get noticed. Sportzvillage, a Bangalore based sports marketing company, launched in May 2006, forked out Rs 10 lakh to be an established official hospitality sales agent for the 2007 Cup. Global partners will pay $100-$110m each for the 2008-2015 Cup packageThey have already sold around 600 packages (premium tickets) to corporates and high net worth individuals globally, with an average billing of $700 per package and are inundated with orders extending to travel as well.Mobile service operators are rolling out tailored plans for World Cup fans. Hutch subscribers can access the cricketing action on their mobiles and get score updates, match schedules and comments from former cricketer Arun Lal. VISA has got music directors Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy to compose a song to inspire team India. Sundar Raman, MD, Mindshare, a media investment management agency, says, “Everyone wants to do something around the Cup, hence the overall noise level has gone up.”People of all ages on Cricket promotionBroadcasters too are betting big. “Cricket as an ad medium is unparalleled,” says Shashi Kalathil, CEO, Neo Sports Broadcast. Already, ESPN STAR sports has paid a whopping $1.1 billion for the Cup telecast rights from 2008 to 2015. Meenakshi Madhvani, managing partner Spatial Access Solutions, a media audit firm, thinks future trends will depend on the Indian team’s performance. “Lay audiences are getting less forgiving and less accommodating of bad performances.”Media experts believe 2007 is a tipping point from the advertisers’ point of view. If the Indian team does lift the Cup as in 1983, cricket sponsorships could well begin a new innings.advertisementadvertisement
LG Electronics has introduced the much anticipated smartphone, the G3. The LG flagship smartphone is the successor to the company’s well-received LG G2.It was launched in cities like London, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Singapore and Istanbul simultaneously.In a press release, the South Korean tech major said, “Developed under the Simple is the New Smart concept, LG G3 is a culmination of consumer research based on LG’s product development philosophy, Learning from You. The LG G3 was empowered with the best of what current technology has to offer, providing consumers with a user experience more ambitious than anything offered before by LG.””The smartest innovation in a fast evolving smartphone market is creating harmony between advanced technology and a simplified user experience,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “LG G3 is the result of our effort to actualise that idea into a tangible product. And we are extremely pleased with the result,” he further said.LG 3 highlightsThe LG G3 comes with a 5.5-inch Quad HD display with 538ppi with four times the resolution of HD and almost two times higher resolution than a Full HD display.The device sports a 13-megapixel OIS+ (Optical Image Stabiliser Plus) camera with a laser auto focus that can shoot sharp images in a fraction of the time required by conventional phone cameras. It has polished metallic skin on the rear cover that is lightweight and fingerprint-proof. LG 3 features Smart Keyboard: The device comes with a smart keyboard that reduces input errors by up to 75 percent by tracking and analysing typing habits and intuitively “knowing” what word the user intended to type. The height of the keyboard can also be adjusted to better fit the user’s hands and position of the thumbs. Individual keys can also be customised with frequently used symbols for even faster input.advertisementSmart Notice: Like a personal assistant, Smart Notice provides suggestions and recommendations based on user behaviour, phone usage patterns and location to offer user information when it’s needed the most. Smart Notice can remind you of a call you declined earlier and ask if you would like to call that person back. But what sets Smart Notice apart from other personal assistants is its natural language capabilities. For example, instead of just displaying today’s temperature and weather forecast, Smart Notice will make a recommendation such as, “You may want to take an umbrella today since it will rain this evening.”Smart Security: Understanding the importance of maintaining and securing confidential data when smartphones are shared, misplaced, lost or stolen, the LG G3 offers a number of enhanced security features such as: Knock CodeTM enables users to unlock their device with a pattern of taps. Merging security and convenience, users can create a personalised code that can be entered anywhere on the screen. With the G3, users have the option of being able to use KnockON to wake the screen to check the time as well as enter the home screen directly via Knock CodeTM.Content Lock: It keeps personal files safe and hidden from view when sharing the G3 with friends. When the G3 is connected to a PC, Content Lock prevents file previews so the data is still safe. The locked files can reside either on the G3’s internal memory or on the microSD card.Kill Switch: The feature gives G3 owners the ability to disable their phones remotely in the event of theft. The Kill Switch also allows content on the G3 to be wiped so personal information won’t be compromised. Kill Switch also includes antivirus scanning and remote wipe and lock, among other essential features.Starting on May 28 in South Korea, the LG G3 will begin rolling out worldwide on over 170 carriers, with UK availability from July 1, 2014.Key Specifications: Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (up to 2.46GHz Quad-Core)Display: 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS (2560 x 1440, 538ppi) Memory: 16GB eMMC ROM / 2GB DDR3 RAM / microSD slot (128GB max)Camera: Rear 13.0MP with OIS+ and Laser Auto Focus / Front 2.1MPBattery: 3,000mAh (removable)Operating System: Android 4.4.2 Kit KatSize: 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mmWeight: 149gNetwork: 4G / LTE / HSPA+ 21 Mbps (3G)Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth Smart Ready (Apt-X), NFC, SlimPort, A-GPS/Glonass, USB 2.0Colour: Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold
TweetPinShare0 Shares ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — Masahiro Tanaka is well aware of what awaits in his first start at Fenway Park on April 22: The Green Monster and Boston’s fanatical fans.New York Yankees teammate Jacoby Ellsbury will also be returning to the ballpark where he helped the Red Sox win World Series titles in 2007 and last year.“I’m sure that the fans will be heated up a bit,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “I’ve seen the two teams play (on TV), and I understand there’s a rivalry between the two teams. It should be a good experience going up on the mound that day and I’m very much looking forward to it.”Tanaka has a simple plan for the 37-foot-high Green Monster in left field. “I understand that if you give up flyballs, it might be dangerous,” he said. “So, I think the best thing to do is try to get as many groundball outs as possible.”Tanaka is 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA in three games with 28 strikeouts and two walks in 22 innings. The 28 strikeouts are the most by a Yankees pitcher in his first three career starts.Tanaka went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year to lead the Rakuten Golden Eagles to their first Japan Series title, then signed a $155 million, seven-year contract with the Yankees.Jon Lester is slated to start for Boston. New York Manager Joe Girardi expects Ellsbury to get a mixed reception after leaving the Red Sox to a sign a $153 million, seven-year deal with New York.“You can’t think about what they’re going to do,” Ellsbury said. “You can really only focus on what you can do. Not worry about all that other stuff you can’t control.“I gave the organization everything I had for a third of my life. Nine years in an organization — drafted by them, came up and won two World Series. I left it all on the field.”
Ten (10) of the twenty-two (22) HOPE Interns assigned to the Ministry of Justice under the Government of Jamaica’s Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) Programme will no longer be considered “unattached youth”, as they have been offered permanent positions of employment by the Ministry of Justice.Speaking at a Press Briefing held at the Ministry’s headquarters on October 11, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice Mrs. Carol Palmer highlighted the Ministry’s efforts to sustain the HOPE of the young people assigned to the Ministry, as the Ministry remains committed to extending the mentorship and development of its assigned Interns beyond the internship period which would have ended in October.During the Second Quarter of this Fiscal Year, all 22 interns were consulted individually to discuss their goals and their needs. Ten (10) of the interns who have the required qualifications will be employed to entry level positions at the Ministry of Justice. Those interns without qualifications will continue their internship and will be provided with the necessary support to gain qualifications which will assist them in gaining meaningful employment.In a bid to expose the interns to educational and other training opportunities, the Ministry organized a tour of some institutions including the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) and the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC), and is currently discussing a partnership with UCC for all interns to be enrolled either in the Diploma Programme or Degree Programme. The interns will also be engaged in sensitization sessions on Human Trafficking, Restorative Justice, family planning and drug abuse before the Programme comes to an end.The Ministry originally received 28 interns, but six interns have since left the Programme for various reasons, including one intern who left to pursue a Law Degree at the University of the West Indies. PS Palmer revealed that this intern is receiving support from the Ministry for his personal welfare, and that the Ministry will continue to seek out ways to see him through to the completion of his degree.The HOPE Programme was launched by Prime Minister The Hon. Andrew Holness in May 2017 with the aim of providing an avenue for the development of fully rounded young persons in the 18-24 age group who were not engaged meaningfully, not in school, employed or in training, but simply existing and often described as unattached or at risk.
Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday said only a young leader should replace Rahul Gandhi as the Congress president, asserting that it would help the grand old party bounce back. He said the young leader with a forward-looking approach would “galvanise” the rank and file of the party after the “unfortunate” resignation of Gandhi. Singh urged the Congress Working Committee (CWC) to look for Rahul’s replacement in a charismatic “Gen Next” leader, who can “enthuse” people with his “pan-India appeal and grassroots presence”. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu “Rahul had shown the way for the youth leadership to take the party’s reins and steer it to greater heights,” he said, adding that with India leading the world in terms of the largest youth population, it was natural that a young leader would understand and relate to the desires and aspirations of the people more effectively. “Any change in the party leadership must reflect India’s societal reality, with 65 per cent of its population under 35,” asserted Singh. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC Singh said Gandhi’s decision to stand firm on his resignation was a major disappointment and setback for the party, from which it could recover only under the dynamic leadership of another young leader. “Only a youth leader could revive the grand old party,” he said, urging the Congress leadership to keep the energy, infused by Rahul, going. “The Congress needs young blood to galvanise its rank and file, and once again make it India’s preferred and only choice,” said the chief minister, in a statement issued here on Saturday. He said the leadership of the party should be such that it reflects the realignment of its vision to the evolving aspirations of the nation. “A youth leader, with a forward-looking approach, would not only connect better with the large majority of India’s young population but would inculcate the party with a dose of fresh thinking, desperately needed to pull the nation back from the regressive and divisive policies of the ruling BJP,” Singh said. He said under the guidance of the experienced party veterans, a young leader, with a visionary approach and modern outlook, would pave the way for the birth of a new India, which is more vibrant, dynamic and progressive. It was time for the old to give way to the new, without which the Congress could not effectively tackle the challenges faced today, he added. Gandhi had on July 3 formally resigned as Congress president and said he was responsible for the loss in the Lok Sabha elections.
Becca Kufrin, third from left, seen with some of her Bachelor friends when she was announced as the new Bachelorette in March, begins her so-called journey to find love on May 28 and Canadian fans can toast her with two new Bachelor-branded wines. (PAUL HEBERT / ABC) Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Bachelor Wines has launched in Ontario. The Canadian-based brand includes a Cabernet Sauvignon dubbed The Final Rose and a Pinot Grigio called One on One, available for $14.95 a bottle at the LCBO. Advertisement Think of the ways that wine is connected to The Bachelor and Bachelorette franchise: the stars nearly always have a glass of the stuff on hand during dates on the ABC reality shows and fans have been known to imbibe as they watch.Consider the drinking games last season alone: “Quick, take a swig every time Arie Luyendyk, Jr. kisses someone!”Now, for those who like homogeneity in their lives, you can drink a Bachelor-branded wine while watching The Bachelorette when it debuts May 28. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter
Annette FrancisAPTN NewsWhile cannabis is now legal across Canada, the Whitefish River First Nation in Ontario says not so fast.A community meeting on the weekend decided that a moratorium on stores that sell pot will stay in place until further notice.The chief, and Elders says more research is needed before the community will open its arms to email@example.com@aptnafrancis
New Delhi: Conveying the hopes and aspirations of the physically-challenged people in the country, president of Bharatiya Divyang Sansthan Amit Kumar handed over the ‘Divyang Manifesto’ to Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawarchand Gehlot.The ‘Divyang Manifesto’ is a vision document suggesting the ways to the Union Government for the upliftment of the physically-challenged class.Minister Gehlot stated that incumbent Modi government has done some unprecedented work in its tenure of five years for the welfare of Divyangs. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe centre is now providing direct support and scholarships to physically challenged people. The government has created provision of subsided loans for Divyangs. Minister said that after BJP came to power. New categories have been created for Physically challenged people and the government is providing extra grants to the organisations employing Divyangs. Physically challenged athletes are getting special cash packages to ensure they reach new heights in the field of sports and become independent. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardShowing their trust in the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the manifesto pledged complete support from Diyangs to the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019. The document also urged the BJP to bring the Divyangs in mainstream politics by giving some reservation to them in the party. The Cabinet Minister, however, expressed inability to provide political reservation to the Divyangs at the moment. After discussing with the Central Minister, Amit Kumar called for all Divyangs and other Divyang organisations to unite and press for the demand of getting political reservation and quota in the Parliaments. Amit Kumar stressed the Divyangs will have to create the atmosphere and achieve what is rightfully theirs by virtue of their power of votes. The condition of the Divyangs will not improve until they get political representation. Gehlot said that all other demands of the organisation will be taken up sympathetically for the upliftment of Divyangs. Amit Kumar thanked the Union Minister for lending support to their manifesto. He said that the country has a lot of expectations from PM Modi because leaders like him can ensure the upliftment of every section of society. The minister gifted Amit Kumar books published underlining the achievements and plans of the Ministry.
Matthew Nimetz, the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Greece-former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia talks, said in a statement today that he had been in contact with the two sides and they have agreed to hold the talks in New York on 1 November.“I hope that through the resumption of these talks in the established channel we can lay the groundwork to more intensive discussions that will find a mutually satisfactory resolution of the name issue and related matters,” Mr. Nimetz said in his statement.“Both parties have indicated a sincere desire to reach a solution. I will issue a statement at the conclusion of the meeting,” he added.The Interim Accord of 13 September 2005, which was brokered by the UN, details the difference between the two countries regarding the official name of the former Yugoslav republic. It also obliges the two sides to continue negotiations under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General to try to reach agreement on their dispute.The last round of talks took place in New York on 16 May this year. 22 October 2007Representatives of Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have agreed to hold a fresh round of United Nations-mediated talks next week over the question of the official name of the latter country.
OTTAWA — A new Conference Board of Canada report has downgraded its projections for economic growth in 2016 from 1.6 per cent to 1.4 per cent, despite a strong start to the year.The think tank says Canada’s economic growth advanced at a solid annual pace of 2.4 per cent in the first quarter, driven by robust household spending, a surge in exports and a double-digit increase in residential construction.But that momentum has largely dissipated after gross domestic product contracted in February and March, followed by wildfires in the Fort McMurray, Alta., region in May and June that shut down many oilsands operations.Canada the G7 dark horse as IMF projects improved growth in 2017‘Most challenging period’: Alberta is in the midst of its worst recession on recordThe board estimates that the temporary shutdowns will have reduced oil production by 57 million barrels this year, costing oil and gas firms $3.5 billion in lost revenues.Its report says the largest source of weakness in the economy remains the steep deterioration in business investment due to the collapse in energy spending, and there’s still no sign of a long-awaited recovery in non-energy investment.The board says weaker global economic growth prospects — factors that hurt Canada’s trade sector — are also dampening the country’s outlook.Its forecast is in line with a report issued earlier this week by the International Monetary Fund, which also cut its prediction for economic growth this year to 1.4 per cent.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State James Moore, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Vikram Singh, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Jane Zimmerman will travel to Sri Lanka and the Maldives from January 26-February 1, 2013, the US Embassy in Colombo said today.In Sri Lanka they will meet with senior Sri Lankan officials, members of various political parties as well as civil society to discuss a wide range of issues, including progress in implementing the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission recommendations and National Action Plan. James R. Moore is a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs since September 2010. Mr. Moore was previously the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Colombo from 2006 to 2009. In the Maldives they will meet government officials and members of political parties to continue support for a way forward that respects Maldivian democratic institutions, the rule of law, and the will of the Maldivian people in the run up to this year’s presidential elections. Jane B. Zimmerman is a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, responsible for South and Central Asia, the Western Hemisphere, and International Religious Freedom.Vikram J. Singh is Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. Mr. Singh serves as the principal advisor to senior leadership within the Department of Defense for all policy matters pertaining to development and implementation of defense strategies and plans for the region. (Colombo Gazette)
Wigneswaran said that if arms stored in the North explode in a fire like what happened in Kosgama it will create extensive damage.He noted that the issue of removing army camps in the North has been raised with the military on several occasions but yet the matter has been ignored. (Colombo Gazette) Northern Province Chief Minister C.V Wigneswaran today insisted that the army camps in the North must be removed.Speaking to reporters in Jaffna, Wigneswaran said there was a concern an incident similar to what took place in Kosgama may occur in the North.
The number of cases of tuberculosis (TB) in Africa — already in the millions — will double over the next decade as HIV continues to spread across the continent, the United Nations warned today, calling for a concurrent effort to fight both infectious diseases.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) predicted that the number of TB cases in Africa will reach 3.3 million by 2005 and surpass 4 million shortly thereafter.These alarming figures are contained in a report to be presented later this week at the Africa Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Other Infectious Diseases, in Abuja, Nigeria. The report shows a 10 per cent rise in the number of TB cases on the continent each year because of HIV.”There is an urgent need to address TB and HIV together,” said Dr. Peter Piot, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “Reducing transmission of HIV will reduce the epidemic of TB.””Tuberculosis is a leading killer of people living with HIV/AIDS,” observed WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland. She noted that up to 50 per cent of people with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa develop TB. “This is one of the reasons why the control of TB and HIV in Africa is so interdependent.”WHO and UNAIDS recommend a rapid expansion of a strategy known as DOTS, which uses community workers to ensure that patients are taking their TB medication. The agencies point out that increasing the availability of DOTS in Africa will have the added benefit of organizing community health systems for the future provision of anti-retroviral drugs used to treat HIV.Both Dr. Piot and Dr. Brundtland will attend the Abuja Summit, where UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is expected to make a major address outlining key priorities in the fight against AIDS. A spokesman for Mr. Annan said today that the Secretary-General was scheduled to arrive in Abuja on Wednesday, following a brief personal visit to his home country, Ghana.In his speech on Thursday, the Secretary-General is expected to call for a major mobilization of political will and resources commensurate with the enormity of the AIDS crisis. According to UN officials, he will focus on priority aspects of the battle against AIDS, including prevention, care and treatment.
The way forward is to turn to new ideas including operational ocean products and services, marine environmental protection and management, especially in coastal areas, and marine risk management, UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Secretary-General Michel Jarraud told 150 international organizations, institutions and government representatives at a week-long meeting that ended in Halifax, Canada, yesterday.Hosted by Canada, the Second Session of the Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) of the WMO and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Organization (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural (UNESCO) took place in Halifax, Canada from 19 to 27 September.”There is urgent need for a greater involvement of the developing countries in the scientific and technical work of the Commission,” Mr. Jarraud said. “Reciprocally, there is much need for support to these Members, in the form of technical cooperation and capacity building.”The strategy for making this challenge a reality should be through synergies among governments, the international community, academia and the private sector,” he added.Canada’s Environment Minister Stéphane Dion applauded the ongoing efforts of the WMO and IOC as “essential if we are to improve our understanding of the oceans, their climate and the related effects on coastal environments and the people who live there.”It is especially important today that there is ongoing monitoring of the changing conditions of the world’s ocean environment so as to provide information and warnings of dangerous situations such as hurricanes, storm surges and tsunamis.”IOC Executive Secretary Patricio Bernal said last December’s Indian Ocean tsunami catastrophe demonstrated the “overwhelming importance of having in place global, operational, robust and accurate warning services for natural hazards, as well as the need for interdisciplinary and inter-organizational cooperation to implement such services on operational basis.”There is a role of JCOMM to play in this global effort,” he added.
Ousted AlarmForce chief executive calls on shareholders to reinstate him by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 23, 2013 5:01 pm MDT TORONTO – AlarmForce Industries Inc. has fired its chief executive, but newly ousted Joel Matlin says he wants the company’s shareholders to put him back in charge.“I’m hopeful that the shareholders will let their voices be known and support me in being reinstated,” he said in an interview.“I anticipate being back running the company.”In a news release Tuesday, the home security company (TSX:AF) said it has “terminated” Matlin following a nearly year-long strategic review.“The board and management of AlarmForce wish to thank Mr. Matlin for his dedicated years of service and numerous contributions,” the Toronto-based company said in a statement.The release said Matlin, who has been the company’s high-profile spokesman and appears regularly in its television commercials, will continue to serve as a company director.Chief financial officer Anthony Pizzonia will serve as interim president and chief executive until a permanent replacement is found.Matlin, who holds a nearly eight per cent stake in the company, said he had scheduled a meeting with the board for Aug. 7 to talk about the company’s vision going forward. But a few days ago, the board asked Matlin to come in for another meeting, in advance of the one to be held in August, he said.Matlin said he was stunned when the company’s board handed him his walking papers on Tuesday.“To be perfectly frank, I am in shock,” he said. “I never anticipated the board making this decision.”Matlin alleges his termination stems from a conflict between himself and Pizzonia.Pizzonia could not immediately be reached for comment.Earlier this month, AlarmForce’s strategic review, which included a possible sale of the company, was completed without a deal.The company said at the time it would focus on growing its business.Acumen Capital analyst Brian Pow said it’s possible the move is related to the company’s failure to find a buyer.“Joel’s been the face of the company since inception,” Pow said.“I’m certainly surprised by this at this point. Hopefully we’ll get some clarity from the board at some point.”AlarmForce said a growing subscriber base and a reduction in marketing helped it nearly double its net income in the quarter ended Jan. 31.Pow said the company has been shifting its focus to south of the border, but it’s unclear if that vision will remain with Matlin gone.“That’s really where the game plan is going forward. At least it was until today,” he said. “We’ll have to see what happens.”Shares in AlarmForce, which were halted pending the announcement, closed up 20 cents at $10 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday.AlarmForce, which has operations in Canada and the United States, provides security alarm monitoring, personal emergency response monitoring, video surveillance and other services. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
OXEGEN AND ELECTRIC Picnic revealed their line-ups this week, to a mixed reception.So if you’re not happy with them, here are 8 great European alternatives.SonarWhere is it? Barcelona, June 13-15How much are tickets? €175 for a weekend pass; two-day pass €115, various day-ticket options.Who’s playing? Kraftwerk, Pet Shop Boys, Soulwax, Major Lazer, Jurassic 5, Skrillex, Two Door Cinema Club, Nicolas Jaar and more.What’s the buzz? In a hangar-like complex on the outskirts of Barcelona. Relaxed, friendly, chilled-out.For more info: sonar.es~~~~~ExitWhere is it? Novi Sad, Serbia, July 10-14How much are tickets? €110.Who’s playing? Bloc Party, Ceelo Green, Fatboy Slim, Snoop Dogg, Chase and Status, Atoms for Peace, Diplo and more.What’s the buzz? Giant, very cheap festival in an 18th-century fortress on the Danube that began as a student protest in 2000. Expect friendly madness.For more info: exitfest.org~~~~~End of the Road FestivalWhere is it? Dorset, England, August 30-September 1How much are tickets? €207Who’s playing? Sigur Rós, Belle and Sebastian, Eels, David Byrne and St Vincent, Warpaint, Dinosaur Jr, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and more.What’s the buzz? Relaxed affair in the eccentric grounds of a stately home in leafy southern England. Expect real ales.For more info: endoftheroadfestival.com~~~~~PrimaveraWhere is it? Barcelona, May 22-26How much are tickets? Weekend tickets sold out; day tickets are still available for €80 a throw. You stay in the city, so there’s no camping anyway.Who’s playing? Blur, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, The Knife, Phoenix, Hot Chip, Grizzly Bear, Wu-Tang Clan and more.What’s the buzz? Pan-European hipsters in a giant complex on the Barcelona waterfront. Tapas by day, dancing by night.For more info: primaverasound.es~~~~~DimensionsWhere is it? Fort Punta Christo Pula, Croatia, September 5-9How much are tickets? €170Who’s playing? Hype Williams, Theo Parrish, Pantha du Prince, Kode 9, Mr Scruff, Model 500, Mala in Cuba and more.What’s the buzz? Small-ish festival in an abandoned fort on the Croatian coast. Friendly atmosphere; a LOT of dancing.For more info: dimensionsfestival.com~~~~~Benicassim (Fib)Where is it? Benicassim, Spain, July 18-21How much are tickets? Weekend ticket €173, three-day pass €130, various daily options.Who’s playing? Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, Primal Scream, Beach House, Johnny Marr, Dizzee Rascal and more.What’s the buzz? Holiday beach resort by day, festival by night. All. Night. Long.For more info: fiberfib.com~~~~~BestivalWhere is it? Isle of Wight, England, September 5-8How much are tickets? €224 (OK, this is only just less than the Irish festivals)Who’s playing? Elton John, Snoop Dogg, MIA, Franz Ferdinand, Flaming Lips, The Knife, Wu-Tang Clan, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Roots, Belle & Sebastian and more.What’s the buzz? Like a bigger Electric Picnic – it’s usually the same weekend – except your chances with the weather are a bit better. Lots of fancy dress for some reason.For more info: 2013.bestival.net~~~~~Berlin FestivalWhere is it? Tempelhof Airport and other venues, Berlin. September 6-7How much are tickets? All-inclusive ticket €142, Tempelhof Airport only €87.Who’s playing? Blur, Bjork, Pet Shop Boys, My Bloody Valentine, MIA, Justice DJ set, Klaxons, Villagers, Ellie Goulding and more.What’s the buzz? Hipsters and actual music fans in a disused (but architecturally iconic) airport in south Berlin.For more info: berlinfestival.de~~~~~AirwavesWhere is it? Reykjavik, Iceland, October 30-November 3How much are tickets? €120Who’s playing? Kraftwerk, Alunageorge, Gold Panda, Omar Souleyman, Múm, Zola Jesus and more.What’s the buzz? Small city festival in an unexpected place, repeatedly hailed as the hippest event on the festival circuit. Shows take place in various Reykjavik venues and clubs.For more info: icelandairwaves.isArctic Monkeys, Fatboy Slim and Bjork for Electric Picnic 2013>Oxegen 2013: Line-up revealed in full>
How David Beckham’s former housemate walked out on United and ended up in prison Gary Twynham talks to The42 about defying Alex Ferguson, going from a prison cell to Wembley and sharing sunbeds with Robbie Savage. Share54 Tweet Email4 Sunday 10 Mar 2019, 8:00 AM IT IS THE condition of even the rich and teeming careers found in football: they are all eventually reduced to no more than a couple of lines.This can be an egalitarian process though, with trophies, awards and wealth less essential currencies.So to Gary Twynham – where to start?How about the teenage prospect who defied Alex Ferguson’s pleas, and walked out on the Man United youth set-up that produced Beckham, Scholes, Butt and the Nevilles?Or the first convict to sign professional football terms?Or the guy who started a season in a cell and ended it at Wembley?**********Twynham was born in Manchester but raised in North Wales. At 11, he started playing football relatively late, but that didn’t prevent his essential talent blooming.An attacking midfielder, within two years he was selected for the Bobby Charlton Soccer School – the programme which also identified David Beckham – and impressed during a tournament in France to the extent that the country’s biggest clubs came calling.He was brought to Liverpool’s School of Excellence, but his slated trial game was cancelled in the aftermath of the Hillsborough tragedy. Instead, he was invited to Manchester United by Brian Kidd and Nobby Stiles for a week-long trial.Custom dictated that the best player would give a speech at the end of the week. Come Friday, that fell to Twynham. United gave him a Youth Team Scheme contract that ran for six years…all but one of which Twynham completed.“I should have signed for Liverpool, I’d have had a better chance!” laughs Twynham to The42.Initially, things went well.He shared digs with David Beckham for a while, and the pair became close friends.They went together to United’s FA Cup semi-final replay against Oldham in 1990, and embraced each other madly amid the euphoria of Mark Robins’ extra-time winner; his second critical goal of that cup run as it sent United to Wembley to win the first trophy of the Ferguson era.Afterward, Twynham and Beckham found themselves in the United dressing room, with a jocular Ferguson telling them they reeked of hot dogs before sending them on their way home. David Beckham, pictured in 1995. Source: EMPICS Sport“We were best mates”, recalls Twynham of Beckham. “I don’t know why he doesn’t mention that in his book, we were best mates for a while. Maybe somebody thought it wouldn’t be good to mention a con.“I like him. Even though he is a humble guy now, and he is a good guy, he was a bit of a big-time Charlie back then.But I think he’s great. I’m really fucking proud I knew him at some point. He’s a great guy, humble, still with his missus after all this time, he deserves everything he’s got.“Nobody ever thought he was going to be what he became. But he wanted fame. He wanted it.“He just had confidence. He grew. He had great technique and great stamina; he’d run all day. The coaches that say they knew he’d be so good are lying; they never expected him to be a superstar.Twynham does get a mention in another former housemate’s book. “His sunbed partner!” laughs Twynham when The42 mentions Robbie Savage.“Yeah, we were only on 40 pounds a week so we used to go the sunbeds together to save money, as he was a skinny little shit.“We’d top and tail in the same sunbed at the same time!”**********And then he left.“There’s not many people who would walk out on the biggest club in the world, but it wasn’t meant to be”, says Twynham plainly.If few would walk out on Manchester United, fewer still would do so to the soundtrack of repeated pleas from Alex Ferguson to stay.Twynham was 18 and had another year left on his contract, but resolved he needed to get away from it all. “I wasn’t happy. I had a good season the year before but it was becoming apparent I wasn’t going to make it.“I was just homesick. I didn’t want to be there anymore. I didn’t feel comfortable, I didn’t feel confident.I just didn’t want to play football anymore, I’d lost my desire.”Although Manchester wasn’t exactly separated from his home in North Wales by wide oceans and sprawling lands, Twynham struggled to settle and made frequent trips home.Everything came to a head after one such return.“I went AWOL one weekend, and when I came back [youth team coach] Eric Harrison had a go at me and said, ‘Where were you?’ and I told him I just didn’t want to play for the club again.“I then had to go through the channels, so I had to go see Alex Ferguson. He tried to talk me out of it, and told me I’d a future of making a living from the game.”Ferguson sent him to Wrexham to train, in the hope that the ragged experience of lower-league football would convince him to stay with United, but Twynham’s mind was made up: he wanted to go home.There were a few reasons behind his decision to get out of United and return home, among them his chafing amid the singular world of a football academy in which the dreamers were many and the dreams few.“It’s quite hard”, reflects Twynham.“There’s 40 of you on YTS, living in digs. There were fights, lads were always on the wind-up. It’s intense.”Fights occasionally happened in the dressing room after training, with players engaging in boxing matches wearing nothing but towels. “And if the towels fell off, we’d keep on going” remembers Twynham.Twynham was once in the middle of one of these fights, in which he scrapped with defender Ashley Westwood. The pair were caught, and sent to Alex Ferguson’s office.Both made their way to Manchester’s kind of Mordor nervously, with Westwood’s eyes already discoloured and swelling up.The amateur boxers were then hit with a profound bit of luck: Ferguson wasn’t around.“We were with each other every day” says Twynham of the atmosphere among United’s youth ranks.“We were seeing each other every day. If you are a weak person, it can feel a bit like being bullied at school.“We were training close to the first-team, too, and among them you are almost like a fan, aren’t you?“I had a run-in with Peter Schmeichel, and a run-in with Paul Ince.“Ince was an absolute wanker.” Ince and Twynham clash while playing for Middlesbrough and Macclesfield respectively. Source: EMPICS SportTwynham says he could handle himself, but it had just become too wearying amid a wider disillusion that he wasn’t going to make the grade at United.“I wanted to be at home, I felt I was just pissing in the wind. I thought that there’s more to life than this.“I didn’t get on with Eric Harrison from day one. He was very important at the club. It was Eric Harrison who made those kids. He believed in them and he deserves a lot of credit. But I just didn’t see eye-to-eye with him.“I was signed by Brian Kidd and Nobby Stiles, not him.”The style of play didn’t help Twynham either. More comfortable running with the ball at his feet, Harrison drilled his players to “pass, pass, pass.”His game-time was, admittedly, stymied by players who he says “went onto be the best players in the Premiership, some to be the best in the world.”He ignored his father’s pleas to stay on for at least another six months, if not see out the final year of his contract.“I just couldn’t get my head down.“Looking back now, it probably was the biggest mistake of my life. It’s just one of those things, I can’t turn back the clock, can I?”Ferguson ensured United paid up the rest of his contract, which the club were not obligated to do.So Gary Twynham left United with £15,000 and returned home to Wales.“He wanted to look after me”, says Twynham of Ferguson. “To make sure I looked after my life.”**********Less than a year later, Ferguson was looking out for Twynham again. This time he was writing a character reference as Twynham appeared in court.“I got in a fight in Rhyl and got nicked for it”, says Twynham. He was charged with assault and sentenced to nine months in prison.“Prison was great!”, laughs Twynham.“When I was coming in, it was on the radio that an ex-United player was being sent down. So they were all waiting for fucking Ryan Giggs or someone, so when I turned up they were fairly disappointed!” A prisoner who ran a cooking course in the prison enrolled Twynham before he had arrived.“He was a United fan. It had been in the paper that Ferguson gave me a character reference, so he thought about using me to get to talk to his idol!”The course was a success – Twynham ate what he cooked – but more successful was the football team.Having impressed, the prison arranged him a trial with Darlington.“They looked over the walls on massive ladders! No, that’s a joke.“The prison go to football clubs so they got me a trial with Darlington. I had a worldie and they wanted me to sign at half-time.“I think I was the first con to sign professional terms.“They gave me a little wage. I got out of prison and they put me in digs, and I ended up in the play-off final.“So I started the season in prison and ended it at Wembley.”**********That game was to decide who would be promoted to the second division, and Darlington lost 1-0 to a Plymouth team managed by Neil Warnock.To Twynham’s frustration, he never managed to make a step up from the club.“I had a good season. I was a strong and quick player. At Darlington we had Robbie Blake and Sean Gregan, and they went on to play in the Premiership. You look back, they all got moves but I was better than them.“I was getting man-of-the-match every week. We played Leeds at Elland Road in the Coca-Cola Cup. I was on right wing and Lee Sharpe came up to me, as I knew him from United.“He asked, ‘You’re not playing right-wing are you? Oh no’.“I got Man of the Match that night, I thought, ‘Now I’ll get my move’, but it never happened. I had a good season but fell out with the manager Dave Hodgson.”From there Twynham dropped to non-league level, bouncing around with a number of clubs before spending a “disastrous season” with Hednesford Town.“I went AWOL a couple of times. They gave me a couple of warnings but I fell out with the chairman.“So I got sacked from the Conference and went back to the Football League.”He went to Macclesfield and played nine times in the 2000/01 season, but then returned to Wales: playing with Haverfordwest County, Port Talbot, and finally, Barry Town, with whom he was relegated from the Welsh Premier League.At the beginning of Twynham’s final season, Real Madrid paid Manchester United €37 million for David Beckham.Everybody leaves eventually.**********Ironically, Twynham has now settled in Manchester, where he works as a mobile phone engineer.“I’ve a good job now, I love it. I love it more than football. I make good money and you don’t get out of breath driving, do you?”So how does he look back on it all, as the man who walked out on Manchester United?“If I was going to make it, I’d have made it. I went to Darlington and it didn’t materialise.I get a load of people saying I should have made it. You know, from the guys in the pub who say, ‘I had a trial with United or City but I didn’t make it as I was on the piss the night before’.“I wasn’t good enough at the end of the day.”Was it difficult realising he wasn’t good enough? Or, given that he had walked out on United, was it a slight relief?“It’s a bit of both.”Twynham remains a United fan, and is back watching them every week having stayed away for a while, although that wasn’t through any personal angst.“I still love football, I still watch it. I’m a United fan, but I didn’t watch them while Mourinho was there as I just didn’t like him.“But now Solskjaer is there, it’s great.” 53,778 Views By Gavin Cooney Alex Ferguson and Gary Twynham (right). Mar 10th 2019, 8:00 AM Alex Ferguson and Gary Twynham (right). Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 18 Comments https://the42.ie/4532344