No press freedom during Chamling’s 25-year rule, alleges Golay

first_imgSikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang aka Golay, on Monday, said that his predecessor Pawan Kumar Chamling was muzzling the press during his 25 year-long rule in the Himalayan state.However, the situation will change under the new Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) government, he said, at the 17th Foundation Day function of the Press Club of Sikkim.Golay announced the constitution of a Media Welfare Board to look into all areas for development of journalism in Sikkim and promised to construct a new Press Club building in the state capital.“The 25 years of Chamling’ autocratic rule in Sikkim was a nightmarish experience for the press fraternity in Sikkim as they were prevented from writing about the misdeeds of the Sikkim Democratic Front government,” Golay claimed.Some journalists were even physically attacked during the previous regime, the SKM chief alleged.“Chamling also diverted several crores of rupees meant for the development of media in Sikkim by publishing books and publicity materials to bolster his own image,” the chief minister said.Efforts to get the reaction of the SDF on the allegations failed.The SDF, which ruled Sikkim for nearly 25 years, is now left with just one MLA – Chamling himself – who has also been the party supremo since its formation 26 years ago.In August, 10 SDF MLAs joined the BJP while two other legislators of the party switched over to the ruling SKM.last_img read more

Andrew Wiggins signs contract extension with Timberwolves

first_imgMinnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio, left, of Spain, congratulates forward Andrew Wiggins after he drew a foul while taking a shot against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota—A five-year contract extension worth nearly $150 million sat in front of Andrew Wiggins for more than two months.Not only did the 22-year-old Wiggins not jump at the first chance to sign it, he decided to revamp the team of advisers around him and essentially lead the process himself. The Minnesota Timberwolves are hoping that self-assurance and unflappable nature helps a franchise long in the basement finally break through.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ The meeting was held in September and Wiggins completed the process without an agent while leaning on a close circle of advisers, including his parents, and an attorney to review the paperwork. Duffy is still expected to challenge to get a commission from the deal as well.“I did it by myself and it was my first time doing it, obviously,” Wiggins said. “So I just wanted to make sure I was doing everything correctly.”Wiggins made great strides as a scorer in his first three years, improving as a 3-point shooter, developing a low-post game and using his athleticism and strength to get to the free throw line. But he still has a long way to go as a defender and rebounder, and will need to be even better than the .356 shooter he was from 3-point range last season if the Wolves are going to snap that skid.Wiggins has also been a durable fixture in the lineup ever since he arrived in town. He has missed just one game in his first three seasons while averaging 36.2 minutes per game.“He deserves every dime,” Towns said. “He’s one heck of a player. We’re blessed to have him.”Despite all of that, the contract is sure to be a polarizing one. As good as Wiggins has been as a scorer, certain metrics paint him as a very poor defender and an offensive player ill-equipped to play in this era of pace and space.“It’s motivation to get better and show everybody what I can do, the other stuff I can do,” Wiggins said. “The stuff they think I can do, add more, just keep on adding to my game.” Wiggins signed his contract Wednesday, a straight five-year deal with no player option that puts a big piece of business to rest a week before the Wolves open the season. From his rookie of the year press conference in 2015 when he professed “I hope I’m here forever ” to the eve of his fourth season in the league, the Canadian has never wavered in his admiration for his home away from home.“I like everyone from the trainers to the coaches to the front office, my teammates,” Wiggins said. “I love everybody. They’ve treated me with nothing but nice since I got here. And they were the first people who gave me the opportunity to play in the NBA after I got traded from Cleveland and they welcomed me with open arms so this is where I wanted to be at.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWiggins averaged 23.6 points in his third season in the league and has cemented himself as one of the building blocks of an up-and-coming franchise. Along with Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler, Wiggins is expected to help the Timberwolves end a 13-season playoff drought.He will not turn 23 until February and has yet to make an All-Star team. But had he made it to restricted free agency next summer, there was a very good chance another team would have sent a max offer sheet his way. The Timberwolves beat them to the punch. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES View comments “He’s never satisfied. He wants to get better,” coach and president Tom Thibodeau said. “I think he’s already demonstrated that to make the progress that he’s already shown is impressive, but as I mentioned, it’s scratching the surface. And now we hope that it’ll continue to grow and it’ll translate into wins.”Owner Glen Taylor made it clear to Wiggins early in the summer that he was comfortable with paying the huge price to keep the athletic wing in the fold. It is extremely rare for a player coming off of a rookie contract to turn down a max-level extension, but Wiggins did inject a little drama into what is normally a straight forward process.The sides were on the verge of reaching a deal in August when Wiggins decided to part ways with agent Bill Duffy, who had represented him ever since he was drafted by Cleveland and traded to Minnesota in 2014.Taylor told The Associated Press in August that he wanted to meet face-to-face with Wiggins before the deal was signed to have a frank conversation about the expectations that come with such a big contract.“He seems like a very good person,” Taylor said then. “He seems to have the ability and so the only thing it would be is for some reason he didn’t work hard enough to obtain the skill sets. That’s what you’re asking him to commit to.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Miguel Cotto books December farewell fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

World Cup 2011: New Zealand not underestimating Zimbabwe

first_imgBatsman Ross Taylor says New Zealand will be taking nothing for granted when it faces underdog Zimbabwe in Friday’s Group A clash at the World Cup.New Zealand, a five-time semifinalist in the competition, faces a Zimbabwe side which has not played test cricket since hosting India 2005 and was comfortably beaten by Australia in its World Cup opener last week.However, Ireland’s shock victory over England on Wednesday showed just how easily the form book can be proved wrong at this tournament.”Last night we saw Ireland, they can upset big teams,” Taylor told a news conference. “I am not saying Zimbabwe are a small team, but they have been out of cricket for some time.”They have played some big games … we won’t be taking them lightly and we have to respect them as a team.”Taylor watched as Australia rattled up 262 at Hambantota, Sri Lanka against Zimbabwe’s bowling attack, where spinners Ray Price, Prosper Utseya and Graeme Cremer all struggled to make headway.The Black Caps, who have also lost to Australia, are well aware of what lies ahead in Ahmedabad.”We saw how they bowled against Australia and I think 260 was a fair reflection of the way they bowled,” he said.”It could be 30-35 overs or 40-42 overs of spin… So that’s something we have been working on for the last four-five days, facing all the spin.”The other item on the New Zealand agenda has been consistency from a side which had started its campaign with a 10-wicket victory over Kenya.Coach John Wright has given his lineup a pep talk about the need for all batsmen to make their presence felt. Only Nathan McCullum (52) and skipper Daniel Vettori (44) troubled the Australian pace attack.”John talked to the whole team about what to do,” Taylor said. “Not necessarily just the batters, we need to be more consistent and clinical about the way we approach.”One person standing up is just not good enough. As a batting unit we need to step up and score about 300-330 which is the par score in this tournament.”- With inputs from APadvertisementlast_img read more

Maha winners of 2015 Natl Games yet to get award money of

first_imgover Rs 5 cr Mumbai, July 28 (PTI) The Maharashtra government is yet to pay Rs 5.20 crore it promised to the sportspersons from various categories who won the National Games held in Kerala in 2015, Sports Minister Vinod Tawde told Legislative Assembly today.”Once the Finance department approves the proposal, these sports personalities will get their dues,” Tawde said in a written reply.The reply said the state Kho Kho team which had won gold medal is yet to receive Rs seven lakh promised by the government.Some of the sportspersons who are still awaiting the payment are the winners of the states Shiv Chhatrapati Award for sports, the highest in the category.As per the reply, the Olympic Association had sent nine reminders to state Finance Ministry headed by the BJP heavyweight Sudhir Mungantiwar, and also held personal meetings with him.”The state government is yet to take the final decision on a revised proposal on the cash awards to be given to sportspersons,” the minister said in his reply.The 2015 National Games of India, also known as the 35th National Games of India, was held from January 31, 2015 to February 14, 2015 across seven districts of Kerala. PTI ND NSKlast_img read more

RICKETTS WANTS LESS RED TAPE IN NEBRASKA

first_imgNebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has ordered a review of all state regulations and told state agencies to stop making new rules unless they’re deemed critical to residents’ health, safety and welfare.Ricketts signed an executive order Thursday to launch the review by a working group that includes elected officials and civil servants.The Republican governor says he wants to see whether certain regulations can be eliminated or changed, as long as doing so doesn’t compromise public safety.last_img

Gilbert and Gary Upset

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Australian Open: Rafael Nadal powers past Frances Tiafoe to reach semi-finals

first_img Abreshmina S Quadri MelbourneJanuary 22, 2019UPDATED: January 22, 2019 17:42 IST Australian Open 2019: Rafael Nadal will next face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRafael Nadal is looking for his second Australian Open titleNadal had won the Australian Open back in 2009Nadal will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-final on ThursdayRafael Nadal outclassed USA’s Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the semi-finals of the Australian Open at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Tuesday. Tiafoe, who had a dream run in Melbourne so far, was absolutely no match to the 17-time Grand Slam champion as the rampant Nadal marched forward.Nadal came out with complete gusto and took advantage of the early nerves from Tiafoe and broke the 21-year-old in his first serve.Tiafoe fought hard and in fact served exceptionally well for most part of the match but could not break Nadal even once in the match.In his first service game of the match, Tiafoe got broken in each set to go behind early on. In the third and final set of the match, Nadal broke him twice and served out the set to stay on course for his second title in Melbourne.30th Grand Slam semifinal.@RafaelNadal #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/eijorlz1E5#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 22, 2019It was a heartwarming moment in the end when Nadal and Tiafoe hugged each other at the end and exchanged a few words.First time they’ve met.And we’re pretty sure it won’t be the last…@RafaelNadal and @FTiafoe #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/x0wGsCzgvM#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 22, 2019Nadal will next be up against the giant-killer 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas, who beat Roberto Bautista Agut earlier in the day 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2).Stop it @RafaelNadal #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/22qhcRT2Wo#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 22, 2019Tsitsipas himself has had a great run so far even defeating the 6-time Australian Open champion Roger Federer and would want to make it to the final.advertisementConsidering the guile and quality of Tsitsipas, Nadal is set to have a tough task ahead of him.Also Read | Stefanos Tsitsipas is not just an Australian Open semi-finalist. He is also a YouTuberAlso Read | Petra Kvitova beats Ashleigh Barty to reach semi-finalsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Rafael NadalFollow Frances TiafoeFollow Stefanos TsitsipasFollow Australian Open Australian Open: Rafael Nadal powers past Frances Tiafoe to reach semi-finalsAustralian Open 2019: Rafael Nadal hardly broke a sweat as he defeated USA’s Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the semi-finals at the Rod Laver Arena.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

DSME Confirms Talks on Mega Order

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilding giant Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) confirmed today that it is in talks with European counterparts regarding an order worth up to USD 1.7 billion.The order could entail up to 11 containerships, DSME said in a filing to Korea Stock Exchange.The shipbuilder did not reveal any further details on the talks, saying that the terms of the contract are being finalized. Once the specifics of the deal are determined, DSME said it would announce further details.The announcement comes amid media reports on 20,000 TEU containership order at DSME from a European client, which is believed to be AP Moller-Maersk.Maersk Line has yet to respond to e-mails sent by World Maritime News seeking comment on the matter.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

Denmark Nears New Ship Routes in Skagerrak Kattegat

first_imgDanish Maritime Authority has received an approval for its new ships’ routeing measures proposal.Granted by the IMO Navigation,Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR) Sub-Committee, the approval paves the way for new routes in the Skagerrak and the Kattegat and enhances safety of navigation.The authority has, in cooperation with the Swedish Transport Agency and the agencies responsible for nautical charts in both countries, developed proposals for new ships’ routeing measures in the Skagerrak and the Kattegat.The new ships’ routeing measures consist of two recommended routes between Hanstholm and the Skaw (Route A and Route B), a traffic separation system at the Skaw, deep-water routes between Læsø and Anholt and east of Grenå, a new precautionary area north-east of Læsø, a new Route S along the Swedish coast, as well as three new traffic separation systems along Route S.The measures are to be approved by the IMO Maritime Safety Committee this May with a view to being implemented in July 2020.“Danish shipping is characterised by quality shipping as regards ships, seafarers and the maritime infrastructure. And therefore, we must also have the very best routeing systems in Danish waters that support safety of navigation,” Director Per Sønderstrup from the Danish Maritime Authority said.Image Courtesy: Pixabay/DMAlast_img read more

Premier Joins Gateway Trade Mission to Vietnam

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter will join key players in Nova Scotia’s transportation and education sectors on an Atlantic Gateway trade mission to strengthen ties and forge future business relationships with Vietnam. “Vietnam is rapidly growing as a hub for container traffic and manufacturing and Halifax is well positioned to be a key gateway for the Vietnamese to the North American market,” said Premier Dexter. “There are real opportunities for Vietnam to expand its cargo traffic. This is a significant opening for Nova Scotia.” The mission is being led by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). For Vietnam, the Atlantic Gateway offers the closest all-water connection to North America and connects businesses to a vast transportation network, with quick and cost-effective access to major North American markets. The premier has committed to identify economic opportunities and work to spur economic growth as a priority to improve the fiscal situation in Nova Scotia. During his time in Vietnam, the premier will meet and work with the Vietnamese government and officials to ensure they are aware of Nova Scotia’s assets and how the province can help Vietnam as it expands exports to North America. “This trade mission is an important signal to customers, governments and ports in South East Asia that Atlantic Canada is serious about being a hub of international trade, connecting Asian and North American markets,” says Karen Oldfield, president and chief executive officer, Halifax Port Authority. “We have a window of opportunity to market aggressively and secure more of the trade from emerging markets, such as Vietnam. “With almost half of the containerized cargo handled by the Port of Halifax originating in Asia already, this region is oneof our primary targets for trade growth.” Also, as part of the trade mission, a group of delegates from Nova Scotia’s education sector will be marketing the province’s considerable learning expertise and post-secondary institutions. “The number of Vietnamese students studying abroad is expected to grow by 25 per cent in the coming years,” said Premier Dexter. “As part of this mission, Nova Scotia will be building on the good work that has already done to market the province’s world-class academic institutions to the people of Vietnam.” “EduNova is pleased to be part of the delegation travelling to Vietnam because this mission provides a great opportunity to establish important education and training connections and to lend support to the connections with Vietnam that are being established through the Atlantic Gateway initiative,” said Ava Czapalay, president of EduNova, a not-for-profit association of universities, community colleges, secondary schools and private training organizations. “Nova Scotia is known as Canada’s learning province and building education and training into provincial trade and investment activity is a smart move.” About 1.5 million people enter the workforce every year in Vietnam and there is a shortage of skilled workers. There is a significant market for Nova Scotia-based education and workforce training in Vietnam. The Atlantic Gateway trade mission will take place from Sunday, Nov. 29, to Thursday, Dec. 3 in Ho-Chi Minh City, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, and Hanoi. Premier Dexter will join representatives from the Port of Halifax, Halifax Stanfield International Airport, the Atlantic Gateway Council, Nova Scotia Business Inc., Saint Mary’s University, Dalhousie University, and EduNova.last_img read more

BJP to protest against MP Congress govt on Friday

first_imgBhopal: The BJP will stage protests across Madhya Pradesh on Friday against the Congress-led state government’s “apathetic attitude” towards the flood-affected people, a saffron party leader said on Wednesday. The Congress government has “turned a deaf ear” to the problems being faced by cultivators and other people due to heavy rains and subsequent floods in parts of MP, state BJP Chief Rakesh Singh alleged. “The government is not visible on the field. The presence of administration is not seen anywhere,” he claimed. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “In protest against the apathetic attitude of the Congress government, the BJP would hold protests in every Assembly segment across the state on Friday,” he said. He claimed that thousands of people have become homeless after floods in some parts of the state. The Congress came to power in the state by gaining the sympathy of farmers, but it has done nothing to ease their pain and sufferings, Singh said. “Not a single government representative reached the flood victims to support them,” he claimed. He said the BJP’s district chiefs in the state have been asked to extend help to the flood-hit people in their respective areas.last_img read more

Stocks recover their poise as Italy concerns abate

first_imgLONDON – Stock markets recovered their poise Wednesday amid hopes for a resolution in Italy’s political turmoil that may put a halt to talk of another election this year.KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany’s DAX climbed 0.6 per cent to 12,748 while the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares rose 0.3 per cent to 7,654. Italy’s FTSE MIB was the region’s standout, jumping 2 per cent to 21,180. The CAC 40 in France though, underperformed, trading 0.4 per cent lower at 5,415. U.S. stocks were poised for a solid open, with Dow futures and the broader S&P 500 futures up 0.5 per cent.ITALIAN UNCERTAINTY: The main focus in financial markets this week has been Italy with fears growing that a political impasse could lead to another general election that could in effect become a referendum on the pros and cons of the country’s use of the euro currency. However, on Wednesday, hopes were raised that an election could be avoided after Italy’s premier-designate, Carlo Cottarelli, said “new possibilities” had emerged to form a government based on the outcome of the March 4 vote, and that he wanted to give the option time to mature given the negative market reaction to the prospect of new elections. Efforts to create a so-called “political” government failed over the weekend after President Sergio Mattarella vetoed an economy minister proposed by the 5-Star Movement and League, the two big vote-getters in March which had come together to form a populist alliance.ANALYST TAKE: “If a government can be formed that receives the stamp of approval from Mattarella and is therefore seen as not posing a threat to Italy’s place in the eurozone, then this will come as a relief to markets in the near-term,” said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at OANDA.CURRENCIES: With hopes raised that another Italian election will be avoided the euro rallied from near-year lows against the dollar, trading 0.9 per cent higher at $1.1639. The dollar, meanwhile, rose 0.1 per cent to 108.90 yen.CHINA TRADE: A U.S. business group said American companies in China are uneasy about Washington’s threat of export and investment controls in a trade dispute with Beijing but see them as a possible way to achieve fairer operating conditions. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was due in Beijing on Saturday after the White House renewed its threat of 25 per cent tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese goods. Washington proposed curbs on Chinese investment and purchases of high-tech goods.ASIA’S DAY: Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock index dropped 1.5 per cent to 22,018.52. South Korea’s Kospi dropped 2.0 per cent to 2,409.03. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong slipped 1.4 per cent to 30,056.79 and the Shanghai Composite index fell 2.5 per cent to 3,041.44. Australia’s S&P ASX 200 fell 0.5 per cent to 5,984.70. Shares fell in Southeast Asia and Taiwan.ENERGY: U.S. crude oil climbed 43 cents to $67.16 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange while Brent crude, used to price international oils, added 71 cent to $76.20 a barrel in London.last_img read more

Iraq top UN envoy welcomes Basra calm displacement continues

At the same time, the UN refugee agency released figures showing the level of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the violence-wracked country had reached nearly 3 million, but was rising more slowly than in previous years. Staffan de Mistura, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Iraq, “hopes the return of calm will allow the Iraqi Government, the United Nations and other bodies to accelerate the delivery of emergency aid into the affected areas,” according to a press release from the UN mission there – known as UNAMI. Mr. de Mistura added that the Government’s quick response to Mr. al Sadr’s stand-down call was a positive step and welcomed the Iraqi Government’s creation of an emergency cell to deal with the humanitarian situation following the recent violence. “Coordination with the international community is essential in order to support Iraqi-led efforts to reduce suffering among the civilian population,” he said. The UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, David Shearer, arrived in Basra yesterday to work with the Iraqi authorities and the emergency cell to assess the situation and develop an appropriate response. Expressing concern over human rights violations committed during the armed clashes, Mr. de Mistura emphasized to all those involved their obligations to minimize harm to civilians, urging all parties to promote the rule of law in the country, UNAMI said. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that of the estimated 2.8 million IDPs in Iraq, 1.2 million were displaced before 2006 and more than 1.5 million were displaced in 2006 and 2007. “Less than one per cent have been displaced in 2008,” spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis said, introducing the new report of UNHCR’s working group on displacement. The large increase between the current count and that released on 31 December 2007 – a difference of 300,000 people – was due to an improved database. Displacement is continuing at a much lower pace because communities had become more homogenous, media campaigns had begun, security incidents had decreased and many families simply could no longer afford to move, among other factors, she said. New secondary displacement has been reported in Baghdad, however, involving Iraqis who decided to return from neighbouring countries at the end of last year – often after having run out of resources – and could not reclaim their properties. The report estimates that the number of IDPs in need of adequate shelter and food is now higher than 1 million, with an equal number having no regular income, and some 300,000 with no access to clean water and other basic services. “In January UNHCR appealed for $261 million for Iraqi refugees and internally displaced. So far, we have received just over a third of that amount,” Ms. Pagonis noted, adding that assisting many of the IDPs is still extremely difficult because of insecurity. 1 April 2008The top United Nations envoy in Iraq today welcomed Shiite leader Muqtada al Sadr’s call for a “stand-down of armed presences” in Basra and other areas where fighting has flared in the past week. read more

India Nepal inaugurate cross border oil pipeline

KATHMANDU, Nepal — The leaders of India and Nepal have inaugurated South Asia’s first cross country oil pipeline, allowing the Himalayan nation of Nepal to receive an uninterrupted supply of oil from its large southern neighbour.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart, Khadga Prasad Oli, hit the switch simultaneously Tuesday from their offices in New Delhi and Kathmandu to open the 69-kilometre (43-mile) pipeline, which will bring gasoline, diesel fuel and kerosene across the border to Nepal.The two leaders hailed the pipeline as another step in the friendship between the two nations.Nepal imports all of its oil products from India. Disturbances in the border area have in the past led to disruptions of the supply.The Associated Press

Canadian Olympic champ Cassie Sharpe first in halfpipe World Cup qualifier

The Canadian Press COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. — Canadian Olympic champion Cassie Sharpe finished first in qualifying on Wednesday for this weekend’s ski halfpipe World Cup.The 26-year-old from Comox, B.C., scored 93.75 points on her second of two qualifying runs, outscoring Kelly Sildaru of Estonia by .50 points to top the 24-woman field.The top eight women skiers in qualifying advanced to Saturday’s final.Rachael Karker of Erin, Ont., also booked a spot in the final. The 21-year-old finished fourth in qualifying.Simon D’Artois of Whistler, B.C., was the lone Canadian man to advance through the finals. He placed fourth in his heat.Calgary’s Noah Bowman missed a shot at the finals by .25 points, finishing sixth in his heat. The top 5 competitors from the two 20-man heats advanced.

Big Ten Media Days Urban Meyer fully supportive of suspensions

Junior defensive lineman Joey Bosa put on his helmet during a March 26 practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Lantern file photoCHICAGO — A one-game suspension for a quartet of players may have been the first major setback to the 2015 Ohio State season, but members of the defending national champions aren’t letting it break their spirits.OSU announced Thursday that junior defensive lineman Joey Bosa, redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall, junior H-back Dontre Wilson and redshirt senior wide receiver Corey Smith had each been banned from the Buckeyes’ season opener on Sept. 7 at Virginia Tech for a violation of a Department of Athletics policy.While the suspensions were made public Thursday morning, OSU coach Urban Meyer said later that day during the 2015 Big Ten Media Days that it is an issue that he had been aware of for longer than that.“I kind of knew about this for a little bit,” Meyer said. “The athletic department has policies that we expect, and I 100 percent am fully supportive of it.”Meyer opted not to disclose the details of the violations, saying it was an “internal” team matter.Senior linebacker Joshua Perry said he was disappointed to see the punishments dished out, but he acknowledged there is a team code of taking responsibility for actions.“We’re disappointed because we value a high level of accountability,” Perry said. “But at the same time, you have to realize that guys do make mistakes; nobody is perfect, so as much as you want to eliminate those mistakes, you got to recognize them, you got to do something about them, and then you got to do something about it.”While each of the four suspended players are set to play major roles for the Buckeyes this season, Bosa’s absence against Virginia Tech — a team that handed OSU its only loss of the 2014 season — figures to be the most notable. Bosa was a unanimous 2014 Associated Press first-team All-America selection and finished as a finalist for three major national awards.However, Perry said he has faith in the depth and talent that the Buckeyes have to make up for the absence of the four.“If you go down our roster, and you see some of the other players we have that can step in, it’s not too worrisome,” Perry said.Missing a player who picked up 13.5 sacks last season in Bosa is never ideal for a defense, but Perry said the OSU defense has never been about the individuals.“We’re a no-name kind of defense,” he said. “What I mean by that is we want to take the individual identities away and we want to have a group identity.“We want to focus on that identity, the power of a total unit coming together. So when one guy goes down, it’s not even about the name anyway, you have to have another guy step up and know that with 11 guys doing their job, you can be successful.”The senior singled out players such as redshirt freshmen defensive linemen Sam Hubbard and Darius Slade, as well as sophomore defensive lineman Jalyn Holmes to pick up the defensive slack in the opener with Bosa out, and a pair of wide receivers in sophomore Curtis Samuel and junior Michael Thomas supporting the offense.Senior offensive lineman Taylor Decker was able to draw positives from the suspensions, citing a manufactured sense of urgency that can be valuable to a team.“I think it’s a huge opportunity for those guys who are going to step into those positions,” Decker said. “I think it might create a sense of urgency for the guys who are going to have to sit out that game because they’re probably going to be on scout team for the entirety of camp and those other guys are going to get the opportunity to take that spot and if they do a better job, they’re not going to get that spot back.”“So I think it’s going to create a sense of urgency all around, and I think it’s going to be beneficial, because if you break the rules you are going to punished no matter who you are. I don’t want to say I’m happy it happened, but I think there can be positives that come from it.”OSU — sans the four suspended players — is set to take the field for the season opener on Sept. 7. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m in Blacksburg, Va. read more

Frank Loke two years in TuS NLubbecke

Norwegian national player, the best line player of EURO 2008 in his country, Frank Loke (30) signed two years contract with Bundesliga team, TUS-N Lubbecke. He spent half of the last season in this club, after EHF suspended him from international matches for irregularities in his transfer to C.O Zagreb.To remind, Loke signed two contract in same time, with C.O Zagreb and Danish team Skjern. After investigation, EHF punish him with 10 month suspension in international matches, but he could play for Norway at EURO 2010 in Austria. C.O Zagreb (he wasn’t able to play in Champions League) decided to borrow him to Lubbecke, where he finished last season and quite impress Management of the team. ← Previous Story Heiner Brand: 2013 is the end! Next Story → Daniel Narcisse out for a six months – Missing WC? read more

Incredible new footage shows agedefying Fungi in flying form

first_img[Image: Jeannine Masset and Rudi Schamhart]“HE’S HOLDING HIS own that’s for sure.”Paschal Dower of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group says Fungis’ exploits over the last four days show there’s plenty of life left in Dingle’s most famous resident.Although the mammal, who arrived in Dingle Bay in 1983, is a huge fan of human company, often spending hours swimming alongside boats, locals say that in the past he’s often shunned the friendship of other dolphins.According to Jeannine Masset and Rudi Schamhart, who make regular trips to photograph him:“He has had so many other dolphin visitors this year that he completely avoided — he then hides very close to the rocks and has several other hiding places, or he hides behind our dinghy.“When they come close, he lands on top of them and shows them where to go. However, “with these two he gets along brilliantly.”The other dolphins, who have been spotted in the area before, arrived on Saturday. The three have been darting about and performing an impressive range of acrobatic exploits ever since (well, they are dolphins).Masset and Schamhart were out in the Bay to capture the magic:(Youtube: Rudi Schamhart)Bottlenose dolphins can live up to the age of fifty — although their lifespan in the wild is generally a lot shorter.Dower says no-one’s able to put a figure on Fungi’s age (he was already fully grown when he arrived in Kerry in the early 80s) but he’s sporting a few Clooney-esque wrinkles these days…[Image: Jeannine Masset and Rudi Schamhart]However, Dower says there’s been no rumours of him being ill “or leaving us or anything”.The mammal’s been a huge tourist attraction in Dingle for the last three decades, with boats departing to watch him swim daily.It will have a “huge effect” when he’s no longer around, Dower says.“By the looks of it, that’s not going to happen anytime soon”You can head over to the Fungi Forever Facebook page to see  more pictures dating back to 1993>Fungi the Dolphin is alive and well>last_img read more

Unboxing Reeses Minis

first_imgYou’ve got to hand it to Reese’s, the company made an unexpected splash at this year’s ces, thanks to the extended media push regarding its “big announcement” at the show. Yesterday, the company held an extremely well attended press conference, announcing a new model of Reese’s candy: Minis.These are the iPod shuffles of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, retaining the shape and tatse of the classic candy, in a form factor roughly the size of one’s thumbnail (there’s no display on these one’s, either.We managed to snag some hands-on time with the Minis. Here are the vital specs on the “King Size” configuration: 360 Calories180 Calories22g Fat0g TransFat180mg SodiumCarbs 41gCheck out some unboxing shots, after the jump.last_img