Returning Romeo still re-adjusting to physicality in PBA

first_imgLOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “I’m still adjusting to the PBA game because when I was out the only workout routine I did was jogging,” said Romeo in Filipino Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum after the Batang Pier lost to Phoenix 104-100.“Now that I’m back on the floor, I’m bumping against other guys who are really strong so my body was surprised with all this physicality.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt can be noted that, prior to the game against the Fuel Masters, Romeo’s last official PBA game was still under the commissionership of Chito Narvasa who tried to limit the physicality in the game.Current commissioner Willie Marcial has given more leeway to physical play when he was named as the PBA’s boss at the start of the 2017-2018 season. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Romeo, despite finishing 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting, said he was at odds when he threw his shots up.“I’m quite shocked because this is the first time that I’ve seen the defenses again, the traps and all that, before I already knew what to do but now I’m still adjusting,” said Romeo who shot 1-of-7 from deep. LATEST STORIES Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Read Next MOST READ ‘Siklab Atleta’ looks to help make Olympic gold dream a reality GlobalPort’s Terrence Romeo. PBA IMAGESIt took four months for Terrence Romeo to get back to a PBA court again, and he admitted that he wasn’t prepared for the physicality in his return.Romeo was sidelined due to a knee injury since the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup and only returned to action in Globalport’s final elimination game in the Philippine Cup last Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatuslast_img read more

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Thai playmaker Chanathip Songkrasin raises profile in Japan

first_imgFILE – In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, Thailand’s midfielder Chanathip Songkrasin controls the ball during the AFC Asian Cup round of 16 soccer match between Thailand and China in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. With soccer booming in Southeast Asia, Chanathip’s move to Japan has been a win-win situation for both the Thai playmaker and the J-League. The 25-year-old Chanathip signed with first-division club Consadole Sapporo in 2017 and has been a hit both on and off the field. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)TOKYO — With soccer booming in Southeast Asia, Chanathip Songkrasin’s move to Japan has been a win-win situation for both the Thai playmaker and the J-League.The 25-year-old Chanathip signed with first-division club Consadole Sapporo in 2017 and has been a hit both on and off the field.ADVERTISEMENT In his second season in Japan, the 5-foot-2 (1.58-meter) attacking midfielder scored eight goals, helping Consadole to a fourth-place finish in the top flight — a record high for the club.He was selected to the J-League XI, becoming the first Southeast Asian player to earn the honor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges Indian Wells: Serena Williams, Simona Halep win; Sloane Stephens ousted Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting With the recent signings of players such as Andres Iniesta, David Villa and Fernando Torres, the J-League is bidding to raise its international profile in the region after a period when the Chinese Super League grabbed most of the headlines for its record-breaking signings and transfer deals.During the 2017 season, the Chinese authorities introduced a 100 percent tax on the signing of foreign players for a fee of more than $7 million in a move to increase opportunities for young local players. At the same time, the limited on the number of foreign players that could be selected for a game was reduced from four to three for each team.While Chinese soccer appears to be inching back from a foreign influx, the J-League, long considered the most professional competition in the region, is stepping forward.“We want to create interest in our league not only in Japan but in Asia and around the world,” J-League chairman Mitsuru Murai said. “With players like Chanathip we feel we are well on the way to achieving those goals.”Since 2017, the J-League has permitted each team to sign one player from an Asian Football Confederation nation outside of the existing foreign player quota.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel01:09Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’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 Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Japanese football is very fast and physical,” Chanathip said in a recent interview. “Players here are very disciplined, so if more Thai players come to Japan, they will be able to learn a lot and become better football players.”While playing in a more competitive league has helped Chanathip raise the level of his game, it has also helped promote the J-League overseas. Nearly 1.5 million people attend soccer matches every year in Thailand and Japanese soccer officials are eager to gain a foothold there. View comments Last year, Chanathip’s Thailand teammates Teerasil Dangda and Theerathon Bunmathan played in the J-League with Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Vissel Kobe.Thailand captain Teerasil returned to Muangthong following the completion of his loan deal, but Theerathon is continuing to play in the J-League with Yokohama F Marinos.Newly promoted Oita Trinita, meanwhile, has acquired Thai midfielder Thitipan Puangchan on loan.Chanathip has given the profile of the Japanese league a huge boost in his homeland, where he was a star at Thai powerhouse Muangthong United.Thai TV viewership of J-League broadcasts hit an all-time high in 2017 when a match between Consadole and the J-League’s Kawasaki Frontale drew an estimated 400,000 Thai TV viewers, outperforming a broadcast of popular domestic side Buriram United.The J-League hopes its success in Thailand can be duplicated in other Southeast Asian countries, where broadcasts of the top European leagues dominate ratings.Murai has praised Chanathip for his success with Sapporo and promotion of the league in Thailand.“I was surprised when a video of Chanathip’s first practice in Sapporo attracted 3 million viewers, more than the entire population of Sapporo,” Murai told local media. “He has made a huge impact on the J-League.”While he’s completely focused on helping Sapporo achieve its goals, Chanathip said he’s keeping an open mind about his future prospects, including the possibility of one day playing on soccer’s biggest stage.“If I get a chance to play in Europe, I’d be happy to take on a new challenge,” Chanathip said. 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Michael Hunter Called up from New York Giants Practice Squad

first_imgFormer Oklahoma State cornerback Michael Hunter, who spent one year in Stillwater after transferring from Indiana, has been called up to the New York Giants active roster from the practice squad as first reported by Dan Duggan of NJ.com and later confirmed by the Giants in a tweet:#Giants Safety Mykkele Thompson has been placed on IR; CB Michael Hunter called up from the Practice Squad. pic.twitter.com/j4q1zbRTjM— New York Giants (@Giants) September 20, 2016 Giants safety Mykkele Thompson will be placed on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury, which opens up the spot for Hunter to be promoted.Hunter signed with the Giants out of college as an undrafted free agent, and was released as the team made their final roster cuts, but has been on the practice squad since. He has yet to play in a regular season game in the NFL, but did have two tackles and a pass break up in the preseason against the New England Patriots.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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National Minerals Policy to be submitted to Cabinet

first_img Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, says Cabinet is to receive a submission shortly on the National Minerals Policy (NMP) for the management and development of Jamaica’s mineral resources. Mr. Henry, who was addressing a press briefing at his Maxfield Avenue offices on Tuesday (November 14), said the NMP recognises that a modern and vibrant minerals sector must be based on robust and efficient institutions as well as profitable industries. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, says Cabinet is to receive a submission shortly on the National Minerals Policy (NMP) for the management and development of Jamaica’s mineral resources.He noted that the draft document focuses on the sector’s diversification and continued growth.“It is proactive, flexible and visionary. It brings together the elements that have guided the country’s mineral-related laws, agreements and actions to date,” he added.Mr. Henry, who was addressing a press briefing at his Maxfield Avenue offices on Tuesday (November 14), said the NMP recognises that a modern and vibrant minerals sector must be based on robust and efficient institutions as well as profitable industries.He said the document introduces new policy initiatives and is designed to effectively address the challenges of small island states participating in a competitive global minerals sector.“The NMP places emphasis on partnership between the public and the private sectors; outlines the possible benefits of the structured development of the minerals sector to the Jamaican people; and the mix of policy measures, objectives and strategies to be pursued in order to realise the sector’s continued transformation and optimal development,” Mr. Henry said.He noted that the new policy embraces sustainable development and creates a balance between complex competing interests and the goals of the national development policy, Vision 2030.“This will allow us to take advantage of other mineral resources, particularly through the development of value-added products, the mining and quarrying sector plan and other significant national polices. Importantly, the policy considers environmental issues, which are infused in the strategies to transform the sector,” he noted further.The draft NMP is divided into three segments: Jamaica’s minerals sector, the minerals/mining policy framework, and moving forward.The segment on Jamaica’s minerals sector provides background information, a profile of the local minerals industry and an outline of the context within which the policy is crafted and focused.The minerals/mining policy framework sets out the key policy issues, positions, goals and outcomes. This section also outlines the strategies that will be utilised to achieve the desired outcomes; addresses the proposed legislative changes and the various agencies responsible for implementing different aspects of the NMP.On moving forward, this segment outlines the implementation framework, including the proposed changes to existing entities and the new bodies that need to be created to allow for its successful implementation.The segment also addresses how the successes of the policy will be evaluated and the monitoring framework. “The NMP places emphasis on partnership between the public and the private sectors; outlines the possible benefits of the structured development of the minerals sector to the Jamaican people; and the mix of policy measures, objectives and strategies to be pursued in order to realise the sector’s continued transformation and optimal development,” Mr. Henry said. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Sheryl Crow and Chateau St Jean Partner To Support Breast Cancer Awareness

first_imgChateau St. Jean winery is pleased to announce its support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month alongside winery partner and 9-time Grammy Award winner artist, Sheryl Crow, by donating $1 for every bottle of wine sold (up to $100,000 total) through October 31, 2014.The partners are also launching the Notes of Hope program to rally for the cause.Sheryl Crow and Chateau St. Jean invite consumers to participate in the Notes of Hope program by visiting the website www.ChateauStJean.com where they can select a Notes of Hope inspirational digital card to share with loved ones via social media channels. Consumers can also watch exclusive videos from Sheryl Crow, access select recipes and wine pairings and enter to win Sheryl Crow concert tickets and autographed guitars (where legal).In addition to encouraging consumers to participate and share in the Notes of Hope program, Chateau St. Jean, for the second year, is pleased to support a cause not only close to Sheryl Crow’s heart but to millions of people, by donating $1 for every bottle of wine sold in the US to breast cancer charities during the month of October. As a survivor and research and awareness advocate, Sheryl works tirelessly to keep Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the forefront.“I love this ‘Notes of Hope’ program. It is inspiring, engaging and powerful. I am thrilled to partner with Chateau St. Jean for a second year in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” Sheryl Crow said. “This is a cause very close to my heart and to have the opportunity to team with a winery that shares my same passion is incredible. I am very proud to support Chateau St. Jean in this effort,” she added.Chateau St. Jean and Sheryl Crow are a perfect pairing. Both are award winning, have a relaxed, elegant style and are leaders in their respective fields. The duo also offers a nice dose of girl power; Sheryl Crow being a Grammy award winning artist who supports a variety of women’s advocacy initiatives, and Chateau St. Jean with its renowned winemaker, Margo Van Staaveren, who brings over 30 years of winemaking expertise and who was once named ‘Winemaker of the Year’ by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Doublemurder trial unfolds in Edmonton

first_imgAPTN National NewsA double-murder trial is wrapping up its second week in Edmonton.Michael Briscoe faces a life sentence for his role in the killing of a young girl and a 33 year-old woman in 2005.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto brings you this story.last_img

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States ask court to stop Trump from reviving US coal sales

first_imgBILLINGS, Mont. — Four states that say burning coal will hurt their residents as it makes climate change worse are trying to stop the Trump administration in federal court from selling vast reserves of the fuel that are beneath public lands.Attorneys for California, New Mexico, New York and Washington argue the coal sales have been shortchanging taxpayers because of low royalty rates and cause pollution that puts the climate and public health at risk.The states were joined by conservation groups and Montana’s Northern Cheyenne tribe in a lawsuit that seeks to revive a coal leasing moratorium imposed under President Barack Obama. The moratorium blocked new lease sales from federal lands that hold billions of tons of the fuel.U.S. District Judge Brian Morris, who was appointed by Obama, is presiding over a Thursday hearing on whether the moratorium should be reinstated.The Trump administration said in court filings that ending the moratorium last year was of critical importance to the economy. That claim comes despite the slow pace of lease sales in recent years and a precipitous drop in demand for the heavily-polluting fuel.U.S. lands in Western states including Wyoming, Montana, Utah and Colorado are a major source of coal for mining companies. There are 7.4 billion tons of the fuel in roughly 300 leases administered by the Bureau of Land Management .Morris recently ruled in a separate case that the administration must consider reduced coal mining in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana to help combat climate change.The judge has played the role of spoiler to Trump on another Obama administration policy reversal — the contentious Keystone XL oil sands pipeline from Canada. Trump approved the pipeline last year, but Morris blocked it temporarily in March. The judge said further environmental reviews were needed for the line to comply with federal laws.Some of those same laws are at the centre of the coal moratorium dispute.The states and their allies want push to stop further leasing and resume a sweeping review of the program’s environmental impacts. Government attorneys and the National Mining Association say the review started under Obama was a voluntary step and the Trump administration is within its rights to end it.“We view this as a legal issue and believe this is an open and shut case,” said Conor Bernstein with the mining association, which has intervened in the case.Growing concerns over climate change have put a spotlight on the once-obscure coal leasing program, which has gone largely unchanged and not been through a major environmental review since 1979.Companies have mined about 4 billion tons of coal from federal reserves in the past decade, contributing $10 billion to federal and state coffers through royalties and other payments. Backers of the leasing program say those revenues would be at risk over the long term if it ended.The Obama administration blocked the sale of new leases in 2016 out of concerns over climate-changing greenhouse gases from burning coal and to review royalty rates paid by mining companies for federal coal.Federal officials and members of Congress have said for years the royalty rates were shortchanging taxpayers. Under Obama, the U.S. Interior Department was considering raising those royalty rates to offset the effects of climate change from burning coal.On an order from Trump, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke withdrew the moratorium in March 2017. The former Montana congressman said the Obama administration’s environmental review would cost “many millions of dollars” and that improvements to the program could be made without a full-scale environmental study.California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Zinke’s actions fly in the face of the dire consequences of climate change for the U.S. economy as outlined in a government report released last month.“He ignored the law in opening the door to expanded coal leasing without taking a hard look at the environmental consequences,” Becerra said in a statement. “The rule of law can be a stubborn thing for those who don’t wish to respect it.”After the Trump administration ended the moratorium, Zinke appointed a committee to review the royalty rates. Critics contend he’s stacked the panel with industry-friendly representatives interested in maintaining the status quo.___Follow Matthew Brown at https://twitter.com/matthewbrownapMatthew Brown, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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China denies CPEC intensified Pakistans economic risks

first_imgBeijing: China on Monday refuted the criticism that the USD 60 billion CPEC has intensified Pakistan’s economic risks, saying that less than 20 per cent of the current projects under the initiative are using Chinese loans. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which connects Gwadar Port in Balochistan with China’s Xinjiang province, is the flagship project of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). As China pressed ahead with the BRI, it drew strong criticism that Chinese projects are being built with heavy interest rates and without due diligence studies about their viability, leaving the smaller countries in heavy debt. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US India has also protested to China over the CPEC as it traverses through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told the media here on Monday that the CPEC is a symbol of China-Pakistan cooperation in the new era and also an important pilot programme of the BRI. Defending the massive infusion of Chinese money into Pakistan, which is a close ally of Beijing, Lu said carrying out major projects with international financing is a global practice. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls It is also an effective approach for developing countries to handle the financial bottlenecks and foster growth, he said. “Only less than 20 per cent of the current CPEC projects are using Chinese loans and more than 80 per cent of them are directly invested by China or using Chinese grants,” he said. “So, these CPEC projects didn’t further increase Pakistan’s burden. On the contrary, it is strengthening Pakistan’s economy,” he said. “It has greatly improved Pakistan’s infrastructure and power supply and of course it is welcomed by Pakistan government and its people,” he said.last_img read more

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Homebuyers expect to spend 300000 on first property poll shows

TORONTO — The average first-time homebuyer in Canada is 29 years old and expects to be able to put down a down payment of $48,000 on $300,000 home, according to a recent poll by the Bank of Montreal.[np_storybar title=”Signs of a Canadian housing downturn are everywhere” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/04/05/canadian-housing-downturn/”%5DTheresa Tedesco: It’s not just Vancouver and Toronto’s overbuilt condo market that’s experiencing a real-estate correction. Montreal and Ottawa are looking just as ugly. Continue reading . . . [/np_storybar]But the study, released Tuesday, also found that price expectations vary widely, depending on where the homebuyer lives in.Those in Atlantic Canada say they expect to spend an average of $224,000 on a first home, while those in British Columbia anticipate to pay an average of $454,000.Vancouver topped the survey as the most expensive city, with buyers there saying they’re going to shell out an average of $539,000 for a home, followed by Calgary at $474,000 and Toronto at $446,000.BMO mortgage expert Laura Parsons says like with any major purchase, it’s important for people be realistic and prepared.“What we tend to do is jump in the market when we’re ready, instead of starting a plan now,” she said from Calgary.“Let’s start getting ready for it so we can start giving you good advice all along the way. Don’t be afraid to get things going.”And while a large down payment is impressive, it does not necessarily mean that young people are diligently saving for their first home. Instead, many may be getting help from their Baby Boomer parents or friends, said Parsons.Forty-six per cent of those surveyed also they’ll choose a fixed mortgage rate when they buy, versus 20% who will choose a variable rate.The study also found that the average first-time homebuyer plans on paying off the mortgage on their home within two decades, with 20% anticipating they’ll be mortgage-free even earlier than that.Twenty-three per cent of those surveyed say they will still have a mortgage within 25 years; 16% say within 20 to 24 years and 20% say within 10 to 19 years.On the opposite end of the spectrum, seven per cent say it’ll take them more than 25 years to fully own their home, while 3% say it’ll take them between 1 year to 9 years to pay it off.The survey also found that 31% admit they really don’t know when they’ll be able to stop making mortgage payments.The Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) report surveyed a random online sample of 2,000 Canadians between Feb. 25 to March 5.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.Canadian Press read more

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He has gone mad Danish politicians mock Trumps suggestion that US could

Typically, Congress must appropriate money before the White House can use it, but Trump has shown a willingness to get around those restrictions.It was unclear why Trump might want the United States to buy Greenland, though his administration has identified the Arctic as an area of growing importance to U.S. national security interests.“This is America’s moment to stand up as an Arctic nation,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in May during a speech in Finland. “The region has become an arena of global power and competition.”With melting ice making the region more accessible, the United States has been firm in trying to counter moves by Russia and China in the Arctic. China declared itself a “near-Arctic nation” last year and has defended its desire for a “Polar Silk Road” in which Chinese goods would be delivered by sea from Asia to Europe.China recently sought to bankroll the construction of three airports in Greenland, drawing concern from then-defence secretary Jim Mattis and prompting the Pentagon to make the case to Denmark that it should fund the facilities itself rather than rely on Beijing.“Countries should be wary of piling on monumental debt, particularly ‘loan to own’ projects, that undermines their freedom of political action and sovereign choices,” a Pentagon official, Johnny Michael, said previously. “Beijing’s lack of transparency in its polar research, expeditionary activities and approach to natural resource development is also of concern.”Trump’s desire to buy Greenland wouldn’t be the first time an American president broached the idea.The U.S. military had a presence on Greenland during World War II as a means to protect the continent if Germany ever tried to attack. After the war, the Truman administration offered Denmark $100 million to buy Greenland, according to the academic tome “Exploring Greenland: Cold War Science and Technology on Ice.” At Trump’s urging, Netanyahu denies entry to Democrats Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Scaramucci accuses Trump of ‘mentally declining,’ says ex-boss creating ‘socially dividing cancer’ in U.S. Conrad Black: Trump continues to beat a media determined to bring him down Since then, the Danish people have been wary of the United States’ continued use of Greenland. The land was critical territory during the Cold War because of its location halfway between the United States and northern Europe and its proximity to the former Soviet Union. The Pentagon built its northern-most military installation, Thule Air Base, on Greenland in 1951, as a means for missile defense.“Exploring Greenland,” co-written by academics from Denmark and the United States, says that the U.S. military’s “extensive activities in northern Greenland” were seen by Danish citizens and some politicians as “a violation of their national sovereignty.”Some on Thursday responded to the news with incredulity; others, with support.“This idea isn’t as crazy as the headline makes it seem,” Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., said in a tweet. “This a smart geopolitical move. The United States has a compelling strategic interest in Greenland, and this should absolutely be on the table.”Most, however, responded with mockery.Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., shared a news story about Trump’s idea and mused: “A Great place for his ‘presidential’ library.”And Jonah Goldberg, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, tweeted that MAGA — the acronym for Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan – is “an anagram of Make Greenland American Already.”— The Washington Post’s Felicia Sonmez contributed to this report— With files from Reuters Greenland has been forced, bizarrely, to confirm that it is not for sale, after U.S. President Donald Trump pushed top aides to investigate a possible purchase.“We are open for business, but we’re not for sale,” Greenland’s foreign minister Ane Lone Bagger told Reuters.The presidential request — about which two people with direct knowledge of the directive told the Washington Post — has bewildered aides. Some continue to believe it isn’t serious, but Trump has mentioned it for weeks. The two people with knowledge of the presidential demand spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to reveal such White House planning.Greenland is a self-governing country that is part of the kingdom of Denmark, and Trump is scheduled to visit Denmark in two weeks. Like their Greenland counterparts, Danish politicians made a mockery of Trump’s reported idea.“It has to be an April Fool’s joke. Totally out of season,” former prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said on Twitter.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“If he is truly contemplating this, then this is final proof, that he has gone mad,” foreign affairs spokesman for the Danish People’s Party, Soren Espersen, told broadcaster DR.“The thought of Denmark selling 50,000 citizens to the United States is completely ridiculous,” he said.“I am sure a majority in Greenland believes it is better to have a relation to Denmark than the United States, in the long term,” Aaja Chemnitz Larsen, Danish MP from Greenland’s second-largest party Inuit Ataqatigiit (IA), told Reuters.“My immediate thought is ‘No, thank you’,” she said.“Oh dear lord. As someone who loves Greenland, has been there nine times to every corner and loves the people, this is a complete and total catastrophe,” former U.S. ambassador to Denmark, Rufus Gifford, said in on Twitter.As with many of Trump’s internal musings, aides are waiting for more direction before they decide how seriously they should look into it.Among the things that have been discussed is whether it is even legal, what the process would be for acquiring an island that has its own government and population, and where the money to purchase a giant landmass would originate.Trump’s interest in acquiring Greenland was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.MAGA is an anagram of Make Greenland American Already— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) August 15, 2019According to the Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook, Greenland is 2.2 million square kilometres, with 1.7 million of that covered in ice. It has considerable natural resources, such as coal and uranium, but only 0.6 percent of the land is used for agriculture. It has around 58,000 residents, making it one of the world’s smallest countries by population.Trump has touted his career as a real estate developer during the 2016 presidential campaign and made clear that he has retained an eye for real estate opportunities during his tenure in the White House. For example, he has said that North Korea could build famous hotels and resorts along its oceanfront properties, even though many foreigners are afraid to visit the country out of fear for their lives. Ritzau Scanpix/Linda Kastrup via REUTERS Ilulissat, an icefjord which is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites, is seen in western Greenland, Denmark July 15, 2015. read more

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Fighting in eastern DR of Congo must stop Annan tells Security Council

“First and foremost, the fighting in the east of the country must stop,” he said in his address at the meeting, attended by the Political Committee of the Lusaka Agreement, which was signed in July 1999 by six countries and three rebel movements in the Great Lakes region in an attempt to bring an end to the civil war. “No one should give any further support to the armed groups that continue to fight in the east, and no one should take any further aggressive action against them.” At the same time, Mr. Annan said, everything possible must be done to create conditions that will encourage former combatants to return voluntarily to their homes, and enable them to be safely settled. The DRC and Rwanda must reach an understanding on the process of disarming the combatants, and the creation of a coordination mechanism to facilitate their transition to reintegration into civil society. Noting that Kisangani must be demilitarized in accordance with Security Council resolution 1304, the Secretary-General said that he intended to strengthen the military presence of the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) to facilitate the demilitarization of that city. He also voiced concern over the decision of the Rassemblement Congolais pour la Démocratie (RCD) and the Movement de Libération du Congo (MLC) to establish a special joint force based in Kindu, stressing that the city must in no case be used for the launching of military operations.The Secretary-General said he was encouraged by the pullout of Namibian troops and strongly urged the Angolan, Zimbabwean and Rwandan Governments to do the same. Describing the reopening of the Congo River and its tributaries as the most important single step to unite the country and stimulate its economic and social life, the Mr. Annan called on all parties to help MONUC do its part in achieving that objective, notably dismantling checkpoints and removing barriers to free movement.On the issue of reconciling opposing Congolese factions, the Secretary-General urged members of the Political Committee, especially the Congolese parties, to support the neutral facilitator of the inter-Congolese dialogue, and welcomed South Africa’s willingness to host the dialogue when it resumed. read more

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UN mission in Western Sahara extended through April 2005

The Council action comes after Mr. Annan reported last week that parties in Western Sahara have made no progress over the last six months towards agreement on a peace plan originally proposed last year by his former Personal Envoy James Baker.In his report, the Secretary-General gave two options for the Council to consider: either maintaining the status quo of 203 military observers monitoring the ceasefire line or the withdrawal of no more than 37 of them, which would still enable the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) to carry out its work without disruption.The Council today asked Mr. Annan to report back within three months with more details on the two options, as well as on the evolution of the situation.MINURSO has been deployed in the territory since September 1991, originally to prepare for a referendum as envisaged under the settlement plan and to monitor the ceasefire between Morocco and the Frente POLISARIO. In the 13 years since, the Mission’s activities have been limited mainly to patrolling the ceasefire line and conducting humanitarian activities. read more

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In UN address Venezuela decries effects of capitalism as enemy of Mother

Calling for adherence to the principle of ‘shared and differentiated’ responsibility when tackling climate change, Jorge Arreaza Montserrat, voiced solidarity with those affected by recent natural disasters, noting that such events had made millions of people victims of “a war they did not choose; this is the war of the developed countries and their capitalist system against Mother Nature.” Indeed, he said: “Let us not change the climate, let us change the system.” The responsibility must not fall on developing countries alone; it was especially unfair for the United States – the world’s largest emitter – to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. He went on to say that while the UN is a “noble instrument” intended to serve as a podium for discussion of pressing issues like the state of the planet, it nevertheless played host to “arrogant powers” such as the US, which “desecrated, disrespected and offended [this] house for peace.” He said Venezuela’s people had been directly threatened by President Donald Trump, including by military threats and the imposition of unilateral sanctions. While Venezuela would always deal with the United States and other nations through mutual respect, it was nevertheless prepared to defend itself “in any way,” he stressed. As for the situation in his country, Mr. Arreaza said democracy in Venezuela is “active and popular” and the “violence of the opposition” had been eased after the July 30 elections in which Venezuelans went to vote to choose to the members of the National Constituent Assembly. “Total political peace returned to the country from July 31. Our National Constituent Assembly is [in line] with the rest of the constituted powers,” he explained, calling it an instrument for national dialogue and dealing with the most urgent problems of the country.Full statement (in Spanish) available here read more

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Weather Eye Warm spell then clouds light showers by weeks end

first_imgPatrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com. We enjoyed cooler temperatures Friday with a high of 76 in Vancouver. Clouds darkened the skies, but most of the smoke blew out.Saturday we saw blue skies! The high was 80. The Washington Coast had clouds and light rain as a weak weather system skirted by to our north.There was a risk of light rain in Clark County overnight, but skies should once again clear today. Beyond today, we warm up for a brief time with highs around 90 Monday and upper 80s Tuesday. East winds could bring smoke back our way.I mentioned last week things still look rather dry but forecast models have oscillated a bit and now we are facing clouds and cool weather with highs struggling to reach 70 and light showers by Thursday and Friday. That could help suppress wildfires.The last soaking rain was on June 15 with one half inch falling in Vancouver. The rest of the month looks drier and warmer than normal. I don’t think any of us would mind if that outlook was changed to cooler and wetter. If so, there is still plenty of time in late September and early October for a stretch of nice weather.The plus side, if there is one, of smoke-filled skies are the awesome sunsets and sunrises. Did you see the full moon last week? It was blood orange. With a cold trough of low pressure later this week we could see a dusting of snow on the highest Cascade peaks. The first snow in fall is called termination dust in Alaska which means the end of summer.Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.last_img read more

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Protests erupt in National City after Border Patrol arrests mother in front

first_img Posted: March 9, 2018 March 9, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsOriginal Report: John Soderman, Ed Lenderman 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsNATIONAL CITY (KUSI) — A planned protest was held Friday morning outside City Hall offices in National City a day after a video began circulating on social media showing a mother being snatched off a National City street and hauled away by federal authorities in front of her frantic, crying daughters.The arrest by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, who claim the mother was part of a criminal smuggling ring, happened last Saturday, but two videos of the arrest began garnering widespread attention Thursday on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.Related Link: Illegal Immigrant detained by Border Patrol on suspicion of organizing transnational criminal smuggling operationIn both videos, the woman’s three daughters can be heard crying and screaming as Border Patrol officers dressed in plain clothes drag the woman into a marked Border Patrol SUV.In response to the video, a San Diego-area Border Patrol spokesman issued a statement saying Perla Morales-Luna was “an organizer for a transnational criminal smuggling organization operating in East County.”“She was arrested as a result of a targeted operation on March 3, 2018, in National City for being in the country illegally,” Agent Michael J. Scappechio said. “She is currently in Border Patrol custody awaiting transfer to (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement) for removal proceedings.” Update to the original report: Protests erupt in National City after Border Patrol arrests mother in front of children Updated: 11:26 AM John Soderman, Ed Lenderman, Friday afternoon, the United States Border Patrol, San Diego Sector released the following information regarding Morales-Luna’s arrest:Perla Morales-Luna was identified as a human smuggling facilitator who recruited drivers to transport illegal aliens from a remote border area in Eastern San Diego County to a stash house in National City as part of a larger transnational criminal organization.  Other individuals associated with this criminal organization were arrested shortly after a smuggling event transpired in January of 2018 near Boulevard, California.  Ms. Morales-Luna eluded arrest at that time, and despite direct phone conversations between her and U.S. Border Patrol agents, she refused to self-surrender to authorities.  Due to her unwillingness to self-surrender and the fact that she was an illegal alien present in the United States she was deemed a flight risk and a targeted enforcement operation was approved for her arrest.During the arrest on March 3, 2018, Ms. Morales-Luna refused to comply with the agents’ commands and physically resisted while attempting to abscond into a nearby vehicle.  The video clearly shows the arresting agents carried out their duties appropriately, even when faced with a barrage of insults and confrontational agitators.   Ms. Morales-Luna was the only subject of this operation. Therefore, once she was in custody, agents immediately departed the area.  The arresting agents ensured that Ms. Morales-Luna was able to arrange for her sister to take custody of her three children.The United States Border Patrol is committed to dismantling transnational criminal organizations who profit from cross-border smuggling of humans, dangerous narcotics, weapons and other illicit contraband.  Anyone that the U.S. Border Patrol can identify as part of these criminal organizations will be arrested and presented to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for prosecution.  In the case of an illegal alien, they may be processed for removal from the United States in lieu of prosecution. Ms. Morales-Luna has been processed for removal, issued a Notice to Appear and transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement Removal Operations.  She will have a hearing before an Immigration Judge who will make the final decision in this case. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Illegal Immigrant FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Anchorage Film Festival documentaries

first_imgA little-known district court judge in Detroit shapes the protection of civil rights for a nation. A young man and his mother journey through gender transition. On the next Talk of Alaska we’ll discuss two documentaries featured in the Anchorage International Film Festival – Walk with Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith and Real Boy.Listen NowHOST: Anne HillmanGUESTS:Jesse Nesser – Director of “Walk With Me”Bennett Wallace – star of “Real Boy”Shaleece Haas – director of “Real Boy,” and Raven radio alumnus (via phone)Statewide callers Participate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk@alaskapublic.org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

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SFI demands release of scholarship arrears in Vijayawada

first_imgVijayawada: The Students Federation of India (SFI) demanded that the government release all arrears of scholarships and the fee reimbursement immediately. The leaders of SFI staged a protest at Lenin centre here on Thursday. They also demanded that the government implement the midday meal scheme for the Intermediate students. Speaking to the media, SFI district president N Koti alleged that the government had stopped the scholarships and the fee reimbursement from 2014-15 to 2017-18. The government has to release Rs 956.34 crore for fee reimbursement and Rs 155.84 crore for the scholarships in the state. Poor and middle class students are facing several problems because of non-release of funds. He threatened to intensify the agitation, if the government failed to concede to the demands of the students. SFI district vice-president Ch Sumant, joint secretary O Yesubabu, leaders Sowjanya, Vamsi, Yesebu and others were present.last_img read more

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Cardinals Wrap Up Training Camp with USA Collegiate National Team

first_imgUofL Associate Director of Sports Medicine Pat Hassell is working as the athletic trainer for the team and Gabe Burchell is serving as the bullpen catcher. Binelas started all four games of the Red-Blue Series, three at third base and one at first, while all three Louisville pitchers took the mound in Friday’s contest. Detmers started for the Red team and tossed three scoreless innings, with Miller following him up with two earned runs allowed in his three innings. Kirian gave up two runs in 1.2 innings of relief work. Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell is serving as the manager of the USA CNT, with Alex Binelas, Reid Detmers, Michael Kirian and Bobby Miller all taking part in the Red-Blue Series Thursday through Sunday. The four Cardinals were the most of any program on the 36-man roster. The USA Collegiate National Team is scheduled to play the Coastal Plain League Select team on Monday at 4 p.m. ET in Cary before opening up the 8th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series on Tuesday in Hickory, N.C. Fans can follow Louisville baseball on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram at @LouisvilleBSB. Print Friendly Versioncenter_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Training camp is complete for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and the University of Louisville baseball program was well represented last week in Cary, N.C. “This was an amazing week,” McDonnell said. “I’m really proud of how well our guys competed and represented the University of Louisville.” Story Linkslast_img read more

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5yearold receives refurbished 3DS full of porn for Christmas

first_imgWhen 5-year-old Braydon Giles received a refurbished Nintendo 3DS for Christmas, he was probably thrilled with his new handheld. When he discovered that the unit hadn’t been properly wiped as part of the refurbishing processes and was full of pornographic images, he was probably even more thrilled, but his father wasn’t. Braydon showed the image cache to his brother, Bryton, who then showed the images to his father Mark, who in turn went right to the phone and called the Colorado GameStop where he purchased the unit.GameStop obviously apologized, and replaced the refurbished 3DS Best Price at Amazon with a new one, as well as giving the family some games. GameStop blamed the porn cache on a previous owner of that 3DS, stating that somewhere along the way in the refurbishing process, the unit somehow missed being wiped clean.A number of things could have happened throughout the return and refurbishing process. The original owner could have either forgotten the images were there, or specifically left them on the unit as a prank. Once it got to GameStop, something could have actually gone wrong in the refurbishment process, or someone at GameStop could have purposefully left (or put!) the images on the 3DS for kicks. Ultimately, whatever happened, 5-year-old Braydon might’ve ended up a bit traumatized.The real question is, was the porn in 3D, and at what level did the 3D slider need to be set in order to create the best 3D effect? Did the slider need to be at the lowest setting to prevent ghosting like in Kid Icarus: Uprising, or was the highest setting just fine like in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy? Only the Giles family knows for sure.via CNETlast_img read more

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