Chemistry still an issue as NLEX struggles in first game with new faces

first_img“We still have to make a little bit of adjustment because we didn’t look like a team in that game,” said Erram in Filipino. “But we’re okay, it’s just that we didn’t look like a team out there when we’re playing.”Rain or Shine took a 35-26 lead off a 15-1 run in the second quarter and it never looked back throughout the remainder of the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We didn’t have the chemistry but the good thing about it is it’s just the first game and we still have a lot of games to make the adjustments. We learned from our mistakes today and it’s time to move on,” added Erram who had 10 points and five rebounds.Erram was dealt to NLEX on Dec. 28 in exchange for Paul Desiderio, the no. 4 overall pick of the 2018 Rookie Draft, and no.7 pick Abu Tratter. It wasn’t just Erram, though, that struggled in the Road Warriors’ season opener with the returning Kevin Alas also finding a hard time in his first game after nearly a year of absence.Both Erram and Alas were expected to produce for the Road Warriors but it just so happened that the two were still finding their places in NLEX’ system,Alas injured tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in last year’s Philippine Cup and he was able to put up 12 points and dish out four assists in his first game back.“I think we have to improve on the chemistry of the team, that’s what I think we should work on,” said Alas in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Meralco’s Trevis Jackson joins parade of big rookie games LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?center_img MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting JP Erram debuts for NLEX. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Poy Erram’s debut with NLEX hit a little bit of a roadblock as his new team lost to Rain or Shine, 96-87, Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.The Elasto Painters completely stifled the Road Warriors from the midway the second quarter, never relinquishing the lead all the way to the end and Erram said it could’ve been the lack of familiarity factored in the loss.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Russell Westbrook shrugs off critics after playoff exit

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES View comments Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Tiger Woods hopeful a 5th Masters leads to more majorscenter_img Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates after scoring against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)Russell Westbrook hit back at critics on Thursday as the Oklahoma City Thunder licked their wounds after another playoff failure.Westbrook and the Thunder bowed out of the postseason on Tuesday, beaten in five games by the Portland Trail Blazers to exit in the first round for a third straight season.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Oklahoma City’s latest postseason disappointment left some observers questioning Westbrook’s credentials despite another dazzling season which saw him average a triple-double once more.The 2017 NBA Most Valuable Player shrugged off the criticism of his role in the Thunder’s playoff campaign.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“If you want to determine my career and what I’ve done over two, three games, you go ahead,” Westbrook told reporters during his end-of-season exit interview.“That don’t mean shit to me. It doesn’t. I’m going to wake up with three beautiful kids, smile, be happy, enjoy my life. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I know who I am as a person, and that’s the biggest thing I can say about myself… I don’t even know what talk you’re talking about, but whatever that is, you guys can keep talking about it. I’m going to keep living my life.”Westbrook meanwhile bristled at questions over his shooting percentage during the playoffs.“There used to be conversations if I was a ball hog, but now I lead the league in assists that’s getting squashed out,” he said.“So now the conversation is about shooting. Next year I’m going to become a better shooter. After that it’ll be probably, my left foot is bigger than my right one. Who knows.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more

We can expect Olympic medals in equestrian from 2024: Army Chief

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 8 (PTI) Two equestrian medals at the Jakarta Asian Games shows that Indian riders have improved significantly, said Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, who is hoping that the country will win medals in the sport at the 2024 Paris Olympics. Like in many other sports, Indian Army has played a pivotal role in the growth of equestrian in India. Courtesy Fouaad Mirza, the country won its first equestrian individual event at the Asian Games in 36 years when he secured a silver in Jakarta earlier this year. India also won a team silver in the continental event. “We have to look forward to getting more medals in Asian Games and Olympics. As of now we are yet to reach the Olympic level,” General Rawat said on the sidelines of Delhi Horse Show here Saturday. “We are at level 1 and we need to reach level 3 but we are on the right track and we will get there.” The Indian riders can’t train with the best of horses in the country due to complications over their import but the Army Chief said that the process of importing horses has finally begun. “I don’t know the reason why we could not import them (in the last 10-15 years) but we have started the process of procuring them. Having a good horse is important but equally important is the chemistry between the ride and the horse and that takes time to develop. “So, we are not looking at 2020 Olympics. If our boys can qualify, then it is great but our aim is to win medals at 2024 Olympics,” he said.advertisement General Rawat also acknowledged the support provided by the government in Army’s sports program. PTI BS ATKATKlast_img read more

Liga MX Talking Points: Big cat fight

first_imgLiga MX Liga MX Talking Points: Big cats fight, Chivas need solid restart Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 03:26 10/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Juninho Andres Pierre Gignac Tigres Julio Cesar Aguilar Liga MX Tigres UANL Puebla v Querétaro Tijuana v Veracruz Cruz Azul v América Monterrey v Pachuca León v Tigres UANL Necaxa v Pumas Guadalajara v Morelia Santos Laguna v Atlas León Guadalajara Cruz Azul Puebla Pachuca Veracruz Tijuana Morelia Necaxa Monterrey Querétaro América Pumas Santos Laguna Atlas Leon and Tigres meet in the match of the week while the Guadalajara side will look to get its first home win. Goal previews the weekend It’s back to the league!In Europe, there’s much rejoicing. In the Americas, it’s far less clear cut. Perhaps the return of Liga MX can salve the pain of Mexico finishing out with a frustrating defeat against Honduras, or maybe you couldn’t wait for the break to end to see Club America, Monterrey, Tigres or Chivas in action again. Well, maybe not the last one. Just kidding, Chivas fans! We’ll get to you in a few moments.First, let’s start with the Match of the Week as we always do: Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Match of the Week … Tigres vs. LeonGuido Rodriguez America Andres Andrade LeonYou may not remember, but aside from leader Monterrey, the two hottest teams in Liga MX are Leon and Tigres, and they meet Saturday at the Nou Camp. Tigres’ last defeat was way back in Jornada 4, while Leon has won four in a row under new coach Gustavo Diaz.Obviously, something has to give. Leon’s attack has been rolling along with Mauro Boselli now leading the league in goals thanks in part to his strong chemistry with Elias Hernandez. How they work against a Tigres defense that may have been living on its reputation but now is living up to it with clean sheets in its two most recent matches will be the most fascinating part of this contest.Also interesting is how Leon’s defense holds up. You really have to go back to Rafa Marquez and the bicampeon team to find a Leon team that has been solid at the back. Diaz has things looking much more solid, but he’ll have used the international break to find a formula to keep shots off goalkeeper William Yarbrough. Tigres’ star-studded attack will heavily test that plan.It’s a big weekend for … Alan PulidoAlan Pulido ChivasChivas fans have put a lot of hope in Alan Pulido. Both portions of the team have been poor, but if Chivas actually were able to keep the ball in the final third and find the back of the net, maybe they could make a late surge to the playoffs. Chivas face Morelia this weekend and failing once again to win at the Estadio Chivas, where for some reason they haven’t won yet this year in six attempts, will seal their fate.Pulido trained with the full team during the international break and is now fit after the clavicle injury he suffered with the national team in the summer. Chivas likely will need to score goals against a Monarcas team that has been finding the back of the net often with Raul Ruidiaz and Diego Valdes. Even worse, Jair Pereira remains out with osteitis pubis, essentially a pelvic inflammation.Even if Chivas fail to make the playoffs and don’t repeat as Copa MX champion, coach Matias Almeyda seems to be feeling less worried than he probably should for a man who is coaching Chivas. “My suitcases are well stored in my house. I’ve got four years on my contract. I’m the same person I was the first day I arrived here,” Almeyda said. “I’m not changing the person I am because of a result that goes our way or one that goes against us. I’ve continued being the same person in success or in defeat and that’s how I’m going to be.”Keep an eye on … the Clasico JovenAngel Mena Cruz AzulFor the last time, a Clasico Joven is taking place in the Estadio Azul. With Cruz Azul set to leave the central Mexico City venue at the end of the Clausura and potentially crashing on America’s couch at the Azteca in the future, this may be farewell to the Azul for Las Aguilas. It should be a hell of a send-off.The Mexico City clubs have just four losses between them. Three of those belong to America, but Miguel Herrera’s men have been far better at actually winning games and sit third with 20 points, two ahead of La Maquina. In contrast to most teams, Cruz Azul has been playing a more conservative style at home and letting loose more on the road. And this weekend’s game is setting up not to be the most beautiful, even if it is dramatic.”Like everybody knows, Cruz Azul has a streak of several clasicos without winning. It’s true that we’d like to win the game controlling the ball, but you have to win the Clasico any way possible,” said Cruz Azul’s Edgar Mendez, who will experience the crosstown rivalry for the first time after joining the club this summer. Cruz Azul may find success in the middle where America will be without Guido Rodriguez after the midfielder’s kick on Rubens Sambueza before the international break. Fans will hope for a Clasico worthy of sending off the stadium.Quote of the WeekCarlos Sanchez Monterrey“I think it’s a beautiful thing not to lose. Sometimes, when you lose, it can hit hard and lead to a losing streak. I don’t even like to lose a kickaround, so it’s great to keep this up. When we’re playing, we’re thinking about not losing because it’s great to stay undefeated.” – Carlos Sanchez, Monterrey MMonterrey is back at home this weekend against struggling Pachuca. Diego Alonso will hope to have Tuzos ready to hand Rayados their first loss, but Carlos Sanchez laughed off the, “It would be good to lose before the playoffs!” narrative this week.last_img read more

Emiliano Sala’s family hire submarine to hunt for missing plane

first_imgReuse this content Twitter Share on Messenger Share via Email The shrine to Emiliano Sala at the FC Nantes trainingground. Photograph: Eddy Lemaistre/EPA David Mearns, a specialist in finding shipwrecks, said that if the plane’s wreckage was located, the next step would be to try to recover it. He said Sala’s family was determined to establish what happened to the Argentinian footballer.Details of the private search were revealed as the Cardiff City manager, Neil Warnock, said he has questioned his own future at the club following the disappearance of the plane. Warnock said he believed he had been a passenger of the pilot who was lost along with Sala, Dave Ibbotson, from Lincolnshire. He said: “I’d been to Nantes a couple of times and I do think I had that pilot, who I thought was a fabulous pilot. So I just can’t comprehend it.”The manager revealed that he had invited Sala to watch Cardiff’s Premier League game at Newcastle on Saturday 19 January, but Sala chose to return to France to gather his belongings and say farewell to his Nantes team-mates before his first training session at Cardiff last Tuesday.“From my point of view, I have thought many a time: ‘Should I have insisted he came up to Newcastle?”’ Warnock said. The manager had said Sala told him: “‘I’ll score you the goals” and the manager had replied: “I know you will.”The official search, which was led by the Guernsey harbourmaster, Capt David Barker, was terminated last Thursday.Pleas for the official search to resume have come from the 28-year-old player’s family, the Argentinian footballers Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona and Sergio Agüero, and the country’s president, Mauricio Macri.Donations from footballers including Manchester City’s İlkay Gündoğan helped a GoFundMe page raising money for a private search to pass the €300,000 (£260,000) target.On Monday, a week after Sala and Ibbotson vanished, members of Sala’s family chartered a plane and re-traced the flight path of the lost aircraft to try to help them build a picture of what happened.Two fishing boats continued to search the area just north of Guernsey where contact with the plane was lost.Speaking at Guernsey airport with members of Sala’s family beside him, Mearns said a search vessel was being mobilised and was expected to be in the area by the end of the week, although poor weather conditions mean it may be delayed until the weekend.“We are getting ready for the next phase, which will be the underwater search,” said Mearns of Blue Water Recoveries. He said the last known position was north of Hurd’s Deep, an underwater valley used as a dumping ground for radioactive waste.The area that Mearns will be focusing on is 65m deep and is regularly fished by scallop dredgers, making the hard seabed smooth. Mearns said the currents were strong and there were other wrecks there, which made it more tricky, but he said the sea bottom was easily reachable with the ROV.He said: “We cannot guarantee we will find the plane, but we think we have a very good chance … The family is determined to get answers they don’t have now – the only way is to find this missing plane.” Facebook Read more Channel Islands Share on Facebook Topics Guernsey Share on LinkedIn Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Cardiff City Europe Share on WhatsApp Twitter Cardiff City’s manager, Neil Warnock. Photograph: Athena Pictures/Getty Images A hi-tech unmanned submarine will be used to scour the seabed off the Channel Islands for wreckage of the plane that was carrying the footballer Emiliano Sala as part of a family-led operation funded by fellow players and well-wishers.The expert leading the search said they would use the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to comb an area of around 25 square nautical miles and they believed there was a good chance of finding the plane, which vanished on Monday last week en route from Nantes in France to Cardiff. Emiliano Sala Nantes Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Pinterest “You think 24 hours a day about whether to carry on,” Warnock said. “It’s impossible to sleep. I’ve been in football management for 40 years and it’s been by far the most difficult week in my career, by an absolute mile.” Share on Pinterest Facebook news Emiliano Sala’s disappearance has made me consider retiring, says Neil Warnocklast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd announce departure of goalkeeping coach Emilio Alvarez

first_imgMan Utd announce departure of goalkeeping coach Emilio Alvarezby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have announced the departure of goalkeeping coach Emilio Alvarez.Alvarez worked closely with David De Gea at Atletico Madrid before the pair reunited at Old Trafford.No reason has been given for his departure – but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did bring in his own senior goalkeeping coach in Richard Hartis in the summer.Solskjaer said: “I would like to thank Emilio for all his help and hard work since my return to the club. We all wish him well for the future.”Alvarez joined United in 2016 and was an enormous figure of support for De Gea – particularly during the Spain international’s crisis of confidence at the end of last season.Alvarez said: “I will always be proud of belonging to this club. Wishing you every success in your endeavours.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Program to study ways to help soldiers transition back to civilian life

first_imgFREDERICTON – A Canada-wide research study is being launched with the aim of helping members of the Canadian Armed Forces and veterans transition to civilian life.The study, based around a New Brunswick-based program called Shaping Purpose, will examine the experiences of 84 Forces members and veterans.“Of the roughly 5,000 regular force members who leave the Forces each year, about 27 per cent have difficulty with transition due to a loss of identity,” said Andrew Garsch, vice-president of program delivery with Shaping Purpose.Garsch was an engineer officer for 12 years before being medically discharged.“It stripped from me who I was, and it took from me everything that I worked towards for my entire adult life. I became completely isolated and lost all confidence and was completely depressed,” he said.He said until that point he identified himself as a soldier: “I didn’t realize that with that being taken away from me I felt that I had nothing.”The research will build on a pilot project to assist Forces members and veterans define a new purpose in life and plan a way forward. During the pilot project, the participants used existing programs provided by the Canadian Armed Forces Transition Assistance Program and the Veterans Affairs Canada Vocational Rehabilitation program.Garsch said there will be four sessions across the country, starting with 21 individuals in Moncton, N.B., next month. The other sessions will be in Ontario, either Alberta or B.C., and a final location that is yet to be chosen.Kevin McCoy, the president of Irving Shipbuilding, which is helping to fund the study, said he has seen the issues first-hand.“As a 36-year veteran of the United States Navy this is very personal to me. I’ve witnessed the challenges and anxieties that can be faced when transitioning from military to civilian life,” he said.“A career in the armed forces requires some sacrifices and time spent away from family and friends to serve the country. You dedicate your life for the betterment and protection of society. When members leave the armed forces, it’s important that we, as a society, provide support and assistance so that they can continue to contribute to society in meaningful ways,” McCoy said.Bruno Battistini, scientific director of the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation, said participants will be asked to complete a number of questionnaires and go through a four-day program to gather information about them as individuals.He said the researchers will follow-up with participants in the weeks, months and year following.The research study and the evaluation of the program is expected to be completed in December 2018, with the intent to present the findings to the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada in the spring of 2019.last_img read more

Seven stories in the news today May 9

first_imgSeven stories in the news for Tuesday, May 9———BODY OF MAN MISSING IN QUEBEC FLOODS FOUND; CHILD STILL MISSINGPolice in Quebec say the body of Mike Gagnon, 37, of Saint-Anne-des-Monts, has been recovered not far from where a strong current pulled a car toward a ran-swollen river in eastern Quebec on Sunday. But a two-year-old girl who was also in the car has not yet been found. A search will resume early today to try to find her.———SOLDIERS POUR INTO QUEBEC ON FLOOD DUTYMore than 1,500 soldiers are in Quebec to help residents deal with “historic” flooding that has caused widespread damage and evacuations. Quebec Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux says authorities expect the water to start receding by mid-week. Heavy rains and melting snowpack across Quebec have so far flooded 2,429 Quebec residences, forcing the evacuation of 1,520 people in almost 150 municipalities.———VOTERS IN B.C. HEAD TO THE POLLS TODAYVoters in British Columbia head to the polls today at the end of a sometimes bruising 28-day campaign fought on jobs, the economy and the influence of big donors in provincial politics. The B.C. Liberal party has been in power for 16 years and is attempting to build on four straight majority governments by running on the party’s record of economic growth and financial stability. The polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. PST.———ONTARIO SELLS FINAL TRANCHE OF HYDRO ONE SHARESThe Ontario government is selling what it expects to be its final offering of shares in Hydro One, a move it says could raise more than $3 billion for the province. The government and Hydro One say they have an agreement with a syndicate of underwriters for some 120 million common shares. When all is said and done, the province will continue to hold about 49.9 per cent of the company.———INQUEST INTO FIREFIGHTER DEATHS SET TO BEGINAn inquest into the deaths of two Ontario men who lost their lives during firefighter training exercises five years apart is set to begin today. Thirty-year-old Adam Brunt, a firefighting student from Clarington, Ont., died in February 2015 after getting trapped under the ice during a rescue exercise. His death came five years after a similar incident near Sarnia claimed the life of volunteer firefighter Gary Kendall.———MOTHER OF DEAD TODDLER ATTACKED ON SOCIAL MEDIAMembers of an indigenous community in Alberta are angry that strangers are using social media to attack the mother of a toddler who was found dead near an Edmonton church last month. The body of 19-month-old Anthony Raine was discovered April 21 outside the church. His father and his girlfriend have been charged. But some people on social media have blamed the boy’s biological mother and her family for his death.———EX-MONTREAL CANADIENS OWNER JOHN DAVID MOLSON DIES AT AGE 88John David Molson, the former president and owner of the Montreal Canadiens and prominent member of the Molson family of brewers, has died at the age of 88, the team announced Monday. Molson was born in Montreal and joined the family business, Molson Breweries, in 1949 and held various positions until he became vice-president in 1964. The Habs won five Stanley Cups during Molson’s time as club president.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Various Quebec cabinet ministers and police forces will provide an update on the floods in the province.— Look for financial results today from Valeant Pharmaceuticals, George Weston Ltd., Sleep Country Canada, among others.— Energy ministers from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba hold a panel discussion in Regina.— Statistics Canada will release the March figures for building permits.— Former U.S. intelligence officer and whistleblower Edward Snowden will give a lecture via webcast at the University of Winnipeg.— Two indigenous women from Papua New Guinea will hold a news conference in Ottawa to discuss violence at the Barrick mine.— Canada Post will unveil the fourth of 10 stamps highlighting Canadian history.last_img read more

Defence wants conviction quashed for woman convicted of hiding infant remains

first_imgWINNIPEG – The lawyer for a Winnipeg woman convicted of hiding the remains of six infants in a rented storage locker is trying to get the case dismissed.Greg Brodsky has filed a motion to have the case thrown out because it has taken 33 months to conclude.A Supreme Court ruling last year said legal proceedings can be presumed to be unreasonably delayed if they take more than 18 months in provincial court or 30 months in a higher court.Andrea Giesbrecht was arrested in October 2014 after the remains were found in a U-haul storage locker she rented.Medical experts testified the infants were Giesbrecht’s, were at or near full term and were likely to have been born alive.She was convicted earlier this year and a judge is to decide her sentence on Friday, but Brodsky says he will be in court that morning to try to have the case thrown out.“I’m filing the motion because we think it’s taken too long,” Brodsky said Wednesday.“Whether it’s heard or not on Friday is a matter that is not in my control. The transcripts … of the proceedings have been ordered. Whether they’re here or not by Friday, I don’t know.”How the infants died remains a mystery. Medical experts testified the remains were so decomposed, a cause of death could not be determined. Giesbrecht did not testify and the defence did not call any witnesses.Giesbrecht, 43, was convicted of six counts of concealing newborn remains — an offence that carries a maximum penalty of two years for each count.At a sentencing hearing last week, Brodsky asked provincial court Judge Murray Thompson to spare Giesbrecht any more time in custody beyond the 168 days she spent between her arrest and when she was granted bail.Crown attorney Debbie Buors asked for an 11-year sentence minus time served — one year for the earliest infant remains and two years for each of the other five, to be served consecutively.The judge’s decision Friday afternoon is to be livestreamed on media. He will first have to decide whether to hear immediately Brodsky’s motion to dismiss, reject it outright or postpone matters and hear the motion at a later date.last_img read more

SRH eye winning start against KKR

first_imgKolkata: Comeback man David Warner would be the cynosure of all eyes when last year’s finalist Sunrisers Hyderabad open their campaign against two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the 12th Indian Premier League here Sunday.Under Warner’s captaincy Sunrisers won their maiden IPL title in 2016 and in 2017 he was the leading rungetter for his team. But the Australian opener missed the last IPL because of last year’s infamous ball tampering episode in Capetown, and is set make his IPL comeback along side Steve Smith. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhWarner will be the most scrutinised player for Sunrisers this season after he was banned for a year over his role in the ball-tampering scandal. While Warner and Smith were banned for a year, young Cameron Bancroft was left out for nine months for his role. And come this year, both Warner and Smith would be hoping to make an impact for their respective IPL sides. Even as his international ban will end on March 28, the left-handed opener is eligible to play in the franchise league and would be hoping to get into his zone to stake a claim in Australia’s World Cup squad. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterWarner went under the knife for an elbow injury in January during the Bangladesh Premier League but made a successful comeback for his Sydney club Randy Petes with a 77-ball century in a one-day game earlier this month. Kane Williamson, who led them to runners-up finish in the Aussie’s absence last season, will continue to captain Sunrisers, a team that is known for its depth and variation in bowling. While Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead Sunrisers pace department, Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan will be in charge of the spin attack. Sunrisers have traded in Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem and Abhishek Sharma for Shikhar Dhawan, but the it remains to be seen how they overcome the Indian opener’s departure. In KKR’s camp, skipper Dinesh Karthik will look to make most of the IPL opportunity to get the selectors’ attention. Taking charge of the team after Gautam Gambhir’s exit, Karthik led KKR to third place finish following their loss to SRH in the second eliminator last year. KKR have roped in Carlos Brathwaite to go along side Andre Russell, Sunil Narine as they would look to reinforce their batting firepower with Chris Lynn. Team (from): Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (c), Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Harry Gurney, KC Cariappa and Yarra Prithviraj. Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Willilamson (c), Manish Pandey, Martin Guptill, Ricky Bhui, David Warner, Deepak Hooda, Mohammad Nabi, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Sreevats Gowsami, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Basil Thampi, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem. Match starts: 4pm.last_img read more

UN helps Liberian refugees return to their homeland as peace takes hold

“This is obviously a reflection of new hope,” spokesman Ron Redmond of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told the press in Geneva.The first airlift of nearly 100 refugees was slated to head today from the Ghanaian capital of Accra to Monrovia, the capital of Liberia.Momentum for the repatriation is expected to pick up pace as the nationwide disarmament process heads towards completion at the end of the month. The UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) just launched the final round of that effort, with approximately 1,000 combatants of the armed group Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL) expected to turn in their weapons during this stage. As stability takes hold, 50,000 refugees have gone back to Liberia so far this year on their own, often using risky methods of transport, according to UNHCR.The agency’s facilitated repatriation includes safe transport and a “dignified return,” Mr. Redmond said. Once in Liberia, returning refugees will receive food rations, supplies, and HIV/AIDS information.UNHCR has also been working with communities to rehabilitate and construct schools, water and sanitation systems, shelter, bridges and roads, which were all severely damaged during the 14-year conflict.The agency is seeking $39 million for its Liberia operations but has so far received less than half that. read more

Prince Louis Arthur Charles Royal baby name announced by Duke and Duchess

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their new baby Prince Louis Arthur Charles.The names honour both the Prince’s grandfather, Prince Charles, and Louis Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh’s mentor who was killed by an IRA bomb in 1979.Prince George and Prince William both have Louis as middle names, with the announcement confounding bookies and experts who had believed it would not be repeated for the third baby Cambridge.Arthur had been the favourite predicted first name, eventually announced as a middle name. It is also one of the Duke of Cambridge’s own middle names.Kensington Palace said: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles.”The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.” Asked about the baby’s name, she added tactfully: “The jury’s out on that one. I don’t know, we’re all just going to have to wait and see.” Asked how the Duchess and the baby were doing, Prince William said: “They’re very well thanks.”The now father of three said they are “in good form, luckily”, and added: “Sleeping’s going reasonably well so far, so he’s behaving himself which is good news.” Speaking for himself and the Duchess of Cornwall, presumably with a twinkle in his eye, he said: “We are both so pleased at the news.  “It is a great joy to have another grandchild, the only trouble is I don’t know how I am going to keep up with them.”The Prince is now a grandfather to Prince George, four, Princess Charlotte, who will turn three on May 2, and the baby boy. Lord Louis Mountbatten pictured in 1977, two years before he was murdered by the IRACredit:PA The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge showing their third child to the world outside the Lindo Wing on MondayCredit:Karwai Tang /WireImage The Duchess of Cornwall also has five grandchildren who are regular visitors to their home, with the Prince said to delight in reading the youngsters stories. Sophie, Countess of Wessex meets pupils during her visit to Tregolls School in Truro ‘Highlight of my career!’ The young Pc who took centre stage at baby’s first public outingThe baby joy extended not just to the Royal Family and avid monarchists. Pippa Middleton pictured leaving Kensington Palace on Tuesday afternoon ‘I don’t know how I’ll keep up with them’, proud Prince of Wales jokesA delighted Prince of Wales welcomed the birth of his third grandchild, saying it was a “great joy”. The name is a significant tribute to the Royal Family, with the newborn Prince sharing names in common with his brother Prince George Alexander Louis, his father Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, and his grandfather Prince Charles Philip Arthur George.Kensington Palace announced the name of the Royal couple’s third child, who was born on Monday at 11.01am weighing 8lb 7oz.The Duke and Duchess will have shared the name with the Queen and the rest of their family before making it public. The Prince of Wales already has two grandchildren in Prince George and Princess Charlotte, pictured arriving at the Lindo Wing The Prince of Wales, who was on Tuesday travelling to France in time for a dawn service to commemorate the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux on Anzac Day, will pay his first visit to hold the baby on his return from duty.Other family members earlier remained tight-lipped about the baby’s name. The Countess of Wessex, who was conducting a string of engagements near Truro, Cornwall, said during a visit to Tregolls School on Tuesday: “I’m thrilled for them all, it’s lovely – really good news.” Prince William greets his brother Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle as they arrive for an ANZAC day service at Westminster Abbey  Pippa Middleton pictured leaving Kensington Palace on Tuesday afternoonCredit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph  Since then, the Duke and Duchess have been kept busy settling in to life as a family of five at Kensington Palace.Born fifth in line, the baby is the Queen and Philip’s sixth great-grandchild and Kensington Palace said the couple, along with the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, and the Middletons, were delighted with the news of the new arrival.  The Duke of Cambridge holds up three fingers as he tells the media he has ‘thrice the worry now’ as he leaves the Lindo Wing Credit:BEN STANSALL /AFP New baby Louis evokes memories of Charles’ beloved uncle murdered by IRALouis was the first name of the Prince of Wales’ beloved great-uncle Earl Mountbatten of Burma.Charles will be touched that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge decided to pay tribute to Lord Mountbatten, who was murdered by the IRA in 1979, by naming their son Prince Louis.The name, also one of Prince George’s middle names, is French and German in origin and means “renowned warrior”. Duke and Duchess settle into life as family of fiveAs the outside world clamoured for details, the Duke and Duchess appeared to simply get on with life: with two older children, even with the help of a nanny, they could hardly do less.The Duke, sporting a light stubble, was seen driving out of Kensington Palace on Tuesday afternoon, on an unidentified errand. Pippa Matthews, the first visitor seen driving into the Palace, spent several hours with her sister, the Duchess, and infant nephew before being photographed driving away. Parents Carole and Michael Middleton were unlikely to have been far away, famously supportive of the Duke and Duchess and their growing brood.Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, too, could surely not have kept away from joining the first eager visitors, living just next door and both adoring children.The Prince once called George and Charlotte “the most amazing things ever”.The Queen, who was in Windsor, is unlikely to meet her sixth great-grandchild imminently, with further duties at the castle on Wednesday, while the Duke of Edinburgh is recuperating privately from a hip replacement operation. Famous people named Louis include pop star Louis Tomlinson from One Direction and jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong.Lord Louis Mountbatten was also the Duke of Edinburgh’s uncle and the brother of Philip’s mother Princess Alice.He was the last British Viceroy of India before independence in 1947.He was very close to Charles but Uncle Dickie, as he was known in the family, was assassinated by the IRA in August 1979.His boat was blown up on a fishing trip off the coast of County Sligo in the Republic of Ireland.Meeting the family: Auntie Pippa one first visitors at Kensington PalacePrince George and Princess Charlotte had already been introduced to the new baby at St Mary’s Hospital and were likely being eased into their new roles as big brother and middle sister in their own home on Tuesday. Royal Collection releases official souvenirs before baby’s name announcedThe official commemorative souvenirs marking the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby son have gone on sale – before the new prince’s name had been announced.Featuring a lion cub and unicorn inspired by the Royal Arms, the Royal Collection china is decorated with gold ribbons, silver pompoms and a coronet-inspired pattern.The pieces bear the words “Welcome to our new royal baby” and display William and Kate’s coronet. Louis was the 71st most popular name in England and Wales, according to the latest available figures from the Office for National Statistics.In 2016, just 911 boys were given the name Louis in England and Wales.It was more popular in the early 2000s when it ranked around 39th, but was not popular throughout the 20th century.Louis has been the name of many rulers across the world, including 18 kings of France. The Royal couple introduced two new members to the family today…. An honour and utter privilege to have been the ‘Door Officer’ for the birth of Their Royal Highnesses new baby boy! Today was an amazing day and a highlight of my career! #RoyalBaby3 #RoyalBaby3 #RoyalBaby pic.twitter.com/md6kMw3WSs— PC Tyler O’Hare (@TylerOHare) April 23, 2018 Prince William leaves Kensington Palace by car on Tuesday afternoonCredit:Jack Taylor /Getty The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge show their third child to the world outside the Lindo Wing on Monday Sophie, Countess of Wessex meets pupils during a visit to a school in Truro on TuesdayCredit:Cornwall Live / SWNS.com  Prince William greets his brother Harry’s fiancee Meghan Markle as they arrive for an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey Credit:HANNAH MCKAY /Reuters The Prince of Wales already has two grandchildren in Prince George and Princess Charlotte, pictured arriving at the Lindo WingCredit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS /AFP The Queen horse riding at Windsor on Monday before the latest Royal baby was born Abbey bells and gun salutes mark Royal birthOfficial celebrations were already under way, with the bells of Westminster Abbey ringing out from 1pm and gun salutes fired in London at 2pm.The soldiers, horses and Guns of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery rode out from Wellington Barracks into Hyde Park for a 41 round salute, and the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), the City of London’s Army Reserve regiment, fired a 62-round Gun Salute from The Tower of London.Video: Moment royal birth was marked by gun salutes Video: New Prince of Cambridge’s first public outing The official range includes a pillbox costing £35, a tankard for £39 and a plate priced at £49.Each item in the range is gilded with 22-carat gold and made in Stoke-on-Trent using traditional methods.There is also a pram-shaped woven decoration, made with glistening threads, delicate pearl detail, and embroidered on the back with “Royal Baby 2018”, for £14.95. Lord Louis Mountbatten pictured in 1977, two years before he was murdered by the IRA A young Metropolitan Police constable, Tyler O’Hare, who took centre stage during the Royal baby’s first public appearance outside the Lindo Wing was also celebrating.Sharing pictures of himself sternly keeping them safe by standing guard, he wrote on Twitter: “An honour and utter privilege to have been the ‘Door Officer’ for the birth of Their Royal Highnesses new baby boy!“Today was an amazing day and a highlight of my career!” The range of official commemorative chinaware to celebrate the prince’s birth Credit:Royal Collection Trust The announcement had been eagerly anticipated since the couple showed off their new son to the world on the steps of the exclusive maternity unit, the Lindo Wing, on Monday evening.  Duke of Cambridge holds up three fingers to signify his three children to answer a question from the press as he leaves the Lindo Wing  Prince William leaves Kensington Palace by car on Tuesday afternoon The Queen horse riding at Windsor on Monday before the latest Royal baby was bornCredit:Kelvin Bruce  range of official commemorative chinaware to celebrate the birth  Prince William: ‘Sleeping’s going reasonably well so far, so he’s behaving himself’The Duke of Cambridge joined his brother Prince Harry and soon-to-be sister-in-law Meghan Markle at Westminster Abbey for an Anzac Day service on Wednesday afternoon.But the topic of conversation quickly turned to the new Prince. The Prince’s words chimed perfectly with those of his son the Duke, who had held up three fingers – one for each of his children – when departing from hospital and laughed that he had “thrice the worry now”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

FLSmidth collaboration with Goldcorp to eliminate tailings dams

first_imgFLSmidth will be working with Goldcorp to develop EcoTails™, a new system to dramatically improve tailings and waste rock disposal while economically processing mine waste and increasing water recovery and reuse by as much as 90–95%. Together with the world’s third largest gold miner, Goldcorp, FLSmidth is co-developing a system for co-mingling dewatered tailings with waste rock in a continuous process. Designed specifically for large scale mining applications, the system is expected to be environmentally safer for managing tailings and waste rock storage and has the potential to eliminate conventional slurry tailings dams completely.Combined with FLSmidth’s co-developed filter press dewatering technology, co-mingling is the missing piece of the puzzle to keep costs low for dry stacked tailings. “As water resources become increasingly scarce and mining dams grow globally, so do the risks,” says Todd Wisdom, Director of Tailings Systems, FLSmidth. “We believe that the target for the industry is to completely eliminate tailings dams, and to recirculate maximum water back to the process. Highly dewatered tailings is the sustainable route for tailings disposal, and our work with Goldcorp will help EcoTails™ develop into both a technologically viable and economically feasible solution for large scale mining.”The solution is being studied for full scale testing at Peñasquito, Goldcorp’s largest mine, with an average daily throughput of 130,000 t/day. Co-mingled waste disposal has previously only been used at small scale mines using dozers, trucks, high cost liquid-solid separation processes, and significant manpower, making the solution too costly for large-tonnage operations.By using materials conveyance as the energy source for the mixing, Goldcorp and FLSmidth are testing a low energy, low cost co-mingling solution, with the waste blended in transit using specially designed material handling technologies. This method will make the solution economically competitive with traditional tailings disposal methods for large mines.The method of co-mingling tailings with mine waste in a continuous process produces a new type of waste called GeoWaste™. The filtered tailings cost is minimised by using fast filtering technology and waste rock to provide additional strength to the blended material. The risk of acid rock leaching from the waste rock is minimised by filter cake filling the voids of the waste rock matrix, greatly reducing oxygen flux. Once the system completes testing it will be offered commercially by FLSmidth.last_img read more

Man suspected in Doral gas station burglary arrested

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested a man accused of burglarizing a Doral gas station.Yuniel Perez, 31, faces several charges including grand theft and fraudulent use of a credit card.Prosecutors said Perez smashed the window of a car parked at a Shell gas station near Northwest 12th Street and 84th Avenue, back in June, and stole several items, including the victim’s credit cards.Perez allegedly used the stolen credit cards at another gas station.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Damian Marleys Welcome To Jamrock Cruise Celebrates Five Years With Big Lineup

first_imgThe Recording Academy got to experience the positive, welcoming vibes of the Jamrock cruise firsthand on its second voyage in 2015, and sat down with several artists that year, including GRAMMY nominee Julian Marley, who talked about what it was like growing up as a Marley.”Music has been my life from birth, I should say, growing up in a musical family. Really and truly I’ve love music from creation, so music has always been there,” Julian said. “I took a piece of each genre, I love jazz—we listened to jazz, classical, lots of different music, so you’ll find a piece of every kind of music in our music.”More info, including the waitlist for this year’s cruise, can be found on Jamrock’s website.Envision Festival 2019 Is Dance Floor Ready: Bedouin, Griz, Tycho, Lee Burridge & MoreRead more Marley is ready to help you “feel reggae’s positive vibrations” as he announces the full lineup for his fifth annual cruise, set to jam out and take sail to Jamaica on Dec. 1Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Nov 12, 2018 – 2:36 pm Damian Marley is bringing back the vibes with the fifth year of his Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise, named after his iconic GRAMMY-winning album. The cruise will embark on its annual voyage on Dec. 1, from Florida to Jamaica and allow music fans to explore the birthplace of reggae music and experience four days filled with music from modern greats. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Apr 9, 2015 – 4:00 pm Julian Marley On Family, Reggae And Love Twitter Facebook Email center_img Damian Marley’s Welcome To Jamrock Cruise Celebrates Five Years With Big Lineup Welcome To Jamrock Cruise Brings Big Lineup damian-marleys-welcome-jamrock-cruise-celebrates-five-years-big-lineup News Attention #WTJRC2018!! Who’s ready to celebrate JAMROCK style with our incredible DJ’s and Hosts for our 5th Year Anniversary?! Only a few more weeks until we set sail….RETWEET if you are you cruising with us!! pic.twitter.com/0CDFkRhQrD— Jamrock Reggae Cruise (@wtjrc) November 8, 2018The jam-packed lineup includes all five Marley brothers (Damian, Ziggy, Stephen, Ky-mani and Julian Marley), who, as reported by Billboard, will performing together on the cruise for the first time ever. Damian will also perform a solo-set with his full band and Stephen Marley’s son Jo Mersa Marley. Joining them are a solid group of artists from across the reggae world, including ska group the Skatalites, 26-year-old reggae roots revivalist Chronixx, singer/DJ Queen Ifrica and rising female dancehall star Shenseea. The lineup also boasts some old-school reggae legends, including singer Mykal Rose who will be playing with production powerhouses Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, dancehall veteran Elephant Man and many others across the spectrum of sounds and styles in the reggae-verse.”We try to keep our lineup fresh, make sure we have credible acts to uphold the genre and as much as we can, share the culture of reggae and Jamaica within this environment,” Damian Marley told Billboard. “All of the artists involved are proud to see reggae presented on this platform and that shows in the caliber of their performances. From the participation of the fans, to the production to the people who run the boat, you can feel reggae’s positive vibrations.”GRAMMY-winning reggae artist—and son of reggae legend Bob Marley—Damian Marley has taken the role of continuing his father’s legacy and keeping the genre alive and vibrant quite seriously. He has taken home four GRAMMY wins to date, including for Best Reggae Album for the 2005 classic Welcome to Jamrock and Best Urban/Alternative Performance for the title track, the only Jamaican artist to receive the latter award, at the 48th GRAMMY Awards. He is keeping the spirit of reggae alive in his own music, through collaborating with his brothers, who are also working hard to promote the sound and spirit of the genre their father so famously helped popularize outside of Jamaica, and with events like the Jamrock cruise that bring a diverse group of artists, young and old, established and newer, with fans from all walks of life, together to enjoy the sounds and energy of the reggae community.last_img read more

HC to hear plea against proposed MCD strike

first_imgThe Delhi high court on Monday agreed to hear on Tuesday a plea seeking to restrain the civic bodies in the national Capital from going on strike again.The matter was mentioned before a Bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva which directed that it be listed for hearing on Tuesday. The petition was filed by a lawyer who moved the court as an association of MCD unions has again called a strike on July 22 demanding primarily reunification of the three Corporations as well as payment of pending salaries and other arrears. The association also made other demands which include declaration of sanitation workers as technical employees, timely payment of terminal benefits of retired and deceased employees, pension benefits, cashless medical card facility as well as providing houses to them. The petitioner, Sanjeev Kumar Arora, said that proposed strike of July 22 “is of much wider consequence” as it has been called by all the employees of the Municipal Corporations of Delhi and thus it will “jeopardise the health, safety and normal life of the people” of the city.last_img read more

Flight Centre Independent to celebrate 10th anniversary at next weeks annual Meetup

first_img Travelweek Group Friday, April 6, 2018 Flight Centre Independent to celebrate 10th anniversary at next week’s annual Meetup << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by TORONTO — It’ll be a meeting of the minds next week in Toronto, when Flight Centre Independent Agents from nearly every province convene for FCI’s Annual Cross-Canada Meetup.Taking place on April 13-14 at Flight Centre’s flagship Travel Centre in downtown Toronto, this year’s Meetup will feature the launch of new booking tools, new marketing and social media initiatives, and a new fee model that gives agents the ability to customize and better control their program expenses. The weekend will also feature the inaugural independent Partner Appreciation Awards, during which supplier partners chosen by FCI agents will be recognized for their work.“Our partners are extremely important to us at FCI,” said FCI General Manager Lee Zanello. “With Flight Centre’s Preferred Partnerships, not just in Canada but globally, we know they help us offer our agents the most extensive and supportive network in the country. I cannot wait to show our appreciation for all that they do with these upcoming awards.”More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckAs FCI turns 10 years old this month, the weekend will also celebrate the January launch of sister U.S.-based brand, Independent by Liberty Travel.“Independent by Liberty Travel has exceeded all of our initial expectations in the first few months,” says Flight Centre Vice President for the Independent Agent Brands in North America, Cameron McLeod. “There is a fantastic camaraderie between our Canadian and US businesses with Canada guiding the way with their 10 years of experience and the US able to contribute heavily with strong supplier relations and technology and systems innovations. It’s a fantastic time for Independent Agents to come on board with the company on both sides of the border.”Flight Centre has three distinct Independent offerings working with individual Independent contractors, small agencies who appreciate the backend support and earning potential offered by a Global brand, and partners who have unique and specific requirements from a host agency.“Our size and strength in the Canadian travel industry gives us the resources to work directly with each agent or agency on an individual basis,” Zanello says. “We aren’t cookie-cutter and we work hard to ensure we have a host solution that is flexible enough to fit pretty much any arrangement.”More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksAdd to that a company culture that doesn’t take itself too seriously, she adds, “and you get opportunities like this that help people realize they are not just a part of our business, they are a part of our family.”Flight Centre Independent is Flight Centre’s host-agency solution for Independent Contractors and has agents in nearly every province and territory in Canada. It operates as part of the larger Flight Centre Leisure business. Tags: Flight Centre, Spherelast_img read more

Are US chains taking over Costa Rica

first_imgThe Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce said 171 foreign franchises operate in Costa Rica, an increase from 147 in 2011, and they operate approximately 900 stores. Not all new franchises arrive from the United States, although 60 percent of foreign franchises are U.S.-based. Spanish clothing store Zara will bolster its number of locations in the country. Brazilian restaurant chain Spoleto is set for an expansion of 15 franchises in five years. Costa Rican eatery Bagelman’s  intends to expand. But the trend seems to be toward bringing in more U.S. franchises. The reason seems to be both Costa Rica’s eagerness for foreign investment and an improving U.S. economy that allows U.S. companies to invest in store construction and brand promotion. And Costa Rica’s middle class is a worthy target market. “Costa Rica is a good market for many kinds of international brands, including Pollo Tropical,” wrote Marc Mushkin, Pollo Tropical’s senior vice president of international development, in an email. “This is because of a number of factors, including the growing purchasing power of consumers, high levels of international tourism, an educated workforce and good supply chains for most products.”A large list of U.S. brands has opened stores in Costa Rica in the past year. Carl Jr.’s opened multiple stores near the end of 2011. They’ll try to compete in a burger market that has dozens of McDonald’s (the first-ever Costa Rica franchise was a McDonald’s, which opened in 1979), Burger Kings and Wendy’s. And coming soon: Denver, Colorado’s fast-casual burger chain Smashburger.Family restaurant Applebee’s inaugurated its second Costa Rican location in the spring, in Sabanilla, east of San José. The chain plans to open two more restaurants in the provinces of Alajuela and Guanacaste by the end of 2014. In November, Applebee’s will be joined by Chili’s, another member of the casual dining brethren that will open in Mall Multiplaza, in the southwestern suburb of Escazú. Moe’s Southwestern Grill will introduce Tex-Mex to Central America in June, also in Escazú. Salads and sandwich franchise Cosi’s is christening multiple stores here in 2012 and 2013. That brand has plenty of catching up to do, as sandwich shop Quizno’s opened its 20th location in the country last month. On Wednesday, Quizno’s won an eight -year contract to operate the food court at Juan Santamaría International Airport, the busiest airport in the country. With a $4 million investment, QSR International will open another Quizno’s, and a KFC, Smashburger and Teriyaki Experience in the airport food court. Still, Quizno’s has less than half the number of franchises in the country as sandwich king Subway.Restaurants constitute about a quarter of the foreign franchises in Costa Rica. Clothing stores and hotels each represent another 20 percent. In April, Starwood Hotels opened two more lodgings, compounding a market that contains big names like Holiday Inn and Hilton Hotels.Grupo Roble, the Salvadoran group that owns Mall Multiplaza Escazú, Multiplaza del Este in San José and other projects, closed the Escazú location of Honduran department store Carrión at the beginning of the year. Carrión will be replaced by Tico department store Cemaco and three popular U.S. clothing stores: The Gap, Banana Republic and Forever 21. The rest of the U.S. franchises fall under a wide gamut of categories ranging from beauty shops to auto rentals. But those brands are showing less noticeable growth than the biggest areas of food, clothing and hotels.Bad News for Tico Brands?The number of Costa Rican chains is increasing alongside foreign companies. But the risk of oversaturating the market rises with each store opening. José Andrés Masís, a franchise legal expert, said he believes U.S. brands can survive in Costa Rica because many already are well-known by young Ticos. “The No. 1 factor for foreign chains, is the openness of Costa Ricans toward foreign brands, especially U.S. ones,” Masís said.The relatively strong economy in Costa Rica, compared to the rest of the region, means Costa Ricans are aware of many of the brands that hope to break into the market. Many U.S. brands already have a toehold in the country since locals know products from vacations in the U.S., via the Internet or from television commercials. Local malls are providing more spaces for foreign brands. Avenida Escazú, the plaza that will be home to Starbucks by May, keeps growing. In 2013, Costa Rica will see the inauguration of two major complexes: Lincoln Plaza in Moravia, northeast of San José, and Mango Plaza in the northern Alajuela province.It’s difficult to say if these foreign businesses are taking spaces that would go to Costa Rican brands, or if there is more opportunity for investment. But certainly there’s a demand for more foreign products.Elsa Rojas, marketing manager of Grupo Roble in Costa Rica, said that’s part of the reason the company wants to bring clothing stores like Gap and Forever 21 to the isthmus. “[Consumers] like to touch and to buy things here, like they would in the United States,” Rojas said.In many instances, Costa Ricans prefer foreign products, which complicates business for national chains, Masís said. He could list only a few items that Costa Ricans took pride in buying local, citing sustainable tourism, fruits and vegetables or coffee. Starbucks is one foreign company Masís feels might struggle here. He said, “If Starbucks does not promote Costa Rican coffee, if it does not make it obvious that its product will be Costa Rican, then it’s going to suffer problems, because we are very proud of our coffee.”However, for products like clothing or shoes, Costa Ricans shrug their shoulders about the item’s origin, Masís said. Their main concern is buying something that’s affordable and fashionable. That does not make it impossible for national businesses to best foreign products, and some national brands have succeeded in not only dominating the Costa Rican market, but also expanding outside the country to the rest of Central America. Pops Ice Cream serves as an apotheosis for Costa Rican business owners. The ice cream store even has its own U.S. location in Florida, where it goes by a name that brims national pride, Pops Costa Rica’s Creamery.Masís said to survive, local retailers need to reassess their focus and emphasize promoting products that are local, cheaper and better than the competition. With the right strategy, Costa Rica can avoid a future where Starbucks and McDonald’s are on every corner. But that will depend on how national business owners approach this surmounting challenge. “If Costa Rican businesses cling to old ways, then yes, they could suffer enormous losses in sales, and it’s possible they could disappear,” Masís said. “If they learn how to adjust mindsets, if they learn how to suit themselves to the games of the competition, they’re going to produce better products, because they will toughen up. If they leave their comfort zones what they can do is create tools, create products that can compete directly with foreign chains.”is create tools, create products that can compete directly with foreign chains.” Facebook Comments U.S. fast food chain Pollo Tropical opened its first Costa Rica location in April. Related posts:Dairy Queen invests $1 million to open four stores in Costa Rica Hooters, Chili’s, Applebee’s expanding in Costa Rica Carl’s Jr. hamburgers come to Costa Rica Wendy’s to Open First of 15 Locations in Costa Rica Alberto Font From the print editionTeddy Mora devours a plate of marinated ribs at the new Pollo Tropical restaurant across the street from San José’s Central Park. Next to him, O’Hong Wong finishes off a couple of chicken wings. This is not their first time eating here, and they’re already fans of the U.S. chain, headquartered in Miami, Florida. The restaurant chain opened its first location in Costa Rica at the beginning of April, and has plans for four more sites here. After returning from a day of work in the city of Heredia, north of the capital, Mora and Wong appreciate a brand new restaurant where they can grab dinner. But not even two weeks after it opened, Pollo Tropical lost its status as the latest chicken franchise in town. On April 13, Popeyes, a U.S. fried-chicken franchise from Louisiana, opened a $1.5 million Costa Rican restaurant in the eastern San José suburb of Curridabat. In the same market, the two must square off against U.S. franchises KFC and Church’s Chicken, Guatemalan brand Pollo Campero and Costa Rica’s own Rostipollos, among others. The sector of restaurants specializing in chicken embodies only a small part of the influx of U.S. brands that are moving here. The arrivals could oversaturate the market and result in fierce competition between both international and local brands, market analysts said. But franchise expansion continues because customers like Mora enjoy the increasing number of options. “I think it’s good because you have more to choose from,” Mora, 37, said. “[There are] more options for food, for fast food. … There’s a lot of variety. It’s always hard to find authentic Costa Rican food in central San José. At home, we eat casados, [Costa Rica’s traditional dish, with] rice, beans, meat and plantains. When we leave the house we want to try something different.”last_img read more

Cyprus to undertake coordinating regional role in addressing climate change

first_imgCyprus will be faced with more intense heat waves, droughts and perhaps even new diseases, Professor Costas Papanikolas, President of the Cyprus Institute (CyI) told CNA in an interview, stressing the importance of the recent International Conference on Climate Change, organised recently by the institute in Cyprus.In his interview, Papanikolas said that Cyprus, being the only EU country in the Middle East, can and should undertake a primary coordinating, regional role in addressing the fallout from climate change, with the CyI being at the core of this effort. Papanikolas said that this was the primary outcome of the International Conference on Climate Change.He said the conference had proposed a specific timetable for actions to be taken by the CyI the results of which would be presented at the United Nations Climate Change Special Session in the autumn of 2019.The wider Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean region was the world`s most vulnerable region to climate change and warned that the phenomena in Cyprus would increase in intensity and frequency.The first signs of the effects of climate change were already visible: extreme weather conditions (fires, floods, heat waves), increase in average temperature and reduction of rainfall, he said. “Unfortunately these phenomena will increase in intensity and frequency,” he warned.“We should be ready to see an impact on our forests, prolonged drought and heat waves, possible visits by unwanted visitors on our shores (e.g. jellyfish) which may impact tourism, even perhaps diseases that have not been of concern to us in the past (eg West Nile virus).”He said the magnitude and impact of climate change was just beginning to be understood in detail in order to come up with plans to address the issue. Papanikolas said that although the long-term measures to tackle the problem were widely known, namely the limitation of greenhouse gas emissions, nevertheless the plans to deal with individual impact, eg. on agriculture and livestock, tourism or immigration were not known.“There is a great need to coordinate scientific activities and actions to deal with the repercussions of climate change in the future,” he said.Referring to the role of Cyprus, he said that the primary conclusion of the conference was that Cyprus, being the only EU country in the Middle East, can and should undertake a leading coordinating role and that the Cyprus Institute can be at the core of this effort.“The Cyprus Institute is recognised internationally as a regional centre of excellence on the study of climate change”, he said, adding that its work would be extended to the field of scientific co-operation and actions and policies to address their impact at a regional level.He added that the CyI was already coordinating the actions of the global ‘Future Earth’ network for the Middle East and North Africa.You May Likeflarebox.info10 Robo toys for kids that will make even adults jealousflarebox.infoUndoHistory A2ZThe Non-Verbal Signs Your Dog Is Giving YouHistory A2ZUndoFinance NancyRemember Her? She Was Huge As A Child Star, Now Works In A Surprisingly Normal JobFinance NancyUndo Famagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoLicences for ENI and Total to explore block sevenUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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